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Tequila Cilantro Wings at Barrio Brewing Co. (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

The Best Wings In Tucson

Updated March 5, 2024

Red Bull may give you wings…but are they as crispy and delicious as the ones you can find amongst the restaurants and bars of southern Arizona? I think not!

From savory to sweet, from spicy to REALLY, REALLY SPICY, this guide covers all the best in Tucson wings — the classics, the modern flavors, the inspired fusions, and more.

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ATL Wings

As a renowned spot for wings in Tucson, ATL Wings has been serving delectable wings for years. They are known for their variety of unique and tasty sauces, with over 20 different types to choose from. We’re talking six dry rubs, seven red hot sauces, seven barbecue sauces, and more. Oh, and don’t miss the deep-fried biscuits either.

Tequila Cilantro Wings at Barrio Brewing Co. (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Barrio Brewing Co.

Along with brewing some of the best beers in Tucson, Barrio Brewing Company offers delicious, crispy wings that are smoked and then fried for extra flavor before being tossed in one of their exceptional sauces.

Our favorites are the Tequila Cilantro and the Barrio Blonde BBQ — made with one of their top-selling brews, naturally.

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Spicy Wings (Photo courtesy of Bear Canyon Pizza on Facebook)

Bear Canyon Pizza

Known for generous slices and a wide selection of beer, Bear Canyon Pizza also delivers on their wings! Big and meaty, with intriguing sauces like raspberry chipotle and honey sriracha — you won’t want to miss them!

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Buffalo Bell

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned, classic hot wings joint and Buffalo Bell on the south side of Tucson is a staple here in town. If you’re just a little hungry, order the five-piece but if you’ve haven’t eaten in days or plan on feeding a large group, order the 60-piece (you can get up to four flavors on this combo).

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Wings and Beer (Photo courtesy of Firetruck Brewing Company)

Firetruck Brewing Company – Oro Valley

Tucked into a refurbished fire station, this unique brewery dishes out smoked-never-fried wings, grilled over mesquite for a hint of smokiness that’ll have you reaching for more. Their crowd-pleasing Carolina Gold sauce goes great with the 1811 Desert Blonde.

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Flaps and Racks

Have you ever had sweet ‘n’ spicy al pastor wings? Drenched in an original rich sauce, lovingly garnished, and served hot and fresh… according to one of our team, these things are next-level tasty.

House Smoked Chicken Wings at The Horseshoe Grill (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

The Horseshoe Grill

This steakhouse and barbecue restaurant specializes in cooking over mesquite wood. Their wings are smoked and fried, and come doused in outstanding sauces. We especially love the THG BBQ and Sweet Heat.

Chicken wings at Jaime’s Pizza Kitchen (Photo by Taylor Noel Photography)

Jaime’s Pizza Kitchen

Gabriel’s roots are deeply intertwined with Tucson’s culinary world, and his family’s involvement in the food industry dates back to his grandfather, Jaime Moreno. Now, with a new space and a brand-new dining room, Jaime’s Pizza Kitchen is thriving, serving 10-inch and 16-inch pizzas, calzones, garlic knots, and hot wings — some of our favorite in Tucson — to hungry downtown eaters.

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Mulligans Bar and Grill

Mulligan’s offers over 21 different types of sweet and spicy wings, from the lighter Chipotle Honey to the no-nonsense Ghostface Killah sauce — no matter what, these guys are bringing the heat!

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Oh My Chicken

Oh My Chicken brings Korean tradition to Tucson wings. Grab yourself tenders or bone-in wings, and dive into the incredible sauce options. Can’t decide? Start with the tangy, spicy gochujang sauce and go from there!

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Pacaw’s Wings & Things

In 2023, and after a couple of years full of catering gigs, pop-ups, and winning local awards for their tasty wings, Pacaw’s Wings & Things is spreading its so-called wings into a brand-new food truck. Keep up them on social media to find out where they’re parked!

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Honey Soy Ginger Wings (Photo courtesy of Redbird Scratch Kitchen + Bar)

Redbird Scratch Kitchen + Bar

Redbird’s signature wings are brined for 24 hours, then flash-fried and generously coated in their house-made Honey Soy Ginger sauce, sriracha-sesame peanuts, and fresh scallions. These crispy delights embody their commitment to quality, homemade ingredients and unforgettable flavor-packed experiences. Ask for extra napkins.

Wings at Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Rocco’s Little Chicago

Known for Chicago-style deep dish pizzas, Rocco’s Little Chicago also serves some of the most delectable wings in Tucson. They’re praised for the distinctive crunch on the outside, juicy-on-the-inside flavor, achieved through a unique preparation method.

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Honey Garlic Wings (Photo courtesy of Serial Grillers on Facebook)

Serial Grillers – Speedway Blvd.

This Tucson hot spot boasts a  horror movie theme, with menu items named after famous horror flicks. Their bone-in and boneless wings are scarily good.

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Tran’s Fats

A Tucson food truck fave! Run by renowned Foodie Jackie Tran, Tran’s Fats serves Asian-inspired dishes, including some excellent chicken wings. Get a full pound of them plain or with a cajun rub, sided by one of the outstanding and atypical house sauces.

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Wings at Trident Grill (Photo by Stephanie C. on Yelp)

Trident Grill

The Trident wings and buttermilk tenders are standouts on the vast menu of this popular sports bar and grill . Try the Chef from Hell BBQ or Habanero Jerk for a nice kick, and grab a house made side or salad to go with them.

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Tucson Wings

Do you like your wings with sauces? With rubs? With sides? With bones? Tucson Wings has you covered across the board, with bountiful options of each. They’ve even got fried pickles. Yum!

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Wildfire Wing Company

Decisions, decisions! You’ve got five different wing styles, each offered in three different sizes, and a choice of 12 scrumptious sauces and rubs from savory and sweet to the spiciest of heat.

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Wing Factory

Bringing the OG Buffalo Wing experience from New York to Arizona, Wing Stop has both classic and boneless wings, plus crispy tenders. The Lemon Pepper sauce is crazy good, and the sides are classic. Don’t miss the 99 cent wings on Wednesdays.

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Wings & Rice

Not only does this local Tucson spot serve chicken wings with 15 different sauces, they also serve Korean, Hawaiian, and American dishes to boot. Check out the Dragon’s Breath and Spicy Orange sauces, for sure.

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Regular Wings with Buffalo sauce at Wings on Fire (Photo credit: Kate Severino)

Wings On Fire

If you’re looking for a spice challenge, Wings On Fire is the spot for you. The namesake Wings on Fire is extremely hot — definitely not for everyone. Don’t worry though, they’ve got nine other sauces that don’t quite crank the heat up that high.

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Wings Y Mas

Opened in July, this restaurant has more than ten flavors of wings for its big debut including Salt & Vinegar, Garlic Parmesan, Lemon Pepper, Ranch, Cajun, Teriyaki, Grand Canyon Gold, Sweet & Spicy, AZ Heat, GC Heat, Medium, Hot, and house made Chiltepin. You’ve got the choice of a dozen bone-in or boneless wings (up to two flavors) or four-dozen, six-dozen, and a mighty eight-dozen option.

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Wooden Nickel Tavern

This local dive is home to some of the best wings in Tucson! Flavors include Garlic Parmesan, Mango Habanero, and our favorite Sriracha Teriyaki (pictured here).

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