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#1 Post by M. M c C a l l » January 28th, 2009, 9:54 am

I have often had trouble finding information on corkage policies across the country and around the world, so I'd like to build a database of sorts here to make it easier.

Please use this category to post your experiences with BYO abroad, to describe BYO rules in your home state, or to ask questions about BYO in places where you plan to travel. If you preface your post with the name of the state/country, it will be easier for others to find the information in searches.
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#2 Post by M. M c C a l l » January 28th, 2009, 10:02 am

My husband and I brought some nice bottles of wine to Amsterdam for our anniversary in 2008, but we hadn't done our homework. Not only do most restaurants there not have a corkage policy, but the smaller places (including all the wonderful cafes and trattorias in residential areas) seem offended by the concept. Even the staff at De Gouden Ton, a fantastic wine shop in Oud Zuid, were only able to name a single restaurant in Amsterdam with an official corkage policy.

If anyone else has found BYO-friendly restaurants in Amsterdam, I'd love to hear about it. We've been there twice in the past two years, and plan to return as often as possible.
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#3 Post by Paul L i n » January 28th, 2009, 9:48 pm

Go here for Orange County BYO: http://www.wineberserkers.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=21583" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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#4 Post by zachary l a n g » January 29th, 2009, 9:20 am

If the establishment has a liquor license, then no one can carry onto the premises their own beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverages for their own private consumption.

If the establishment does not have a liquor license, then one must check with the city/town in which the establishment is located to learn if there is any local law dealing with bringing one's own beer onto an establishment for personal consumption.

http://www.mass.gov/abcc/faqs225.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This of course is the RULE, there are exceptions (ie certain restaurants will do different things)

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#5 Post by Rick Smith » January 29th, 2009, 8:23 pm

Paul, add 230 Forest in Laguna to the list, $15

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#6 Post by Sean Reed » January 31st, 2009, 11:26 am

BYOB is against the law in Oklahoma! So if you come to this state PM me and I will make some calls and get you into a few places that will let you BYOB. I just can't put their names on a public forum since they are breaking the law.

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#7 Post by Jeff Pf0h1 » January 31st, 2009, 9:10 pm

It is not against the law in NM, but most restaurants will tell you it is. Some will if they know you, so you can PM me. I think their biggest fear is that the distributors will cut them off. A few are just greedy and want the wine revenue (which they won't get from me just for being dicks about it). One day someone with big $$ (did I win Powerball tonight?), will need to take it all the way to the state supreme court.

BYO and private parties in NM

http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/nmac/parts ... 0.0051.PDF" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

15.10.51.12:

A. A licensee may allow a private party at which the host provides his
own alcoholic beverages to be held on the licensed premises.

B. If the host provides his own alcoholic beverages, no alcoholic
beverages may be sold to any guest at the private party. The alcoholic
beverages must be served to the guest by persons who hold valid
current server permits.

C. if the private party is held during hours that the licensed
premises is open to the public, the area where the private party is to
be held must be closed to the public and security provided to prevent
persons without invitations from entering.


D. Private parties must be held on days and at times during which the
licensee is authorized to sell or serve alcoholic beverages.

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#8 Post by LMD Ermitaño » February 2nd, 2009, 5:00 am

In the Philippines, I'm aware of only one establishment that generally does not allow BYO (because they also sell wine in their own shop), the only exception being if you are holding a special event there for a large number of people or spending a lot on food. The owner/chef is a good friend of mine plus I'm a regular so I'm pretty sure I can get away with it if I press - but I wouldn't do that of course.

That said, by and large, BYOB is allowed throughout the country. A handful of restaurants do not charge corkage fees at all. For those that do charge, the fees range from $6 per bottle to $30 per bottle. Within the given range, most charge around $11-$12 per bottle.

Naturally, as anywhere else, regulars aren't charged.
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#9 Post by ademello » February 21st, 2009, 4:11 pm

Can't do it here in Quebec except for the designated BYO-licensed places, which don't have their own liquor service. Most of them are low-end, and the few high-end ones can be very expensive. There is no legal corkage here.

