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#1 Post by PaulM » May 19th, 2010, 11:21 am

I'll kick it off by noting that CityZen no longer allows BYO (which they very irritatingly told me a month after I made the reservation and the day before my anniversary at which we were to drink the same wines as at our wedding - "I see you wanted to bring your own wines - we no longer allow that.")

These are now a bit dated (Asia Nora is on both lists and has been closed for years) but still useful.

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

http://bassins.com/resources/corkage.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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#2 Post by Robert Johnston » May 25th, 2010, 7:13 am

I see that Dino (from our friend Dean Gold) is not on the list from Bassin's. Dean offers free corkage Sun-Wed (excluding holidays)

I'd check with the restaurants that do offer corkage as many of them have free corkage on certain days. In addition, I've attended many wine dinners where we have been able to negotiate a reduced corkage fee for the dinner.

If you use OpenTable, check the Aditional Details section. It usually has something about whether personal wines are welcome.

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#3 Post by Jay $$ Winton » May 26th, 2010, 1:27 pm

in DC it's restaurant option and the law says a maximum of 2 bottles at $25 per. As with many "laws" in DC, venues do not always observe the regulation so call ahead. Dean knows more about this than moi so please comment. I know unlike MD or VA you cannot legally take unfinished wine away from the restaurant but again....
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#4 Post by PaulM » May 27th, 2010, 12:30 pm

Jay Winton wrote:in DC it's restaurant option and the law says a maximum of 2 bottles at $25 per. As with many "laws" in DC, venues do not always observe the regulation so call ahead. Dean knows more about this than moi so please comment. I know unlike MD or VA you cannot legally take unfinished wine away from the restaurant but again....
Actually, there's no restriction on the number of bottles in the regulation, which I just re-read. Also, DC law has changed, and restaurants can now let you take home one opened but recorked bottle in a tamper-evident bag. (However, the corkage regulation - which says the bottles can't be removed once opened - hasn't been updated, so arguably it has to be a bottle you buy from them.)
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#5 Post by Jay $$ Winton » May 29th, 2010, 3:43 pm

Paul Marquardt wrote:
Jay Winton wrote:in DC it's restaurant option and the law says a maximum of 2 bottles at $25 per. As with many "laws" in DC, venues do not always observe the regulation so call ahead. Dean knows more about this than moi so please comment. I know unlike MD or VA you cannot legally take unfinished wine away from the restaurant but again....
Actually, there's no restriction on the number of bottles in the regulation, which I just re-read. Also, DC law has changed, and restaurants can now let you take home one opened but recorked bottle in a tamper-evident bag. (However, the corkage regulation - which says the bottles can't be removed once opened - hasn't been updated, so arguably it has to be a bottle you buy from them.)
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#6 Post by Jay $$ Winton » May 29th, 2010, 4:40 pm

Dino- Thru June 6: Every night ~ All Night Long! Free
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#7 Post by Victor Hong » May 30th, 2010, 1:29 pm

Tabard Inn Hotel is great.
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#8 Post by Cole Kendall » May 30th, 2010, 7:10 pm

Cafe' du Parc has corkage early in the week; dined there recently and the new chef was quite enthusiastic about people bringing wine. Stemware is weak but may improve...

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#9 Post by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ » June 14th, 2010, 11:55 am

I find most places in DC very accomodating. Lately, many of us DC drinkers have been doing dinners at Urbana at the Palomar because we have gotten either 0 corkage or a flat nominal charge (I think it was $75) for as many bottles as we'd like when we took the private dining room in the back on an early weekday.

I have to post that one of my favorite restaurants, Corduroy, is very strict about corkage and allow 1 btl @ $30. They were rather curt about it to a fellow dc wino on his anniversary...Quite a shame as I'd love to organize dinners there.

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#10 Post by Greg Ossi » June 14th, 2010, 4:04 pm

Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:I find most places in DC very accomodating. Lately, many of us DC drinkers have been doing dinners at Urbana at the Palomar because we have gotten either 0 corkage or a flat nominal charge (I think it was $75) for as many bottles as we'd like when we took the private dining room in the back on an early weekday.

I have to post that one of my favorite restaurants, Corduroy, is very strict about corkage and allow 1 btl @ $30. They were rather curt about it to a fellow dc wino on his anniversary...Quite a shame as I'd love to organize dinners there.
Not surprised - there was an offline there a few years ago that did not end well as I recall.

