There are a lot of wings fans out there.
Some like traditional, some like boneless. There aren’t any wrong answers, but there’s not usually restaurants dedicated solely to making wings, so let’s do a deep dive into Pittsburgh's restaurants to see where you can find the best wing options.
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2328 E Carson Street | South Side | archiesoncarson.com
Their mantra, “Eat, Drink, and Watch the Game on Carson Street,” is simple, but don't let that fool you. A bar at heart, Archie’s still offers fan-favorite wings for any sporting event. Archies’ boasts 23 unique flavors and 50 cent wings for Wing Night. They also host Trivia Night if you’re looking for another excuse to go grab some wings.
“By far the BEST wings around. They are consistently delicious each and every time we go there. Spicy Thai and Garlic Parmesan are just some of our favorites!” - Yelp Review
649 Penn Avenue | Downtown | meatandpotatoespgh.com
Meat & Potatoes is aptly named. They offer a lot of delicious heavy hitters: steaks, ribs, and burgers. There’s a lot to get distracted with on the Meat & Potatoes menu, so it might not be a surprise that the wings fall in the Appetizers section--don’t let that fool you, though. The wings are one Meat & Potatoes best-kept secret.
“We had the wings first and they are The best wings I've ever had. They are smoked then fried.” - Trip Advisor Review
5 Market Square | Downtown | winghartburgers.com
It’s got “wing” in the name, so it has to have wings, right? Yes, it does! Winghart’s Burger & Whiskey Bar has wings, among other things, so you can get that chicken-wing fix. Winghart’s expansive menu offers a large selection of wing sauces, ranging from Tikka Masala to Truffle Aioli to Butter Spice and all the classic flavors, like Honey Mustard and BBQ.
“The service was top notch and the wings were out of sight. I can't wait to go back and try some different ones...I have no idea on the other menu items, but the wings are awesome.” - Trip Advisor Review
321 Bigham Street | Mt. Washington | bighamtavern.com
No wings article would be complete without mentioning Bigham Tavern. Located in Mt. Washington, the people at Bigham are big believers in serving the best wings-- they’ve won Pittsburgh City Paper’s Best Wings seven years running! If that's not enough to get someone in the door to try the wings, then I don't know what is.
“...Best wing selection I have ever seen. Me and buddy tried 5 different sauces and every one was awesome. Great bar with laid back, neighborhood vibe. Fantastic place.” - Trip Advisor Review
144 6th Street | Downtown | redbeardspgh.com
Redbeard’s is another big-ticket wing spot. Redbeards’ pays homage to all the Steel City sports, so it makes sense that it’s your one-stop shop to grab some grub on Boneless Mondays or All You Can Eat Thursday and watch the game.
“We returned...for all you can eat wings before the Penguins game. Wings were good and the service was great...” - Trip Advisor Review
1324 East Carson Street | South Side | bigshotbobs.com
Big Shot Bob’s House of Wings is a Pittsburgh staple. They have multiple locations spread around the city, not just in the South Side. With four more locations in development, any of them are great stops to grab some wings.
“With something like 4,000,000,000,000 sauce options (OK, only about 300, I think), there has got to be something for everyone in this joint.” - Yelp Review
621 Evergreen Road | Millvale | sidelinesbarandgrill.com
Sidelines Beer House in Sewickley and Sidelines Bar & Grill are some other solid options to add to the go-to wings destinations. Crank up the heat with Sidelines’ very own Scoville scale-- they turn up spiciness to level 13 with their Insanity sauce. There are, of course, other, milder options for the faint of heart, like Blackberry BBQ or Peanut Butter & Jelly. Sidelines offers a variety of 40+ different sauces or rubs — try them all!
“Best wings in town and a great variety of beer. I love stopping here before a show at Mr. Smalls. There is a large draft and bottle selection, something for everyone.”
2350 Noblestown Road | Westwood
One of Wiggy’s menu centerpieces is the jumbo wings and myriad of different sauces. With almost 50 to choose from, it can be an intimidating task trying to select just one, when they all sound tempting. There’s Wiggy’s Wildfire, Old Bay, Maple Bacon, Blackberry Dijon, Supersonic, and Coconut Lime to sink your teeth into and more!