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#10 Post by Joe Dulworth » February 22nd, 2009, 7:33 am

United States, Texas

BYOB in Texas is very much hit and miss. In short, if the restaurant that you're planning on dining at has a license to sell hard liquor like Vodka, Scotch, etc... then it is against state law to allow BYOB in that establishment. If they have any other license or no license at all they can allow BYOB but I would say that 95% plus of any establishment that so much as sells a beer on premises does not understand the law and will immediately shut you down with "we can't allow BYOB because we sell alcohol". So be prepared to call around a lot looking for a restaurant that truly understands the law and will allow you to BYOB. Be sure and check in with forum members beforehand for suggestions.
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#11 Post by Tony V e l e b i l » February 25th, 2009, 11:43 am

If people want to post Bay Area corkage, I'll update a master Bay Area list in this thread:

EAST BAY
Lane Splitters - $7.50 but often waived if offering server a glass
Pizzaiolo - $18
Shan Dong - No corkage. Beware, no wine glasses either.
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#12 Post by Dave Morris » February 25th, 2009, 12:57 pm

I think there should be a separate forum for BYO threads by state.

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#13 Post by M. M c C a l l » February 25th, 2009, 1:32 pm

Dave Morris wrote:I think there should be a separate forum for BYO threads by state.
Personally, I would love to have a full forum for BYO organized by state/country, but we've only had a trickle of posts with BYO information.
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BYO: New Jersey

#14 Post by Steve Manzi » February 25th, 2009, 2:30 pm

BYO New Jersey

Here is a pretty good list to start with. As the thread progresses, I will update this list by adding other peoples suggestions. If I fall behind, just send me a PM and remind me.

I think this is a good format for doing the BYOs from around the country.

But, open to suggestions!

BYO NJ:

Belford:
Belford Bistro, 870 Main St., 732-495-8151

Bound Brook:
Girasole, 520 West Union Avenue, Bound Brook, (732) 469-1080
Spice of Life, 117 East Main St., (732) 369-6836

Flemington:
Matt's Red Rooster Grill, 22 Bloomfield Avenue, Flemington, (908) 788-7050

Franklin Lakes:
Chef's Table, 754 Franklin Avenue, Franklin Lakes, (201) 891-6644

Kenilworth:
Le Rendez-Vous, 520 Boulevard, Kenilworth, (908) 931-0888

Lawrenceville:
Lawrenceville Inn, 2691 Main Street (Route 206), Lawrenceville, (609) 219-1900

Lambertville:
Hamilton's Grill Room, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, (609) 397-4343

Madison:
Resto, 77 Main St Madison, Madison , 973-377-0066
IL Mondo Vecchio, 72 Main St., Madison 973-301-0024

Maplewood:
Lorena's, 168 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, (973) 763-4460

Middlesex:
Mi Sueno, 619 Bound Brook Rd, 732-529-4830

Millburn:
Basilico, 324 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, (973) 379-7020

Montclair:
Blu, 554 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair(973) 509-2202
Blu Next Door, 554 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, (856) 478-2112
Culinariane, 33 Walnut Street, Montclair, 973-744-0533
Epernay, 6 Park Street, Montclair, (973) 783-0447
Fascino, 331 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, (973) 233-0350
Giotto, 21-23 Midland Ave, Madison, 973-746-0111
Nouveau Sushi, Montclair, 973-746-9608
Passionne, 77 Walnut St, Montclair, 973-233-1006
Semolina, 343 Millburn Avenue, 973-379-9101

Morristown:
Pamir, 85 Washington Street, Morristown, (973) 605-1095
Tim Schafer's Cuisine, 82 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, (973) 538-3330

Princeton:
Blue Point Grill, 258 Nassau St, Princeton 609-921-1211

Ramsey:
Café Panache, 130 East Main Street, Ramsey, (201) 934-0030

Ridgewood:
Latour, 6 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, (201) 445-5056