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#11 Post by Steven Heydemann » June 14th, 2010, 6:56 pm

Greg Ossi wrote:
Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:I find most places in DC very accomodating. Lately, many of us DC drinkers have been doing dinners at Urbana at the Palomar because we have gotten either 0 corkage or a flat nominal charge (I think it was $75) for as many bottles as we'd like when we took the private dining room in the back on an early weekday.

I have to post that one of my favorite restaurants, Corduroy, is very strict about corkage and allow 1 btl @ $30. They were rather curt about it to a fellow dc wino on his anniversary...Quite a shame as I'd love to organize dinners there.
Not surprised - there was an offline there a few years ago that did not end well as I recall.

Bad news. I haven't eaten there since it moved to the new location, but in the old one, it was not a problem to bring a couple of bottles. I ate there once with a fellow wine geek, brought 2 bottles, and got fabulous service, great stemware, and interest from the wait staff in the wines. Sorry to hear things have changed.

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#12 Post by larry schaffer » June 16th, 2010, 6:30 am

Dean Gold was very accomodating to our group last week with waiving corkage fees at Dinos.

And there's always Mark's Duck House - very nice stems for a Chinese restaurant and with the prices of the food as reasonable as they are, it doesn't seem too bad to pay the minimal corkage per bottle.

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#13 Post by tim orourke » August 13th, 2010, 11:19 am

I just put this together >>

http://www.weygandtwines.com/dc-restaur ... e-list.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Anybody with any new info, let me know

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#14 Post by Yule Kim » August 15th, 2010, 10:04 am

I went to Siroc last year and they charged $20 for corkage. I'm assuming that it is still the policy.

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#15 Post by Barry L i p t o n » October 30th, 2010, 7:13 pm

Anyone know if Kinkaid's is flexible on bringing a third bottle? They say two bottle limit (I left a message with asst manager but no callback yet)

Diitto re: Marcel's.

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#16 Post by scott c » November 4th, 2010, 3:24 pm

I took a bottle with me to Fogo de Chao last weekend and paid $25 corkage, but it was worth it because their wine list sucks. I'm taking three bottles with me tonight and I'll let you know if they make a fuss. What? I'm on the Atkins diet and Fogo is paradise! [training.gif]

Edited to add: Apparently no limit on bottles -- they opened all 3 and charged $25/per.
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#17 Post by scott c » November 4th, 2010, 3:25 pm

Plume at the Jefferson Hotel does NOT allow corkage, by the way. But their list is excellent.
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#18 Post by Robert Johnston » November 15th, 2010, 1:06 pm

scott c l a f f e e wrote:Plume at the Jefferson Hotel does NOT allow corkage, by the way. But their list is excellent.
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#19 Post by Robert Johnston » November 15th, 2010, 1:09 pm

Anybody heard what Roberto Donna is asking at Galileo III? It used to be that their policy was "$15, bring whatever you want."

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#20 Post by scott c » November 22nd, 2010, 12:46 pm

Can we also formulate a list of places that will accomodate a group that wants to do a wine tasting type of event with multiple bottles and perhaps only ordering apps/charcuterie and the like, as opposed to a corkage for a bottle or two at dinner (or a more extensive, formal private dinner)? I think this would be useful information for the people on this board.
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#21 Post by Mike Heyse » November 22nd, 2010, 12:56 pm

Coppi's on U St. - no limit; $20 per bottle. Agora on 17th opened two bottles for us for free, but we sent some to the back, too, so that's probably why.

Also, Charlie Palmer's (near Union Station) has free corkage on Mondays for any wine; free corkage any day for any two American wines.
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#22 Post by tim orourke » November 22nd, 2010, 1:12 pm

scott c l a f f e e wrote:Can we also formulate a list of places that will accomodate a group that wants to do a wine tasting type of event with multiple bottles and perhaps only ordering apps/charcuterie and the like, as opposed to a corkage for a bottle or two at dinner (or a more extensive, formal private dinner)? I think this would be useful information for the people on this board.
Urbana on Monday nights--no corkage and private room--not sure if you need to be Tooch to take advantage of this.
Ardeo early in the week--no corkage and very accomodating (to Weygandt Wines at least)--I think their normal policy is $25/btl
Dino M-W (I think)--no corkage, some privacy if a big enough group
Le Chat Noir--Sundays no corkage
Firefly Mondays (I think)--no corkage

