Best Bars for Wings in Denver
Buffalo wings, chicken wings or just plain wings. No matter what you call them, this simple dish is the standard of bars and pubs everywhere. And like snowflakes, no two places serve wings the same way. Here are five great places to get your wing fix, just in time for the Super Bowl.
Buffalo Wild Wings: You have to figure that if “wings” are in the name, this national chain must know what it’s doing. What makes B-Dubs unique is the sheer number of sauces available. There are 16 signature sauces and five different seasonings, so no matter your mood, there’s a taste for you. Feeling sassy? Try Asian Zing or Jammin’ Jalapeno. Mild? Try Sweet BBQ. Want to bring the heat? Look for Mango Habanero and Blazin’. You can even let you mix and match sauces. With 12 metro area locations, consider going on a wing sauce tour and try them all.
Moe's Original BBQ: This BBQ joint has an interesting history. It was originally started in Eagle County by a few Alabama ski bums who were missing their traditional Southern ‘cue. Now there are over 20 locations in five states. As a BBQ place, one might not realize that Moe’s has an awesome wings platter. The difference? Moe’s smokes all its meat, which creates a juicy, fall-off-the-bone wing. There are two sauce choices: red or white. You’ll find six locations in the metro area, including Moe’s BBQ and Bowling at 3295 S Broadway (303-781-0414) and the newest at 530 Broadway (303-630-1980).
Piper Inn: This biker bar in southeast Denver can appear intimidating to the casual observer. However, Westword has consistently voted the Piper Inn, a 50-year-old Denver landmark, as having the best wings in town, so don’t judge this book by its cover. Wings here are cooked in trans-fat-free vegetable oil in either Buffalo or Chinese style. Sauces are simple: mild, medium and HOT. No Harley required (2251 S Parker Rd.; 303-755-0771).
Fire on the Mountain: This wing-centric pub founded in Oregon made its way to Denver last year and has raced to the top of Denver’s A-List for wing joints. FOTM is the first certified green restaurant in the Highlands and uses RedBird Farms free-range chicken. Choose traditional or boneless wings, or as meatless wings made from seitan. Douse your wings with one of 11 sauces that range from mild to El Jefe (3801 W. 32nd Ave.; 303-480-9464/WING).
Willy’s Wings: Denverites have to travel for this one, but it’s worth the effort. Willy’s Wings in Morrison has been serving up wings and other fried goodies since 1982. The one-page menu is relatively simple, offering traditional and boneless wings (choose from eight sauces ranging from mild to XX-hot), as well as fried catfish, onion rings and Rocky Mountain oysters. Before a Red Rocks concert or after a trail bike ride, Willy’s is the right place to eat all the wrong foods (109 Bear Creek Ave., Morrison; 303-697-1232).
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