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Charleston’s 12 Essential Chicken Wing Stops

From dry rub to Buffalo sauce

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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 12 stops in Charleston for that essential bar snack.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Holy City Brewing

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4155 Dorchester Rd
Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 225-5623
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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.

2. Home Team BBQ

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126 Williman St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 225-7427
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Of course this lively happy hour destination has wings for hungry regulars to snack on following a few boozy beverages. Fiery Ron’s smoked chicken wings are dry-rubbed and served with a side of Alabama white sauce — guests looking for an extra kick can add the two ounce Death Relish for good measure.

3. The Royal American

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970 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 817-6925
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Part concert venue, part dive bar, 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, followed by a sip of Miller High Life.

4. Moe's Crosstown Tavern

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714 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 641-0469
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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.”

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5. The Alley

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131 Columbus St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 818-4080
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Wings, beer, and bowling — what’s better than that? Start a night in the lanes at The Alley, and in between rolls, nibble on chicken wings covered in one of six sauces.

6. Bay Street Biergarten

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549 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 266-2437
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Okay, it may be hard to stray from Bay Street Biergarten’s freaky tater tots, but the buzzy gathering place also offers up some delicious smoked chicken wings. Pair with one of 30 tap beers and a game on the TV for a casual day with friends.

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7. Prohibition

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547 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-2964
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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.

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8. Charleston Beer Works

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480 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-5885
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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.

9. Gene's Haufbrau

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817 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 225-4363
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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.

10. Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House

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12 Cumberland St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-9699
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Stop into this hidden French Quarter beer emporium for its Monday Wing Night, which features smoked wings and a rotating cast of five different sauces. Get a half dozen for just $6 and pair with one of 52 beers offered on tap.

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11. The Griffon

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18 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-1700
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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.

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12. Minero

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153 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 789-2241
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This East Bay Street Mexican establishment may have the most creative wing service out there. The charcoal-grilled chicken wings are cooked in the kitchen before being doused in Valentina hot sauce and shaken up in a brown paper bag tableside. Patrons scared of spice should fear not, as a strong margarita awaits following a mouth-numbing bite.

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1. Holy City Brewing

4155 Dorchester Rd, Charleston, SC 29405

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.

4155 Dorchester Rd
Charleston, SC 29405

2. Home Team BBQ

126 Williman St, Charleston, SC 29403

Of course this lively happy hour destination has wings for hungry regulars to snack on following a few boozy beverages. Fiery Ron’s smoked chicken wings are dry-rubbed and served with a side of Alabama white sauce — guests looking for an extra kick can add the two ounce Death Relish for good measure.

126 Williman St
Charleston, SC 29403

3. The Royal American

970 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403

Part concert venue, part dive bar, 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, followed by a sip of Miller High Life.

970 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Moe's Crosstown Tavern

714 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
Moe’s wings
Katie P./Yelp

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.”

714 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

5. The Alley

131 Columbus St, Charleston, SC 29403

Wings, beer, and bowling — what’s better than that? Start a night in the lanes at The Alley, and in between rolls, nibble on chicken wings covered in one of six sauces.

131 Columbus St
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Bay Street Biergarten

549 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403
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Okay, it may be hard to stray from Bay Street Biergarten’s freaky tater tots, but the buzzy gathering place also offers up some delicious smoked chicken wings. Pair with one of 30 tap beers and a game on the TV for a casual day with friends.

549 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Prohibition

547 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Wings at Prohibition
Prohibition - Charleston/Facebook

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.

547 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. Charleston Beer Works

480 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

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.

480 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Gene's Haufbrau

817 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407

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.

817 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

10. Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House

12 Cumberland St, Charleston, SC 29401
Craftsmen wings
Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House/Facebook

Stop into this hidden French Quarter beer emporium for its Monday Wing Night, which features smoked wings and a rotating cast of five different sauces. Get a half dozen for just $6 and pair with one of 52 beers offered on tap.

12 Cumberland St
Charleston, SC 29401

11. The Griffon

18 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401
Wings at the Griffon
Katie P./Yelp

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.

18 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401

12. Minero

153 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
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This East Bay Street Mexican establishment may have the most creative wing service out there. The charcoal-grilled chicken wings are cooked in the kitchen before being doused in Valentina hot sauce and shaken up in a brown paper bag tableside. Patrons scared of spice should fear not, as a strong margarita awaits following a mouth-numbing bite.

153 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

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