The unsuspected visitor of the historic center of Athens cannot miss the hundreds of colorful bottles and lights that decorate the walls of Vrettos. “Vrettos” 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 Vrettos, 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!
Since 1909, although it is now almost a century old, little has changed at Mr Vrettos’ old-fashioned distillery. It still operates as a bar at this small, incredible beautiful, charming and “out of time” spot. It is still serving visitors ouzo, 3,5 and 7 star brandy, more than 36 different flavors of liqueur, none of them available in any other of the liquor or grocery store, traditional Greek spirits, wines and beers.

Visited by many locals, it is also very inviting for the tourists. Anyone who is passing by can either sit down and try any liqueur he wishes for, or buy the whole bottle if in need of something to go or take home.

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.

Address

Address:

41 Kidathineon, Plaka, Athens

Telephone:
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Opening Hours

Monday

10.00 - 02.00

Tuesday

10.00 - 02.00

Wednesday

10.00 - 02.00

Thursday

10.00 - 02.00

Friday

10.00 - 02.00

Saturday

10.00 - 02.00

Sunday

10.00 - 02.00

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