Brisbane’s Best BYO Restaurants
Who doesn’t love a good BYO feed? We’ve rounded up the best places to get your fix in Brisbane.
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There’s no denying that organising dinner catch-ups with friends can be challenging. Juggling everyone’s needs often requires a degree of skill – some are broke, others have cash to burn, the fussy eaters and the allergies. When you’re trying to please everyone, the answer to your problems lies in the BYO restaurant – reasonably priced, delicious and allows you to drink with dignity (sort of).
So if you’re keen to avoid extortionist mark-ups on alcohol and please your crowd, ensure to make a booking at one of these…
From the founders of Holloway Eyewear, this West End restaurant boasts a warm, laidback vibe with a seasonally changing menu of world-fusion cuisine. Not only is the space beautifully designed, recycled materials have been salvaged to create the furniture and bar. The floor is a mosaic of native tree slices and stones, while in the cellar below, the crew craft custom made watches and eyewear from natural materials. The option to BYO is really the cherry on the cake for this establishment!
69 Hardgrave Rd, West End
Meaning ‘the camel stop on the ancient silk road’, Caravanserai has been dishing up authentic middle-eastern fare in West End for many years. For the full experience, try the four-course banquet for $49.50 per person, which includes Meze platters of haloumi and grilled garlic prawn skewers. Don’t cut the corner at dessert as the Turkish delight is guaranteed to melt in your mouth! This West End institution is unlicensed so bringing your own is advised – pick up a few bottles at the Hill End Cellars (conveniently located across the road) and you’re set for a great night.
1 Dornoch Tce, West End
Don’t be fooled by the unassuming exterior – this West End gem is a renowned Brisbane favourite. Serving up a fusion of Chinese and Vietnamese, Qhan Thanh is everything a great BYO restaurant should be – delicious, cheap and run by staff that are patient and accommodating when things get a bit rowdy! Their list of soups is impressive, so try the Pho – it’s rumoured to be one of the best in Brisbane.
75 Hardgrave Rd, West End
P 3846 3849
What do you get when you combine touch screens, Japanese food and BYO? One hell of a good time, that’s what! Izakaya Wagaya not only serves tasty Japanese food – fresh sashimi, chicken karaage and pork gyoza – but patrons order food through touch screens whilst nestled in private booths. But, leave the beers in the fridge as this place is BYO wine only.
315 Brunswick St, The Valley
This watering hole has long served as a pre-drinking venue for Valley-goers young and old. If you’re looking for cheap and cheerful Chinese to line the stomach, this is the place for you. Bring your own wine and beer, and even store it in the fridge to chill while you wait to order.
185 Wickham Street, The Valley
P 3257 2188
Little Greek Taverna
Situated on the bustling West End intersection, Little Greek Taverna offers a vibrant outdoor dining experience. You’d be hard pressed to find Greek food as authentic as is served by this West End favourite – the tender spit roasted lamb is a standout. BYO wine and beer is welcome, and corkage is just $2.50 per person.
1 Browning St, West End
This gem of a bistro/cafe has injected some life into Milton’s Baroona Road with it’s offering of simple but delicious food. Plate sizes range from tapas, to small share plates and large dishes. So if you’re already sharing food, why not share a bottle too? If you’re a coeliac, don’t worry – there are plenty of gluten-free options to choose from too.
5/16 Baroona Rd, Milton
Promising customers to ‘eat like royalty’, this Indian restaurant stays true to it’s word. Bring along a chardonnay to compliment the aromatic Chicken Tikka Masala – their signature dish.
722 Brunswick Street, New Farm
Looking for BYO on a Monday?
The Balfour Kitchen
The best-kept secret of The Balfour Kitchen (in the Spicers Balfour Hotel) is that they now do BYO Mondays. Dine inside or enjoy the alfresco experience of a classic Queenslander wrap-around verandah and intimate courtyard shaded by Frangipani trees. Bring your favourite bottle and the staff will happily serve and match it to the menu.
37 Balfour Street, New Farm
Looking for BYO on a Tuesday?
Public Restaurant & Bar
Dust down that bottle you’ve been waiting to open and head to Public Restaurant & bar every Tuesday from 5.30pm for their new Wine Club. Load yourself up with some wines from your cellar or local bottle shop and enjoy your favourite drop in the relaxed setting of Public on George St.
400 George Street, Brisbane