By: pelly*made

Mar 04 2013

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spirits and color charts

Brettos bar in Plaka, is worth a visit when in Athens. It is the oldest distillery in Athens. It started operating for the first time back in 1909 at the ground level of an Athenian old mansion in the heart of Plaka. At those premises, his founder, Michael Brettos, started producing ouzo, brandy and few liqueur flavors, from the old time classics like cherry and pepermint to the most distinct ones like citrus and masticha, using old family recipes from Smyrni (Izmir, Turkey). It is the 2nd oldest distillery in Europe!

The inside of the small shop is still as it used to be. The first thing you notice is the  beautiful décor of a wall full of coloured bottles lit from behind that fill the entire back wall floor to ceiling, providing a colour spectrum in contrast to the 200 year old building. On another wall are the old barrels full of spirits that are still used. Around the shop there is a bar with about 15 stools where you can sample the famous homemade ouzo (very smooth), brand or liqueurs. Finally, next to the door there is the very first, hand-made, ouzo distiller that Mr Michael Brettos once used…

2 comments on “Liquors”

  1. Awesome picture! I’ve always dreamed of visiting Greece.

    • Thank you! This bar is unique, it’s like time travel… I hope you can come one day and spend some time in Athens too. There are quite a few special places and hidden gems :))

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