Rutherford:
Café Matisse, 167 Park Avenue, Rutherford, (201) 935-2995

Saddle River:
Saddle River Inn, 2 Barnstable Court, Saddle River,

Somerville:
Origin, 25 Division Street, Somerville, (908) 685-1344
Da Fillippo, 132 E Main St, (908) 218-0110
La Scala, 117 N Gaston Ave, (908) 218-9300
Shumi, 30 S Doughty Ave, (908) 526-8596

Summit:
Souffle, 7 Union Place, 908-598-0717

Warren:
Torino Trattoria, 50 Mount Bethel Rd, (908) 755-1060

Westfield:
Mojave Grille, 35 Elm Street, Westfield, (908) 233-7772
Theresa's, 47 Elm Street, Westfield, (908) 233-9133
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Re: BYO: New Jersey

#15 Post by Dave Morris » February 25th, 2009, 2:38 pm

Off the top of my head I would add -

Bound Brook

Spice of Life, 117 East Main St., (732) 369-6836

Somerville

La Scala, 117 N Gaston Ave, (908) 218-9300
Da Fillippo, 132 E Main St, (908) 218-0110
Shumi, 30 S Doughty Ave, (908) 526-8596

Warren

Torino Trattoria, 50 Mount Bethel Rd, (908) 755-1060

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#16 Post by Steve Manzi » February 25th, 2009, 2:47 pm

Dave,

Updated!
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#17 Post by Shawnda H » February 25th, 2009, 3:47 pm

Sonoma, CA average corkage is $0 - $20. Anyone traveling here, please contact me. This is my home and it is truly a magical place in the universe. Rather than providing 'too much information' I will simply list my favorite restaurants with their corkage fee's. Know that many restaurants have a 'one-for-one' policy, meaning that if you buy one of thier wines, they will waive the corkage fee for the one you bring.

Cafe Lahaye $20
Della Santina $18
Depot $12
Duece $12
El Dorado Kitchen $20
Estate $15
Girl and the Fig $0 (strange rules about one bottle per party)
Harvest Moon Cafe $18
LaSalette $15
Meritage $15
Shiso Sushi, Monday nights $0 corkage and 25% off the bill for locals - call me and I'll meet you there.
Swiss Hotel $12
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#18 Post by Steve Eisenhauer » March 4th, 2009, 1:03 pm

NJ sites:

http://www.byobguide.com/thevine.php?nid=150" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.artfuldiner.com/byob.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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#19 Post by Br@d S w @ l l o w » March 4th, 2009, 6:23 pm

Here is a Baltimore list from The Wine Source (no affiliation, as I am not ITB, but a great shop):

http://www.the-wine-source.com/byor.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Sadly, although it is listed on the site, Salsa Grill is no more.

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#20 Post by Greg Piatigorski » March 5th, 2009, 3:03 pm

Tony V e l e b i l wrote:If people want to post Bay Area corkage, I'll update a master Bay Area list in this thread:

EAST BAY
Lane Splitters - $7.50 but often waived if offering server a glass
Pizzaiolo - $18
Shan Dong - No corkage. Beware, no wine glasses either.
Dude,

Is there a place in East Bay where BYO is disallowed? Many are no corkage, as long as you're a steady customer, most will charge anywhere from $10-15, tops. Izzy's Steak House in San Ramon is no corkage on Sunday and Monday, I believe, and so are others. I can't recall the last time I paid for corkage.
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#21 Post by Randy Bowman » March 6th, 2009, 4:15 pm

Corkages in the Napa Valley used to range from none to $50. Right now, most are offering 1/2 price corkage, no corkage, half off on wine, you name it, just to get business. Once things settle down some and business returns to the restaurants, corkage will return. Figure 15 to 25 for corkage as an average in Napa Valley for main stream restaurants. If you live in another state or country and you've heard the name of a "Well Known" Napa Valley Restaurant, figure 25 to 50.
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#22 Post by B Stucker » March 7th, 2009, 8:19 am

It is legal in FLA, but some restauatants will tell you that their license prohibits it, which is bullshit. Others will not understand why you would want to Bring your own wine when they have plenty.

