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The Best Wings in Columbus

As one of the Midwest's biggest - and fastest-growing cities - the Ohio capital of Columbus has grown into a hot spot for commerce, culture, cuisine, and plenty of Buckeye fandom. Restaurants with the best wings in Columbus provide the visitors and locals to the city with an intriguing selection of classic Midwestern wing recipes, along with the cutting-edge tastes adapted from its diverse population. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in the city headed out to when they're looking for the best wings in Columbus? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know diners throughout the city to put together this list of the best wings in Columbus. From old-fashioned pubs perfect for watching a Buckeyes or Blue Jackets game to upscale downtown spaces, restaurants with the best wings in Columbus have something for everyone to enjoy. Grab a table in Columbus at one of these great spots tonight!

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13 Restaurants
Updated December 02, 2019
Restaurants:The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar, The Pearl - Short North, Bristol Republic
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Barbecue
Neighborhoods:Columbus, Short North - Arena District
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The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar

$$$$
Contemporary American
Columbus
3.9
875 reviews

Head out to the LeVeque Tower in Columbus for a fantastic view of the city and some of the best wings in Columbus. The Keep is an upscale American bistro with a classic, luxurious vibe for visitors and locals. Start the meal with some of the restaurants Covey Rise Farm chicken drumsticks, with a guajillo glaze, Roquefort dip, and green onions. Seafood is a standout on The Keep's dinner menu. Try some of the restaurant's George's Bank scallops, Skuna Bay salmon, or mussels with sausage.


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The Pearl - Short North

$$$$
Gastro Pub
Short North - Arena District
4.8
5003 reviews

One of the liveliest taverns in Columbus, The Pearl is a standout spot for wings, oysters, cocktails, and much more. Grab a table in the colorful and retro dining room to start with some of the restaurant's creative snacks like house-smoked Slim Jims, devils on horseback, or tater tots. The Pearl's chicken wing confit features B's Hot Sauce and blue cheese dip. Grab a selection of seafood favorites from Pearl's oyster room, like oysters on the half-shell or parmesan baked clams. For dinner, try the restaurant's special grilled cheese with brie and pear jam.


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Bristol Republic

$$$$
Barbecue
Columbus
4.6
396 reviews

The Short North favorite Bristol Republic brings the taste of Nashville to the heart of Columbus. This Ohio favorite is a prime spot for classic Nashville "low and slow" barbecue and fine bourbon. The hickory-smoked wings come in white or Bristol bourbon barbecue flavors, along with traditional honey mustard, dry-rubbed, or buffalo styles. For another menu highlight, try the secret-recipe hotlink Texas sausage with a choice from the Bristol Republic's sterling bourbon menu.


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Cap City Fine Diner & Bar - Grandview

$$$$
American
Grandview Heights
4.8
5408 reviews

The Grandview location of this longtime Ohio favorite mixes classic diner food with retro vibes and a creative menu. It's one of the more engaging dining experiences in the city. Start the trip back in time with some of the Cap City's standout Tamarind-glazed chicken wings with blue cheese. For an entree, try one of the featured diner sandwiches. Try the diner meatloaf melt with Munster cheese or the "Jake's Famous Reuben" with Swiss, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing. The restaurant even features blue plate specials, like beef stroganoff, crabcakes, and flat iron pot roast.


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Houlihan's - Upper Arlington

$$$$
American
Upper Arlington
4.4
739 reviews

A longtime Upper Arlington favorite, Houlihan's is a prime spot in Ohio for some wings, a few drinks, and some excellent good times with family and friends. It's also one of the best happy hour spots in the Columbus area. Try the Thai wings, stuffed mushrooms, and much more for appetizers. The happy hour menu also features a full-size burger and plenty of specials for beer and drinks. On Mondays, stop in for the restaurant's handhelds special. This meal features four handheld favorites - the burger, chicken sandwich, veggie wrap, and grilled chicken wrap - alongside fries for a special price.


