Wings is more than just a NY style wing place with a wide combination of wings and sauces. We are also a Sports bar, complete with a full menu featuring everything from salads to appetizers to burgers and a variety of pasta dishes. All served in a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere where people like to hang out with friends, watch their favorite game on one of the many TVs and munch on some great wings.
Second time in this place in the past three weeks mainly for their $3.00 Pabst Beer Happy Hour special and the big screen tv to watch the ball game right up at the bar.
Came in was greeted by the hostess immediately, told her I was going to sit up at the bar. Proceeded to sit at the big long bar table with exactly two other people there. Plunked myself down and waited. The bartender was consumed with something on the phone had his back towards me no acknowledge yet of my presence, no glance my way , no "just a minute be right with you". So far hasn't even noticed me. By the way, I am huge.
Ok, here comes someone else behind the bar. No acknowledgement of my presence from this guy either.
Walks right by me and goes to this couple one stool over because they wanted to pay their bill. Still no glance my way, no acknowledgement of my presence from bartender number two. They aren't even busy.
I thought okay after he takes care of this person I am sure one of them will ask me if i want something because that is why I am sitting at the bar at a restaurant that serves both beverages and food. Bartender number one, the guy on the phone when I first got there has now left the bar area is doing something else. Bartender number two takes the money from the couple paying they leave and he disappears. The invisible man grabs his bag and leaves Wings most likely never to come back again.
A lot has been said about the lousy service in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland in general. I have received some excellent service at places, mediocre but most often lousy, inattentive just plain bad service. You really have to shake your head. Serves expect tips, 15 per cent, 20 per cent in some places now they expect you to hit 25 per cent on the debit or credit card machine. In my view, many don't earn it. Is it lack of interest in the job they are doing, boredom, pure laziness? Many times it's not because they are run off their feet and they are just too damn busy. I believe a lot of the poor service you receive is also because of poor training and leadership.
Anyway, that's my little "service" rant about Wings.
First time there ordered their happy hour wing special. For a place with the name "Wings" in their name they should stand out and excel at what they present. For the most part these were sad. A small portion with more bone and skin than anything else.
Went during a weekday to watch a hockey game. Their TV's are too small for the room and the large screen is too blurry. Not a place to catch a game. On to the food, ordered the thai and jamaican wings, pretty good, but the wings were a bit small. About a dozen flavours to choose from. Ordered their build your own pasta. Had the meat sauce and it was really bad. Too sweet, don't know why (onions or added sugar) and left about 1/2 of it. Service was pretty good and attentive. Overall, would not go back.
I needed to eat some wings after a hard week at work, so three of my intrepid companions and I made the pilgrimage to WoG. We started off with a couple of pitchers of blonde ale which was on sale, and ordered 4 pounds of wings just in time to get the discount price: pineapple curry, Jamaican, sweet Thai, and honey garlic. Anything on sale tastes better than full price. The beer was tasty, but I have to say the pitchers were awfully small. As for the wings, they were quite good, not over-cooked and rather juicy, although the Jamaican sauce was a little too hot for me. At least I think it was that one. All the wings came on a big platter and I couldn’t really tell which was which except by tasting. We also tried the blue cheese dip, which was basically salad dressing and therefore a bit of a rip-off especially because it cost extra.
We also had the spinach salad, which was fresh, and the Texas fries, which had great flavour, except if they are “Texas” fries, the actual fries should be big (i.e. Texas sized). They were just normal sized. So that definitely diminished the experience. For desert, two of the group had tiramisu, which was reported to be good.
The service was excellent, and the server was very helpful in explaining the various wing sauces, etc. The ambience was nice enough, but for some reason as soon as the wing special ended the staff cranked the stereo way too high. Something I didn’t expect was that most of the diners appeared to be Asian ESL students. I expected Yaletown hipsters or Yankee tourists. Must be all the nearby language schools.
My one quibble was the ridiculous washroom arrangement: you have to get a keycard and wander into the hotel lobby next door. That was quite annoying and the w/c was rather nasty. Other than that one quibble, I found that WoG was a good place to get wings.
I went to Wings on Granville with a group of friends a while back. We ordered the Shared Platter. There was really nothing special about this. A couple wings, a few spring rolls, some pita and dip, some pork ribs and tater tots(?!?). Didn't know how the tater tots tied in with the rest, but it was there!