Within the last 5 years, we have gotten less of those responses and more places are fine with it. The standard here ranges fro $15-25. But many places waive the fee if they know you. Those are the places I tend to frequent. They take care of me - so I take care of them and tip generously. It makes it much easier when any board members visit and we want to take a bunch of bottles.
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#23 Post by Jorge Henriquez » March 18th, 2009, 7:06 pm

Some places here in NYC & vicinity.

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#24 Post by Shawn Battagler » March 23rd, 2009, 2:39 pm

Missouri permits BYO.

My experience in Springfield is that good customers have corkage waived, bring one - buy one corkage is waived, corkage usually runs around $10-$15 when it is charged.

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#26 Post by Yoni O v a d i a » March 27th, 2009, 6:07 pm

Copied this from the 'other' board, but it would do some use here as well. I took out the ones that are closed and others that don't allow BYOB. Some of these may conflict with the above OC list. I was too lazy to check.

LA restaurants...

2117 - West LA $10
6th Street Bistro in San Pedro - $10
Admiral Risty's in PV $12
Alejo's Presto Trattoria Italia - Venice/Marina Del Rey $0.00
Allegrini - Silverlake $0.00
Angeli Caffe $10 per bottle
Angelini Osteria $ 20 - (possibly) - inquire - waived for each bottle purchased off the list
Anisette in Santa Monica $15
AOC $25 per bottle, waived if 2nd bottle purchased
Asia de Cuba $40
Avenue - Manhattan Bch $20;
Baby Blue's Barbequeon Lincoln near Rose $10.00
Balboa $20 per bottle (corkage is waived if a bottle is also bought) Sunday's their whole list is half price!
Bandera West LA $0 (has possibly changed?)
Barnacles Bar & Grill - Southbay $0.00
Beach City Grill in San Pedro $0.00
Bistro 767 in Palos Verdes - $20, waived if bottle ordered off their list
bistro de la gare, south pasadena, $10 byo glasses as theirs are small
Blair's $15.00
Bluewater Grill - Southbay $10.00
Blue Pacific $8;
BOA in Santa Monica, $25
Brass Cap, $25 but cannot be on their list
Brentwood, $25
Briganti, south pasadena: $15
Brix @ 1601 in Hermosa $20
Buono Sera - Redondo $15
Buona Vita - Southbay $0
Cafe Bizou $2
Cafe La Fornaretta (San Marino) $10
Cafe Mimi -$15
Cafe Piew - $0
Campanile $20 per bottle
Capo - $25
Chart House - Malibu $20
Chez Jay, Santa Monica - $10
Chez Melange - Southbay; $10, $0 Tuesdays, waived for each bottle bought off their list
Chinois On Main $20 per 750ml
Cicada, downtown LA, $15 (cannot be on their list)
Ciudad $13 per bottle
Cobras & Matadors - $0 if bottle bought next door (at their wine shop,) otherwise $15, but byo glasses as theirs are very small
Comme Ca, W. Hollywood - $35
(the) Copper Room - San Pedro $10
Craft - $35
Creme de la Crepe - Southbay $0.00
(the) Crepe Vine, Oldtown Pasadena, $8
Crustacean, Beverly Hills, $50 if on their list, $35 if not
Cube at Divine Pasta Company on La Brea $0.00
Cucina Bene, $10
CUT, Beverly Hills, $35
dakota, W. Hollywood-ish is $25.
Dan Tana $24 per bottle
El Caserio in Silverlake $10
Fioretta Trattoria--BYOB is not allowed for groups smaller than 12
Fraiche in Culver City $15 1st bottle, $25 2nd bottle
Frito Misto - Southbay $2.50 per glass, unlimited bottles
Gio Cucina Napoletana, Encino $8
Giorgio Baldi - Pac. Palisades Per Pete, BYOB not allowed
Giovanni's at Clarington/Venice $3 must bring own stems
Girasole on Larchmont has no corkage fee.
Grace $15 per bottle provided it's not on the wine list; otherwise not allowed (no per table limit on personal cellar bottles if call in advance to let them know how many)
