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Wing Wednesdays

Wing Wednesdays

Wing Wednesday: Score! Sports Bar and Lounge

score sports bar

Let’s start with an important note: make sure you go to Score! Sports Bar and Lounge, not SCORE mentors. The latter doesn’t have Wing Wednesday.

The Bar

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Score! Sports Bar is at the very south end of North Beach at Broadway and Kearny, and it is, as you can imagine, a sports bar. It’s a very large space with a whole lot of TVs, so if you happen to be a degenerate gambler with bets on some second-tier football games that no one else wants to watch, you might be able to get the bartender to show them here.Β It’s also very much a beer pong bar – there are maybe a dozen tables, so get your pitchers, grab some balls and play a game or two.

When we got to Score, it was completely empty. By the time we left, there were fewer than five other people in it. If you don’t want to wait for wings and a drink, this isn’t a bad choice. If you’re looking to make lots of new friends, this might not be the place. I will say that there were no major games on that Wednesday, so it’ll likely be more crowded if the Warriors or the Giants are playing that day.

The Wings

The wings at Score! Sports Bar are twice the price of most Wing Wednesdays, coming in at a still-affordable 50 cents. There’s also a two drink minimum that’s easy to hit with a reasonably-priced pitcher or two. We got the wings fast (but again, only people there) and steaming hot, and I’d generally say they were quite tender and reasonably large. They’ve got five flavors:

  • Buffalo: Traditional, not too spicy, and just a little bit sweet. Nothing extraordinary, but very solid.
  • Sweet Chili: These were a little sweet for me, but definitely not bad. Not spicy at all.
  • Lemon Pepper: I was surprised by how good these were – they were lightly sauced compared to everything else, and it really helped bring out the tenderness of the wings. The flavor isn’t dramatic, but it’s delicious.
  • Garlic Parmesan: Not a fan of these – I thought the Parmesan gave them a weird texture, and the flavor was pretty bland and not at all garlicky.
  • BBQ: These might have been my favorite BBQ wings so far; the flavor is much more subtle and less sweet than most places.

The Service

You order from the bar, and they bring the wings out. Based on the size of the place, even if it’s crowded I can’t imagine anyone having a problem finding a place to sit and eat. Thumbs up all around on the staff here as well.

Overall

This is a great option; lots of space, good wings and plenty of beer pong and TV to keep you occupied. The only downside is that the wings are more expensive than other places, but at 50 cents a pop, they’re tough to complain about.

Rating:Β πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—

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Wing Wednesday: Bar None

Bar None Wings

Bar None SF is a Marina staple, best known for its beer pong tables, but it’s also got a Wing Wednesday special that’s worth trying (and we won’t hold it against you if you stay for a game of pong or two afterwards).

The Bar

Bar None SF is in the heart of the Marina on Union between Buchanan and Laguna (right across from Blue Light). It’s a classic watering hole for Marina bros, with shuffleboard, darts and plenty of arcade games in addition to the aforementioned beer pong tables. There are also TVs everywhere, so you’ll be able to catch your game while you eat your wings.

Despite what must be gallons of beer that get spilled on the floor every night, it’s clean and well maintained if you get there in the early evening. It’s a good sized place, but it can get crowded, even on a Wednesday, as kickball leagues filter in once their games end.

The Wings

The standard deal here – 25 cent wings, no restrictions of any kind. If you want variety, Bar None SF isn’t your place; the only wings you’ll find here are traditional buffalo (which, frankly, I can respect). They’re good sized, and they do the buffalo sauce well – not too spicy and some good flavor.

The Service

The bartenders at Bar None SF are always friendly and generally happy to shoot the breeze about whatever sports are going on if it’s not crowded. If you get in early, wings come out right away, but even once it starts to get crowded things still move pretty quickly.

Overall

If you just want a traditional sports bar and some good old fashioned buffalo wings, Bar None SF is a perfect place. Consider getting in on the early side to avoid the crowd (or get in later and challenge them to a game of beer pong).

Rating:Β πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—

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Wing Wednesday: Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

dr teeth sf

Dr. Teeth SF is one of the Mission’s most popular bars – whatever night of the week you go, you’ll find it crowded. Those of us at Brunch Club are also big fans of their bottomless mimosa brunch (especially when it’s a nice day to sit on their patio), so naturally we had to go give their Wing Wednesday a try.

We got there at 6pm, and it was packed – shoulder to shoulder both inside and out on the patio. There were no tables free; we were lucky to find two barstools near the front window and a small space to set down our wings.

