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Let's End This Once And For All – These Are The Best Chicken Wings In Dublin

There can only ever be one winner

Irish people are obsessed with chicken wangs (the actual way to spell the word for those in the know). We've compiled the top places in the past, but we thought it was time that, just like the poor chicken, we put our neck on the line and picked one spot. 

Not an easy task, but someone's gotta do it. 

Now when I asked on Snapchat the answers were all the usual suspects, ranging from Canal Bank Café, Tribeca and Elephant & Castle. All worthy contenders, but they fall just inches short when it comes to an overall wang winner.

One name that always gets screamed at us by passionate fans is Blue Bar in Skerries and after eating them today, I must say I wholeheartedly agree. Blue Bar is to chicken wings what Murphy's is to ice cream, 3FE is to coffee and Bunsen is to burgers. The real fucking deal.

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Now calling Skerries Dublin is a bit of a stretch, but it's one that we're willing to make so we can claim these wings for the capital. 

This little seaside town is every bit as pretty as the more popular Howth. Granted you'll have to drive, but there's plenty to do when you get here to make a day of it. 

I came on a cold and wet March day and loved it, but could imagine the place feeling magical on a sunny day, maybe something like Cornwall or Brittany. A true hidden Irish gem. 

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There are many elements which make a meal apart from the food. The view outside the windows, the friendly staff and the bustling Irish bar all added to this experience. 

I'd come all the way for the wings so looked past some of the other incredible bar food on the menu and opted for a small combo portion. For 13 yoyos I expected to get about six in a bowl as they came with chips and a soft drink, but what turned up was a feast big enough for two. As I tucked in, I wondered what a big portion could possibly look like.

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This sauce was absolutely outstanding. Sweet, acidic, slightly spicy and beautifully coated onto the wings. The meat itself was succulent, perfectly cooked and plentiful. Some were thinner than others giving you that wonderful crispy texture, while the rest were plump and juicy. 

Another factor that made these wings stand out were the chips. Crispy and light and absolutely spot on. Perfect for dunking into the blue cheese sauce while staring out the window, trying to forget all the clean living that went on during the week. 

For food this quality, with a view of the harbour and wonderful service, the price was absolutely peanuts. That you can step outside and stroll along a stunning coastline afterwards takes the experience to another level. 

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Given that you've probably come a serious distance to try the wings, you'll want to make the most of your trip. Right across the road from Blue Bar is Storm In A Tea Cup, a delightful little spot that does funky desserts and ice creams. 

Then to finish the day, I had an outstanding coffee around the corner on the main street in a brilliant little health food shop called Boxx

For most people in Dublin, Skerries will be a place you've heard of but know little about. I'd recommend you change that and take a day trip out to this magical little seaside village and enjoy not only the best wings in Dublin, but an all round lovely day. 

Like a seaside holiday, but only 30 minutes away. 

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Written By

Niall Harbison

Niall founded Lovin' Dublin with a few fairly simple aims: discover new places to eat in Dublin and share simple recipes cooked up in his kitchen.

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