Is there anything better on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon than grabbing a frosty cold beer and some wings at your favorite sports bar? We all know a few sports bars that you can always count on for great buffalo wings and a good time no matter where you happen to be that weekend. This week, we’re going to rank the best franchised sports bars based on the deliciousness, consistency, and quality of the wings, as well as the overall sports bar atmosphere. With a number of regional and nationwide wing joints to choose from, here are our top five:
#5- Fricker’s (19 Locations)
With the majority of locations coming in the Buckeye State, Fricker’s is always a great place to catch an Ohio State game. Known for their jumbo wings, Fricker’s breaded, boneless, or bite-sized “Frickin’ Chicken Chunks” are the wing choices to choose from. With thirteen different sauces their Frickin’ X-Scream sauce trumps them all. My personal favorite is the Fricker’s located in north Dayton, Ohio on Miller Lane just off I-75. With forty-seven TV’s and sixteen beers on tap, the experience I had there watching the Cincinnati Reds was well worth my time.
#4- Tilted Kilt (73 Locations)
With locations all over the continental U.S. and a few in Canada, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is a must-stop for any wing-eating fanatic. The Tilted Kilt Girls (the servers) may quite possibly have the best serving outfits out of any sports bar in the U.S., with their “mini-kilts.” My personal favorite location in Hendersonville, Tennessee is a great place to stop if you’re headed towards the Nashville area. With twenty-four beers on tap and twenty-eight TV’s, it’s hands down Hendersonville’s place to watch a game at. I recommend the TK’s Irish Nachos as a pre-wing appetizer.
#3- Wild Wing Café (34 Locations)
With the majority of Wild Wing Café’s locations in the southeastern part of the U.S, it’s a great place to stop on the way to the beach. With countless HD TV’s in each location, the wings are downright delicious and, if you’re picky, they offer thirty-six differnt flavors. Having the option to choose the hottest flavor, “Braveheart,” or the least hottest, “Virgin” (which has the description: “The perfect choice for wimpy wing eaters”), all wing- eaters will feel right at home. My personal favorite location in West Knoxville, Tennessee has one of the best University of Tennessee watch parties. Before and after UT games, the party is always going on at Knoxville’s Wild Wing Café location. I watched Kentucky beat Baylor in the NCAA Tournament here, and I personally recommend the Holy Jalapeño Burger.
#2- Buffalo Wild Wings (833 Locations & counting)
With the most locations out of any sports bar franchise nationwide, Buffalo Wild Wings is more than likely in a city near you. With sixteen flavors to put on your wings, “B-Dubs” is a must stop when a big game is on! My personal favorite location just having opened in Johnson City, Tennessee is the hands-down best place to watch a game in the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee. With the most TV’s out of any East Tennessee sports bar along with music jamming out of the speakers, it’s a great atmosphere to watch a game or just hangout at. An order of twelve mango habanero boneless wings is my personal favorite dish.
#1- Hooters (455 Locations & counting)
Since 1983 at its original location in Clearwater, Florida, Hooters has been the staple of all other wing locations to match up to. With attractive servers, fried-pickles, breaded wings, & cold beer, what more can the average American guy ask for? With some locations offering all-you-can-eat wings on Wednesdays, Hooters is a great place to feast mid-week. My personal favorite Hooters, located in downtown Atlanta, has the best big-game atmosphere I have seen at any Hooters. And for a wing-eating fanatic like myself, trust me, that’s saying a lot. When the Miami Heat beat the Celtics during last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, my ten hot wings, order of fries, and the atmosphere at this particular location made the experience perfect.
What’s your favorite wing joint?
By: Craig Emmert