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#201 Post by Greg K » February 4th, 2019, 11:42 am

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December 7th, 2018, 10:50 am
Reverie in georgetown allows corkage and is very wine friendly. I can’t remember if they charged me, but it was nothing outrageous. Excellent food, and a geeky-cool wine list.
That duck is phenomenal. I believe their policy is that the first bottle is free and after that it's maybe $40?
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#202 Post by NoahR » March 4th, 2019, 8:48 am

Just FYI, there was another thread on whether you can double decant and bring a previously opened bottle into a DC restaurant. This is the official guidance from ABRA!

Dear Noah,

Nothing prohibits you, as a customer, from pre-decanting a beverage at home, returning it to the bottle, and resealing it for use at a licensed establishment that allows corkage or BYOB.

Please note that the bottle should be resealed before you go out because having an open container in a vehicle or in public may violate the District's prohibition on open containers. Moreover, please be aware that an establishment cannot return a bottle to the customer once the establishment opens it.

The official corkage regulation is below for your reference:

717. CORKING FEE
717.1 The holder of an on-premises retailer's license may permit a patron to bring to and consume on the licensed premises an alcoholic beverage that the licensee is permitted to sell or serve under its on-premises retailer's license; provided that the alcoholic beverage is opened by an employee of the establishment, However, the holder of an on-premises retailer's license shall not permit any alcoholic beverage opened on the licensed premises to be removed from the licensed premises.
717.2 The holder of an on-premises retailer's license shall be permitted to charge a corking fee provided that the corking fee is disclosed to the patron prior to the opening of the alcoholic beverage.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Berman
Assistant General Counsel
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration

*For additional assistance, questions, comments, or concerns, please call ABRA at 202-442-4423 or reply to this email.
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#203 Post by etomasi » March 4th, 2019, 6:35 pm

The Dabney. $30/bottle. Max 2 bottles per party. Not good for large groups, but really great food.
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#204 Post by scott c » March 11th, 2019, 9:57 am

NoahR wrote:
March 4th, 2019, 8:48 am
Just FYI, there was another thread on whether you can double decant and bring a previously opened bottle into a DC restaurant. This is the official guidance from ABRA!

Dear Noah,

Nothing prohibits you, as a customer, from pre-decanting a beverage at home, returning it to the bottle, and resealing it for use at a licensed establishment that allows corkage or BYOB.

Please note that the bottle should be resealed before you go out because having an open container in a vehicle or in public may violate the District's prohibition on open containers. Moreover, please be aware that an establishment cannot return a bottle to the customer once the establishment opens it.

The official corkage regulation is below for your reference:

717. CORKING FEE
717.1 The holder of an on-premises retailer's license may permit a patron to bring to and consume on the licensed premises an alcoholic beverage that the licensee is permitted to sell or serve under its on-premises retailer's license; provided that the alcoholic beverage is opened by an employee of the establishment, However, the holder of an on-premises retailer's license shall not permit any alcoholic beverage opened on the licensed premises to be removed from the licensed premises.
717.2 The holder of an on-premises retailer's license shall be permitted to charge a corking fee provided that the corking fee is disclosed to the patron prior to the opening of the alcoholic beverage.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Berman
Assistant General Counsel
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration

*For additional assistance, questions, comments, or concerns, please call ABRA at 202-442-4423 or reply to this email.
So...every time I've asked for a wine that I've purchased off the list and not finished to be corked up and placed in a bag for me to take home, the restaurant has been breaking the law? Or does that only apply to BYO'd bottles?
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#205 Post by NoahR » March 11th, 2019, 11:04 am

scott c wrote:
March 11th, 2019, 9:57 am
NoahR wrote:
March 4th, 2019, 8:48 am
Just FYI, there was another thread on whether you can double decant and bring a previously opened bottle into a DC restaurant. This is the official guidance from ABRA!

Dear Noah,

Nothing prohibits you, as a customer, from pre-decanting a beverage at home, returning it to the bottle, and resealing it for use at a licensed establishment that allows corkage or BYOB.

Please note that the bottle should be resealed before you go out because having an open container in a vehicle or in public may violate the District's prohibition on open containers. Moreover, please be aware that an establishment cannot return a bottle to the customer once the establishment opens it.

The official corkage regulation is below for your reference:

717. CORKING FEE
717.1 The holder of an on-premises retailer's license may permit a patron to bring to and consume on the licensed premises an alcoholic beverage that the licensee is permitted to sell or serve under its on-premises retailer's license; provided that the alcoholic beverage is opened by an employee of the establishment, However, the holder of an on-premises retailer's license shall not permit any alcoholic beverage opened on the licensed premises to be removed from the licensed premises.
717.2 The holder of an on-premises retailer's license shall be permitted to charge a corking fee provided that the corking fee is disclosed to the patron prior to the opening of the alcoholic beverage.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Berman
Assistant General Counsel
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration

*For additional assistance, questions, comments, or concerns, please call ABRA at 202-442-4423 or reply to this email.
So...every time I've asked for a wine that I've purchased off the list and not finished to be corked up and placed in a bag for me to take home, the restaurant has been breaking the law? Or does that only apply to BYO'd bottles?
(A) Good question! No Clue! Ask ABRA - they responded to me within a day

(B) Shame on you and Lily for not finishing the bottle! ;)
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#206 Post by Jay $$ Winton » March 11th, 2019, 11:16 am

I'm pretty sure in DC if you bring a bottle in, you have to finish it as taking it out of the restaurant partially consumed breaks the law.
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#207 Post by scott c » March 11th, 2019, 11:52 am

NoahR wrote:
March 11th, 2019, 11:04 am
scott c wrote:
March 11th, 2019, 9:57 am

So...every time I've asked for a wine that I've purchased off the list and not finished to be corked up and placed in a bag for me to take home, the restaurant has been breaking the law? Or does that only apply to BYO'd bottles?
(A) Good question! No Clue! Ask ABRA - they responded to me within a day

(B) Shame on you and Lily for not finishing the bottle! ;)
(A) Nah. Never ask a question you don't want to know the answer to!
(B) Fair point!
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#208 Post by Jeff Bloom » March 27th, 2019, 10:35 am

Doesn't appear anyone has posted on Centrolina yet. $25 a bottle. Very good food in an upscale casual setting.