Service was ok.
There are other places I'd like to try before going back here.
My boyfriend and I went to this restaurant tonight, and had an "interesting" experience. The waitress we had was relatively nice, and the food was pretty good...but the manager we spoke with was completely unacceptable. After only finishing 1/3 of my dinner, I asked the waitress to wrap it up to go. She threw it away. She did come over to apologize, which was great, but her manager also came by as well. The manager that worked there was completely unprofessional, rude, and uncaring about his restaurants service and reputation. We had wanted to use a coupon from the Entertainment book, but he came over to explain some of the details and stipulations of the coupon, and was completely condescending and started going on and on about how his business would lose money, and the cost of the advertisement. We, personally, DID NOT CARE. Despite the GREAT wings they had there, I will never go there again. If you like great wings and don't care about the service, go to Wings...I'd rather go to somewhere like Fogg n Sudds...at least they have consistantly good service!
I've been to Wings more times than I can count and I'd have to say my experience there has been consistently good. I admit, I usually have the same thing when I go - wings/appies & beer. I've never ordered an entrée here, so I can't comment on them. Their veggie plate is always good - but it's really hard to mess up fresh vegetables. The Texas Fries are good as well - a little heavy on the cumin last time I got them - but generally speaking, a good "pub food" option.
I have tried almost every flavour of wings and some of my favourites are the Chicago Salt & Pepper, the Greek and the Outlaw Mexicali. There was only one kind I can honestly say I really didn't like, but I think they took them off the menu anyways. The wings are hot, crispy and very flavourful, everything you look for in a chicken wing! The service is usually quite good - I think only once I had a mediocre server, but it was when I was with a large group so I think she was a bit flustered. I've been a server before, and large groups of people can be a handful sometimes. Most of the servers are quite friendly and always prompt with refills.
All in all, Wings is a great place to go watch the game and enjoy some good beer & wings with friends. I'll keep coming back.
Happened to drop by on a weekday afternoon. The place was empty and I chose to sit at the bar.
I had 2 lbs of wings and a beer. I get to choose a sauce for each lb of wings. The honey garlic was excellent but the greek was average.
I was seated at the bar in a near empty restaurant. There is no way they can screw up the service. So no complains here.
Room is nicely decorated and the booths look very cozy.
Overall, a good lunch/dinner. However, the best thing was the price. Wings were at half price during weekday afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the check. Will be back
Preamble: busy weeknight out with the guys
Food: I only ate the chicken wings. Tried four flavors, was not crazy about Yukon Jack partially because of an inherent dislike for BBQ sauce and partially because it just didn't taste that good even taking that into account. Really loved the other three however: Toyko, Jamaican and some new lime flavor. Chicken had quite a lot of meat without being overly fatter. No need to use the dipping suaces as each flavor was distinct enough by itself.
Service: friendly, gave refills of pop to my friends quickly.
Value: $20 bucks total tax and tip for shared wings with a beer and pop for good wings is not outrageous.
Ambiance: a few large TVs scattered around but I wasn't overly impressed with the tight seating and poor lighting
I've been here 3 times. Usually it's mediocre at best, but last night when I went to get some drinks with a few friends. Everyone was so rude and useless.
There was no hostess...we waited at the door for a few minutes and no one came to help us. We sat at the bar and the bartender was very rude and unfriendly. He didn't crack a smile once. He forgot my friend's order and I can live with that, because it's a normal mistake. But he wasn't apologetic at all.
30 minutes before closing, they started to kick us out and I just felt so uncomfortable being there because it was obvious they didn't want to be.
I would probably go there again just for drinks but I don't expect much from them.
My buddies and I went to see the game at Wings, and had a great time. Upon arrival we were seated at a table that was too small for us, and not given enough menus for everyone, but when our waitress got to the table she immediately moved us to a bigger table that had just been cleared and gave us some extra menus. She was very friendly and attentive and actually made the effort to talk to us during the breaks in the game.
The food was mediocre. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. The wings were by far the best part of our meal, which is good considering that's what they specialize in. We really enjoyed the Buffalo and Greek wings.
