Bars & Pubs

6 Bars You Can Actually BYO Food To

By Desta Cullen
26th Feb 2014

BYO drinks is so last year. 2014 is going to be all about the Bring your own food phenomenon in Brisbane; it's a total revolution in going out. 

Some of your favourite Brisbane bars have an open-door policy when it comes to food, so you can come in with your favourite takeaway grub and grab a drink with friends. 

You know it breaks all the rules of good taste but, sometimes, all you really want a burger with your $100 nip of whisky, or a full-bodied glass of red with some takeaway Vietnamese (a girl can get experimental, right?). 

This trend is all about creating the experience you really want, and just because the experts (the in-the-know restaurateurs and sommeliers that make Brisbane's dining scene so ace) know their stuff, that doesn't mean you can't throw caution to the wind and occasionally choose your own food and wine matches. 

We don't judge here, instead, we've round up Brisbane's best bring your own food bars.

The Scratch

Boutique beer lovers have been bringing their own Thai, fish and chips, and metre-long pizzas from Arrivederci next door, since The Scratch opened its hole-in-the-wall doors to the adoring public a couple of years ago. A great selection of local and Australian beers on tap, a huge range of bottled beer, and some excellent non-beer options will accompany whatever tasty nibbles you happen to bring. And, despite the BYO food policy at this bar, you can procure a mean cheese board from the friendly guys behind the bar.    

Fourth Wall

Fortitude Valley is reppin' the BYO food scene with this fine blink-and-you'll-miss-it offering, Fourth Wall. A small and artfully curated beer list (local and imported), a complementary wine list (with prosecco as the house sparkling), and cocktails made on request to the customer's taste make this is a haven of the make-your-own-experience night out. 

The Bearded Lady

TUL fave The Bearded Lady is entertaining the masses with a wild assortment of cabaret, music and theatre most nights of the week, so it's understandable that they don't want to be diverted from this task by serving up delicious food as well. With so many amazing takeaway options within a 100 metre radius (and that only covers a small chunk of what West End has to offer!) their BYO food policy makes perfect sense. Choose your poison (scrumptious cocktails, wine and beer) and chow down on some takeaway from Chop Chop Changs (just a suggestion!).   


300+ whiskys, seasonally changing cocktails, and an excellent array of beers on tap (plus some great tequilas) make Cobbler perfect for late night tipples accompanied by…well, whatever the hell you like, really. Grab a seat at the bar, strike up conversation with a friendly bartender, and while the night away with some good food and a tasty whisky-based cocktail. 

The Gresham

Our favourite CBD whisky saloon, The Gresham, have an open-door food policy, so feel free to BYO lunch (and lunch only) to match that whisky cocktail. And, if you've got a hankering for dessert, why not try their American cherry cola spider, with bourbon and ice cream for afters? Post-lunch dessert is always the right option.  

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InCider Trading

This bottleshop-cum-bar is nestled neatly on Wickham Street in Fortitude Valley, specialising in boutique cider and vino. Serving up a selection of cheeses and tapas, the InCider team is also more than happy to let you order from one of the many great local takeaway options. InCider is a little known BYO food bar in Brisbane, and one of our favourites.

Looking for more BYO restaurants? Check out our guides to Brisbane's best BYO, here and here!

Image Credit: William Vale

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