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#1 Post by John Danza » May 18th, 2010, 10:07 am

For a standard on the information given, please provide the following at minimum:

1. Restaurant name
2. Corkage policy
3. Status of stemware
4. Address and/or website
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Lucia Ristorante
All BYOB all the time - no corkage
Stemware: very small wine glasses. Bring your own
1825 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL
773-292-9700
Website
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Schwa
All BYOB all the time - unsure on corkage, but no more than $5 per bottle
Stemware: They have the Reidal glasses that have no stems
1466 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL
773-252-1466
Website
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Prairie Grass Cafe
601 Skokie Blvd
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
(847) 205-4433
Stemware: decent enough. I've never seen anyone bring
Website
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Smoque BBQ
3800 N. Pulaski
773- 545- 7427
smoquebbq.com
ZERO Corkage
byo-stems
Perhaps the best bbq in town.
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Tango Sur
Tel - 773-477-5466
Address - 3763 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL
Website
Stemware: awful
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Restaurant Michael (holds true for George Trois as well)
BYOB all days. $30 corkage M-F, $40 corkage on Saturday, free corkage on Sundays. One bottle per two guests, four bottles max per table.
Good stems
64 GREEN BAY RD.
WINNETKA, IL
Website
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Han202
All BYOB
Unknown stems
605 W 31rd Street
Chicago, IL.
Website
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Abagail's - Highland Park
Good Stems
Variable, as high as $25 Corkage - can be negotiated down or waived
Website
Very good American Bistro
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Inovasi - Lake Bluff
Good Stems
$15 Corkage - often waived
28 E Center Ave Lake Bluff, IL 60044-2585 - (847) 295-1000
Website
American Bistro - unique farm fresh menu, very good.
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Trattoria Oliverii - Northbrook
Passable Stems
$15 Corkage
Website
Very good family owned Italian joint
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Cooper's Hawk - Orland Park, Burr Ridge, Wheeling, South Barrington, Naperville
Good Stems
$8 Corkage
http://www.coopershawkwinery.com/
Concept is a higher-end causal American Bistro that makes own wine.
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Glenn's Diner
1820 W. Montrose
Chicago, IL
773-506-1720
http://www.glennsdiner.com/home.html
Seafood is specialty - huge variety that changes daily
$8 corkage per bottle advertised, but usually $5 per table
Non-existant stems. Bring your own
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Goosefoot
2656 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
Website
Allows BYOB. High-end cuisine. Good stemware
Corkage $10 per person.
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EL Ideas
2419 W. 14th Street
Chicago, IL 60618
312-226-8144
reservations@elideas.com
Good glassware
website
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TTOWA (pronounced Dough-ah)
161 W Wing St (between Davis St & Vail Ave)
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847-749-4493
Korean cuisine, Full BYOB, Good stems
website
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Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen
1625 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
312.944.5800
No corkage; lousy glassware, so bring your own
Website
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Chez Simo Bistro
1968 west Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL
773-334-7466
Website
No corkage; Small stemware, so you may want to bring your own
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Caro Mio Italian Ristorante
1827 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL.
773-275-5000
Website
No corkage. Stemware pretty average, so you could bring your own.
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Pot Sticker House
3139 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL.
312-326-6898
Website
No corkage. Lousy stems, so bring your own.
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Pizzeria del Mercato
1154 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL.
(312) 226-6898
Website
$10/bottle corkage. Lousy stems, so bring your own.
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Boston Fish Market
1225 E. Forest Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847) 296-1111 or (847) 803-2100
Website
No corkage. No stemware, so bring your own.
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Cafe Marbella
5527 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60630
773.853.0128
Website
$10 corkage. No corkage on Tuesday. Stemware is pretty average, it exists but not great.
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Four Belly
3227 N Clark St
Chicago, IL
773-681-9901
Website
No corkage. Bring your own stems
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Urban Belly
Free corkage on Sunday only
1400 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 583-0500
website
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E&O Food and Drink
125 Randhurst Village Drive
Mt Prospect, IL
847-398-3636
Decent food, stems ok, $15 corkage
website
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Canton Regio
1510 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 733-3045
No website yet.
Glassware non-existent. Bring your own glasses too.
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Rangoli
2421 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
773-697-7114
No corkage, unknown on glassware
Website
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Kendall College Dining Room
