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#1 Post by Shannon Perdue » May 23rd, 2010, 8:29 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

The State of Texas says no BYOB in any restaurant that has full bar service. If a restaurant serves only wine and beer they can decide whether to offer BYOB. This is why there are so few restaurants with BYOB because most have full bar service.

Asti
408 E 43rd Street
Austin, Texas 78751
http://www.astiaustin.com
(512) 451-1218
North/central Austin
Italian Tratorria; Good stemware. Not 100% certain about corkage charges, but I've never been charged corkage.


Chez Nous
http://cheznousaustin.com/
510 Neches Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-2413
Downtown close to the Hilton; stay out of the alley across the street from the restaurant
$20 corkage fee
Bring your stems


Fabi and Rosi
http://www.fabiandrosi.com
509 Hearn Street
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 236-0642
Close to downtown; Corkage $15 per bottle
Nice stemware


Lenoir
http://lenoirrestaurant.com/
1807 S. First Street
Austin, Texas 78704
512-215-9778
South-central Austin, corkage is $10/bottle, decent basic glassware

Sway
1417 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Phone:(512) 326-1999
https://swayaustin.com/
$20 corkage with OK stemware; the food can be VERY spicy for wine selections

Texas French Bread
http://www.texasfrenchbread.com/dinner/
2900 Rio Grande (29th and Rio Grande)
U district area
Phone:
512-499.0544
corkage ?, don't remember; they don't have a liquor license at all so everyone is BYOB; can get rowdy (wink...)
Stemware is ok.


Tomo Dachi
http://www.tomosushiaustin.com
4101 West Parmer Lane
Austin, TX 78727-4167
(512) 821-9472
Far North Austin; $20 corkage fee
OK stemware


Uchi Restaurant
http://www.uchiaustin.com
801 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704-1509
(512) 916-4808
Close to downtown; $20 corkage
Nice stemware


Uchiko
http://http://uchiaustin.com/uchiko
4200 North Lamar
Austin, TX 78756
(512)916-4808
North of downtown; A somewhat different menu than Uchi; $20 corkage
Nice stemware


Wink Restaurant
http://www.winkrestaurant.com
1014 North Lamar, Ste. E
Austin, TX 78703-4964
(512) 482-8868
Downtown; call to confirm corkage
Nice stemware


Wu Chow
http://wuchowaustin.com/
500 W. 5th
Austin, TX 78701
512-476-2469
They have an interesting but limited wine list. They also allow BYOB - $25 per bottle if not on their list. $35 per bottle if it is.


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#2 Post by Greg Pierce » May 24th, 2010, 3:23 pm

Olivia
2043 S. Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
http://www.olivia-austin.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
South Austin

$25 corkage, 2 btl. max or bring 1 and buy one off the list with no corkage.

Stemware is ok.


Asti
408 E 43rd Street
Austin, Texas 78751
http://www.astiaustin.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
North/central Austin

Italian Tratorria

Good stemware. Not 100% certain about corkage charges, but I've never been charged corkage.

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#3 Post by Shannon Perdue » May 24th, 2010, 5:52 pm

Thanks Greg.

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#4 Post by Tom Reddick » March 11th, 2012, 6:37 pm

Hi Shannon- Mirabelle has reopened under new ownership as Bistrot Mirabelle. They have a liquor license now, so no BYO.
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#5 Post by Shannon Perdue » March 12th, 2012, 3:07 pm

Yep. A recent visit proved to be minus BYOB plus forgettable mediocre food.

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#6 Post by Greg Pierce » March 28th, 2012, 12:22 pm

Lenoir
1807 S. First Street
Austin, Texas 78704
512-215-9778
http://lenoirrestaurant.com/

South-central Austin, corkage is $10/bottle, decent basic glassware

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#7 Post by Shannon Perdue » August 15th, 2013, 7:30 am

Just added in Sway, a Thai restaurant recently voted one of the top 50 restaurants in the US by Bon Appetit (FWIW). Very good food but some of the dishes are VERY spicy and might destroy your good wines.

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#8 Post by Jeremy C » December 7th, 2014, 9:24 pm

Hi there. We're visiting A-town this coming weekend and wondering if this list has changed...