Green Field Churrascaria in Long Beach $15
(The) Grill $15 per bottle
Guelaguetza $4 per bottle
Gypsy Way in San Pedro $0.00
Hatfield's $20-25 range per Walter's failing memory
honda-ya (l.a.) $10 byo stems
tokyo table $15
Hotel Bel Air $40
Houston's, all locs: $0.00
Hungry Cat in Hollywood $25
Il Capriccio - Los Feliz $5.00
Il Tiramisu Sherman Oaks $5
Il Grano - West L.A $30
Il Moro $15
Jackson's Village Bistro - Southbay $3.00
James Beach,Venice, $12/btl (cannot be on their list)
JAR ...$25 2 bottles limit
Jiraffe - Santa Monica $20 per bottle
Joe's in Venice $20 1st, $25 second, fee waived for each bottle purchased off their list
Joe Greensleeves - Redlands - $12
Josie - Santa Monica FREE on Mondays, 2 bottle max.. $20 per bottle, waived if 2nd bottle purchased;
Katsuya in Brentwood, Hollywood, Glendale - $25 no limit
Kings for Fish $10
(The) Kitchen - $3.00
La Botte, - Santa Monica No BYOB allowed
La Buca $10.00
La Cachette $25 per bottle; $1 on Sundays
La Grande Orange Cafe in Pasadena -- $0
La Sosta - Hermosa Bch, now does NOT allow BYOB
La Terza $25
Lawry's $20 per bottle
Lilly's - Venice $20
Literati 2 - Brentwood $15
Little Door - $35 per bottle; $70 per magnum
L'Opera Ristorante -Long Beach $15
Lucques $16.
Marcello's, San Pedro $15
Madame Matissee - Silverlake $0.00 (BYO stems)
Malibu Seafood on PCH near Pepperdine, $0.00
Mao's Kitchen, Venice $0.00
Maple Drive $15 per bottle (waived if second bottle is bought)
Marouche $8.00
Mastro's $25 per bottle
Melisse - Santa Monica $30 per bottle, waived if 2nd bottle purchased
Melogranos - Hollywood, no fee on Thursday's, $20 other nights.
Melting Pot (Pasadena, LA, OC) $15
Metro Cafe - Culver City $0.00
Michael's in Santa Monica $30
Mortons $25 per bottle.
Mr. Chow's $25 per bottle
Musha in Santa Monica $10
Musso & Franks $3.50 per person (no matter how many bottles)
Opus $20
Orso $12 per bottle
Osteria Angelini in West Hollywood, $20, waived with purchase off list
Osteria Mozza, on Highland, $20
(The) Palm, downtown LA $25
(The) Park, Echo Park, $0, best to bring your own stems
Parkway Grill $20 per bottle
Patina $30 per bottle; $60 mag
Patina Restaurant Group (Nick & Stef's downtown, Zucca, others) FREE but check for new Th - Sat policy of $8 at N&S, Z)
Petros, Manhattan Beach $15
Piccolo Paradiso - Beverly Hills $15
Pinot Chain part of Patina Group (Pinot Bistro, Pinot Café, Pinot Hollywood (but *not* in Disney Hall) – $0.00
Pizza Mozza on Melrose, $ 25 waived for every btl. Purchased
Pizzicoto $8 per bottle
Polo Club, Beverly Hills Hotel $50
Prego $12 per bottle
(The) Press - Claremont - $8
Providence $0 Mondays, $20 other nights
Restaurant 2117 – $10
Rock 'N Fish - Southbay $12 if not on list
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar, Santa Monica - $25/bottle; max 2 btls
Sage Room in Malibu: $ 20
Sasabune (sushi) - Brentwood $15
Shiro in South Pasadena -- $17.50
Sona $30 per 750 ml, limited to 1 bottle per 2 guests; if wine is on wine list, not allowed
Sor Tino - Brentwood $8
Spago $25 per 750ml
Sushi Central, Culver City, $0
Table 8 - $0 on Mondays
Tangerine $10 per bottle
Tanino, Westwood, $20
Taylors $10 per bottle
Terra, Malibu, $12
Teru Sushi, Studio City $8
tokyo table $15
Totoraku Teriyaki House on Pico - $0
Traxx, Union Station, $15
Turner New Zealand - So. Coast Plaza $15
Tutti Mangia - Claremont - $10
Upstairs 2, West LA - $15 nice stems
Valentino $30 per bottle
Vert $14 per bottle
Viet Noodle Bar in Atwater $0.00
Water Grill $20 per bottle
XIV in West Hollywood- $25/750 limit 2 or $50/1500 limit 1
Yujean Kang (Pasadena) $10
Z Sushi $10
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Re: BYO