900 N. North Branch St.
Chicago, IL. 60642
312-752-2328 or OpenTable
Corkage $15/bottle.
Good stems
Website
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The Publican
837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
312.733.9555
Website
$20 corkage, max 2 bottles.
Unknown on stems, but for $20/bottle you shouldn't have to bring your own glasses.
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Cellar Door Provisions
(Friday and Saturday nights only)
3025 W. Diversey Avenue
Chicago, IL
773 697-8337
Website
$20 corkage generally and $10 if you bring in a wine from Diversey Wine
Mediocre stems, no decanters
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Cozy Noodle
3456 N. Sheffield
Chicago IL (1 block south of Wrigley Field)
773-327-0100
website
All BYOB all the time - no corkage
Stemware: Small, clunky drinking glasses. I suppose you could bring your own. They do have ice buckets.
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Fahlstrom's Fresh Fish Market
1258 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL.
773.281.6000
Website
$8 corkage; Bring your own stems
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Thai Pastry
4925 N. Broadway, unit E
Chicago, Il.
773-784-5399
Website
No corkage, decent stems.
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Prosecco
710 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL
312.951.9500
Website
Corkage: $30 for the first, $40 for the second and $50 for the third bottle, which is their allowed maximum
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Blu57 Seafood and Small Plates
5701 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL — 60660
(773)-944-0575
Website
No corkage. The wine glasses are pretty average.
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Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL. 60611
312-787-5000
Website
$25 corkage. Stemware likely just fine.
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RPM Italian
52 W. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL.
312-222-1888
Website
$25 corkage. Stemware likely just fine.
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Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill
20504 N. Rand Road
Deer Park, IL 60010
(847) 719-1596
Website
$20 corkage. No info on stemware
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Vie Restaurant
4471 Lawn Ave
Western Springs, IL 60558
708-246-2082
http://www.vierestaurant.com/
$25 per bottle corkage for first two bottles, then $35 per bottle after that. Good stems.
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Stix N Brix
220 W 33rd Street
Chicago, IL 60616
312-265-0219
Website
No corkage. Reidel O knockoffs.
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Wentworth Seafood House
2229 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-0899
Website
No corkage, lousy stems
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Nico Ostreria
1015 N Rush Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312.994.7100
Website
No corkage on Sunday. No bottle limit.
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Frunchroom
4042 North Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 853-2160
Website
No corkage. Unknown stems, so be safe and bring your own
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Steak and Vine
37 South La Grange Road
La Grange, IL, 60525
708-579-0520
Website
$20 corkage per bottle with no limit. Reserve through Nick and he may waive corkage. Schott Zwiesel glassware
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Bellemore
564 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 667-0104
Website
$25 corkage per bottle. Assuming good stems.
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Daisies
2523 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
773-661-1671
Website
$15 per bottle corkage, unknown stems
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S.K.Y.
1239 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 846-1077
Website
No corkage Wed/Thur/Sun. Assume good stems.
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Longman & Eagle
2657 N. KEDZIE AVE.
CHICAGO, IL 60647
773-276-7110
Website
$25 per bottle but fee is waived with a bottle purchased off of their list.
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Bistro Campagne
4518 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
773.271.6100
Website
$15/bottle corkage. Good stems
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Dolo Restaurant
2222 S Archer Ave
Chicago
(312) 877-5117
Website
No corkage fee, lousy (thick) stems
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Duck Inn
2701 S Eleanor
Reidel O stems
$25 corkage
(312) 724-8811
website
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Passerotto
5420 N Clark Ave
Reidel O Stems
$15 corkage
website
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Butcher & The Burger
1021 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-3735
BYOB. No corkage; but lousy glassware. Bring your own.
Website
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Jade Court
626 S. Racine
Chicago, IL. 60607
312-929-4828
No corkage. Marginal glassware, so consider bringing your own.
Website
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Mordecai
3632 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Il. 60613
773.269.5410
$25 corkage. Excellent stems. Excellent food for essentially a cocktail and sports place.
Website
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Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
218 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 624-8154
Corkage fee is sharing 1 glass per bottle with a table of your choice. One bottle per two people limit.
Nice stems
Website
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#2 Post by Matt Shaffer » May 19th, 2010, 4:43 pm

I will add Prairie Grass cafe and it's sister Prairie Fire for BYO Mondays.