Thinking about Fabi + Rossi Thursday (no OpenTable; walk-ins only). Odd Duck Friday (sadly, no BYO at the new, formal location if I recall correctly), and Lenoir Saturday.

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#9 Post by Jeremy C » December 24th, 2014, 9:57 pm

UPDATE

We had supper at Asti, Fabi and Rosi, and Lenoir. All allowed BYO and none charged us corkage.
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#10 Post by Michael O'Brien » January 22nd, 2015, 1:20 pm

oskiwawa and sourdough ate at this place not long ago. Small corkage https://qualityseafood.wordpress.com/
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#11 Post by Shannon Perdue » May 10th, 2015, 2:06 pm

I struck Olivia from the list. They have their liquor license now and have gone all mixology. They still have a nice wine list but no longer allow corkage (by law).

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#12 Post by Shannon Perdue » July 23rd, 2015, 3:53 pm

Adding Barlata to the list. Very good food but strongly flavored if you are thinking wine pairing. YMMV

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#13 Post by Michael O'Brien » April 30th, 2016, 12:15 pm

Had dinner at Wu Chow on Monday, April 25. Excellent food. The eggplant dish was amazing. A little different take on Beijing (Peking) Duck but it was very good. Had to order 48 hours in advance.

They have an interesting but limited wine list. They also allow BYOB - $25 per bottle if not on their list. $35 per bottle if it is.

http://wuchowaustin.com/
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#14 Post by Mike Miller » May 14th, 2016, 10:00 pm

Any top notch Austin food spots allow BYOW. Not sure what the best restaurants in town are these days. But my daughter is graduating from UT Law and I'd like to have a nice "pull out all the stops" dinner with some great food (which must be vegetarian, but not vegan, friendly, though not exclusively vegetarian) and will allow us to bring our own wine. Corkage is not an issue though top notch stems are as I'll be bringing very special birth year wines ('90 Ch. Margaux, '90 Dauvisat Le Clos, '59 d'Yquem, etc.).

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#15 Post by Michael O'Brien » June 11th, 2016, 4:01 pm

Mike Miller wrote:Any top notch Austin food spots allow BYOW. Not sure what the best restaurants in town are these days. But my daughter is graduating from UT Law and I'd like to have a nice "pull out all the stops" dinner with some great food (which must be vegetarian, but not vegan, friendly, though not exclusively vegetarian) and will allow us to bring our own wine. Corkage is not an issue though top notch stems are as I'll be bringing very special birth year wines ('90 Ch. Margaux, '90 Dauvisat Le Clos, '59 d'Yquem, etc.).

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I just noticed the date of your post so I am probably too late but maybe for the next time you are in Austin...

Tough list Mike. I previously recommended Wu Chow. It has excellent food and as most Asian restaurants, a variety of vegetarian dishes to choose from. http://wuchowaustin.com/ The vegetable dishes we tried including braised eggplant, dry fried green beans, spicy cabbage, and steamed bok choy, and a green salad were all very good. The eggplant and the salad were the real standouts but all were very good. I don't know about their stems. You should call about them. I took my own. Corkage was $25 per bottle. They do have their own wine list but I didn't pay attention to the glasses they were using.

Ches Nous is a local favorite for wine lovers. http://cheznousaustin.com/ Decent stems. Last time I was there corkage was $25 per bottle. Stems were good, not sommelier but good. Again, I carry my own stems. They do have a vegetarian main on the list and some very good salads and cheeses if your daughter partakes.

Both restaurants would require reservations.
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#16 Post by Shannon Perdue » June 17th, 2016, 12:48 pm

Update - removing Barley Swine and Barlata from this list. They've gone the way of the other restaurants in town. They acquire their "mixologist" and start serving sugar bomb drinks at $10-$15 each. Thus they are now longer BYOB. It's a fairly sad BYOB landscape.

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#17 Post by Gus Johnson » May 23rd, 2018, 7:51 pm

Time to remove Sway following their move to the dark side.

Add Thai Fresh (https://www.thai-fresh.com/). $8 corkage.

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