The round-up: the best BYO spots in Brisbane
Everyone agrees that any BYO restaurant is a great way to enjoy a bit of extra value while dining out, but many don’t know how many spots around town allow customers to bring their own drop. Not only are there plenty of restaurants where BYO is acceptable, but also several bars encourage patrons to BYO food and other eateries welcome patrons to bring their own drop on special nights of the week. We’ve compiled a handy list to help you make a choice of where to take that special bottle of pinot this weekend.
Corella, Woolloongabba: Although Paul McGivern has one of the sharpest wine minds in Brisbane, he’s also a big proponent of BYO culture. Like many of his previous restaurants, Paul’s newest restaurant Corella hosts a BYO wine night every Wednesday – if you ask us, that’s a great excuse to dust off that bottle you’ve been saving.
CJ’s Pasta, West End: One of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets is CJ’s Pasta’s pasta club, where from 5:00–8:00 pm weekdays and Saturdays locals can gather to gorge on fresh handmade pasta and Italian sides. Guests are free to bring a bottle to enjoy while dining, which is a deal so good this place won’t be a secret for long.
e’cco bistro, Newstead: Unbeknown to many, long-running Brisbane dining institution e’cco bistro also gets into the BYO spirit one day a week. On Thursday, the fine-diner welcomes BYO during lunch and dinner. Folks are capped at four bottles per table and corkage will set you back $20, but when pairing the vino with some of the best food in town, it’s worth the expense.
Quan Thanh, West End: If you’re sipping on Quan Thanh’s signature piping-hot laksa and need something to cool off, don’t be afraid to reach for a glass of BYO wine. Quan Thanh is a-ok when it comes to bringing a bottle to dinner with you, so sip and slurp to your heart’s content.
Otto Ristorante, Brisbane City: You might not think it, but diners can also enjoy a bit of BYO-induced joy while fine dining. Otto Ristorante hosts BYO lunches on Saturdays, where patrons can savour a phenomenal shared three-course menu along with a bottle of their favourite wine or champagne.
Tibetan Kitchen, Spring Hill and Toowong: If the craving for some Tibetan delicacies strikes (perhaps two servings of momo dumplings just for yourself) then you have a couple of spots to satisfy your cravings. What’s even better is both the Toowong and Spring Hill locations allow for BYO wine, so maybe make that three helpings of dumplings.
Phat Phở, Newstead: This popular location for Vietnamese cuisine serves up some great pho to slurp, pork belly to chew and lemongrass chilli chicken to devour, but sometimes eating is thirsty work. If Vietnamese iced coffee isn’t your thing, bring your own bottle of somethin’ somethin’ to wash the scrumptious food down.
Pawpaw Cafe, Woolloongabba: If you’ve got a bottle of wine collecting dust in your pantry, break it out for dinner at Pawpaw Cafe. Enjoy the likes of massaman curry with a tasty drop – heaven!
Little Greek Taverna, West End: A popular spot for group dining, Little Greek Taverna welcomes BYO wine and beer to help wash down helpings of spanakopita, pita and mezethes platters.
Trang, West End: Hardgrave Road harbours several cosy restaurants, with Trang being one of the most popular (our readers even named it one of the best places for tasty cheap eats). Wine and beer is acceptable here, making it a great spot for a leisurely dinner with friends.
Himalayan Cafe, New Farm: Allegedly one of Billy Corgan’s favourite places in Brisbane to dine is also one of the best spots to BYO. Enjoy serves of Sherpa chicken, steamed momos and Himalayan apple pie with a bottle of something tasty. A smashing deal if we do say so ourselves.
Caravanserai, West End: Should you be craving authentic Turkish cuisine at a reasonable price with BYO then today is your lucky day. Patrons can bring in their own wine to enjoy along with some of the flavoursome food.
Curryville, Morningside: With Wynnum Road icon is one of Brisbane’s best Indian restaurants, with an exceptional (and extensive!) list of curries to choose from. What’s more, the restaurant is BYO friendly with no corkage, to boot!
The Balfour Kitchen, New Farm: Spicers Balfour hotel is an underrated choice for Monday-night dining, with The Balfour Kitchen’s Bao & Bowls night offering tasty Asian eats with the added bonus of BYO for guests.
Red Galanga, Norman Park: Got a hankering for some aromatic Asian fare? Red Galanga gives guests the choice of specialties such as spicy stir-fried duck, crispy king prawns in sweet chilli sauce, and crispy slow-cooked pork belly with BYO wine and beer available as an added bonus.
Mons Ban Sabai Thai, Camp Hill: Grab a bottle of wine and make tracks for Mons Ban Sabai, which accepts BYO wine to go with its menu of Thai curries, wok dishes, steamed baos, pad see ew and more.
Giardinetto, Fortitude Valley: Frequent visitors of this longstanding Fortitude Valley trattoria rave about the quality Italian fare on offer and also being able to enjoy a bottle of wine before painting the town red.
