Want to go out for dinner, but don’t want to get extorted by outrageous mark-ups on alcohol? Here are 10 of our favourite Brisbane restaurants that let you BYO the vino.
3 Girls Skipping
Probably one of Graceville’s best kept secrets, 3 Girls Skipping is a delicious café that turns into a restaurant come Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. They offer a set menu with two to three choices per course, which changes each night, after being revealed on Facebook earlier that day.
The best part about this secret BYO restaurant is how close it is to a bottle shop (just around the corner). With dessert choices like lemon ricotta fritters, chocolate fondant with honeycomb explosions, or earl grey crème brulee, it’s obvious why the locals kept it a secret.
364 Honour Avenue, Graceville.
Already an institution, Trangs specialises in Chinese and Vietnamese food. There’s Pho of all kinds to satisfy those after a big bowl of broth, and deep friend duck in plum sauce that’s so tasty it could covert a plum hater. There are all the kinds of side dishes you expect from Vietnamese and Chinese menus but they’re made to taste fresh and light.
BYO is easy, thanks to a bottle shop only three doors away.
2/59 Hargrave Road, West End.
Maybe not for everyone, but if anyone is ever keen for a BYO champagne brunch, Little Larder has you covered. It might just be the only breakfast/lunch place to offer BYO, and it does it in style. They’re all about a hearty breakfast, baked in house muffins, both savoury and sweet, and lunch options that don’t disappoint.
Who doesn’t want smoky maple BBQ pork ribs every day?
76 Moray Street, New Farm.
Place of Stones
A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of place tucked in the back streets of Taringa, Stones is an all-Italian affair. They’ve got all the staple Italian dishes you’ve come to know and then a few special ones you might not.
The décor and staff make you feel like you’ve been welcomed into someone’s home. Be sure to sample the crispy salt and pepper squid with your BYO choice, and take a look at the rotating dessert menu.
4/86 Whitmore Street, Taringa.
American Barbecue has been a favourite in Brisbane for a while now, but the folks at Twelve Boar do it the proper way. So proper, it’s the 12-hour slow cooked way, hence the name. Expect to see all the usuals — burgers, ribs, pulled pork, fries, chicken wings — but don’t expect it to taste the usual way.
There’s some great weekly specials, and of course, it’s BYO. They have craft beer, but are more than happy for you to bring your own wine.
70/90 Middle Street, Cleveland.
Little Greek Taverna
What’s not to like here? Haloumi. Tzatziki. Lamb. Baklava. Thanks to the fact it’s BYO, it’s not going to hurt your wallet after you just can’t stop sampling the Greek treats.
Little Greek Taverna is right at the start of Boundary Street, and right in the middle of all the action. You can enjoy their whole menu, complete with kids choices, with a glass of your favourite wine or beer. Thankfully, this is another place with a bottle shop just across the road, too.
1 Browning Street, West End.
Now this is truly one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets. Rhubarb Rhubarb is a French restaurant and café hidden in Wooloowin. Nobody ever seems to have a complaint when they walk out the door here.
Expect traditional French flavours and delicious sauces as the menu rotates through French classics like ratatouille, crème brulee and cheese soufflé, all with some modern twists. There’s a kids menu for those petite ones, too. It’s an experience you’ll never regret, and with an open kitchen, you can enjoy the show.
Beer and wine is served here, but feel free to bring your own bottle, too.
2/85 Kent Road, Wooloowin.
Now, these next three restaurants don’t let you BYO every night, but they will let you in with your own wine on certain nights.
This CBD restaurant might be a favourite haunt of the suits and ties on a Friday, but come Tuesday, it’s Wine Club. Bring in a bottle of your own choosing and sample their divine menu.
400 George Street, Brisbane City.
One of Brisbane’s premier gourmet restaurants, Balfour kitchen has a BYO night on a Monday. Be transported somewhere else with their food, without breaking the bank on the drinks bill.
37 Balfour Street, New Farm.
Nantucket Bar & Kitchen
With décor to transport you to the Hamptons, Nantucket lets you bring in your own bottle of wine on Wednesday nights. A perfect excuse to sample something from their charcoal oven!
Shop MM5 Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Station Road, Indooroopilly.
Where’s your favourite BYO joint in Brisbane? Let us know in the comments below!