There was some confusion after the wrong food was given to me by a different server, but our waitress was there immediately to correct the problem and made sure we were all satisfied with everything we needed, and we never had to wait to order our refils, she would just bring them when we needed them.
So if you go to Wings, ask for Laurana. She's solid.
I'm kind of surprised at all the complaints for this place. I've been here numerous times - this place is laid back with a casual atmosphere. The hot wings and salt & pepper flavours are oh-so-delicious. The only complaint I would make is the music - the staff seem to have music wars. One night, we noticed 2 staff going back and forth to the stereo closet, one turning up the volume, the other turning it down, changing songs to this and that constantly, which was humorous but annoying at the same time. The music, however, will not stop me from eating their wonderful wings!
very slow, poor service. no ambience at all - horrible music that increased in volume throughout the evening. mediocre wings, nothing to write home about. the kicker was that there was no bathroom and had to run to the hotel next door. ridiculous!
i was hesitant to try this place because of all the negative reviews the power of wings is ever so compelling. I was pleasantly surprised. while it wasn't the best experience i ever had i didn't think the servers attitudes were bad and the food was pretty good. We tried the louisiana sweet wings (i only had one, didn't like it too much) greek (delicious and crunchy) and a lamb burger (love the lamb but the burger itself is not too impressive looking)
would definitely go again
I'll make this brief:
there were 3 of us. We waited 5 minutes to get someone to seat us. We waited another 5 minutes to get drinks ordered. We then waited at least 15 minutes to get our waitress back to order some food. Apparently we weren't the only table having difficulty getting service as I looked around. It wasn't crazy busy but busy enough, I suppose. Some surly dude brought out our food after what seemed a long time (30 minutes?) and, as we began to dig into our meals we were all pretty disappointed to say the least. We had an appy to share between us which had some overcooked short ribs and some unsalted and unpeppered Salt & Pepper wings that looked like they'd been on a prison camp diet. One of my friends order the shrimp fettuccine which I tried and it totally tasted like nutmeg was the main ingredient... weird! Our fries were pasty and lukewarm and without any crisp at all. I decided to ask for the manager who, lo and behold, was the surly dude who dropped off our food. I politely complained about all these details and he forced out a small apology and offered a discount on our bill. He didn't seem genuinely concerned at all. It took another 15 minutes after our food was taken away to get our bill and another 15 to pay for it. Not going back. EVER.
The best Wings I've had downtown have been at the Two Parrots Pub. To try something else and for Wing Wednesday (35 cent Wings) my girlfriend and I walked down the street to Wings. Our first visit we ordered a plate of Nachos which sucked to be polite. It was more a plate of chips and salsa with a few strands of random cheese and that was it. I quickly came to realize that this place is called Wings because that is the only thing their menu focuses on. We tried several flavors and the taste was top notch, now if only they would put more sauce on their wings instead of me having to ask for more, it coming in a small side dish cup and me having to pay extra! They have a huge selection of dry rubs and specialty sauces that can't be beat but some of the wings look quite small and feeble like they came from the runt of the litter chicks which is quite a shame since the flavor is so mouth watering. As far as the service goes, it was not too bad. We've gone in a few times more just for the wings and a beer and because my girlfriend likes to sit in there some afternoons and read a book by their fireplace and enjoy a beer. The waitresses seem to always be different. We've had one really friendly one on two occasions which seemed to show more interest and we were pleased with, but overall it is probably a 5 out of 10. The layout and cozy booth feeling inside is very relaxing. If it wasn't for all the great wing flavors I probably would never go back here. If you do go, try the Louisiana Sweet, Maui Lime, and Tora Tora Tora Tokyo!
Not that I'm complaining... I like the honey garlic, lemon and salt something, Greek something or other... I don't think it really matters which one you end up getting - the wings are crispy and juicy - plump and hot... though once we got lukewarm wings (honey garlic) and it doesn't taste so great..
The beer isn't cheap, but at least there is a variety... Wings has a in-house beer - only $12.99 a pitcher. usually busy on a friday and saturday.. The restaurant is a little grubby - I would be a little scared to see what the place looks like in light :-P
Date: April 18.2012.
My 2nd time @ Wing in Granville Street. I called earlier to inquire about seats being taken and inquired when is a good time to get seats. I went early and I was able to obtain seats for friends coming.