Prairie Grass Cafe
601 Skokie Blvd
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
(847) 205-4433
Stemware: decent enough. I've never seen anyone bring

Prairie Fire
215 North Clinton Street
Chicago, IL 60661
(312)382-8300


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#3 Post by S L Clayton » May 19th, 2010, 5:28 pm

Mado
1647 North Milwaukee Avenue
chicago, IL 60647
(773) 342-2340

Excellent food. ZERO corkage.
BYO Stems.
Seize the day!!

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#4 Post by JamieM. » May 20th, 2010, 12:37 pm

Terragusto
1851 W Addison
Chicago, IL 60613
773 248 2777
http://www.terragustocafe.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This location, as opposed to the Lincoln Park one on Armitage, is all BYOB all the time. $3-5 corkage per bottle. No stemware, bring your own.
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#5 Post by S L Clayton » May 21st, 2010, 7:48 am

Smoque BBQ
3800 N. Pulaski
773- 545- 7427
smoquebbq.com

ZERO Corkage
byo-stems

Perhaps the best bbq in town.
Seize the day!!

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#6 Post by David K o l i n » May 22nd, 2010, 1:06 pm

South Water Kitchen (in the North Loop)
At the Hotel Monoco
225 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601-2404
(312) 236-9300


http://www.southwaterkitchen.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Zero corkage (best to call ahead and confirm). Decent red wine stems upon request (don't know how deep their inventory is). Could not find a decanter last evening.

Chef Lateano won a Golden Rasher Award at the 2010 Chicago Baconfest in the category of "Best Tasting Bacon Dish Period" for his “Bacon Rillettes", with coddled egg dressing, pickled ramps and bacon fat griddled brioche croutons. Pretty good ;-)

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#7 Post by Dan.Gord0n » May 27th, 2010, 2:53 pm

Two places that I particularly like.....and go to reasonably often:

Boka - as I recall policy is a max of 2 bottles per table and something like $25 corkage. Excellent stemware and wine service. Great food and a menu well suited to a broad range of wines.

Tel - 312-337-6070
Address - 1729 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
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Primehouse - I think it is $20 or 25 per bottle (not sure about a max number of bottles). Excellent wine service and stemware. Top rate steaks so a good place to bring big reds.

Tel - 312-660-6000
Address - 616 N. Rush Street, Chicago, IL
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#8 Post by Dan.Gord0n » May 27th, 2010, 2:58 pm

Should have also added another I went to recently - Tango Sur. I believe no corkage at all since all BYO. Good meat to pair with reds but horrible wine glasses, tight tables and mediocre service. No reservations either. Not really a place I'm dying to go back to but I do think it is a popular "BYO"...

Tel - 773-477-5466
Address - 3763 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL

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#9 Post by Dan.Gord0n » May 27th, 2010, 3:04 pm

John Danza wrote:Eve Restaurant
BYOB no corkage on Wednesday and Sunday
Stemware: all first class
840 N. Wabash, Chicago IL
(312) 266-3383
Website
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Haven't been to Eve on a Wed or Sun but I believe that you can bring on other nights but the corkage fee was pretty steep - $30 or $35 as I recall from last summer. Though the food was pretty good and so may be worth going back on a Wed or Sun.

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#10 Post by Craig B » May 27th, 2010, 3:41 pm

Vie in Western Springs
Tuesday free corkage, and any bottle over ten years in age everyday
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#11 Post by TimF » May 29th, 2010, 8:25 am

Restaurant Michael
Free Corkage on Tuesdays
average stems
64 GREEN BAY RD.
WINNETKA, IL
http://www.restaurantmichael.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I love this place. If you go, don't miss the foie gras strudel.
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#12 Post by Victor Hong » June 2nd, 2010, 5:17 am

Vivo has always been a great BYOW venue. Excellent food, service, atmosphere, and pricing.
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#13 Post by John Danza » June 2nd, 2010, 10:40 pm

Victor Hong wrote:Vivo has always been a great BYOW venue. Excellent food, service, atmosphere, and pricing.
Victor,

Can you provide information about their BYOB policies? There's nothing about it on their website.

