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1. Wing Wings422 Haight St, San Francisco
2. Kezar Pub770 Stanyan St, San Francisco
3. Hi Tops2247 Market St., San Francisco
4. Lightning Tavern1875 Union St, San Francisco
5. SSISSO1700A Post Street, San Francisco
6. Double Decker465 Grove St, San Francisco
7. Memphis Minnie's BBQ576 Haight St, San Francisco
8. The Bureau 5105800 Hollis St, #150, Emeryville
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.
A sports bar (especially big on soccer) with pool tables, Golden Tee, trivia, and bar eats, including some of the best wings in SF.
Finally a place to visit with your bros that like other bros (and sports), Hi Tops is SF's first gay sports bar. Situated in the former Lime space, HT's got benches made from bleachers, 16 flatscreens constantly showing games, Top Chef contestant-consulted fried chicken sandos and hot wings, plus 10 pitcherable drafts and cocktails including a "Protein" which incorporates chocolate muscle milk.
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.
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!)
An under-the-radar spot in Hayes Valley that has some of the best wings in the city, and they come in "bucket" size.
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!
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.