Chicken, beer, and rum – the three pillars of Wings Edinburgh’s almost religious dedication to the holy hen in all her southern-fried glory. That and drinks. Eat. Drink. Repeat. More wisdom from these purveyors of wings and the approximately 80 sauces and spa treatments that are applied to the aforementioned chicken limbs at their Old Town premises down Old Fishmarket Close. There’s beer and rum and cocktails made of rum here, too, just for Hemingwayesque good measure. With a reputation for spice – the Wall of Flame challenge is infamous in Edinburgh – Wings’ American-style restaurant is no place for chickens.
We don’t mean to scare you, but Wings Edinburgh’s infamy rests primarily perhaps, on its ability to cripple Edinburgh’s plucky (mostly hotheaded student) population thanks to its Wall of Flame Suicide Challenge. There’s no hotline for this culinary self-destruction – just six chicken wings (what these guys do best at their Old Town restaurant – in fact that’s almost all they do), one sauce (a secret off-menu blend called the Suicide Sauce), and no sour cream. There are plenty of public health and safety warnings attached to this challenge, but if you can chow down these ultra-spicy Southern American-style wings you will – other than need to shave off your tastebuds – go down in history and have your red-faced image forever glued to the walls of Wings’ Old Fishmarket Close premises.
The less-than-brave – the chickens among us – will be clucking just to have the chance to spend a couple of hours deciding which sauce they want their simple bowl of six wings to be slathered in here in the Old Town quarter. Organised under headings such as Dry As You Like, Sizzler, BBQ, Fresh, Sweet, Bit Of The Other, and Boozey, and with useful heat ratings ranging from 1 to 5, Wings Edinburgh’s offering is minimalist in a Southern Gothic, Southern Glutton kind of way. Beer is essential here, and besides the Margarita and Whisky Pepper sauces (restricted to those 18 years old and above), you’re invited to extinguish thirst with, say, some Beavertown Smog Rocket smoked porter or the Neck Oil Session IPA, or chug back a classic Pabst Blue Ribbon, or maybe a melon filled with Smirnoff vodka – depending on the whim of these clearly wingin’ it dilettantes. Book a roost now.
wings, wings, wings! amazing selection of sauces, dry rubs, hot and really hot! what more do you need? oh yeah they also do beer and chips!
fantastic quick service, polite and friendly staff. great atmosphere and decor