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#14 Post by Victor Hong » June 3rd, 2010, 5:12 am

John Danza wrote:
Victor Hong wrote:Vivo has always been a great BYOW venue. Excellent food, service, atmosphere, and pricing.
Victor,

Can you provide information about their BYOB policies? There's nothing about it on their website.

Thanks.
The management will verbally quote $15 per bottle, but often waives it.
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#15 Post by Dan.Gord0n » June 3rd, 2010, 6:31 am

Should add Spring to the list. Great food and service, excellent stemware. I think the charge is $20 per bottle. Was just there for a wine dinner on Tuesday night and they did an terrific job as usual!

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#16 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » June 5th, 2010, 6:52 pm

I've happily been to Browntrout a few times... Thursday is free corkage, but I don't know their policy the rest of the week. Glasses are an ersatz version of the Riedel "O".
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#17 Post by Kent Zimmerman » June 16th, 2010, 2:23 pm

Does anyone know about the corkage policy at The Bristol? We're putting together a dinner in July, and I'd really like to short list this place, as it will be close to our "home base" for the evening.

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#18 Post by JamieM. » June 16th, 2010, 2:56 pm

Kent,

Pretty sure the Bristol is all BYO all the time, and I think there's no charge for corkage at all. If any, it's nominal. I hear they have excellent stemware too. Manlin knows the scoop for sure, you might PM him if you want the inside track. Or you could just call the place.
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#19 Post by Kent Zimmerman » June 16th, 2010, 3:15 pm

Thanks Jamie. I definitely plan to call them to confirm, but I had a feeling someone here knew as well.

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#20 Post by Mel Hill » June 16th, 2010, 8:31 pm

jamie mccormick wrote:Kent,

Pretty sure the Bristol is all BYO all the time, and I think there's no charge for corkage at all. If any, it's nominal. I hear they have excellent stemware too. Manlin knows the scoop for sure, you might PM him if you want the inside track. Or you could just call the place.
I thought that it was Mado that was BYO not The Bristol?

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#21 Post by David K o l i n » June 17th, 2010, 5:53 am

Mel Hill wrote:
jamie mccormick wrote:Kent,

Pretty sure the Bristol is all BYO all the time, and I think there's no charge for corkage at all. If any, it's nominal. I hear they have excellent stemware too. Manlin knows the scoop for sure, you might PM him if you want the inside track. Or you could just call the place.
I thought that it was Mado that was BYO not The Bristol?

Mado certainly is

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#22 Post by Dan.Gord0n » June 17th, 2010, 7:34 am

Mel Hill wrote:
jamie mccormick wrote:Kent,

Pretty sure the Bristol is all BYO all the time, and I think there's no charge for corkage at all. If any, it's nominal. I hear they have excellent stemware too. Manlin knows the scoop for sure, you might PM him if you want the inside track. Or you could just call the place.
I thought that it was Mado that was BYO not The Bristol?
Really enjoyed going to the Bristol a couple months ago and need to go back....they do have a wine list and do charge some corkage (I think something like $10 or $15 per bottle) but they ended up only charging for a few bottles and not all 10+/- bottles we brought. I think we ended up ordering 1-2 of virtually everything on the menu - well worth going as everything was good to excellent.

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#23 Post by Scott Manlin » June 17th, 2010, 8:03 am

Mel Hill wrote:
jamie mccormick wrote:Kent,

Pretty sure the Bristol is all BYO all the time, and I think there's no charge for corkage at all. If any, it's nominal. I hear they have excellent stemware too. Manlin knows the scoop for sure, you might PM him if you want the inside track. Or you could just call the place.
I thought that it was Mado that was BYO not The Bristol?
Mado is BYOB as they do not have a license. The Bristol has a full bar and extensive wine and beer list, the wine list is designed to have a lower mark up and to keep everything below $100, though there are a few exceptions to that goal. They do, happily, allow corkage, it is $15 per bottle, however, it is a small restaurant and if you show up and take over, for the evening, a 4 top on a friday or saturday night with 8 bottles of your own wine, it won't go over very well as they usually have 100 plus people waiting for seats those nights and need to turn their tables.

