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.
Tibetan Kitchen: 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.
Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers: Gnocchi is a bona fide staple of Italian dining, and you know what else is? Wine. One of Paddington’s best eateries – Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers – allows BYO wine for those that want to dine in to sample the pillowy clouds of creamy gnocchi.
Phat Phở: Newstead’s 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.
Little Greek Taverna: 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.
Thai Wi Rat: Recently relocated to a prime position on Brunswick Street Mall, Thai Wi Rat has maintained its tradition of being a reliable dinner option with BYO wine.
Huong’s BYO Restaurant: This West End institution is a popular spot for diners with a hankering for Thai, Vietnamese or Chinese cuisine, bring a bottle to share with a friend and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
Trang: 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: 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: 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.
Ben’s Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant: 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: 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.
Wagaya: 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: 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: 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: 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’s most popular spot for Chinese cuisine is licensed and BYO-friendly, making it a perfect spot for some group feasting.
Kafe Meze: If you’ve got a craving to get your Greek on, Kafe Meze is always a great choice. It’s not just the tasty meze platters and souvlaki plates that appeal, Kafe Meze allows BYO wine as well, so why not grab a bottle before sitting down to feast.
Willow & Spoon: Wilston’s Willow & Spoon already has a huge following thanks to its terrific breakfast and lunch service, but did you know that you can further enhance your experience by bringing your own bottle of wine? Yep, you can bring a bottle to drink every day, turning your coffee catch-up into a boozy brunch if you so choose.
The Wolfe: East Brisbane’s hub of contemporary Australian allows BYO wine Tuesday and Wednesdays every week. Enjoy some desserts and cheeses with a drop of your choice – perfect.
Twelve Boar: American barbecue is best enjoyed with a cold drink to wash it down – thankfully Cleveland’s finest dispensary of Buffalo wings and beef brisket burgers also allows BYO wine.
The Fishmonger’s Wife: 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: 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: 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.
Sugo mi: Fancy Italian? Sugo mi hosts a Tuesday BYO night where proceeds of a $5 corkage fee are donated to a local charity.
Vue Lounge: 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: This fancy locale allows patrons to enjoy their own bottle of wine alongside its impressive selection of starters, entrees and mains on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Khot Thai: Paddington’s Khot Thai offers some of the greatest Thai cuisine in Brisbane’s west, which is made all the better by the fact that diners are welcome to bring their own wine, beer and pre-mixed beverages to dinner. Soft shell crab and a cold one? Don’t mind if we do!
Anouk: A boozy brunch is a rare treat, but sometimes it’s hard to justify the cost of a cocktail. Anouk is a popular Paddington cafe that is cool with diners bringing in a cheeky bottle for a tipple at breakfast, brunch or lunch.
Public: 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 enjy your drop with some of the restaurant’s award-winning fare.
La Quinta Mexican Café y Bar: 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!
Laksa Hut: Indooroopilly’s Laksa Hut is known to many as one of the best places to get your laksa fix in town. We’re partial to a bit of spicy noodle soup, but if the heat gets too intense it’s handy to have a drink in arm’s reach. Thankfully Laksa Hut is BYO-friendly – beer and wine is welcome!
Gambaro Seafood Restaurant: If you’ve got a great bottle collecting dust in your booze cupboard, then brush it off for dinner at Gambaro Seafood Restaurant. This Caxton Street icon lets patrons BYO wine every Monday evening, so break out vintage you’ve been saving – here’s a meal worth pairing it with.
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