“With almost 50 to choose from, it can be an intimidating task trying to select just one, when they all sound tempting. There’s Wiggy’s Wildfire, Old Bay, Maple Bacon, Blackberry Dijon, Supersonic, and Coconut Lime to sink your teeth into and more!” - Yelp Review
1805 E Carson | South Side | fatheads.com
The famous Pittsburgh brewery is also well known for its bar food, wings included. Get an order of their house-smoked wings-- they’re “dry rubbed, smoked, then chargrilled to perfection.”
If you’re still reading after that description, then I’m not sure what will sell you on these wings. Their sauce selection isn’t as big as some of the previous entries, but they focus on quality over quantity. The Killer sauce is waiting for you!
“All you need to know is get the wings! Seriously some of the best wings I've ever had!” - Yelp Review
720 Blaw Avenue | Blawnox | noxstavern.com
Nox’s Tavern and Grille is a local tavern off the beaten path of Pittsburgh proper, but don't let that scare you off. The wings are still worth a shot and they also have a unique roster of sauces. You could try Steph’s Secret Sauce, Butter Mesquite, or Kitchen Sink.
“The wings come in a variety of flavours and are all great. There's many different beer choices and it's not long before you feel at home!” - Trip Advisor Review
4022 Saw Mill Run Blvd | Pittsburgh | fiftyonewings.com
As the name implies, 51 Wings and Things offers 51 different sauces to help you create the delicious wings you love and crave. Whether you like your wings hot and spicy or you prefer them on the milder side, you can get just what you can at 51 Wings. In addition to their wide wing selection, the restaurant offers hoagies, salads, tater tots, and sandwiches. Yum!
“Great place to try some new wing sauce flavors. Just as their name states, they have 51 different flavors on their menu. You can only get 1 flavor if you order 6 or 13 and 2 flavors if you order 26 or 51. I recommend getting a couple orders of 6 wings to try different flavors.” - Yelp Review
2525 E Carson St | South Side | wingsover.com
Craving some fresh wings after a late night out? Wings Over Pittsburgh offers delicious, cooked-to-order into the late hours of the night. Guests can order wings in batches of 6, 9, 12, 25, 50, 75, and 100! Dozens of sauces are also available to help customize your wings, such as the Traditional Teriyaki, Mild Buffalo, and Lemon Pepper sauces.
“They have a great variety of flavors, traditional hot sauce, bbq, dry rubs, and teriyaki. They offer orders by weight, which is nicely explained on their website of the number of people it feeds, and it's fantastic they allow you to choose up to 4 flavors so you get a sampling.” - Yelp Review
5147 Butler St | Lawrenceville | divebarandgrille.com
With over 30 years of experience in the restaurant business, the Dive Bar and Grill knows a thing or two about wings. You can order a simple plate of Bar Wings and customize them with a multitude of different sauces, such as buffalo garlic parm, traditional BBQ, or honey sriracha. Dipping sauces are also available! If you prefer your wings dry, you can order them in a dry rub flavor such as cajun or ranch.
“This is usually a go to place for me because it's close to my work. Their menu is quite large and it's always a consistent taste. They usually have a rotating tap of speciality beers, worth a stop.” - Yelp Review
1635 E Railroad St | Heidelberg | insurrectionaleworks.com
Last, but not least, on the list is Insurrection Ale Works. This popular restaurant in Heidelberg offers 5 piece and 10 piece wing plates. Spicy Dust, Butter Garlic, and Buffalo are just a few of the sauces that the chefs can toss your wings in. A full beer menu featuring different drafts and cans are also available. What better way to end your night than with a plate of fresh wings and a cold beer?
“I like that with 10 wings we were able to get 2 flavors. I had the spice dust and my wife had the Aleworks and Serrano. We ended up getting a 4 pack of the oatmeal stout to go along with it. The wings were incredible! Large and juicy, and the sauces were far better than anticipated. Lots of flavor and just the right amount of heat.” - Yelp Review
That’s just the tip of the iceberg for Pittsburgh wings — these are just the cream of the crop. Add them to your to-do list, or your bucket list, because these wing stops are worth a try.