Pitchers of beer are overflowing; roars of laughter and excitement are coming from enthralled football fans and chicken wings are being eaten to the bone. It’s the Super Bowl, the biggest Football game of the year, but this same energy is felt almost every day at Buffalo Wing University.
This bar / restaurant is one of the most popular hangouts amongst George Mason University students, particularly for big events like the Super Bowl. A quick ride from the campus this much-loved hot spot is filled with GMU memorabilia, adding to its ultra laidback vibe and helping make it a perfect spot to grab a drink after a long day at work or class. And with several flat screen televisions, positioned strategically throughout the bar, you won’t miss a minute of sports action.
Don’t get the impression this spot is only for twenty-something college students who use the institution (they affectionately call it “B-Dub’s”) for a respite between study sessions. Buffalo Wing University is much more than that. A wooden barrier separates the bar areas stools from the restaurant booths. Families can enjoy delicious American cuisine appetizers like chicken quesadilla’s, curly fries, spinach and artichoke dip and the beloved onion rings that start at only $3.25. Their fresh salads are just $2, allowing you to enjoy all the croutons you want.
The main attraction, if you haven’t guessed already, is the Buffalo wings. With over 23 sauces ranging from Spicy Honey Garlic Butter and Peppery Parmesan to a personal favorite, DOA (Dead on Arrival) — a sauce so hot it has been known to make grown men cry. Wings come in multiples of 10 for $7.99 with bleu cheese and celery sticks. Buffalo Wing University is known for its platters. They are great for parties and sports events, offering up to 200 wings and 50 mini-burgers. Other options on the menu are classic deli sandwiches, hot subs, low-carb wraps, pastas, pizzas and hot dogs.
From Monday through Sunday there are specials at the bar. Unlike most bars in the area that only attract customers on certain nights of the week, pitchers of domestic beer are as low as $5.75 on Saturdays, with imported brew at $7.75. Saturday nights are known as UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) nights, where fans can watch the events on their flat screen televisions. DJs come on Thursdays and Fridays and play a variety of music. Though it might seem like happy hour never ends, $1 domestic beers are on draft at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays with $.49 wings.
Sam Ata, manager of Buffalo Wing University, explained that though the restaurant has only been open for three years, it loves its home in Fairfax City.
“We attract everyone. We are a friendly place and families don’t feel discouraged from entering our bar, even though we are also known as a sports bar.”
Serving up endless assortments of Buffalo wings, this restaurant has gained somewhat of a reputation amid devotees of this truly American food. The food is delicious and cheap, the brews are totally affordable and specials run all week. So keep in mind, just because you’re no longer a twenty-something anymore, does not mean you cannot enroll at this University.
The Buffalo Wing University
10312 Willard Way Courthouse Plaza Shopping Center Fairfax City, VA 22030
Sunday-Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Thursday- Saturday 11:30 a.m – 2:30 a.m.