Chicken wings — that messy appetizer that bar-goers are always after, often debating which destination has the best offering. The Lowcountry is of course filled with fried chicken, but it also has its fair share of establishments serving some quality chicken wings. Whether the occasion calls for smoked, fried, charred, dry-rubbed, or lathered in hot sauce — these destinations are the undisputed best 10 stops in Charleston for that essential bar snack.Read More
Charleston’s 10 Essential Chicken Wing Stops
From dry rub to Buffalo sauce
1. Nigel's Good Food
Nigel’s Good Food is a North Charleston staple, with a second location in Ladson. Folks travel far and wide for Nigel’s very popular Geechie Wings. The chicken is battered, fried, and tossed in a homemade sweet-and-sour wing sauce. Call for carryout.
2. Holy City Brewing
North Charleston’s Holy City Brewery is located in a hard-to-find, warehouse-style building just off Dorchester Road, but upon entering, patrons will find a lively taproom serving pub fare seven days a week. The chicken wings are smoked then fried before being tossed in one of five sauces, like the honey sambal or pluff mud barbecue.
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3. Home Team BBQ
Fiery Ron’s smoked chicken wings are dry-rubbed and served with a side of Alabama white sauce — patrons looking for an extra kick can add the two ounce Death Relish for good measure. The wings are available for takeout, as well as the Gamechanger mix for at-home cocktails.
4. The Royal American
The Royal American on Morrison Drive has a long list of cheap beer and food for guests looking to kick back. The Magic Wings are crispy and best finished with a spritz of lime, best followed by a sip of Miller High Life. The bar will gladly pack them up for you.
5. Moe's Crosstown Tavern
This local joint takes pride in its pub fare offerings, and the wings reflect, as they come freshly prepared with lots of meat on the bone. Find 15 different sauce options, including the sweet and spicy hot honey mustard and the diabolical “Moe Hotter.”
6. Bay Street Biergarten
Okay, it may be hard to stray from Bay Street Biergarten’s freaky tater tots, but the sports bar also offers up some delicious smoked chicken wings. When you feel safe to dine indoors, pair with one of 30 tap beers and a game on the TV for a casual day with friends. In the mean time, order online.
Most regard Prohibition for its nightlife or as a place to have an expertly crafted cocktail, but it should be known that the speakeasy-style restaurant also has some of the best wings in the Lowcountry. Executive chef Greg Garrison uses a Memphis dry rub, and the charred wings sit atop a gorgonzola ranch that is downright irresistible. The restaurant offers an option for takeout.
8. Charleston Beer Works
King Street’s Charleston Beer Works is a place to drink beer, watch sports, and consume lots of chicken wings. The sports bar offers 15 different sauces, and patrons can order up to 100 wings at a time. Call ahead to get them to go.
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9. Gene's Haufbrau
This classic Avondale dive naturally offers chicken wings alongside a menu filled with bar food staples. The wings come wet, tossed in one of eight sauces, or dry-rubbed in seasonings like lemon-pepper or mesquite. Give the bar a call for pickup.
10. The Griffon
This renowned dive bar offers multiple sauce options on its chicken wings, most notably its famous “buffiyaki” creation. Make sure to bring an extra dollar bill, as The Griffon’s walls are covered in George Washingtons stapled on by visitors looking to leave their mark, while wearing a mask.