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#23 Post by scott c » November 22nd, 2010, 1:35 pm

tim orourke wrote:
scott c l a f f e e wrote:Can we also formulate a list of places that will accomodate a group that wants to do a wine tasting type of event with multiple bottles and perhaps only ordering apps/charcuterie and the like, as opposed to a corkage for a bottle or two at dinner (or a more extensive, formal private dinner)? I think this would be useful information for the people on this board.
Urbana on Monday nights--no corkage and private room--not sure if you need to be Tooch to take advantage of this.
Ardeo early in the week--no corkage and very accomodating (to Weygandt Wines at least)--I think their normal policy is $25/btl
Dino M-W (I think)--no corkage, some privacy if a big enough group
Le Chat Noir--Sundays no corkage
Firefly Mondays (I think)--no corkage
Hey Tim,

This is all good info. I guess I should clarify, though, that I'm less interested in places that offer no corkage -- more interested in places that might charge a fee per bottle, but not throw a fit if we only order some cheese and meat plates as opposed to entrees and a bunch of sides. Essentially, who's willing to allow you to host a casual wine tasting in their restaurant when your living room isn't available?

Cheers,
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#24 Post by tim orourke » November 22nd, 2010, 1:39 pm

scott c l a f f e e wrote:
tim orourke wrote:
scott c l a f f e e wrote:Can we also formulate a list of places that will accomodate a group that wants to do a wine tasting type of event with multiple bottles and perhaps only ordering apps/charcuterie and the like, as opposed to a corkage for a bottle or two at dinner (or a more extensive, formal private dinner)? I think this would be useful information for the people on this board.
Urbana on Monday nights--no corkage and private room--not sure if you need to be Tooch to take advantage of this.
Ardeo early in the week--no corkage and very accomodating (to Weygandt Wines at least)--I think their normal policy is $25/btl
Dino M-W (I think)--no corkage, some privacy if a big enough group
Le Chat Noir--Sundays no corkage
Firefly Mondays (I think)--no corkage
Hey Tim,

This is all good info. I guess I should clarify, though, that I'm less interested in places that offer no corkage -- more interested in places that might charge a fee per bottle, but not throw a fit if we only order some cheese and meat plates as opposed to entrees and a bunch of sides. Essentially, who's willing to allow you to host a casual wine tasting in their restaurant when your living room isn't available?

Cheers,
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I personally don't know any restaurants that would be especially happy to do this. Doesn't mean they won't, I just don't know of any...

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#25 Post by Matt Latuchie » January 30th, 2011, 2:28 pm

Does anyone know if there are any Thai restaurants in DC that offer $0 corkage? Just checked with Regent and it's $20-$25/bottle there.
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#26 Post by Blake J o h n s o n » January 31st, 2011, 1:12 pm

only thought would be Ba Bay. new place on Cap Hill - nothing about corkage on the website.

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#27 Post by tim orourke » January 31st, 2011, 1:15 pm

Matt Latuchie wrote:Does anyone know if there are any Thai restaurants in DC that offer $0 corkage? Just checked with Regent and it's $20-$25/bottle there.
We've got a Riesling dinner in the works for my friend's Korean restaurant--Mandu in Dupont. What were you trying to get together?

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#28 Post by Matt Latuchie » January 31st, 2011, 1:24 pm

tim orourke wrote:
Matt Latuchie wrote:Does anyone know if there are any Thai restaurants in DC that offer $0 corkage? Just checked with Regent and it's $20-$25/bottle there.
We've got a Riesling dinner in the works for my friend's Korean restaurant--Mandu in Dupont. What were you trying to get together?
riesling and thai - how does it pair with korean?
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#29 Post by tim orourke » January 31st, 2011, 1:29 pm

Matt Latuchie wrote:
tim orourke wrote:
Matt Latuchie wrote:Does anyone know if there are any Thai restaurants in DC that offer $0 corkage? Just checked with Regent and it's $20-$25/bottle there.
We've got a Riesling dinner in the works for my friend's Korean restaurant--Mandu in Dupont. What were you trying to get together?
riesling and thai - how does it pair with korean?
Just as well. We went to Korea a couple of years ago with the family that owns/runs the place so we can do quite well there. There's a private room upstairs that can fit up to 25 pp. Corkage will be waived. My guess is that we'll agree on a price per person and do the whole thing family style. I think we can probably do $50/person, tax and tip included, but I'll have to check. I'll send something out via the "other" forum.

