Achilles Heel

Cocktail Bar, Gastropub, and Wine Bar$$$$
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
81 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • oysters
  • good for dates
  • marlow
  • cozy
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  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Expect perfect oysters, lovingly prepared off-cuts of meat, tangy homemade ferments, and seasonal vegetables. Natural wines, smart-but-not-smart-ass cocktails, and local suds keep everyone loose. Read more
  • Cooper S.
    Cooper SmithJune 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    When it comes to hangovers, Achilles Heel giveth (with amazing whiskey sours and other cocktails at night) and taketh away (serving strong cold brew and pour over coffee the next morning)
  • IrmaZandl T.
    FANTASTIC for early/late afternoon drinks and small plates. Very good cheeses and charcuterie. Owned by Marlowe & Sons peeps so great ambience and high quality food, wine and cocktails.
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse MeighanOctober 15, 2014
    Incredible vibe, incredible oysters, incredible cocktails. Get the pretzels with beer cheese, even if you don't see it on the menu!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonAugust 8
    Make a reservation via email for Hell Chicken on Sunday. Bird, schmaltz rice, drinks, vibe... it all rocks. Be sure to check out the chef's set-up in the backyard.
  • Evan
    EvanJune 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Cocktails change often, but if the Zelda is on the menu (gin, cynar, and herbsaint) snatch it up. Cheese plates are lovely too and the bread served with is perfect. While away a hazy Saturday here.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FranceOctober 14, 2014
    One of the most creative cocktail places anywhere. Try the Turf Cocktail or Fernet Old Fashioned. And definitely get some oysters and pretzels with beer cheese.
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    A chill, all day cafe and bar, Greenpoint's Achilles Heel has a real neighborhood feeling, offers delicious small plates, and an ambitious coffee program with selections from different roasters. Read more
  • Leonardo U.
    Leonardo UrbinaMay 24, 2013
    I'd have to disagree about not being a good work space but then again I like a good hum to blend into which this space provided while studying, sipping on some java, & noshing on a charcuterie plate.
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    A chill neighborhood bar, Achilles Heel is run by the same group as Marlow & Sons and as such, has a quality daytime coffee program, also featuring George Howell. No food and not a work space. Read more
  • Brandon P.
    Brandon PerlmanMay 23, 2015
    As a manhattanite this is the end of the earth. Might as well be Laguardia. BUT everything was insane. Worth the adventure. Get a house old-fashioned
  • Abner A.
    Abner AcevesNovember 8, 2014
    Tucked away close to the water on West. Really great spot! Great cocktails. Really chill place to take a date. Sit back, grab a drink and relax!
  • Nathan G.
    Nathan GammieJune 29, 2013
    Great local spot. Mostly a cocktail bar, but they have quite an assortment of beers, as well. Recommended for cyclists especially (directly on bike route).
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinMarch 11
    Great hole in the wall bar vibe with dope tunes, excellent bloody Mary's and surprisingly good bar food (butter bean toast special was 🔥🔥)
  • Larissa V.
    Larissa VerdeJune 15, 2013
    super delicious cocktail specials and handsome, dancy bartenders that like to get down. and, theres a park on the pier that's great for making out 50s style.
  • Hugh M.
    Hugh McIntyreMay 3, 2015
    Great cocktails with about 8 on the menu. I ordered a standard whiskey sour and it was $3 cheaper, bonus. Cruisey early arvo music that went full hype party after not too long bit odd. pricey oysters.
  • Jim T.
    Jim TaylorApril 9, 2015
    Grab a coffee and Marlow & Daughters snack on your way to the Ferry, or enjoy a refreshing cocktail with oysters and other delicious snacks in the window Read more
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherMarch 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best bars in NYC, especially in the winter months. Also serves the best clam chowder I've ever had
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 27, 2014
    Chill coffee bar by day, chill cocktail bar by night. A very relaxing atmosphere deserves a trust rating:
  • Blake O.
    Blake OlmsteadJanuary 27, 2016
    Wood-burning fireplace keeps the place woodsy and hot in the winter months. Cocktails are well-balanced and considered.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GermuskaAugust 3, 2016
    NYT write up of Hell Chicken, available "every Sunday, from 5 to 9:30 p.m., until it’s too cold to cook outside"
  • Alyxa L.
    Alyxa LeaseAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Not only is this a cozy place for a night cap, their furry friend cuteyboi is a regular and always up for a belly rub
  • Cooper S.
    Cooper SmithJune 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great spot to grab a cold brew, or any other coffee, on your way to the East River Ferry
  • Hila R.
    Hila RazJune 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Andrew tarlows newest NYC addition ok the edge of my block providing delicious spirits and noshe's with the quaintness of Marlow and the wythe hotel #nookandcranniesnyc
  • Viktoria M.
    Good atmosphere but if you don't eat chicken there is literally 2 small starter dishes you can have only so a bummer if you out with a group. But cool vibe for drinks
  • Elevine B.
    Elevine BergeFebruary 22, 2016
    Fireplace. Great small dishes. Wonderful DJs. Favourite bar.
  • David W.
    David WoodleyNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best oysters in Greenpoint, yeah even better then you 5 leaves....solid cocktails also.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneNovember 15, 2015
    Lovely spot. Make sure to try one of the house cocktails-- I suggest the Fitzgerald.
  • Ashley A.
    Small but cute bar, DJ on Saturday nights is amazing, somehow tons of people but still room for dancing
  • Katie C.
