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Poll: Do You Bring Your Own Wine to Restaurants?

Do You Bring Your Own Wine to Restaurants?

Restaurants, challenged to find a new way to lure customers, are promoting bring-your-own-wine programs. Yesterday, one Sugar girl told me about her father who loves to bring his own bottles of wine when dining out. I bring wine to casual restaurants that aren't known for choice varietals, but when I eat at an outstanding restaurant, I like to have the sommelier surprise me. What about you?


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jessie jessie 8 years
i have honestly never heard of that....don't know if i've been living under a rock or what.. :)
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
Sometimes, and only if BYOB..and there aren't many restaurants in my area like that. :oops:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I bring wine pretty much any time I go to a nice restaurant. The markups can be ridiculous.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I bring wine on special occasions -- for my 21st birthday, my parents got me a bottle of wine with a vintage the same years as my birth, so we definitely brought that. otherwise, I really like trying new bottles at restaurants
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
dclsweetpot, I've brought a six pack into a restaurant and not felt weird about it - it just depends on the place. Like, a mexican place it makes sense. An italian place, wine seems more fitting.
KayEff KayEff 8 years
At least here in British Columbia it's illegal for a restaurant to serve wine that you've brought; the liquor board could revoke their license if they found out.
melinda19 melinda19 8 years
In my area ( Western Illinois ) I know of only one place and it is a rib joint, so I would bring beer !!
dclsweetspot dclsweetspot 8 years
In my town in NJ almost all the restaurants that aren't chains are BYOB, no corkage fee. The state is very strict about the amount of licenses they sell based on population so a liquor license is expensive and hard to come by. I don't really like wine and would prefer beer or a mixed drink. I wish we had less BYOBs because I feel weird carrying in anything other than wine.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it depends on the place but i have brought wine with me from time to time.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Never and I've never seen it done here in MA either.
tsp tsp 8 years
only if the restaurant is byob. where i grew up, in new jersey, there are many restaurants like this.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
If it were byob, otherwise I'd go with one of the restaurant's choices.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
My bacon wrapped guy lets me bring whatever I want as long as it is in a paper bag!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I always bring my own wine to a byob place, never had to pay for corking or anything.
Segat1 Segat1 8 years
I tend to prefer to do this, due to mark up !! But corkkage can be a killer.
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