Buffalo >Arts & Entertainment > Anchor Bar
1047 Main St, Buffalo, NY | Directions 1420942.902344 -78.868546
Take a picture and move on – walking into this place may be neat because it IS the birthplace of Buffalo Wings BUT you will be better off turning around and go to ANY of the HUNDREDS of other restaurants in Buffalo that serve wings. Walking in at dinner time will be crowed as expected ( I'm suspecting mostly tourists), but that doesn't justify the long waits and the rude wait staff. I have been there numerous time only because any friends that come in to town want to see the historic place. Every time I have been there I was waited on by someone who seems to feel that they have the right to be inattentive and rude because the are an anchor bar waitress and they are special because of this.
When you order wings, expect to wait about 45 minutes to an hour for them to arrive (as you sit there thirsty because of the previously mentioned staff). Close to the end of our dinner a small band got up on stage and started playing which was ok, UNTIL i received the bill and there was an extra charge because we were there when the band was playing.
Living in Buffalo my whole life, I've eaten a LOT of wings. I'll try wings everywhere I go and I will say that I have had better. I have had the suicidal wings here and they have an overpowering taste of black pepper. The mixture of hot flavors doesn't really blend that well because of this.
If you need to see the history behind the chicken wing, stop in, take a picture, buy a t-shirt and go to Duffs on Sheridan. If you do decide to stay, don't expect the wings to be phenominal, service to be quick or the staff to be friendly.
Sub-par wings – This is a nice place to visit every few years with good atmosphere and decent food in the down town area. It's full of tourists almost all the time and there is a reason for that - the locals all go to Duffs because that is where the best wings are at. The wings were nothing special at the Anchor Bar and the pizza was lousy, but maybe the cook was having a bad day the 3 times I've visited there over the past few years???? I keep going back because all the tourist's books I read and some people I know swear by their wings, and I keep giving them a chance hoping to see what all the fuss is about. But there is absolutely NO question in my mind. Average food with a better dining area than Duffs, but I go for my monthly fix to Duffs with no regrets.
Overrated – We came up to Buffalo, for the National Buffalo Festival; we had heard great things about the Anchor Bar, so we thought we would check it out for ourselves. The place was overrated with average wings. It may be the "original" Buffalo wing place, but we have had much better. The bartenders were slow and a guy that we walked in with waited 45 minutes for 2 pound! Buffalo has a lot of bars that have wings; don't waste your time here!
heaven – This place is awesome. You can enjoy a meal with the family or watch the ball game at the bar. The Anchor bar is a true landmark that you must experience if in Buffalo or just passing through.
Best wings ever! – Everytime I go to Niagara Falls, I always go to two places: Anchor Bar and LaNova. Anchor Bar has the best wings. LaNova has the best pizza and a close second in their wings. Anchor Bar is the original place for buffalo wings and I wouldn't have it any other way. These are THE best!
The joint will singe your senses with spicy wings and the hottest jazz in town.
– The Scene
No trip to Buffalo is complete without visiting the birthplace of the city's signature food. The hospitable staff cruises through the informal setting, where photos of famous customers, articles and awards cover the walls. Need another excuse to come? Customers are treated to some of the city's best jazz on the weekends.
The city is known for its hot wings and this place is why. Buffalo wings are prepared perfectly--deep-fried until golden, tossed with the infamous sauce and smothered in blue cheese with a side of celery. Spice levels range from mild to the aptly named "suicidal" wings. If you're not in the mood for wings, there are plenty of Italian specialties like veal cacciatore and eggplant Parmesan. Homemade pastas, salads and sandwiches extend the options.
The original and still the best! – Best wings, sauce, and bleu cheese, period. Other food is good too but if you go there, you have to order wings.
Put Buffalo, NY on the map! – I remember when the Anchor Bar first started serving chicken wings. They were free and placed on the bar so customers could snack and buy more beer at the bar. When chicken wings really took off, the Anchor Bar was the "Mecca" for chicken wings in the entire North American continent.
Unfortunately, over the years as chicken wings became more commercial and mainstream in all restaurants, the Anchor Bar has slipped. There are at least three places in WNY that have better "wings" by far.
Everyone from out of town wants to stop at the Anchor Bar for chicken wings but the local population goes elsewhere. The Anchor Bar put Buffalo, NY on the map as the Chicken Wing capital of the world but sadly, the competition has caught up!
grown up on – I need to have these wings ever time I come home! Grown up in the falls travel to anchor for
wings. Always worth the pit stop!
Thank You. – Good place hang out with friends. The wings are good. Nice that they haven't lost there touch to make good wings. I have had better but these still pretty good. People say LaNova has the best wings, people must like wings with no sauce or taste. They cost a little more, but they are well worth it. Thank you Anchor Bar for not forgetting how to make BUFFALO WINGS!!!!
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