We love a good wine list as much as the next person, but you know what we also love? Holding on to our hard earned dollars for more than a nano second after we get paid. But good food is life also pretty important to us, so when we find an awesome Brisbane BYO restaurant we get a bit excited!
And no, we’re not talking about the local Chinese restaurant you started frequenting as a uni student so you could BYO four bottles of wine and order one serve of satay sticks to share because your parents told you that your friends couldn’t come over for mid-week drinks again. We’re talking places with rad food and a killer atmosphere, places you wouldn’t expect to let you bring your own wine to. These are the best BYO restaurants in Brisbane.
Book yourself in for a dine-in banquet at the Golden Pig, complete with smoked duck breast, Korean fried chicken and salt and pepper quail. Be sure to book on a Thursday to take advantage of their $15 BYO corkage, so you can save your dosh for dessert. Trust us—you won’t want to miss their steamed pumpkin and coconut custard.
Chop Chop Changs
If it’s the culinary delights of Asia that butter your bread, Chop Chop Changs is all of your foodie hopes and dreams in one handy spot. BYO Monday means your fave tipple lined up next to Hervey Bay scallops, beef panang, crispy pork belly and, our personal sugary fave, the sago and coconut ice cream with jaggery popcorn. Red, rosé, or white, it’s all good.
Sichuan Bang Bang
As the name not-so-subtly suggests, Sichuan Bang Bang has been churning out seriously good Sichuan Province-style Chinese eats for the hungry hordes of Kenmore for a while now. Lovers of spicy food will get a ‘kick’ out of matching their BYO vino to delicacies like the jellyfish salad, crispy eggplant chips and Hunan chilli squid. This spicy venue definitely gets our vote for one of the best BYO restaurants in Brisbane.
Deer Duck Bistro
Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, Deer Duck Bistro is a discreet spot upping the Brisbane fine-dining ante, proving award-winning, beautiful fare is not just reserved for the CBD. Gorgeous décor aside (its eclectic French-style space and shamelessly romantic lighting is way cute), Deer Duck’s menu is a what’s what of local produce and ethically sourced ingredients. From Tuesday to Friday, match your BYO bottle with the duck, accompanied with treviso and mandarin. Just keep in mind the $20 corkage fee.
What once began as a backyard pizza oven has quickly become one of the best Italian pizzerias in Brisbane. One of a number of foodie favourites on vibrant Oxford Street, Sugo Mi is a licensed venue, but runs a BYO night every Tuesday, with the proceeds donated to their charity of choice. Not a bad excuse to pop a bottle of champers for those in need.
Quietly tucked away amongst the tree-lined streets of New Farm, Vine Restaurant is Deer Duck Bistro’s sister venue, this one dedicated to fresh Italian fare. Their modern decor creates an air of sophistication that makes it the ideal setting for special occasions (AKA the perfect excuse to show off your new heels). Offering $20 BYO Tuesday to Friday, it’s worth swinging by for the presentation alone—so prepare your Insta followers for the inevitable ode to food.
Indulge in a taste of the orient with BYO at Red Galanga. The menu is packed with goodies guaranteed to get you drooling. Guests are free to bring a bottle any night of the week, with doors open from 5pm. Be sure to make a booking for Friday and Saturday sittings, or risk missing out on some of the best Asian cuisine in town.
Practically a Brisbane institution, Giardinetto’s fairy-lit courtyard has been serving up hearty and homely Italian fare since way back in the 1960s. Known for their home-style spaghetti marinara, scalloppine al funghi, and fettuccine carbonara, this is the place to be when you’re craving Nonna’s cooking. While the restaurant is fully licensed, patrons are welcome to BYO wine for just a small $3 corkage fee. Not bad value for the heart of the Valley.
A rustic cottage lit by colourful twinkling candles and lights, Caravanserai is our go-to for traditional Turkish fare. We’re talking Turkish pide, walnut-stuffed dates, prawn kebabs, and (everyone’s fave) haloumi on crispy flat bread. Their own drinks list short and sweet, so guests are encouraged to BYO—not that we need the encouragement.
If you like your food fat, juicy and packed full of flavour, Fat Dumpling is the restaurant for you. Their delicious menu is chock full with fresh ingredients combined into healthy dishes made with heart. BYO is just $15 a bottle every night of the week, so round up the gang for a feast of jian dumplings and bao buns.
Over on Brisbane’s east side, Cinco Bistro has garnered a reputation as a local foodie haven. The restaurant has been named as one of the top 500 in the country, so it’s worth swinging by to take a squiz at their menu. BYO is available Tuesday to Thursday for just $9.50, but if you book on a weekend, you’ll have to order your bevvies from the in-house menu.
Serving up authentic Italian fare air alongside stunning city views, any self-respecting foodie has no doubt ticked Popolo off their list. But how about a Popolo Picnic? Book a spread for two (or more) and bring along a bottle for the ultimate riverside dining experience. There’s no corkage, and the Popolo crew will even provide a wine cooler and plastic glasses should you need, along with an epic picnic of nibbles, pizza and salads.
Head on down to Chinatown for the Valley’s most futuristic Japanese eatery. Wagaya will greet you with darkened aisles of carved wooden booths, separated by rattan screens for that traditional Japanese feel. Their touch screen menus facilitate ultra-fast service, so you can quickly get to sampling their extensive range of Japanese cocktails. BYO is a mere $5 per head, so maybe skip on the sake and splash your cash on their fresh sashimi platters, delicious yakitori, and mouth-watering udon.
If you love Greek food as much as we do, you’ll want to hit up Lefka’s Taverna for an authentic immersion in all things Mediterranean. These wallet-friendly dishes rarely grace Aussie menus, so you’ll be sure to find something new to tickle your tastebuds. BYO runs Tuesday to Thursday, and with corkage just $8, it’s worth bringing a backup bottle.
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