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#30 Post by Matt Latuchie » January 31st, 2011, 1:30 pm

tim orourke wrote:
Matt Latuchie wrote:
tim orourke wrote: We've got a Riesling dinner in the works for my friend's Korean restaurant--Mandu in Dupont. What were you trying to get together?
riesling and thai - how does it pair with korean?
Just as well. We went to Korea a couple of years ago with the family that owns/runs the place so we can do quite well there. There's a private room upstairs that can fit up to 25 pp. Corkage will be waived. My guess is that we'll agree on a price per person and do the whole thing family style. I think we can probably do $50/person, tax and tip included, but I'll have to check. I'll send something out via the "other" forum.
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#31 Post by PaulM » January 31st, 2011, 1:50 pm

tim orourke wrote:
Matt Latuchie wrote:
tim orourke wrote: We've got a Riesling dinner in the works for my friend's Korean restaurant--Mandu in Dupont. What were you trying to get together?
riesling and thai - how does it pair with korean?
Just as well. We went to Korea a couple of years ago with the family that owns/runs the place so we can do quite well there. There's a private room upstairs that can fit up to 25 pp. Corkage will be waived. My guess is that we'll agree on a price per person and do the whole thing family style. I think we can probably do $50/person, tax and tip included, but I'll have to check. I'll send something out via the "other" forum.
We stopped in on a whim a few weeks ago and were favorably impressed. Good food, super-nice people.
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#32 Post by tim orourke » January 31st, 2011, 2:17 pm

Paul Marquardt wrote:We stopped in on a whim a few weeks ago and were favorably impressed. Good food, super-nice people.
I agree! But I guess I'm a little biased. Most people I've talked to also seem to agree. It is funny though, of the criticisms they get, it's often they aren't "authentic" enough. When we were in Seoul, the food that we were served in people's houses (or condos mostly), was pretty much what you'll find at Mandu. Not out at the restaurants, but traditional homestyle Korean food from the home. I think that qualifies it as pretty authentic. But again, I may not be the most objective guy to speak about this...

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#33 Post by scott c » January 31st, 2011, 5:31 pm

tim orourke wrote:I'll send something out via the "other" forum.
What's this "other" forum stuff?! [berserker.gif]
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#34 Post by tim orourke » March 24th, 2011, 8:21 am

List has been updated. If you know of anymore, let me know!

http://www.weygandtwines.com/dc-restaur ... e-list.htm

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#35 Post by Matt Latuchie » March 24th, 2011, 8:23 am

tim orourke wrote:List has been updated. If you know of anymore, let me know!

http://www.weygandtwines.com/dc-restaur ... e-list.htm
i think charlie palmers is now free corkage on any bottle...regardless of origin.
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#36 Post by tim orourke » March 24th, 2011, 8:29 am

Matt Latuchie wrote:
tim orourke wrote:List has been updated. If you know of anymore, let me know!

http://www.weygandtwines.com/dc-restaur ... e-list.htm
i think charlie palmers is now free corkage on any bottle...regardless of origin.
Just called them:

First 2 Domestics no corkage, $25/btl thereafter
First Import no corkage, $25/btl thereafter

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#37 Post by Mike Heyse » March 24th, 2011, 8:47 am

Weygandt's list is apparently out of date... the Poste "get uncorked" special has already expired (so I guess that list is about a year old).
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#38 Post by tim orourke » March 24th, 2011, 8:52 am

Mike Heyse wrote:Weygandt's list is apparently out of date... the Poste "get uncorked" special has already expired (so I guess that list is about a year old).
Hey, I'm trying to keep it as up to date as possible. I'll make the change. Sheesh!

