Food & Drink

These are the 8 best wings in SF

Published On 08/23/2013 Published On 08/23/2013
Delicious Buffalo wings

Pretty much everyone can agree that wings are one of God's greatest gifts to mankind, especially when you consider how well they go with His (or Her!) other gifts (fire, beer). Now, helping you figure out which of these greatest gifts is the greatest-est: this roundup of the best eight wings in the Bay.

Wing Wings
Lower Haight
Still the reigning champion, this Lower Haight go-to has a million (okay, like seven) flavors that you have to try, like Wing Wing, Honey Mustard, and Angry Korean, which will accurately describe your emotional state if anyone tries to take a wing from you.

Kezar Pub
Cole Valley
This famous sports pub advertises their "World Famous Wings" with good reason, because these things are seriously delicious and, unlike most girls you hit on, you can even get them "Naked"!

Hi Tops
The Castro
This sports bar in the land of bros who like bros packs a killer menu consulted on by a Top Cheftestant, which means you can get yourself some Top Chef-grade wings here.

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Lightning Tavern
Cow Hollow
How can you resist the allure of 25-cent wing Wednesdays where the wings come alongside one of our very own Local Ladies We Love?

Hidden in Japantown, this two-floor restaurant and bar has three giant projection screens you can watch sports on while downing their incredible soy-garlic-glazed wings.

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Double Decker
Hayes Valley
This spot you've probably walked past just off the main Hayes drag actually has some of the city's best Buffalo wings, which come in mild, hot, or inferno, and you can get them in freaking bucket size. Bucket!!

Memphis Minnie's
Lower Haight
Though you might not expect wings from a BBQ spot, MM's Smokey Mountain Wings are, much like you at Outside Lands, both smoked and fried before they're smothered in tangy BBQ sauce.

The Bureau 510
East Bay
This comfort food spot's tangy Asian BBQ sauce-accompanied spiced wings are good enough that you'll actually want to consider taking (gasp!) BART to get to them.

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1. Wing Wings 422 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

From a Baltimore-repping former Little Skillet chef, WW is a house of wing-y awesomeness that'll sling fried chicken to Lower Haight-ians 'til 2a outta a clean-lined, bright orange-floored, personalized saloon door-equipped interior that seats 10 at stools and four more at out-front benches, presumably pre-warmed by Brian Cardinal.

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2. Kezar Pub 770 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Cole Valley)

A sports bar (especially big on soccer) with pool tables, Golden Tee, trivia, and bar eats, including some of the best wings in SF.

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3. Hi Tops 2247 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

Finally, a place to drink and relax where your sexuality isn't reduced to a stereotype. Hi Tops is a gay sports bar in The Castro that's decked out in benches made from bleachers, flat-screen televisions (16 of them, so they're always playing the game you came to watch), and Top Chef-level nachos, wings, and corn dogs. The speciality cocktails are a huge draw too, like the house Haterade that's served in a plastic water bottle.

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4. Lightning Tavern 1875 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Cow Hollow)

Unabashedly divey, Lighting Tavern carries Fireball, Fernet, tater tot nachos, and chicken wing buckets all in equal parts. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio to sip down bottomless mimosas as you prepare yourself for one of the booziest brunches in town (or dinners or happy hours). Even if you don't take advantage of the bottomless offer, the Scotch egg- and poutine-filled menu will have you overindulging in a different way.

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5. SSISSO 1700A Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Japantown)

Proof you should always get the "s" key on your laptop fixed before filling out an online business license, Ssisso (which's Japanese for seesaw) is a bi-level nosh spot owned by the same folks behind Japantown's Playground, and featuring three insanely big wall-projected TVs, perfect for watching sports/the Castle finale. Bringing a unique spin on Korean fare, resulting in dishes like jalapeno tempura and bacon kimchi. (Squeel!)

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6. Double Decker 465 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Hayes Valley)

An under-the-radar spot in Hayes Valley that has some of the best wings in the city, and they come in "bucket" size.

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7. Memphis Minnie's BBQ 576 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

Memphis Minnie's is a 1950s' styled BBQ joint that slings eats slow-cooked meats, Southern-style. Minnie's meats pass the taste test by using white oak logs (no gas, no electricity!). This spot has everything from ribs to pulled pork to some killer wings. Meats here can come slathered in savory sauces, so you might need a bib-- we won't judge!

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8. The Bureau 510 5800 Hollis St, #150, Emeryville, CA 94608 (East Bay)

With a menu devised by the same high-profile chef who helped open Tom Colicchio's first Craft in New York, The Bureau 510 is a burger/Asian fusionery that looks like a steel mill and a woodshop had a baby using lots of hard wood (!) and... uh... iron pipes.



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