Where to Find the Best Wings in DC

The Fall is upon us, and we all know what that means – watching games with family and friends while enjoying day game food and snacks. 

delicious serving of chicken wings at a restaurant in Washington DC

Whether or not you are a fan of Football (or if you are a fan of Autumn), we can all agree that Chicken Wings are absolutely some of the best food to have by your side, especially when the weather gets cooler. Whether or not you are looking to grab wings for takeout to enjoy the game at home or dine in an upscale dining restaurant, we have rounded up the best places to get Chicken Wings from in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Proper Social

 2033 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-450-4485
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Proper Social has two locations in Washington, D.C., one in Downtown, near Farragut West, and one in Metro Center. Proper Social is one of the most upscale and beautiful bars you will find in D.C., with a spacious and modern interior. At Proper Social, you will also find some of the most unpretentious, welcoming, and friendly staff around. A hit on the menu at Proper Social? Their Boneless Wings! These are absolutely a must try. The very talented Executive Chef, Steven Forbes, is bold and confident in his menu additions, including the new pickled celery root and carrot slaw as a side to this amazing dish. Proper Social is absolutely the restaurant to be in Washington, D.C. for game day and other events. Be sure to keep them in mind for big games such as the Superbowl. They usually offer unbeatable packages for viewing the game on their large screen televisions, spread across the restaurant. Follow them on social media for updates on other events, including their fun pop ups! 

Hard Times Cafe

1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-837-0050
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Located in Old Town Alexandria, Hard Times Cafe is always a popular choice. They also have locations in Springfield, Virginia, and two locations in Maryland – in Rockville, and College Park. Hard Times Cafe is a casual dining environment which has decor that is meant to be reminiscent of a chili parlor during The Great Depression. Decorated simply, Hard Time Cafe conveys warmth and comfort by their ambiance alone. Their restaurant is beautifully fragrant, and conjures up a perfect storm of a dining experience where you will want to stay for hours. While they are known for their famous chili, their Grilled Wings are not to be missed. Diners can choose between a variety of sauces. In addition to offering catering services, Hard Times Cafe offers private events. We cannot think of many other restaurants that will offer private events including a ‘Chili Buffet’ or a ‘Fun Fiesta Bar’ options. They also offer Birthday Parties for children, as they are a family friendly establishment. 

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2218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-878-6576
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Wingo’s is serving up some of the best chicken wings at two locations within the Washington, D.C. area – Glover Park, Georgetown, and a third location is slated to open in Adams Morgan. Wingo’s is a casual and comfortable restaurant to dine at with friends and family to watch a game with on their large screen televisions. It is also a low key and relaxed environment to enjoy wings, beer, and conversation. For their Chicken Wings, you can choose from a variety of sauces, ranging in levels of heat and flavor. We recommend grabbing a bucket of wings and sharing with a friend! Wingo’s offers Happy Hour seven days a week, and attracts a multitude of clientele due to their wonderful service, fantastic food, and refreshing beverages. They also offer catering services, which is a great option for feeding guests while watching the game or celebrating. Wingo’s is also unique, as they offer an all day breakfast. 

Stan’s DC

1029 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-347-4488
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Stan’s DC Restaurant is conveniently located in the Downtown area of Washington, D.C. and is considered by some to be a D.C. institution. Stan’s DC is a basement level cocktail lounge that serves a plethora of Washingtonians finishing a days’ work and visitors to the area alike. Washington, D.C. is known for its ‘mumbo sauce’ and Stan’s DC encourages diners to enjoy their baked or fried wings soaked in it. Their portion sizes are very large, so we recommend going with a friend. Stan’s also has other delightful menu items, including their Catfish Sandwich and Baked Haddock. Stan’s DC is also well known for their strong drinks. In fact, they boldly proclaim on their website that they have the “strongest drinks in D.C. Guaranteed.” We absolutely have to agree with this statement. Check them out and find out for yourself! 


1015 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-488-4000
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Bonchon has several locations around the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia area, including in the lively neighborhood of Navy Yard. Bonchon in Navy Yard is a casual dining restaurant, and their outdoor seating is reminiscent of being at a barbeque. Guests are encouraged to share picnic tables with one another in this relaxed environment. Their interior is surprisingly spacious and while simply decorated, quite lovely for a fast casual dining experience. Bonchon serves Korean Fried Chicken, and their wings are a must try! We recommend their boneless wings with soy garlic sauce. Their sides also stand out, and we love the Kimchi! Bonchon is the perfect location to dine before or after a National’s game. It is located a couple of blocks away from the stadium, and their restaurant is spacious enough to never feel crowded. 

