Some might say we write about this particular snack a little too often, but the truth is you people adore those saucy little feckers so much that we couldn’t stop writing about if we wanted to.
Which we don’t.
Now, let us paint you a mental picture of the perfect bowl of wings: a pure white bowl is placed in front of you bearing a mound of saucy goodness with tender white meat at its centre. Your fingers and face are coated in that spicy, gooey delicious, you look horrendous but it tastes amazing. When the job is done, you admire the tasteful decoration provided by your completely untouched celery.
Your mouth is watering right now, isn’t it? We knew you’d be easy to break.
But where oh where to go for your finger lickin’ fix?! It’s time to reassess where to find the best of the best in the poultry appendage department.
In no particular order, here’s where you need to try chicken wings in Dublin this year…
We’ve already given this casual dining spot props in the past for its beast of a burger, but we reckon that their wings might be our favourite thing on an already fantastic menu.
Providing chilled settings for a bite to eat on both Bath Avenue and Rathmines Road, we highly recommend grabbing a bowl of wings here before heading for a few midweek pints.
A former member of our team named these his favourite wings in Dublin and absolutely raved about the place.
It’s in Skerries so it might be a bit of a trek for many of you, but the best things in life have to be earned, dammit.
The Hole In The Wall
Located near a small entrance to Phoenix Park, this 400-year-old establishment is not only the most charming pub on the Northside and the most festive Dublin spot at Christmas, but they’ve also got some seriously underrated wings on their menu.
Here’s a weekend recommendation for you: spend the afternoon walking around the park to work up your appetite before settling into The Hole In The Wall’s cosy residents’ snug for a generous portions of wings washed down by some well-deserved drinks.
Elephant & Castle
When someone mentions chicken wings in Dublin, one of the first places that springs to mind has to be Elephant & Castle. Ever reliable, you just can’t go wrong here.
Our word not good enough for you? Well then, you should also know that last year RTÉ asked the public to vote on the best chicken wings in Ireland and Elephant & Castle bagged the top spot.
Just Wing It
Named after their speciality dish, this Tallaght spot set up shop in 2013 with the simple aim of providing the very best in wings, be they traditional or boneless, with super crispy skin containing succulent and tender meat.
And since variety is the spice of life, Just Wing It has also got 20 different flavours to choose from, like Mango Habanero, Savannah Heat and Jerk BBQ.
Another Dublin establishment that’s dedicated to the almighty wing, an altar to that chicken-y goodness.
They come in all sorts of flavour, such as Salted Toffee Apple and Spiced Orange, but we’ll be sticking with regular old Buffalo, thank you very much.
The Chili Shack
The Stoneybatter spot’s menu boasts build-your-own chilli bowls, the durtiest of burgers, poutine and loaded hot dogs, but right now we’re only interested in one thing: those hellishly hot wings, served with paprika fries.
Another Dublin establishment that’s firmly associated with wings — and with good reason.
TriBeca’s menu is positively packed with deliciousness but, call us romantic, we only have eyes for those pretty little wings with Cashel Blue sauce on the side.
Canal Bank Café
It’s TriBeCa’s sister restaurant, so you just know they’re sharing that secret sauce.
Pop in here at the weekend when in need of a cure and the sense of security that can only be provided by a big bowl of meat and being surrounded by people just as hungover as you.
Yes they specialise in the beef here, offering some of the best burgers in Dublin, but don’t let that blind you to the fact that their chicken wings are bloody savage.
Crispy skin, meaty and a level of hotness that’s juuust right, it’s well worth giving Beeftro’s wings a shot if you’re in Dundrum Town Centre for a spot of shopping.
The wings you’ll find in this Stillorgan restaurant are ridiculously messy but, as all true connoisseurs know, the quality of chicken wings increases in proportion to their messiness.
You revel in losing all shame in pursuit of that carnivorous ecstasy — a high that can only be achieved by wings.
This guys are dedicated to chicken, so it’s safe to say they know their way around a wing.
Coming in Buffalo, BBQ or Cajun, their poultry is all locally sourced and all delicious.
The Summit Inn
After completing the stunning cliff walk in Howth, we heartily recommend you have a rest at this spot.
It’s a little known fact that only those who frequent this path are privy to, and we may get serious flack for revealing this, but the chicken wings in The Summit Inn are un-fecking-real. Maybe it’s the hunger that follows exertion, but these bad boys always go down well.
They’re reasonably priced for a decent portion and they’re found just a stone’s throw from one of Dublin’s best views, what more could you ask for?
If you’re a wing fan who spends a lot of time in the IFSC, you’ll surely be aware of this spot.
Their offering is more on the crispy side than saucy, which many might find somewhat controversial, but once the naysayers sink their teeth into these wings they may just find themselves converted.
They may be better known for pancakes but, in our opinion, their wings blow those delicious breakfast treats right out of the water.
Beckett & Bull
You find this hidden gem down the leafy Rathgar Avenue.
Putting an Irish spin on New York fare, Beckett & Bull serves up generous portions of wings with chunky Blue Cheese sauce on the side.
If you need your wings to be super spicy, this is the place for you: they’ve officially got the hottest wings in town.
Made using Carolina Reaper chillies, hot pepper extract, Louisiana hot sauce and more to make its secret sauce, these babies are so hot that the chefs who prepare them have to wear a face mask and rubber gloves for protection.
Hot enough for ya?
If you find yourself in Saggart Village, perhaps while going for a stroll in the nearby Slade Valley Forest, be sure to pay this family run restaurant a visit.
Come for The Anvil’s cosy surroundings and friendly staff, but stay for their delectable chicken wings.
It’s well worth the journey.
For true lovers of the humble chicken wing, make it your mission to try as many of these beauties as possible in 2018… and let us know how you get on.
Are there any other establishments that deserve to be included on this list? Let us know in the comment section.