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These are the best wing joints in Austin. Enjoy.

Published On 08/23/2013 Published On 08/23/2013
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1. Pluckers Wing Bar 3909 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

A wing bar that's been around since the early '90s, serving bone-in and boneless wings with 19 dipping sauces to choose from.

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2. Draft Pick Sports Bar 1620 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741

Nestled into the Amli apartments on Riverside, Draft's the latest project from the guy behind Texican Cafe: a tastefully wood-paneled sports-watcher's paradise whose 17 flatscreens include a 226in monster they claim's the biggest in the 787.

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3. Wingzup 1000 E 41st St, Austin, TX 78751

Just opened by a former Wingstop franchisee, this Mecca for pluck-happy sports fans offers 26 flatscreens and a slew of boneless, smoked, or original recipe Buffalos smothered in 20+ sauces from tame (teriyaki, lemon pepper) to firey (mango habanero, ghost pepper).

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4. Tommy Want Wingy 415 Jessie St, Austin, TX 78704

Deciding on the name after a serendipitous viewing of Tommy Boy, the culinary school trained honcho behind TWW has teamed with his brother to spread the gospel of bite-sized poultry out of the Barton Springs Trailer Park.

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5. East Side King 1618 1/2 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

78702 food-truckers ESK from Paul Qui and Moto Usonomiya are slinging an array of Asian-fueled goodness, like sausage-filled steamed buns like the beefy Gyu Bao (curry cabbage, Kewpie mayo, potato chips, green onion) and the pigged-out Bao Boy (bacon, chicharrones, kimchi, grilled pine nuts).

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6. The Tavern 922 W 12th St, Austin, TX 78703

These days, venues don’t feel the need to let you know if they do (or don’t) have air conditioning. But the world wasn’t always graced with such luxury, and when Austin’s Tavern -- founded in 1933 -- had an air-cooling system installed, it was so important that The Tavern enshrined “Air Conditioned” in the neon sign that welcomes you to this half-timbered, Tudor haunt. Though it’s rumored to have once been a speakeasy and brothel, today The Tavern is -- perhaps less excitingly -- a local favorite sports bar and hangout spot. The menu of bar fare faves includes appetizers, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, and entrees, and we recommend that you try the “Amazing White Wings,” in which the chicken is wrapped with bacon and jalapenos and tossed in wing sauce, the Longhorn Philly Sandwich with thinly sliced rib-eye on a Tavern hoagie, or the steak tacos.

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7. Daisies Cafe 2320 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756

Before you balk at Daisies Cafe's fusion of Mexican and Lebanese, remember that perfect strangers can achieve great success for... eight seasons!?

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8. Wings N More 1200 W Howard Ln, Austin, TX 78735

More than just wings (!), Wings N More is a sports bar with burgers, deep-fried everything, delicious desserts... and some of the best wings in Austin.