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#24 Post by Ken Kailin » June 29th, 2010, 11:36 am

Les Nomades
No Corkage Thursdays
Fine Stemware
French cuisine
Sportcoat required

222 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611-3258
(312) 649-9010
http://www.lesnomades.net" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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#25 Post by Ken Kailin » June 29th, 2010, 11:41 am

Vinci

No Corkage on vintages wine 10 yrs and older
Fair stems

Italian Cusine

1732 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614-5533
(312) 266-1199
http://www.vincichicago.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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#26 Post by Ken Kailin » June 29th, 2010, 11:47 am

Caro Mio

No Corkage
Poor Stems, bring your own

Good casual Italian fare

1825 West Wilson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640-5203
(773) 275-5000
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#27 Post by Ken Kailin » June 29th, 2010, 11:51 am

Dave's Italian Kitchen

No Corkage Fee
No Stems

Cheap good Italian fare, very low key

1635 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201-4504
(847) 475-6044
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#28 Post by B Stucker » July 6th, 2010, 10:33 am

Ken Kailin wrote:Les Nomades
No Corkage Thursdays
Fine Stemware
French cuisine
Sportcoat required

222 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611-3258
(312) 649-9010
http://www.lesnomades.net" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
My understanding is that this is limited to one bottle per 2 people. Just want to clarify to help people avoid sticky situations.
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#29 Post by David K o l i n » July 12th, 2010, 4:33 pm

BALSAN RESTAURANT
Elysian Hotel
11 East Walton
Chicago, Illinois 60611

312.646.1400

http://balsanrestaurant.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

$30.00 corkage/bottle. (Waived the second last night)
Excellent stems and decanters

Terrific meal on 7/11/10

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#30 Post by John Danza » July 24th, 2010, 7:59 am

This is a negative recommendation. I recommend staying away from Cotes du Rhone on Broadway. We had a horrible experience there last night for the Rhone offline. The place was hot and uncomfortable. The appetizers were good (pate, foie gras, french onion soup), but then it took the kitchen over 90 minutes to produce our main courses. When they did arrive, everyone who ordered lamb (rare and medium rare) got served meat that was medium well to fully well done. That's unacceptable for a place that had no more than 30 people in it, including the 11 of us.
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Re: Chicago and suburbs

#31 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » July 27th, 2010, 9:06 am

John Danza wrote:This is a negative recommendation. I recommend staying away from Cotes du Rhone on Broadway. We had a horrible experience there last night for the Rhone offline. The place was hot and uncomfortable. The appetizers were good (pate, foie gras, french onion soup), but then it took the kitchen over 90 minutes to produce our main courses. When they did arrive, everyone who ordered lamb (rare and medium rare) got served meat that was medium well to fully well done. That's unacceptable for a place that had no more than 30 people in it, including the 11 of us.
What John said, cubed. Two courses, three hours and fifteen minutes. The place did not smell good, and appeared extremely tired. The chairs of kindling were so uncomfortable and rickety, I am surprised only one of the eleven was destroyed. My pork tenderloin, also ordered MR, came out well done— and presented in a shallow bowl, full of a thin, burning hot sauce that almost landed in my lap.

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#32 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » August 28th, 2010, 9:05 pm

Tonight, went with friends to Han202, at 601 W 31rd Street. BYOB, with decent stemless Pinot bowls. Five course prix-fixe for $25... very nice environs and excellent service. The food was not exciting, but there were some highlights (beef and green apple salad, salt and pepper squid, mango-tomato sorbet, and my pal's duck entree), and no real duds.

