Local beer and upgraded wings soar above sports-bar flappers
It’s time to stop sacrificing flavor for big TVs! Too often during football season, we’re willing to settle for subpar wings and watery beer just to get a good view of the action. Instead, check out these spots for some of the city’s best wings, which we paired with top local brews—and you can still catch the game if you want.
Barley’s Brewing Company
467 N. High St., Short North, barleysbrewing.com
THE SCENE: This casual brewpub and Crew fan favorite pours a slate of seasonal, house-made beers, including proper cask ales.
THE WINGS: Barley’s Unconventional Wings ($9): You won’t go back to fried sports-bar cliches after trying Barley’s chargrilled chicken. These peppery wings actually taste like grilled meat.
THE BEER: MacLenny’s Scottish Ale ($4.75): Say hello to a sweet, malty friend who won’t sweat Barley’s Buffalo-sauce tang.
GAME PLAN: Though known as a soccer hangout, the bar’s four flatscreens work just as well for American football.
101 Beer Kitchen
7509 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, 101beerkitchen.com
THE SCENE: Twenty carefully curated taps and a beer-inspired menu are the stars at this stylish, family-friendly gastropub.
THE WINGS: Smoked & Grilled Chicken Wings ($9.50): 101’s twist is sweet and spicy with a south-of-the-border kick of cumin and chipotle. Don’t miss the creamy, garlicky dipping sauce.
THE BEER: Rockmill Witbier ($18/750 ml): The big bottle (in case you’re sharing) is a little citrusy, slightly hoppy and very refreshing.
GAME PLAN: Two impressively huge plasmas make for cinematic sports-watching from a perch at the bar.
Ace of Cups
2619 N. High St., North Campus, aceofcupsbar.com
THE SCENE: With Ray Ray’s food truck outside and a wings window inside, this indie-rock dive boasts some of the city’s best BBQ.
THE WINGS: Ray Ray’s Chicken Wings ($8): Pick your own rub and sauce to accompany the intensely smoked meat. Real ’cue fans will appreciate the sweet and zesty House Shake.
THE BEER: Seventh Son American Strong Ale ($5): It’ll take more than smoked wings to overpower this hefty, hoppy brew.
GAME PLAN: With zero TVs, this is clearly not a sports bar. But the patio is a nice stop on your way home from the ’Shoe.