Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant
Perennially busy bar Cooper’s is another spot that’s perfect for a some drinks, a catch up and a few bites to eat. The wings here (or Blazing Buffalo Drummies, to use their own terminology) come in a sticky, spicy sauce with a blue cheese dip. They’re a good size and good value, too at Dhs40.
Dhs40. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park Area (02 657 3325).
A cosy Irish bar that has cemented its place on the city’s nightlife scene by offering top service, a nice atmosphere and comforting, hearty plates of food. Chicken wings might not be traditional Irish pub grub, but they’re still good here. You can get two flavours – choose to have them marinated in the black stuff or go for classic Buffalo wings. In keeping with the rest of the menu, they’re also good value.
Dhs40 (five wings), Dhs59 (ten wings), Dhs90 (15 wings). Oryx Hotel, Zayed the First Street, Khalidiya (02 692 2218).
This bar certainly has a loyal following, and with a happy hour running from noon to 8pm every day offering half-price drinks, we can see why. Hemingway’s is one of those places where the hours pass by in a blur, such is the good vibe in the venue. The wings here are American-style (it’s what Ernest would have wanted) – spicy, saucy and with crunchy batter. They come with celery sticks, blue cheese sauce and fries.
Dhs70. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 692 4247).
A place that needs little introduction, McGettigan’s is the most popular Irish bar in the city. As well as live music, lots of sports and brilliant drinks deals, you’ll also find excellent bar food. The Buffalo wings here are some of the most moreish you’ll find anywhere. Spicy, tangy sauce that gets everywhere, juicy meat and a lovely pot to put them in. Just excellent.
Dhs59. Al Raha Beach Hotel & Resort, Channel Street (02 652 4333).
NRG Sports Café
Inside this venue you’ll find a colourful, industrial interior with loads of screens and seating areas, perfect for watching the game. The chicken wings are simple but effective here. Eight wings come with crispy batter (and a hint of spice) and a pot of barbecue sauce to dip them in. On Mondays you can get a plate of eight, with two pints, for Dhs90.
Dhs68. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 644 6666).
This swish sports bar is still fairly new but it has slipped into the scene with ease. There’s a good central bar, with stools lined up to watch the action on screens overhead. There’s another kind of competition on a Thursday, though, when contestants take part in the hot and spicy wings challenge. Eat the wings as quickly as possible and the winner gets a case of hops, and more importantly, their name on the Wall of Fame. Ladies get free drinks, too, and the quickest content and every month wins more prizes. Brilliant.
Dhs65. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238).
Stills Bar & Brasserie
Have you heard this place has the longest bar in Abu Dhabi? You must have by now, we mention it enough. It also does some pretty classy gastropub grub and the chicken wings are certainly not to be sniffed at. They’re served with jalapeños and coriander. We like.
Dhs50. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 3066).
The Coffee Club
An odd-one-out on this list due to not being a bar, but not out of place when it comes to the quality of the wings on offer. Here you’ll get a bowl of crispy wings, marinated in spices. There’s a bowl of barbecue sauce alongside, too. You don’t need to be watching a game to enjoy chicken, you know. And while you’re here you might as well try a coffee, it’s what the place is famous for after all.
Dhs28. Marina Mall, Marina Village (02 635 9102).
The Sportsman’s Arms
Since this venue opened we’ve written a lot about it, and for good reason, The Sportsman’s Arms offers a great all-round package. Whether you’re after a game, some family time, live music or a brunch, it provides every time. It also provides excellent chicken wings, in a honey, chipotle marinade. If you go on Sunday nights from 9pm, you can eat as many as you like for Dhs99 with the NFL.
Dhs60. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).
The Tavern Pub
Now, The Tavern is a proper pub. Picture the kind of place you’d end up eating in on road trips with the family when you were a kid. It’s like that. Pure nostalgia for Brits here in the capital. Maybe not a place you’d immediately associate with coming for a meal, but we heartily recommend you try it out, especially the wings. There are four flavours – smoky barbecue, sticky Asian, Moroccan and a tomatoey, spicy option.
Dhs38. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).
Another sleek venue that manages to be excellent for sports but isn’t defined as a sports bar. Another thing it’s excellent at is chicken wings, with seven different kinds available, including Peruvian, salt and pepper and honey barbecue. These are some of the very best in the city (and as you can tell by now, we’ve tried a few). Finish 12 of the spiciest variety in 20 minutes and you’ll get fame, free wings and a T-shirt.
Dhs40 (six wings), Dhs55 (nine wings), Dhs80 (12 wings). Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).
Current holder of our Bar Food of the Year title, Y Bar is a venue that seems to do everything well. It’s well-priced (and has good deals on top of that), it’s cool inside, you can watch sports here or you can have a catch up with pals and listen to the eclectic tunes. The wings are top notch, cooked twice to retain juiciness and achieve extra crunchiness. They come with barbecue sauce, and if you eat at the bar between noon and 4pm every day there’s 20 percent off the food bill. You can’t say fairer than that, can you?
Dhs55. Yas Island Rotana, Golf Plaza (02 656 4157).