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Re: Chicago and suburbs

#33 Post by Jeff Kay » August 29th, 2010, 12:24 pm

Ken Kailin wrote:Dave's Italian Kitchen

No Corkage Fee
No Stems

Cheap good Italian fare, very low key

1635 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201-4504
(847) 475-6044
http://www.davesik.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Last time I was there they had 1995 Chateau LaGrange on the wine list for $55.00. With Dave's pricing, I never thought to BYOB there.
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#34 Post by John Danza » September 12th, 2010, 8:23 am

I just added Ruxbin Kitchen to the list. This is a fairly new BYOB that opened in the Wicker Park/West Town area on Ashland. I was there on Thursday and the food was excellent. It's a small place and they don't take reservations, so if you don't get there early you are likely to wait. They put some kind of herbed popcorn on the table as a munchie, which is kinda cool.
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#35 Post by S L Clayton » October 13th, 2010, 7:32 am

http://vincentchicago.com/themenu" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Has anyone been to Vincent yet? Thoughts on pairing with this food? I'm thinking Bubbles for the early dishes and perhaps a Rhone Blend or Pinot for the later....
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#36 Post by Chae Yi » October 14th, 2010, 10:18 am

Ken Kailin wrote:Dave's Italian Kitchen

No Corkage Fee
No Stems

Cheap good Italian fare, very low key

1635 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201-4504
(847) 475-6044
http://www.davesik.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Seriously, is this place any good? Is it like "Italian/American" or "ITALIAN"?

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#37 Post by Mark Pecken » October 14th, 2010, 1:56 pm

No corkage at Vie in Western Springs on Tuesdays. I put Chef Virant on the short list of really talented cooks in Chicagoland. Surprised this has not been added as of yet.

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#38 Post by Mel Hill » October 14th, 2010, 6:52 pm

Mark Pecken wrote:No corkage at Vie in Western Springs on Tuesdays. I put Chef Virant on the short list of really talented cooks in Chicagoland. Surprised this has not been added as of yet.

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I think they also have the "10 years or older" is corkage free policy too!
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#39 Post by Mark Pecken » October 15th, 2010, 7:51 am

Just saw Craig B. had mentioned Vie previously. My bad. newhere

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Re: Chicago and suburbs

#40 Post by Megan Mergener » October 15th, 2010, 9:45 am

Mythos Greek Taverna
Corkage Fee: $5
Stemware: Ok
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2030 W Montrose Ave
(773) 334-2000

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The pastichio is wonderful! Two sisters run the restaurant. One works the front of the house and the other is the chef. They fight sometimes, which adds to the experience (in my opinion).

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#41 Post by Clayton Wai-Poi » October 15th, 2010, 1:04 pm

Had a dinner for 12 at May Street Market on Wednesday and thought it was an excellent BYO option. It would also be a good offline location.

Food is Modern American with a focus on seasonal ingredients. There's a great value $35 pre fixe, otherwise a la carte is pretty reasonable too.

Weds is free corkage night, although the menu suggested that you could BYO any night. Probably worth emailing them if you're looking for a different night.

They have good stems.

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#42 Post by S L Clayton » October 15th, 2010, 5:47 pm

Clayton Wai-Poi wrote:Had a dinner for 12 at May Street Market on Wednesday and thought it was an excellent BYO option. It would also be a good offline location.

Food is Modern American with a focus on seasonal ingredients. There's a great value $35 pre fixe, otherwise a la carte is pretty reasonable too.

Weds is free corkage night, although the menu suggested that you could BYO any night. Probably worth emailing them if you're looking for a different night.

They have good stems.
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We've heard a ton of great feedback on May Street Market- what are your thoughts on some ideal varietals for a offline there?
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#43 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » October 16th, 2010, 9:21 pm

Megan Mergener wrote:Mythos Greek Taverna
Corkage Fee: $5
Stemware: Ok
Details:
2030 W Montrose Ave
(773) 334-2000

Additional info:
The pastichio is wonderful! Two sisters run the restaurant. One works the front of the house and the other is the chef. They fight sometimes, which adds to the experience (in my opinion).
Hey Megan, thanks for the tip... glad you made it over here, you should check in at the new members thread at The Asylum.
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#44 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » October 16th, 2010, 9:38 pm

S L Clayton wrote:
Clayton Wai-Poi wrote:Had a dinner for 12 at May Street Market on Wednesday and thought it was an excellent BYO option. It would also be a good offline location.