#27 Post by Steve Manzi » April 18th, 2009, 3:40 pm

This is just nuts that this thread doesn't get more posts. So I thought I would put this in to revive it a little. Also, I really do believe that it should be set up with a seperate forum and list the BYOs by State and city.

This site was on some other site, that I take a look at once in a while. [rolleyes.gif]

http://www.gobyo.com

Looks like a pretty cool site.
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#28 Post by Tony V e l e b i l » April 29th, 2009, 11:24 am

Steve - gobyo.com is pretty awesome. Thanks for the link.
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Re: BYO

#29 Post by Steve Manzi » April 29th, 2009, 11:41 am

Tony V e l e b i l wrote:Steve - gobyo.com is pretty awesome. Thanks for the link.

Agreed Tony! I think anyone who travels should have this site on their laptop or in their I-Phone/Bberry. Comes in very handy. [cheers.gif]
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Re: Orange County BYO

#30 Post by bweimer » June 2nd, 2009, 5:00 pm

Paul L i n wrote:Here is a list of restaurants in the OC that allow BYO. The most wine-friendly restaurants are in bold. Feel free to post your favorite (or maybe not so favorite) restaurants and their corkages and I will update the list as they come in. Thanks and enjoy!

N.B. To avoid confusion, corkage is the charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle of alcohol served that was not bought on the premises; hence, no corkage means "no charge."


Blue Coral - no corkage if wine not on list, otherwise $10 [cheers.gif]

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Re: BYO

#31 Post by M. Dildine » June 11th, 2009, 2:55 pm

I BYO everywhere around here, usually very reasonable. Except for ...

Passion Fish
701 Lighthouse Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 655-3311

Corkage is pricey and the winelist is the world's best.
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Re: BYO

#32 Post by R Callo » June 22nd, 2009, 9:22 am

BYOB is illegal in Vermont if the restaurant has a liquor license. :(
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Re: BYO

#33 Post by Michael Ferris » July 28th, 2009, 4:39 pm

Shawn Battagler wrote:Missouri permits BYO.

My experience in Springfield is that good customers have corkage waived, bring one - buy one corkage is waived, corkage usually runs around $10-$15 when it is charged.
In St Louis, most restaurants allow BYO. Corkage is typically $10-$20. I've yet to see a buy one/corkage waived, but I'll keep trying!

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#34 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » July 29th, 2009, 7:10 pm

At least in Chicago, Smith & Wollensky now is charging $35.00 corkage. We got the manager to waive it (apparently we had spent enough elsewise). Idiots.
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Re: Orange County BYO

#35 Post by Veronica Castro » July 29th, 2009, 7:26 pm

Paul L i n wrote:Here is a list of restaurants in the OC that allow BYO. The most wine-friendly restaurants are in bold. Feel free to post your favorite (or maybe not so favorite) restaurants and their corkages and I will update the list as they come in. Thanks and enjoy!

