Brisbane’s best BYO restaurants
Bottle at the ready, Brisbane’s best BYO (bring your own booze) restaurants are ready to be uncovered. Whether you savour the task of delicately matching wines with cuisines, need a cheaper alternative without compromising your booze, or like to be the master of your own dining destiny, you’ll find what you’re looking for at these Brissy restaurants.
Public, Brisbane City
Hang out until Tuesday to splurge on the flavours on offer at this modern Australian, fine-dining institute. You can enjoy your favourite drop while sampling its contemporary menu of abstract share plates satisfying all tastes with dishes like kangaroo tartare with wattle and damper, and salmon ceviche with prawn crackers and black ants. BYO wine only, Tuesday only.
If marinated meats, flat breads and haloumi are your thing, then you’re in luck. Caravanserai serves the best of Turkish cuisine in a dim-lit bohemian setting, encouraging you to bring wines to match your meal. We suggest you take a full-bodied red and indulge in the salty, marinated meats. Go Tuesday and have the banquet special – three courses for $33.50 a person.
Although the Three Monkeys is best known for its warm and spicy bowls of chai tea, its real delights lie beyond the drink section of the blackboard menu. Tuck into hearty pizzas, nachos, soups, salads, and cakes, glorious, cakes (best paired with dessert wine, obviously). BYO all week round for only $2 corkage per person.
Twelve Boar, Cleveland & Wellington Point
Authentic smoked American barbecue, burgers, wings, hot dogs and loaded fries – oh yeah, the Yankees at Twelve Boar have taken the time (12 hours to be precise) to smoke your meat, ensuring the fullest flavours of meaty goodness will fall apart in your mouth. It serves local craft beers seven days, but you can BYO wine.
The popular market stall Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers finally has a permanent home in Paddington and is an absolute hit with the locals. Made in-house daily, there is a selection of sauces (did someone say mushroom and truffle sauce) to pair with your gnocchi and they let you BYO wine any day of the week.
A complete taste of Nepal, not just in food, is what you’ll experience at the Himalayan Café. Tibetan prayer flags and wall hangings fill the restaurant, along with the sweet sounds of Nepali flute. The menu boasts creamy curries, delicious meats, and momos (a Nepali dumpling filled with meat and veg) at decent prices. BYO any day of the week.
Wagaya, Fortitude Valley
For fresh Japanese food in the Valley, you can’t go past Wagaya. It’s got all the traditional Japanese eats like sushi and sashimi, hot pots, rice and noddle dishes as well as gyoza, grilled meats and deep-fried everything. Hold the Asahi – its BYO policy is wine and champagne only.
Trang, West End & Coorparoo
This busy Asian fusion restaurant is packed with locals all week, and is known for its tasty Vietnamese and Chinese menus. Our favourite dishes are the rare beef noodle soup, chicken laksa and san choi bow. It’s BYO beer and wine, seven days.
Brisbane’s signature spice central, Sichuan Bang Bang brings us revolutionary and heat-packed dishes from the Sichuan region of China. Enjoy pan-fried crispy beef with peanuts and dried chilli, Kung Pao chicken or prawns, or the fish hot pot that is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Better yet, you can cool it down with BYO beer and wine.
From soups and stir fry to steam boats and sizzling sauce – The Vietnamese has the best of the cuisine covered. It’s fully licensed but accepts BYO all week round. Go on, get some fresh veg and pho into you.
Slurp down your favourite spicy noodle soup accompanied with your favourite beer or wine. No need to peruse a drinks menu, Laksa Hut lets you BYO wine and beer all day everyday.
Right in the heart of Brisbane’s West End is one of the city’s best Greek eateries. It’s BYO wine and beer, so you can bring a crowd and please everyone. Book in advance as this place fills up quick. We recommend ordering a platter or banquet (starting from $25) so you don’t miss any of the best dishes.
Holding the title of ‘Brisbane’s best Thai restaurant’ for the past three years, means you won’t get a bad meal at Mons Ban Sabai Thai. If you’re a Thai perfectionist, order the slow cooked beef cheek massaman curry – you won’t regret it. BYO wine only for $3.50 corkage fee per person.
From an inventive brunch menu in the morning to delicious Asian eats in the evening, Pawpaw Cafe is a good option any time of the day, especially when BYO wine is allowed. Tuck into bao buns, crispy barramundi and green wagyu curry washed down with your own wine for a $10 per bottle corkage fee.
Similar to the sister store in Woolloongabba, Pawpaw Asian Kitchen serves a range of Asian eats and offers BYO wine all week. Can't decide what to have? Opt for the banquet and enjoy spring rolls, curry puffs, pad thai, cashew nut chicken, massaman curry and roti canal while you sip on wine for only $3 corkage fee per person.
Travel to the streets of Asia with all the hawker-style eats at Chop Chop Changs. The kitchen does no discriminate, so there's plenty of options for those vegan and gluten-free friends. Plus, on Monday they let you BYO wine to enjoy with the Korean fried cauliflower or chicken, peking pancakes, king brown mushroom yakitori or roast pork belly to name a few.
From all-time-favourite Butter Chicken to spicy Vindaloo, feast on comforting, creamy Indian curries at Taj Mahal. BYO wine and beer all week.
Fine dine with your own choice of wine at The Wolfe. The restaurant actually has an impressive wine list but they’re happy for you to bring your own vino on Tuesday and Wednesday to pair with the market fish, stockyard sirloin, celeriac risotto, pasture raised chicken or duck breast.
All the classics are on offer here, including everyone’s favourites – pad thai, penang curry and coconut prawns. The menu is split into categories to make choosing a little easier. Order up big, because #noregrets. BYO beer and wine.
For a cheap, fast but still extremely delicious Asian fusion menu, you can't go past Sing's Asian Kitchen. We recommend sharing as choosing just one dish is quite impossible. BYO beer and wine for $2 corkage per person.
If you’re craving a slice of Italy, it’s worth waiting until Tuesday to dine out at Sugo Mi Italian Restaurant in Bulimba. It does traditional pizzas best, and offers BYO on Tuesday only. Make sure you save room for gelato so you can spend those pennies saved on booze on the marshmallow ice-cream at its secret gelato bar out the back. #takemymoney
Red Galanga, Norman Park and Bulimba
For a no-frills but all-fresh Asian banquet, head to Red Galanga. The curry puffs here are a must, and you can BYO wine and beer all week.
Brunch, burgers and BYO makes Vue Lounge an easy choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. BYO wine any day of the week.
There may be a Thai restaurant in every suburb, but it’s not Lanna Thai. This place is the closest you’ll get to authentic Thai eats off the country’s own streets. Expect fresh flavours in its Thai curries, soups and stir fries. Our picks go to the red curry duck with lychee and classic beef massaman. Favourite bottle at the ready.
If you’re going to eat Greek in West End (which you most definitely should) make it the lamb shanks from Lefkas. Head here on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights to BYO wine.
Little Singapore, Brisbane City and Sunnybank
Grab your cheapest best bottle of plonk and head on out to Little Singapore for super cheap and mouth-wateringly delicious Singaporean. Our only advice is to order up big and share between the table – it’s all too good to have only one dish, and it’s impossible to break the bank. It’s BYO wine and beer.
As authentic as a Tibetan mumma’s momos but just up the road in Spring Hill and Toowong is Brisbane’s favourite Tibetan restaurant. It’s BYO wine only all week long and it serves up all the classics from thukpa to shakpa and chow chow to aloo chana. But don’t worry about the names, it’s all good.