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#39 Post by Mike Heyse » March 24th, 2011, 9:11 am

IAG, Tim! Just didn't want people walking into Poste hoping to get uncorked and getting all bottled up instead.
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#40 Post by tim orourke » March 24th, 2011, 9:15 am

Mike Heyse wrote:IAG, Tim! Just didn't want people walking into Poste hoping to get uncorked and getting all bottled up instead.
No worries, I probably need some sort of emoticon to represent my light-hearted disposition ( [basic-smile.gif] ). The Poste policy has been updated. I'll happily make any changes that are needed and if there is info that is not correct, please let me know. This is a list that I have been working on for over a year but unfortunately cannot keep track of everything. I rely on folks like yourselves to let me know if policies have changed or new restaurants should be added. Thanks for the heads-up--seriously, I wouldn't have noticed it otherwise.

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#41 Post by PaulM » March 26th, 2011, 1:04 pm

Tim, seriously - thanks for working on this.
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#42 Post by Mike Heyse » March 26th, 2011, 2:52 pm

tim orourke wrote:
Mike Heyse wrote:IAG, Tim! Just didn't want people walking into Poste hoping to get uncorked and getting all bottled up instead.
No worries, I probably need some sort of emoticon to represent my light-hearted disposition ( [basic-smile.gif] ). The Poste policy has been updated. I'll happily make any changes that are needed and if there is info that is not correct, please let me know. This is a list that I have been working on for over a year but unfortunately cannot keep track of everything. I rely on folks like yourselves to let me know if policies have changed or new restaurants should be added. Thanks for the heads-up--seriously, I wouldn't have noticed it otherwise.
Happy to help; didn't realize you're ITB (or affiliated with Weygandt's for that matter); thought you were just passing along a link! Didn't realize you were the one who'd actually MADE the list! And for that, I thank you. Excellent list. [cheers.gif]
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#43 Post by Dean L Gold » October 21st, 2011, 6:47 pm

On corkage... at Dino
Free Monday thru Wednesday
Otherwise one bottle free for every bottle you buy from our list or $20
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Re: Washington DC

#44 Post by Victor Hong » January 9th, 2012, 9:23 am

Dean L Gold wrote:On corkage... at Dino
Free Monday thru Wednesday
Otherwise one bottle free for every bottle you buy from our list or $20
Free corkage for wine geek events: minimum 8 people, not on Friday or Saturday, if everyone orders our 3 course. Call me to set up in advance. Our regular glasses
Very enjoyable and worthwhile, on every visit.
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Re: Washington DC

#45 Post by Howard Cooper » January 17th, 2012, 9:14 am

Dean L Gold wrote:On corkage... at Dino
Free Monday thru Wednesday
Otherwise one bottle free for every bottle you buy from our list or $20
Free corkage for wine geek events: minimum 8 people, not on Friday or Saturday, if everyone orders our 3 course. Call me to set up in advance. Our regular glasses
Had a great time at Dino's Sunday night. [welldone.gif]
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#46 Post by Robert Johnston » May 30th, 2012, 10:38 am

tim orourke wrote:List has been updated. If you know of anymore, let me know!

http://www.weygandtwines.com/dc-restaur ... e-list.htm
I went to Cedar a couple of weeks ago and took two and a half bottles, they charged me $25 each. I have to say however, it was a fantastic evening and the food and service were outstanding.

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#47 Post by ehrlichdy » June 28th, 2012, 7:56 am

Is anyone aware of good Thai or Chinese restaurants offering corkage?
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#48 Post by Randall McFarlane » August 27th, 2012, 5:33 am

Et Voila, a Belgian bistro on MacArthur Boulevard, accepts BYO with $20 corkage. C & I had dinner there Friday night with some folks I used to work with and had a very enjoyable time. We arranged for the table at the very back and were thus somewhat isolated from the noise and bustle of the rest of the restaurant. Excellent food and service.

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#49 Post by scott c » September 11th, 2012, 2:36 pm

In case anyone was wondering, Spike's restaurants (Good Stuff Eatery and We The Pizza) will allow you to bring as much wine as you want for no charge, the catch being that you'll want to supply your own stems (unless you don't mind drinking out of a plastic cup). A group of us had a non-traditional offline there last Friday and it was perfect. Sat outside, ordered food from both places, and opened up at least a half dozen bottles of pizza and burger-friendly, but still geeky, wines.
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#50 Post by Robert Johnston » September 27th, 2012, 1:59 pm

tim orourke wrote:I just put this together >>

http://www.weygandtwines.com/dc-restaur ... e-list.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Anybody with any new info, let me know
Tim,

Cedar permits corkage and charges $25 per bottle.

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