My 2 friends came and we (3 people) decided to order the 47cent wings before 5pm. We ordered 70 as we wanted to order most of the flavors and consume it during the Pens game. As friends dropped by later on and took seats we offered to share our wings. The owner/manager, warned me personally that if we were going to share the wings, I would be kicked out. I was surprised, this never happened to me, I thought it was a joke! Anyway, I continued to share my wings with my friends that came. The gentlemen came back to me and told me in a condescending tone "I AM GOING TO KICK YOU OUT, I TOLD YOU NOT TO SHARE, THIS IS NOT A BUFFET BAR." At that point, I had NO idea what he was talking about, but his tone and demeanor was condescending it was ridiculous. It ruined my night.
Basically he was saying not to share the wings that I bought before the 5pm deal with people that came later on during the night. He told me that I was the only one that did that in the restaurant. He said he had a poster about that deal, but it did not say not to share.
Anyway, his lack of communication and his condescending tone letting me know of the situation was uncalled for and very unsatisfactory. I plan on going back letting them know how I feel personally.
So I’m a wings fan just like anyone else here in the greater Vancool area, however with this particular location I have some concerns that I want to address to my fellow wing comrade in arms. In my opinion to get the full gist of how a place operates you have to go to it a few times. Here is where it gets stinky.
1. Wings special .39 cents, how ever you have to get a drink with it and there are no refills , not to mention .39 cent charge for wings not eaten. Come on is pop really and serious overhead.
2. Make sure to count your wings, yes I’m not kidding you. Three times I have had to do this and they were off by like 4 wings. “Oh whatever just 4 wings right”, think about it if there doing this to everyone , your wallets are not smiling during happy hour.
3. Service – Not very cohesive at all, 1 server that’s here then disappears, 2 back servers that flick there hair look at their phones and bring the wrong orders to you, and a hostess that some times wipes the tables , and has the look of “ Shucks chuck What I’m a doing with my life” , and has no idea what going on.
4. Lady Bombay – I’m thinking she is the owner because amongst all the cute servers she looks so out of place. This person is rude, not flexible at all with her customers, and has an attitude not suited for the service industry, Lady Bombay I recommend the dry cleaning business.
5. Ambiance – Well is what it is , nothing to right home about, seats could be cleaned and whipped down once and a while because it looks like it has not been done for some time.
I went to Wings on Grandville one Saturday, and I guess it was extremely busy since there was a Canucks game that night. We arrived at 5:30, was ushered to our table since I had called and made a reservation. (they told me they don't accept reservations on Fridays and Saturdays, but they made an exception or something). Our waiter seemed ok, but it was obvious he was really busy. When late comers to our group came, it took them forever to get a glass of water along with water refills for the rest of the group. We asked our waiter and whoever else who passed by that worked there for more water but we never got any until we asked this lady who seemed like the boss's wife or something. Our waiter never came to our table unless he was taking our orders or delivering us food. It took way too much effort to try and flag him down. It also took forever to get our bill. You would think they would hire more staff at a busy downtown location.
Other than bad service, the food was good. I loved the honey garlic wings the best. I ordered some salmon entree dish with mashed potatoes. I'm not sure if I was supposed to get gravy or not with the potatoes, and I couldn't ask anyone since they were all too busy. The salmon had a really salty skin, so i just ate the potatoes and salmon together to cancel out the harsh salty flavour. There was a tiny bit of roasted veggies with that plate... I could have done with some more.
So something I would tell others: Stick to the wings.
We came as a group of 6 but the only seating available would be near the back. The seats in the front part of the restaurant were too small and could only accomodate 5 people per table at most.
We decided to do the 39 Cent wings deal between 2 PM - 5 PM and we ordered one drink which would get us that deal.
The restaurant was very quiet and empty and the waitress was able to commit most of her time to us. She gave us refills for water frequently and supplied us with more napkins and moist napkins as our fingers got more filthy.
One important thing to note: If you do not finish your wings and wish to have them wrapped for take out, you will be charged for the regular price for the wings rather than the 39 Cent wing deal price. Its apparently "store policy" that if you do not finish everything during dine in, you'll be charged.
The wings were good; I loved the Tokyo, Honey Garlic and Greek wings. I don't understand how peopel could go there for reasons other than for feasting on wings, which is their specialty and their emphasis