    Katie CovingtonOctober 12, 2013
    Get a beer. Split the ham and cheese plate. Sit in the sun. Pick up a half loaf of sourdough to go.
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurMarch 16, 2016
    This casual neighborhood bar is built in and inspired by one of the dockworks bars of the 1900s that served nearby East River shipyards. Read more
  • Jamie D.
    Nice bar unsurprisingly very hipster. Cocktails are well made.
  • Turna U.
    Turna UyarJune 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Amazing staff, great selection of booze, good selection of bites... Love, love, love.
  • Lucas U.
    Lucas UllrichDecember 31, 2014
    The place is a real treasure. The staff is incredibly friendly and nice, but the wine selection needs work.
  • Cherie Y.
    Cherie YanekJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing cocktails, and they will make up a new drink upon request.
  • Luke
    LukeMarch 1, 2015
    Cocktails change frequently, but the sandwiches live on forever in our hearts
  • Allan
    AllanNovember 5
    Been here 10+ times
    The best sound track in Greenpoint and some damn fine drinks too
  • Hailey Heewoo K.
    Hailey Heewoo KimSeptember 16, 2015
    solid cocktails, great vibe! staff was very friendly!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    The best cocktails are mixed with Pueblo Viejo Tequila.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DonatelliJanuary 29, 2016
    Great atmosphere, low light, great for dates!
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaOctober 28, 2014
    Really cute vibe and low key place. Must come back
  • Drew H.
    Drew HowardOctober 15, 2014
    Great bar. Good dark and stormy with fresh lime juice.
  • Premshree P.
    Premshree PillaiJuly 5, 2013
    Really chill spot for well-prepared coffee drinks.
  • Margaret S.
    Margaret SuhMay 30, 2016
    Super cozy low key spot. The Family Sour is 💯
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 31
    Achilles Heel offers a $9 Fernet Old Fashioned, draft beer for $5 and wines for $8. Two dollar oysters are also available during happy hour which runs Monday to Friday 5 to 7 PM. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 21
    Why yes, we will take our butter-drizzled oysters fireside, thank you very much. Read more
  • Joshua I.
    Joshua IngramSeptember 21, 2013
    Good god - they serve the best oysters I've had in my life.
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FormicaMay 31, 2016
    Cozy Brooklyn bar with a solid dirty martini.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanMarch 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    chill bar, a little overcrowded on the weekends though
  • Clare R.
    Clare RosAugust 9, 2014
    Anchovie or sardine sandwich is amazing!
  • Steve C.
    Steve ChallisApril 29, 2016
    Lamb and anchovies was delicious.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 29, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Achilles Heel!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Enjoy a cocktail with Pueblo Viejo Tequila here.
  • Ezra P.
    Ezra PollardJanuary 13, 2016
    Kick it by the fire and crush clam toast.
  • John M.
    John McLaughlinJanuary 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the sidra. But leave a little for me!
  • Pierre v.
    Pierre van MedgeOctober 27, 2013
    The country pâté is great!
  • Asma A.
    Asma ANovember 13, 2015
    As seen on Aziz Ansari's Master of None TV show!
  • Madm F.
    Madm FiaOctober 5, 2014
    The music was too loud and they gave my debit card to the wrong person. I didn't have to pay for any of my drinks though...
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela CastilloDecember 16, 2013
    Fireplace! Cocktails! Oysters!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 8, 2015
    If you are in Achilles Heel, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Aimee M.
    Aimee MartinezDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Franklin's cup is awesome
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Come to Achilles Heel and ask for Pueblo Viejo Tequila.
  • Peter K.
    Peter KellyFebruary 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fernet old fashioned
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttApril 11, 2015
    Oysters, fresh bread, and cocktails in front of a working fireplace? Why the heck not? Oh, the subway isn't that far away.
  • Tom
    TomSeptember 27, 2014
    Good cocktails and burgers.
  • Erik H.
    Those good fireplace smells! 👍
  • Andy S.
    Andy StevensMarch 12
    Delicious food but insanely overpriced for very small portions
  • Jade
    JadeOctober 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Anchovy sandwich, martinis
  • Phil P.
    Phil PainsonDecember 16, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Very cool place.
  • aaron l.
    aaron lefkoveMay 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They are blasting Hawkwind here. 👍👍👍
  • Brena S.
    Brena SenaSeptember 21, 2014
    on a winter night, come sit by the fireplace.
  • Ariel H.
    Ariel HermanMay 22, 2016
    Chill, lively atmosphere
  • Adam B.
    Chill spot off the beaten path
  • Julie B.
    Julie BurMarch 28, 2014
    Nice cocktails!
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsNovember 17, 2015
    Seen in Episode 3 of "Master of None"
  • Jackie V.
    Jackie VSeptember 25, 2015
    Not a bad spot for drinks but the menu is a lil pretentious.
  • Kurt K.
    Kurt KoepfleJanuary 12, 2014
    Franklin Cup FTW!
  • Jérémy P.
    Jérémy PellestorFebruary 17, 2016
  • Connie
    ConnieNovember 7, 2015
    Episode 3 - Hot Ticket
  • Leo S.
    Leo SkvirskiyDecember 14, 2015
    Трещит камин, пахнёт мясом. Коктейльчики там. Идеальное место, чтобы посидеть вдвоём со шкурой, а потом выебать её.
  • Ekaterina T.
    Ekaterina TarasovaOctober 23, 2014
    Очень весело, легкая атмосфера, музон, колоритные люди, камин, опять же. Только вот в туалете какой-то адище.
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