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Cap City Fine Diner & Bar - Dublin

$$$$
American
Dublin
4.6
3134 reviews

For a traditional diner menu and some of the best wings in Columbus, the Dublin Cap City is the place to go. An engrossing and entertaining spot, the Cap City Fine Diner & Bar is a fun spot for some retro diner vibes and excellent food. Stop in during the Monday-Friday happy hour to snack on some of the Tamarind-glazed chicken wings with blue cheese. Pair those with other classic appetizers like a pepperoni flatbread, smoked salmon spread, and blue cheese potato chips. Don't miss the diner-style cocktails. Try the coconut-almond milkshake, made with almond-infused vodka and ice cream


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J. Liu Restaurant & Bar of Dublin

$$$$
American
Dublin
4.3
1403 reviews

J. Liu's presents one of the more unique dining experiences in Columbus. This inspired eatery boasts influences of both traditional Italian and Chinese cuisine on a creative menu. The boneless wings at J. Liu's are a menu highlight. These flash-fried pieces of chicken breast come with garlic chili sauce, scallion, and sesame seed. Choose from hearty entrees from both cuisine styles. Go for the pasta Diavolo in a spicy tomato cream sauce for the Italian. Mix it up and go for a Chinese meal with the fried rice, pad thai, or lo mein.


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Barrel & Boar - Westerville

$$$$
Barbecue
Westerville
4.4
601 reviews

This "barbecue gastropub" chain is famous for some of the best wings in Ohio. A lively and authentic spot in Westerville, this location of the renowned chain is an excellent place for dinner with friends and family. The smoked wings with buffalo, barbecue, or dry rub make for a fantastic start to the meal. Pair these with a selection of the restaurant's fabled barbecue dishes, with everything from pulled chicken to brisket on the menu. For supper, go for one of the Barrel & Boar's signature specials. Maple pork and grits include pulled pork, candied bacon, and cheddar and sausage grits.


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Cap City Fine Diner & Bar - Gahanna

$$$$
American
Gahanna
4.7
3041 reviews

Head out to the Stoneridge Plaza for some fine, fun dining at the local Cap City location. This establishment of the Columbus-area favorite features some of the best wings in town. Go for the Tamarind-glazed chicken wings to start the meal. Pair them with some of the retro-modern diner meals made so famous by the Cap City Diner. The diner meatloaf is a standout. This classic meal features buttermilk-chive mashed potatoes, wild mushrooms, and barbecue gravy. For another traditional taste, try the triple-decker grilled cheese with a fried egg, scallions, and Dijonaise.


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Barrel & Boar- Gahanna

$$$$
Barbecue
Gahanna
4.5
633 reviews

The Barrel and Boar is an Ohio tradition. The Gahanna location of this Buckeye state favorite features some of the best wings in Columbus and a fantastic "creekside" view. Barrel and Boar features a full menu of Ohio barbecue favorites. Start with the restaurant's signature smoked wings in either buffalo, barbecue sauce, or dry rub. An "Ohio Barbecue" menu includes brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, burnt ends, and much more. For a hearty sandwich meal, go for the restaurant's "Big Pig." This overstuffed sandwich features kielbasa, pulled pork, bacon, and much more.


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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Columbus

$$$$
American
Polaris
4.5
2305 reviews

In the middle of the Polaris Towne Center, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill offers up some of the best wings in Ohio. This local-favorite chain is an institution throughout Ohio. It's a trusty, lively place for classic American fare, steaks, and much more. Begin the meal with some of the smoked chicken wings with buffalo hot sauce, bleu cheese, and celery. The hearty steakhouse entrees include pepper-encrusted sirloin, filet and shrimp, and surf and turf. Firebirds is also an excellent place for a cocktail or two with dinner. Try the Orange Crush mule with Deep Eddy vodka, juices, and ginger beer.


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Rusty Bucket - Easton

$$$$
American
Easton
4.4
167 reviews

The heart of Easton Town Center is a prime location for one of the best tavern chains in Ohio. The Rusty Bucket in Easton is a fun, engaging restaurant with plenty of beers, sports, and some of the best wings in Columbus. Stop in to watch the Buckeyes or Blue Jackets and enjoy some of the chain's signature Rusty Buckets Wings. Along with celery sticks and blue cheese, the Rusty Bucket wings come in flavors like Tamarind barbecue, Sweet Chili, Spicy Garlic, and Habanero. Be sure to stop into the Bucket's fabled happy hour every weekday for half-priced wings and specials on burgers and pizza.


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Rusty Bucket - Westerville

$$$$
American
Columbus
4.7
336 reviews

In Westerville, the Rusty Bucket is a fun, lively spot for some of the best wings in Columbus. Stop into this outpost of the fabled Ohio chain during happy hour to enjoy specials on appetizers - including the restaurant's famous wings. Grab a tall beer or cocktail and enjoy wings with flavors like Habanero, Spicy Garlic, or Sweet Chili. The Rusty Bucket is also fabled for its excellent burger menu. Try the "Juicy Lucy," with cheese in the middle of the patty. A "Beer Cheese" burger features house-made beer cheese and crispy onion rings. For a healthier option, a turkey burger includes fresh ground turkey and American.


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