“Have bottle, will travel” is the call to arms for lovers of BYO dining – and Brisbane has plenty of scope for sticklers who prefer a particular tipple at the table or those keen to save a few dollars.
The Vietnamese is a casual Fortitude Valley stalwart. In addition to great food, the restaurant allows diners to supply their own beer, wine and champagne, free of charge. As an added service, guests can keep their drinks frosty cold in the on-site fridge.
Gone are the days of being embarrassed about bringing your own bottle, especially when you dine at Bulimba’s Sugo Mi. On Tuesday nights, the Italian restaurant permits guests to BYO wine and then donates the $5 corkage to charity.
There’s also a raft of fine dining establishments offering specific BYO nights. A stand-out is the one-hat awarded Balfour Kitchen in New Farm. The inner-city restaurant has an impressive wine list but on Monday nights guests are invited to bring along their favourite drop.
37 Balfour Street, New Farm
1300 597 540
3/190 Oxford Street, Bulimba
194 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley
Extra suggestions for Brisbane’s Best BYO restaurants:
La Quinta Mexican
BYO 7 days a week, Wine only, $3 corkage per person
1/189 Oxford Street, Bulimba
The Spaghetti House
BYO Tuesday till the end of March
Wine only, $5 corkage per bottle
Little Stanley & Grey Streets, South Brisbane
Little Greek Taverna
BYO 7 days a week, beer & wine, $2.50 corkage per person
1 Browning Street, West End
BYO Tuesday, wine only, $5 corkage per bottle
400 George Street, Brisbane City
85 Miskin Street
BYO Tuesday, wine only, free corkage
85 Miskin Street, Toowong