N.B. To avoid confusion, corkage is the charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle of alcohol served that was not bought on the premises; hence, no corkage means "no charge."

230 Forest - $15
3-Thirty-3 Restaurant - $25
Bandera - no corkage [cheers.gif]
Bayside - $15
Beach Pit BBQ (Costa Mesa) - no corkage [cheers.gif]
Black Sheep Bistro - no corkage with own stems; otherwise $4 glass/$10 decanter rental [cheers.gif]
Bluefin - $20
Bluewater Grill - $5; bring your own stems
Bungalow - $25 first bottle, $35 after
Cafe R&D - no corkage [cheers.gif]
Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's SCP - $25; no corkage on Mondays
Crow Bar and Kitchen - $14, but waived with wine purchase
Fleming's - $20
Florentine's Grill - $10
Fratello's - no corkage [cheers.gif]
French 75 - $20, but waived with wine purchase
Golden Truffle - $15; no corkage on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Green Parrot Cafe (Santa Ana) - $9
Gulfstream - no corkage [cheers.gif]
Hanna's (Rancho Santa Margarita) - $15
Houston's - no corkage [cheers.gif]
Il Fornaio - $15
Kimera - $15
King's Seafood - $15
La Fontana (Huntington Beach) - $12
Leatherby's Cafe Rouge - no corkage [cheers.gif]
Lola Gaspar - $10 (sometimes waived)
Lucca Cafe (Irvine) - $10
Luciana's (Dana Point) - $20
Marche Moderne - $10
Mastro's Steakhouse (Costa Mesa) - $25
McCormick and Schmicks - $15
Memphis (Bristol) - no corkage on Mondays; otherwise $8
Memphis (Broadway) - no corkage Wednesday thru Saturday; otherwise $8
Motif at St. Regis - no corkage on Tuesdays; otherwise $25
Mr. Stox - $20
Napa Rose - $17 (officially, but occasionally waived)
Old Vine Cafe - $10
Opah (Aliso Viejo) - $15
Oysters - $15
Palm Terrace (Island Hotel) - $35
Park Avenue - $10
Pescadou Bistro - $15
Picante (Ladera Ranch) - $25
Pinot Provence - no corkage [cheers.gif]
Port (Corona Del Mar) - no corkage Sunday through Wednesday (2 bottle limit)
Sage - $15
Sage on the Coast - $20; no corkage on Wednesdays
Salt Creek Grille - $15
Stonehill Tavern - $25
Studio at the Montage - $15 (1 bottle limit)
Taleo - no corkage (1 bottle limit) [cheers.gif]
Thai Bamboo Bistro - $10
Thai Nakorn - $7
Tradition by Pascal - $20
Wild Fish - $20
Zovs - no corkage [cheers.gif]
Hush Restaurant - Sunday and Monday no corkage
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Re: BYO

#36 Post by Daisy R e e d » July 29th, 2009, 7:28 pm

US - Florida - Jacksonville

The only one I'm familiar with the corkage at is Giovanni's in Jacksonville Beach. They have a two bottle limit per party and corkage is $20/bottle. And they don't make exceptions, even when they know you. However, they have a FABULOUS wine list, so I rarely find myself wanting to take my own bottles.

I'll be happy to compile/update a Northern/Central Florida list if anyone has any other specifics.
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#37 Post by Michael Bowden » July 29th, 2009, 9:26 pm

I will just start a ATL thread/post and keep updating it. Most places allow for corkage without issue.

Tasty China - Free...bring glasses, and a opener...they dont have them.
Varasano's - $12
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Re: BYO

#38 Post by John Coop » July 31st, 2009, 8:13 am

$15 corkage last night at Stone Creek Dining Co. just north of indy! Fairly good food for the money.

They have half price bottles on Monday night for wine $100 or less. $50 off a bottle over $100. 2004 Pegau $115 regualr price, $65 on Mondays!!!!!!!!

