Being a social butterfly is a pretty sweet gig.
Yet, when you start adding up the dollar symbols after a nice dinner and those copious glasses of wine you like to partner with your meal, it can become an expensive little hobby.
So, we have a remedy for those weeks when you want to spread your social wings while reigning in the purse strings… with eight restaurants on the Gold Coast that maybe you didn’t know did, ya know, BYO yo’.
Been saving a particular drop for a special occasion? Cicchetti is one of those rare upmarket gems that invite you to bring your own plonk, on a Tuesday night only. Now before you get too excited, corkage is a flat $15 bucks per bottle, which might seem steep if you’ve picked up a clean skin or bargain barrel special. Though, if you’re hanging onto a spesh bottle that’s burning a hole in your wine rack, this is the night for you. Not only is Cicchetti totally beautiful on the inside, but their pizza has been making the rounds of the gossip mill as some of the best on the Gold Coast; the cocktails are damn fine too.
Where: Capri on Via Roma, Isle of Capri
With the smell of exotic spices drifting on the breeze, making your mouth water before you even enter, Saffron is a mix of delish experimental Indian meals and traditional favourites. Think flavour-packed curries, samosas, garlic naan, more curry, coconut rice, all made with fresh ingredients and served to your spice level. Which can be super hot ‘cause you’ll have your own BYO wine to wash it back with. Perf!
Where: Corner Margaret Avenue and Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
This unassuming Palm Beach eatery certainly knows how to celebrate hump day with BYO bottles of wine every Wednesday night. Match that well-deserved glass with some of Avvia‘s freshly made, taste bud-slaying menu options such a pistachio dukkah-crusted lamb shoulder and seafood paella.
Where: 3/23rd Avenue, Palm Beach
Tucked away in West Burleigh is a local go-to, Wazen. Serving plenty of your Japanese favourites such as gyoza, sashimi, teriyaki everything, sushi, and anything you could hope to get your chopsticks around; Wazen is also happy for you to bring along your choice of vineyard blend and pay $3 per person corkage for the privilege.
Where: 1/33 Tallebudgera Creek Road, West Burleigh
You can never go wrong with an impeccably made Italian dish paired with your favourite drop. Nobby Beach veteran, Romanas Italian is a sweet spot for a relaxed evening eating fab pizza, pasta, and risotto, accompanied by some witty banter with friends, while leaving just enough space for a sneaky dessert. Oh, and for those gluten intolerants that usually can’t make eye contact with pasta, Romanas has you sorted with a great selection of gluten-free goodies. Corkage is $3 per person so, to make it worth your while, you’re best dusting off one of those special bottles you’ve been hanging on to for far too long. BYO vino and classic Italian nosh? Don’t mind if we do.
Where: 2233 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
Mandala Organics Art Cafe
If being social and eating vegan is your thing, then hit up a bottle shop on the way there (BYO wine only) and sit down to a totally organic and delicious food experience at Mandala Organic Arts Cafe. Mandala has got plenty of space, all your favourite cruelty-free dishes, and live music for you to jam alongside most nights. Even your carnivore friends will enjoy, promise.
Where: 4/2558 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
If you make a reso at Mike’s Kitchen, then it’s time to lock out any further eating plans for the day. Mike’s is the one place where your eyes are allowed to be bigger than your stomach and stretchy pants are highly recommended. They’ve been cooking perfect steak on the Gold Coast for 20 years and let’s not get started on those finger-licking signature ribs. Bonus is, you get to bring along your own wine ($6 corkage) to celebrate your food victory if and when you make it through your dish. Just be prepared for the meat sweats!
Where: 2 Gooding Drive, Merrimac
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