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#209 Post by etomasi » May 3rd, 2019, 8:19 pm

Mari Vanna in DC. $40/btl
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#210 Post by etomasi » June 6th, 2019, 11:42 am

Pappe Indian Restaurant on 14th. $25/btl. Not sure of maximum.
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#211 Post by etomasi » June 21st, 2019, 3:12 pm

Cafe Berlin on Capitol Hill $15/bottle
Primrose on 12th st NE in Brookland $25/bottle.
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#212 Post by Scot H. » June 30th, 2019, 12:27 pm

NoahR wrote:
December 7th, 2018, 10:50 am
Reverie in georgetown allows corkage and is very wine friendly. I can’t remember if they charged me, but it was nothing outrageous. Excellent food, and a geeky-cool wine list.
I believe the first bottle is free.
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#213 Post by etomasi » July 5th, 2019, 7:30 pm

China Chilcano $25
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#214 Post by etomasi » July 13th, 2019, 7:43 pm

Hopscotch in Bloomingdale. $10/bottle. Not really a destination restaurant, but really good for a neighborhood place. Their Sicilian pizza is the bomb.
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#215 Post by Dan Sch » July 17th, 2019, 5:26 pm

Himitsu in Petworth: $35 -- really good food, fun and creative

Bresca near 14th+T: went twice in the last month, was not charged either time (once for one bottle, once for two bottles). Food is great; almost every dish was very exciting. And for whatever reason, you can actually get a table and the prices are quite reasonable -- we ate a LOT and had bills of $160 and $180 (+tip). Cool vibes too.
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#216 Post by Cole Kendall » July 22nd, 2019, 9:29 am

Dan Sch wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Himitsu in Petworth: $35 -- really good food, fun and creative

Bresca near 14th+T: went twice in the last month, was not charged either time (once for one bottle, once for two bottles). Food is great; almost every dish was very exciting. And for whatever reason, you can actually get a table and the prices are quite reasonable -- we ate a LOT and had bills of $160 and $180 (+tip). Cool vibes too.
Maybe I have to try again; my one visit (admittedly on a Saturday) involved standing around for over a half hour before they gave us a table. Once seated it was great.

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#217 Post by Dan Sch » July 22nd, 2019, 9:39 am

Cole Kendall wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 9:29 am
Dan Sch wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Himitsu in Petworth: $35 -- really good food, fun and creative

Bresca near 14th+T: went twice in the last month, was not charged either time (once for one bottle, once for two bottles). Food is great; almost every dish was very exciting. And for whatever reason, you can actually get a table and the prices are quite reasonable -- we ate a LOT and had bills of $160 and $180 (+tip). Cool vibes too.
Maybe I have to try again; my one visit (admittedly on a Saturday) involved standing around for over a half hour before they gave us a table. Once seated it was great.
What I meant by you can get a table is that you can reserve a table for Saturday a week in advance at a great time slot...tail up goat or Dabney? No chance in hell of getting a reservation — though it can work just fine if you don’t mind eating at the bar and are willing to go early (7 or so?)
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#218 Post by etomasi » July 25th, 2019, 12:42 pm

Whelp, if it hasnt been noted previously, Fiola in Penn Quarter stopped allowing corkage. Fiola Mare and Officina (same company) still allow it tho.
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#219 Post by etomasi » July 30th, 2019, 2:21 pm

Ambar (Balkan cuisine): $25

Also, Bresca was $25/bottle
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#220 Post by Jay $$ Winton » July 31st, 2019, 6:43 am

We were in Dino's Grotto last night enjoying a few bottles on their corkage free night. Very sorry that it's closing as I have enjoyed many offlines there. Getting a good meal at reasonable prices continues to be difficult in Washington.
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#221 Post by etomasi » September 1st, 2019, 8:45 pm

Kith and Kin down at the SW Waterfront in DC. $25 (but they waived corkage for us) I highly recommend bringing a wine as opposed to buying there. The wine list is very, very thin. It's West African/Caribbean focused, so they highlight cocktails, and they have a really great rum selection. The food was great. I'm actually very surprised that it didnt get a Michelin Star this year.
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#222 Post by Scot H. » October 16th, 2019, 12:24 pm

Reverie has changed their corkage policy. No more free corkage for the first bottle. Now $50 a bottle. So cross that place off the list. Too bad as I really liked the food.
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#223 Post by NoahR » October 16th, 2019, 5:43 pm

Scot H. wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Reverie has changed their corkage policy. No more free corkage for the first bottle. Now $50 a bottle. So cross that place off the list. Too bad as I really liked the food.
Ugh. $50? Ridiculous. Good food. What a shame.
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#224 Post by Scot H. » October 17th, 2019, 8:00 am

NoahR wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Scot H. wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Reverie has changed their corkage policy. No more free corkage for the first bottle. Now $50 a bottle. So cross that place off the list. Too bad as I really liked the food.
Ugh. $50? Ridiculous. Good food. What a shame.
Crushingly sad as I really loved the duck and have brought a number of winos there for dinner. Seems like they are struggling (my opinion) - but no idea why they would alienate a bunch of core customers with a $50 corkage fee where "first bottle" free was a feature. Doesn't seem like that is an obvious path to profitability, but preaching to the choir here.
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