The Smug Fig, East Brisbane: The Smug Fig’s leafy interior is perfect for a casual morning brunch, but come a bit later and you can bring a special something with you to enjoy. The Smug Fig is BYO, which would pair perfectly with one of the cafe’s classic cheeseburgers.
Ben’s Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant, Woolloongabba: If you’ve never been to Ben’s for dinner on a Friday or Saturday night, then you are not only missing out on a great feed but also the chance to rock the stage with some karaoke. If you need a bit of liquid courage to get up in front of a crowd, Ben’s allows diners to bring their own bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner. Better start warming up those vocal chords.
Lefkas Taverna, West End: Sitting pretty on West End’s Hardgrave Road is Lefkas Taverna, a veritable institution of Greek cuisine. While this restaurant is licensed, patrons can BYO a bottle of wine on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Fat Dumpling, Fortitude Valley: Nothing pairs better with dumplings by the plate better than a crisp white, and Fat Dumpling is gracious enough to let diners bring their own bottle to enjoy. Now all you need to decide on is how many serves of prawn and garlic dumplings to order.
Wagaya, Fortitude Valley: If Japanese is on the cards for dinner, you should know that Wagaya allows wine and champagne every night. Get cosy in one of Wagaya’s booths, order a few dishes off the interactive touch screens and settle in for a great evening.
Taj Mahal, New Farm: One of the finest places in Brisbane for quality Indian cuisine – commonly frequented by celebs and notable sportspersons – welcomes patrons to bring their own wine and beer.
Pizzeria 1760, Yeronga: Pizza and beer or pizza and wine? That head scratcher is a tough chestnut to crack, but the knowledgeable team at Yeronga’s Pizzeria 1760 let you bring either to dinner. If you really can’t decide, the team will give you advice on what goes best with their options when you book. How’s that for service?
The Vietnamese, Fortitude Valley: Few spots do Vietnamese cuisine as quickly, cheaply and satisfyingly as The Vietnamese. A rice vermicelli salad can only be improved by enjoying it with a glass of white wine, which you are more than okay to bring along.
Sichaun Bang Bang, Kenmore: Kenmore’s most popular spot for Chinese cuisine is licensed and BYO-friendly, making it a perfect spot for some group feasting. Sichuan Bang Bang’s sister site in Wilston is fully licensed, and is not BYO friendly.
Twelve Boar, various locations: American barbecue is best enjoyed with a cold drink to wash it down – thankfully the bayside’s finest dispensary of Buffalo wings and beef brisket burgers also allows BYO wine.
Place of Stones, Taringa: This casual Italian eatery is popular for its gourmet pizza, fresh pasta, tasty salads and delectable desserts, but locals also love it because they can pair their choice of meal with a BYO bottle of wine.
The Fishmonger’s Wife, Hawthorne: If red wine is for red meat, then white wine is for seafood. Settle in to a feast of the sea’s bounty with a crisp bottle of BYO wine at The Fishmonger’s Wife.
Mu’ooz, West End: If you are yet to try the delicious Eritrean cuisine on offer at this West End spot, perhaps knowing that you can BYO wine will persuade you to step outside your comfort zone.
Sing’s Asian Kitchen, Rosalie and Coorparoo: With a location in both Rosalie and Coorparoo, Sing’s Asian Kitchen boasts a mind-boggling array of dishes to try and cheap corkage for BYO wine.
Mon’s Thai Rarnaharn, Windsor: For more than 20 years, Mon’s Thai Rarnaharn has been dishing up incredible Thai cuisine. Beyond the amazing food, Mon’s also welcomes BYO wine, so make sure you chill a bottle before heading out to dinner.
Sugo mi, Bulimba: Fancy Italian? Sugo mi hosts a Tuesday BYO night where proceeds of a $5 corkage fee are donated to a local charity.
Vue Lounge, New Farm: Should you find yourself in New Farm and in need of a dinner location, Merthyr Road’s Vue Lounge boasts quality dining that is bolstered by the fact that the eatery welcomes BYO wine with $3 corkage per person.
Cinco Bistro, Camp Hill: This fancy locale allows patrons to enjoy their own bottle of wine alongside its impressive selection of starters, entrees and mains.
Public, Brisbane City: If you have a bottle of wine to pop that simply can’t wait until the weekend, book in for a table at Public’s BYO Tuesday night wine club and enjoy your drop with some of the restaurant’s award-winning fare.
La Quinta Mexican Café y Bar, Bulimba: If you are craving either traditional Mexican cuisine or some delightful Tex Mex fusion, La Quinta is the spot for you. In addition to a bar stocked with cerveza and tequila, La Quinta also lets you bring in your own wine to enjoy. Now that’s hospitality!
Anouk Cafe, Paddington: Frequented by early birds for its sweet treats and inventive savoury concoctions, this Paddington hotspot is a bucket list for Brisbane brunch-goers. Even better, Anouk lets you pair your lunchtime tucker with a BYO bottle of wine.
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