The Bar

There’s a fair bit of space at Dr. Teeth SF – the bar inside is fairly large, with a couple of big tables, more than a dozen bar seats and a few highball tables, along with a shuffleboard table (where they were letting people set wings and beers on, which made me die a little inside). Outside is a large patio with several levels, a half dozen picnic tables and cornhole at the very top. Still, almost every seat in the house was taken and plenty of folks were standing.Β There are a few TVs inside showing whatever the game du jour is.

The Wings

Dr. Teeth SF has wings in three flavors – buffalo, sweet chili habanero and BBQ – and no matter what you order, they come out drenched in sauce. The wings themselves were nicely tender, but the sauces were generally not good, unfortunately.

  • Buffalo – These had the right amount of spice, but they were also kind of bitter, instead of the usual hint of sweetness you get with buffalo sauce. Didn’t enjoy them at all.
  • Sweet chili habanero – These were actually my favorite wings; less spicy than the buffalo but they had a decent sweetness to them that wasn’t overwhelming and lacked the bitterness of the buffalo wings.
  • BBQ – These didn’t suffer from the usual BBQ wing problem of too much sweetness, but they had the same bitter taste as the buffalo.

The Service

You order from the bar, and they give you a number to take to your table (or sliver of bar). Wings come out reasonably quickly, especially given the number they’re preparing. Beyond the speed, though, the service isn’t great. First off, nobody really seems to be cleaning up – the place where we sat had trash and dirty dishes when we grabbed it, and they were still there when we left. Second, they served us a single cup of ranch with the 45 wings we ordered, and when we asked one of the wait staff for me, she told us we had to pay for it and thus needed to go order at the bar. Charging 50 cents for extra ranch is pretty standard, but if you’re going to charge for it, you need to give a reasonable amount for the size of each wing order.

Overall

We were all pretty disappointed by Dr. Teeth SF – with a crowded bar, dubious service and subpar wings, there’s not a lot to rave about. If you have to be down in the Mission, it might be worth visiting, but otherwise I wouldn’t bother.

Rating:Β πŸ—πŸ—

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Wing Wednesday: Blue Light

Blue Light Wings

The Blue Light bar is a Marina spot with a pretty standard Wing Wednesday special, so Brunch Club went to investigate. We found it to be pretty mediocre, and given that it’s right across the street from Bar None, it’s probably not worth a visit.

The Bar

You’ll find Blue Light bar on Union between Buchanan and Laguna. If you’re like me, the first thing you’ll notice when you get inside is that it feels kind of run down – not quite the dive bar aesthetic, just a sports bar that hasn’t been especially well maintained. It’s a mid-sized establishment with a fair number of tables and a long bar, as well as a pool table in the back. There are plenty of TVs, but otherwise the place is pretty nondescript.

The Wings

Their special is the standard – 25 cent wings – and the only restriction is you have to order in batches of four. They also have an accompanying beer special of buy one get one for one dollar Buds and Bud Lights.

They’ve got five flavors of wings: naked, cajun spicy, garlic parmesan, buffalo and BBQ. All of them are dry rubbed wings, which isn’t my preference, but if you’re into that sort of thing, this is one of a few places that do their wings that way. The real problem, though, is that the wings are tiny. They’re clearly getting the dregs of whatever wings their supplier has available to keep costs down, so you just get a plate of sad looking tiny bones with a little meat on them.

We didn’t try the naked (because why would we), but my thoughts on the rest:

  • Cajun spicy: These were pretty good – nice flavor and a decent level of heat.
  • Garlic parmesan: Not spicy at all, for those looking to avoid heat. I thought there was too much garlic and not enough parmesan, but either way I’m not a big fan of this concept generally.
  • Buffalo: I’m biased against these because they’re done dry, which I felt was very strange, but I just generally thought they were mediocre. A bit of heat, but generally lacking in flavor.
  • BBQ: I’ve said before that I’m not a fan of BBQ wings, and the same applies here, especially sans sauce.

The Service

When we got there it was pretty quiet. There wasn’t a waitress yet, so we had to order at the bar, but things came out quickly. As it got crowded, a waitress showed up, but the wings really started to come out slowly. The staff was fine, but it seems like they weren’t prepared for a Wing Wednesday crowd.

Overall

If you love dry rubbed wings, you’ll want to come to The Blue Light bar, but even then you’ll be disappointed with the ambiance and the size of the wings.

Rating:Β πŸ—πŸ—

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Wing Wednesday: Bullitt SF

Bullitt SF

In writing this, I realize that somehow Brunch Club hasn’t been to Bullitt SF for bottomless brunch – I’ll rectify that ASAP. In the mean time, we’ve been to their Wing Wednesday, and it’s worth the trip. It’s owned by the Tonic Group, proprietors of such fine establishments as Soda Popinski’s, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and Tonic (obvi), so it should come as no surprise that they know what they’re doing when it comes to the bar staple that is Wing Wednesday.