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400 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-232-3468
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KoChix is located within the Shaw area of Washington DC. KoChix features Korean Fried Chicken in a fast casual restaurant, and their services are currently for takeaway dining. This restaurant is a small, “hole in the wall” restaurant and their food is delicious and authentic. Many customers in the Washington, D.C. area say these are hands down the best Chicken Wings in the city. You have to try their Honey Spice and Soy Garlic Wings! The Shaw area of Washington, D.C. is such a historical neighborhood, we suggest grabbing some wings to go and having a picnic at the Meridian Hill Park and then checking out a local museum. 


1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
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FedWings has multiple locations around the Washington, D.C. area. Primarily available for delivery through several apps, FedWings will also have popups within local restaurants. The Chicken Wings at FedWings are absolutely a hit with Washingtonians. Their sauce flavors are well known, especially their Alabama White BBQ sauce. Known as a staple sauce in the deep south, FedWings describes this flavor as sweet, creamy, and tangy with a bit of a kick. Their fries are a great accompaniment. While you are adding your FedWings order into your online cart, make sure to also add a jumbo cookie! They are homemade, super soft, and oh so satisfying! 


209 Hoffman St, Alexandria, VA 22331
Phone: 703-329-0006
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Delia’s Mediterranean Grill & Brick oven pizza is located in the Alexandria, Virginia area of Washington, D.C. They also have a location in Springfield, Virginia. Delia’s is an upscale casual dining restaurant that is family owned and operated. Delia’s has been gracing customers with their delicious food for nearly 40 years in the Washington, D.C. area. While they are certainly known for their Mediterranean food including their Tzatziki and Hummus, diners also love their saucy and delicious Herb Grilled Chicken Wings! Delia’s not only offers catering services, they offer space for private events as well. The owners, the Theodorou family, creates a beautiful and intimate space to celebrate a plethora of events, as they understand how important family gatherings are. They also offer weekly specials including Wine Down Wednesdays and Happy Hour! 

Ledo’s Pizza 

7435 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20012
Phone: 202-726-5336
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With a number of locations around Washington, D.C., Ledo’s Pizza is a favorite of many Washingtonians. Ledo’s Pizza is, of course, known for their pizza. When you see their infamous box being carried in by a neighbor, you know they are about to have a delicious meal. The next time you grab your Friday night pizza from Ledo’s, make sure that you are also ordering their shareable Ledo Jumbo Wings! We love the sauce choices Ledo’s offers, including their Buff-a-Que! Ledo’s is a staple in the Washington, D.C., area, and not just for their Wings! They are also known for their willingness to give back to the community. While “FUNdraisers” are not available at every location, they have several locations in the area that often donate proceeds from sales to nonprofit organizations. 

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Penn Quarter Sports Tavern 

639 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-307-6666
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Located in, you guessed it, the Penn Quarter area of Washington DC, Penn Quarter Sports Tavern is a solid choice in the District to score delicious chicken wings. Penn Quarter Sports Tavern is a locally owned and operated restaurant, founded by a Washingtonian sports fan. The restaurant is a casual sports bar, and has comfortable seating. The Crispy Wings are a must order, and you can choose from a variety of sauces. We recommend the Nashville Hot Honey sauce or the Thai Chili Sauce. Consider pairing their Chicken Wings with the El Paso Queso Dip! Penn Quarter Sports Tavern has been recognized as one of the best sports bars in Washington, D.C., and has received accolades from media outlets including the Washington Post. This popular spot is located close to the Capital One Arena, so sports fans and those taking in a show in this area often flock to Penn Quarter Sports Tavern for a nightcap. They also host private events. 

Roaming Rooster 

3176 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018
Phone: 202-507-8734
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Roaming Rooster has several locations in Washington, D.C., including in Woodridge, U Street, and Tenleytown. A new location will be opening up soon in Foggy Bottom, as well. Roaming Rooster is a fast-casual restaurant and has many Washingtonians proclaiming this is not only the best chicken in Washington DC, but the best that they have ever had! This family-owned restaurant is a true hit, and has been making waves on social media. The chicken at Roaming Rooster is all from free-range, grain-fed chickens. You absolutely have to try the Wings from Roaming Rooster. The Chicken Wings come with sliced bread and a pickle, and you are able to choose your heat level. Roaming Rooster also operates food trucks, which is a huge added bonus for Washingtonians. Their food trucks can be rented for events. Roaming Rooster has grown wildly popular in Washington, D.C., and they have recently been recognized and received a RAMMY for their extraordinary food. 

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

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