The oldest bar and distillery in Athens was funded by Mikhail Vrettos and has been operating since 1909. The business has changed hands a couple of times since then, but the bar in Plaka has retained the original layout with barrels and bottles decorating the walls.
There is an extensive menu, including ouzo, raki, wines, liqueurs and cocktails. The vast array of liqueur flavours matches the rainbow of coloured bottles.
And the colours certainly call out to anyone passing by.
I have to say, I was not a fan of the liqueurs I tried. The cranberry was just about drinkable, but the watermelon was not. Overpowerfully sweet and seemingly artificially flavoured to my palate. But the place does get good reviews, so I feel I should have tried a cocktail, or perhaps a plainer and more traditional ouzo or mastika.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 24 February 2019
Posted as part of Wit’s End