The Bar

You’ll find Bullitt SF on Polk between Vallejo and Green. Inside, it’s a medium-sized space with high top tables lining the wall opposite the bar. There are several TVs, which means it gets crowded when there’s a game of note on. Thankfully that’s not usually a problem for Wing Wednesday, since virtually nothing interesting in sports happens on Wednesdays, but it can get crowded nonetheless. It’s pretty hit or miss, but it doesn’t hurt to get there early.

It’s also worth noting that their frosΓ© is excellent when it’s hot out.

The Wings

They’ve got your standard Wing Wednesday deal, with wings at 25 cents a pop and no restrictions on how many you can order, and their wings are definitely on the larger side. They’ve got five flavors: buffalo, sweet chili habanero, bbq and wasabi miso ginger. “But you only listed four flavors,” you say, because you’re the sort of clever and astute person that visits this site. Don’t worry, I’ll get to flavor number five. In the mean time, my thoughts on the flavors:

  • Buffalo: Nothing special about these, but they’re definitely solid buffalo wings.
  • Sweet Chili Habanero: I’m often not a fan of sweet wings, because they tend to be way too sweet – not the case here. These are just sweet enough with a nice kick to them.
  • BBQ: I’m also generally not a fan of BBQ wings because they tend to be too sweet, and these fit the bill. If you’re a BBQ wing lover, these are probably worth your while.
  • Wasabi Miso Ginger: I appreciate the attempt at a novel wing flavor, but these just tasted weird to me.

So what’s the mystery flavor number five? It’s their Carolina Reaper Death Wings of Destruction, which aren’t really designed for human consumption. Rather, they’re there as part of Bullitt SF’s wing challenge – if you can eat four of them in five minutes without drinking anything, you get your full order of wings and a couple of shots of Jameson for free. So how hot are they? Obviously I didn’t try them, but a good friend who is something of an expert in spicy foods took the challenge, and she had no problem whatsoever – she said if she could’ve had a beer with them, she would’ve enjoyed them. That said, I’ve literally seen a grown man weep after inadvertently putting some of her usual hot sauce on his food, so it’s tough to say where they stand for a normal human. You should definitely try them and send me a video of your attempt.

The Service

The service was good – despite the fact that it was a packed house with everyone ordering wings, they still came out quickly, and our waitress checked on us frequently. She wasn’t sure about the wing challenge rules, since apparently my friend was the second person she’d seen try it, and I think as a result she gave us too good a deal for succeeding (she comped all the wings that the entire table ate). No complaints about that.

Overall

Bullitt SF is a solid bar with a solid Wing Wednesday deal. It’s not a huge space, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for a big group, but if you’ve got a few folks and a hankering for some wings, you should definitely head on over.

Rating:Β πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—

 

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Wing Wednesday: Ho’s Bootleg Tavern

ho’s bootleg tavern

Since you’re reading this, you probably know that I like eating at bars, good deals and gross overindulgence. Since one can only realistically do bottomless brunch once per week, I’ve gotta get my fix elsewhere the rest of the week. So it is that I find myself with increasing frequency at Wing Wednesdays throughout San Francisco, and since that seems like the sort of thing that you’d enjoy, dear readers, I’m going to start reviewing them here. First up: Ho’s Bootleg Tavern.

The Bar

Ho’s Bootleg is in Russian Hill at Van Ness and Green – look for the awning with the name written in some good-looking graffiti style. The interior is pretty nondescript – a medium sized place with a big wood bar and tables throughout, along with several TVs on the walls. We got there on Wednesday at 5:30 and it was almost entirely empty, and when we left an hour later more folks had shown up but there was still plenty of space.

The Wings

The wing special at Ho’s Bootleg Tavern is 25 cent wings up to 12 at a time per person (but you can keep ordering more once you’ve finished the first dozen). They have traditional buffalo, BBQ and spicy BBQ. We tried buffalo and spicy BBQ, and both were solid. The buffalo wings were pretty standard, while the spicy BBQ wings had the right blend of BBQ and spice – not too sweet like a lot of BBQ wings are. All of the wings were reasonably sized – none of the dinky little ones that you sometimes see on Wing Wednesdays, but not huge, either.

The Service

There were a couple of bartenders working, which was more than enough for the crowd there, so wings and drinks came out reasonably fast. Everyone was friendly, and we had a good time.

Overall

Ho’s Bootleg Tavern is a strong contender for your Wing Wednesday attention. It’s a solid dive bar with nice staff and well-done wings. Nothing that’ll blow you away, but definitely not a place you’d regert going to.

Rating:Β πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—

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