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Re: BYO Toronto

#39 Post by Scott McArthur » August 9th, 2009, 10:37 pm

http://www.bringmywine.ca/toronto/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: BYO

#40 Post by G. Greenbaum » August 18th, 2009, 12:44 pm

In Los Angeles, CA

Bistro LQ
8009 Beverly Blvd
LA, CA 90048
323) 951-1088
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Our current corkage policy is $10 per bottle for the first bottle and then $20 for subsequent bottles. We have Riedel Red stems and champagne flutes. We have updated our corkage policy as noted.


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#41 Post by jeffz » September 18th, 2009, 9:53 am

I keep a fairly up to date list of corkage fees in Los Angeles on my site along with links to the restaurants so you can check menus, hours of operation, etc.

http://rossowineshop.com/pages/links/co ... ngeles.htm

And Steve's link above to gobyo.com is very good too.
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#42 Post by Jay Miller » September 29th, 2009, 10:32 am

Jersey City BYOs

Madame Claude (French Bistro) - free
Soul Flavors - (sort of Continental/Soul Food Fusion) $5/table
Grand Sichuan - (Sichuan) free
Beechwood Cafe - (Salads, sandwiches,etc.) free
Sakura (Japanese) - free
Wild Fusion (Asian Fusion) - free
Marco & Pepe (really good food) - need to ask beforehand as I've been quoted different prices, usually around $15
Edwards Steakhouse (steakhouse) - IIRC, $25
Tacqueria Downtown (Mexican) - free
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Re: BYO

#43 Post by rick m » October 16th, 2009, 1:54 am

i heard that daily grill in l.a. has no corkage now......might want to call to make sure [welldone.gif]
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Re: BYO

#44 Post by Victor Hong » November 4th, 2009, 5:29 pm

Union Square Cafe, $10.
Roof Garden, $0.
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Re: BYO

#45 Post by Paul L i n » February 10th, 2010, 12:09 am

Chaya Downtown - no corkage on Sundays.

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Re: BYO

#46 Post by Paul L i n » February 12th, 2010, 10:18 am

From EaterWire: All restaurants under the King's Seafood Company portfolio have discontinued charging corkage fees. So, this includes: Water Grill, Ocean Ave Seafood, i.Cugini, 555 East, as well as some spots down south. Check the website for all eateries.

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#47 Post by Todd F r e n c h » February 12th, 2010, 12:25 pm

Paul L i n wrote:From EaterWire: All restaurants under the King's Seafood Company portfolio have discontinued charging corkage fees. So, this includes: Water Grill, Ocean Ave Seafood, i.Cugini, 555 East, as well as some spots down south. Check the website for all eateries.
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#48 Post by Ron Kramer » March 6th, 2010, 1:42 pm

I m not going to retype what I did on e-Squire but will do updates directly here if you wish

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Re: BYO

#49 Post by ybarselah » March 6th, 2010, 4:30 pm

M. M c C a l l wrote:I have often had trouble finding information on corkage policies across the country and around the world, so I'd like to build a database of sorts here to make it easier.

Please use this category to post your experiences with BYO abroad, to describe BYO rules in your home state, or to ask questions about BYO in places where you plan to travel. If you preface your post with the name of the state/country, it will be easier for others to find the information in searches.
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#50 Post by Jack Bulkin » March 6th, 2010, 5:03 pm

M. M c C a l l wrote:My husband and I brought some nice bottles of wine to Amsterdam for our anniversary in 2008, but we hadn't done our homework. Not only do most restaurants there not have a corkage policy, but the smaller places (including all the wonderful cafes and trattorias in residential areas) seem offended by the concept. Even the staff at De Gouden Ton, a fantastic wine shop in Oud Zuid, were only able to name a single restaurant in Amsterdam with an official corkage policy.

If anyone else has found BYO-friendly restaurants in Amsterdam, I'd love to hear about it. We've been there twice in the past two years, and plan to return as often as possible.
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