Food is Modern American with a focus on seasonal ingredients. There's a great value $35 pre fixe, otherwise a la carte is pretty reasonable too.

Weds is free corkage night, although the menu suggested that you could BYO any night. Probably worth emailing them if you're looking for a different night.

They have good stems.
Clayton-
We've heard a ton of great feedback on May Street Market- what are your thoughts on some ideal varietals for a offline there?
Shane, we also like May St (and manage to forget about it cause it ain't on Opentable, duh.)
I would think Pinot/Southern Rhone/Italian would fit there the best, but pretty much anything properly aged should work short of ooze monsters. For instance, we brought two SQN syrahs there one night; the 1997 Impostor McCoy worked, but the 2005 Atlantis not so much.
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#45 Post by Mel Hill » October 30th, 2010, 2:39 pm

S L Clayton wrote:
Clayton Wai-Poi wrote:Had a dinner for 12 at May Street Market on Wednesday and thought it was an excellent BYO option. It would also be a good offline location.

Food is Modern American with a focus on seasonal ingredients. There's a great value $35 pre fixe, otherwise a la carte is pretty reasonable too.

Weds is free corkage night, although the menu suggested that you could BYO any night. Probably worth emailing them if you're looking for a different night.

They have good stems.
Clayton-
We've heard a ton of great feedback on May Street Market- what are your thoughts on some ideal varietals for a offline there?
May Street Market will close as of October 30th, 2010...
the tweeted the news...
http://twitter.com/#!/maystreetmarket/s ... 8951565277

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#46 Post by S L Clayton » October 30th, 2010, 3:13 pm

Mel Hill wrote:
S L Clayton wrote:
Clayton Wai-Poi wrote:Had a dinner for 12 at May Street Market on Wednesday and thought it was an excellent BYO option. It would also be a good offline location.

Food is Modern American with a focus on seasonal ingredients. There's a great value $35 pre fixe, otherwise a la carte is pretty reasonable too.

Weds is free corkage night, although the menu suggested that you could BYO any night. Probably worth emailing them if you're looking for a different night.

They have good stems.
Clayton-
We've heard a ton of great feedback on May Street Market- what are your thoughts on some ideal varietals for a offline there?
May Street Market will close as of October 30th, 2010...
the tweeted the news...
http://twitter.com/#!/maystreetmarket/s ... 8951565277
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#47 Post by S L Clayton » December 20th, 2010, 12:28 pm

I was told by the manager @ Longman and Eagle that corkage will be waved if you buy a bottle off the list.
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#48 Post by Corey N. » December 29th, 2010, 9:54 am

John Danza wrote:I just added Ruxbin Kitchen to the list. This is a fairly new BYOB that opened in the Wicker Park/West Town area on Ashland. I was there on Thursday and the food was excellent. It's a small place and they don't take reservations, so if you don't get there early you are likely to wait. They put some kind of herbed popcorn on the table as a munchie, which is kinda cool.
Was at Ruxbin last night. Good food, nice people working there and never felt rushed.
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#49 Post by Robert Pollard-Smith » January 15th, 2011, 8:02 pm

David K o l i n wrote:South Water Kitchen (in the North Loop)
At the Hotel Monoco
225 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601-2404
(312) 236-9300


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Zero corkage (best to call ahead and confirm). Decent red wine stems upon request (don't know how deep their inventory is). Could not find a decanter last evening.

Chef Lateano won a Golden Rasher Award at the 2010 Chicago Baconfest in the category of "Best Tasting Bacon Dish Period" for his “Bacon Rillettes", with coddled egg dressing, pickled ramps and bacon fat griddled brioche croutons. Pretty good ;-)
Thanking you for the recommendation, David... zero corkage, good stems, truly excellent food and service. Nice place for an OL, IMHOP.
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#50 Post by John Danza » January 29th, 2011, 9:08 am

Had a great dinner last night at a BYOB I just found called Dorado Restaurant. The bill themselves as a fusion of mexican and french cuisine, but I think it's more like mexican with french techniques. I've written up my experience on a thread on LTH Forum. I highly recommend it.
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