Walking through Plaka today I spied the oxidized sign of Brettos Distillary, the centenarian drinking hole that’s made it into every Athens guide that’s worth reading. But what was this? I wasn’t at 41 Kydathineon Street in front of the dark, crowded bar, lit solely by the rainbow of liqueur bottles lined along the tobacco stained shelves. No, I was in the heart of shady Kydathineon Square. And was this outdoor seating that was being planned? A nice patio to sit and enjoy the idyllic square and temperate climate? Yes, yes, said the interior designer through the door, covered with dust. Her team is barreling toward the project’s completion, due next week. She told me of the bar’s new baby: an Ouzeri- a traditional eating place where the menu is based on small plates such as marinated fish, stuffed vegetables, olives and cheeses to accompany Ouzo drinking.
She was curious why I was bothering taking pictures.
“Come back next week! It will be better with chairs!”
I certainly will.
Learn more about the restaurant by investigating their well designed website, then add it to your personal Athens itinerary on NileGuide by clicking “save to list” on the Brettos page. Most importantly, stay tuned for the in-depth research necessary to give travelers to Athens a perfect account of the success of the new Ouzeri. Hic.