BYOB Explained

Wonder what all the fuss about BYOB is or don’t know what it means? We’ve answered the most common questions below.

What does BYOB mean?

BYOB typically means one/any of the following (depending on the place):
“bring your own booze”
“bring your own beer”
“bring your own bottle”
“bring your own beverage”

What drinks can you bring to BYOB Restaurants?

The drinks you can bring to the restaurant depends on its BYOB policy. Typically most allow beer and wine to be drunk with a meal. You may find that the higher end (posher) places only allow wine. Most may frown against bringing spirits – however it’s always good to check ahead to avoid disappointment… or guarantee a good time.

Can you bring soft drinks to a BYOB?

No you can’t. Most BYOB Restuarants typically don’t have alcohol licenses – therefore they offer BYOB as a way to still allow customers to drink alcohol without having to buy it directly from them. They’re a business at the end of the day and still need to make money.

What is a BYOB license?

Restaurants without an alcohol license are BYOB because they’ve not yet had their license approved. Some places don’t want a license or cannot afford a license. Other restaurants have licenses but do certain BYOB nights in order to encourage more people through their doors.

Do BYOB Restaurants charge corkage?

Some BYOB restaurants do charge corkage and some don’t. We clearly state in all reviews and write-ups if they do or not.

How much do BYOB restaurants charge for corkage?

Corkage fees at restaurants that do charge can range from anything from 50p per bottle of beer/wine up to £5. Many places don’t charge corkage. Typically curry houses will not charge a corkage fee (especially in competitive areas). Whereas your posher places may charge up to 5 quid for a bottle of wine.