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8 wing superlatives in Boston

Cheap wings, fried wings, spicy wings, whole wings — however you plan to watch the Big Game, we know one of these local wing spots will make it even better.

A hand wearing rings holds a slightly charred chicken wing in front of a plate of wings, celery, and ranch.

We’re no interior designers, but a tray of 80 Lincoln wings could make the perfect centerpiece.

Photo via Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant

As anyone planning to watch the Big Game knows, you’ll need a lot of wings. But don’t just wander into the nearest bar and hope to find Super Bowl-worthy fare. We scouted out some of Boston’s top wing offerings so you can be ready from play one.

Best place to buy in bulk: Scores
Grab 50-cent wings every NFL and NCAA football game. You may remember Scores (and its 30+ HDTVs) appearing on our sports bar roundup — meaning, it’s a good contender for your complete game day package.

Best wings to eat at home: Lincoln Tavern
Pick up a tray of 80 spicy wings to enjoy in front of your own big screen, plus any of Lincoln’s other catering options: barbecue sliders, shrimp cocktails, salads, and truffle mac and cheese.

Best boneless wings: Hunter’s
Listen — we know popcorn chicken and wings aren’t exactly the same thing. But when you’re chomping fried bites at halftime, you won’t be splitting hairs. As a bonus, the South Boston spot is offering everything you need to make KFC-style bowls at home.

Three plates of wings in different colored sauces, with carrots and celery and ranch. On the side are a pint of light beer and a red cocktail.

Get your 50-cent wings from Scores in buffalo, barbecue, or mango habanero. | Photo via Scores

Best smoked wings: The Smoke Shop BBQ
Wings may be a Super Bowl staple, but we think good barbecue could give it a run for its money. Score both at one of The Smoke Shop’s multiple locations.

Best fried chicken wings: Buttermilk & Bourbon
For classic Louisiana-style fried chicken, you’ll be hard-pressed to find more dedication (or options) than Buttermilk & Bourbon. Its Super Bowl menu includes wings, sliders, and thighs, plus honey glazed biscuits for maximum Southern comfort.

Best wings as a full meal: Night Shift Brewing
We know some of you won’t settle for wings as a snack — you want them to be the star of the show. Nigh Shift’s Lovejoy Wharf location serves up whole Thai chili wings for those who don’t plan on saving room for dessert.

Best melt-your-face-off spicy wings: FIYA Chicken
You may notice some extra crunch when you bite into FIYA’s double fried chicken. With a palate including gochujang and the “FIYA Style” blend of hot chili and six dried spices, this is the spot for you if buffalo sauce just isn’t hot enough.

Best for a big group: Nu Burger at Time Out Market
If the rest of your watch party isn’t feeling wings, there’s always Time Out Market. You can grab the soy ginger and kimchi wings from Nu Burger, and they can pick their favorite from 15 unique concepts under one roof.

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