Dublin boasts an array of excellent wine options on its restaurant lists, but these days prices can be a bit steep. And sure you can throw a gaff, but the clean-up can be relentless. So BYOB is the best of all the worlds.
Thank Baccus, there is now a growing number that will allow you to do this. Some restaurants charge a corkage fee, typically about €6 or so for wine or €1 for beer, while others allow you to open and drink your wine for free – and will even provide an ice bucket for white wine/beer.
So, this summer, save your money for your holidays by hitting Aldi and picking up a bottle of Cremant du Jura for just €17.99, or a bottle of rosé for less than a tenner in Dunnes Stores. Or how about going all out with a bottle of 1982 Bordeaux?
Here are 30 restaurants in the capital that will allow you to bring your own.
30 Hawksmoor, Dublin 2
The newly opened Hawksmoor on College Green is generating quite a buzz, but dining here can be costly. However, you can BYO on Mondays for just €5 (€25 from Tuesday to Sunday). For the best value, you can bring a Magnum, Nebuchadnezzar, or Balthazar for the same price. This corkage deal is hard to beat.
29 Green Man Wines, Terenure
The wine bar at Green Man Wines, now reopened after a hiatus, offers small plates from their new chef on Thursdays to Saturdays. While their wine list is always outstanding, the real value lies in the option to choose any bottle from the shelf for a mere €10 corkage. How about some Grower Champagne for your Christmas celebration?
28 Fallon & Byrne’s Wine Cellar, Dublin 2
Fallon & Byrne’s basement wine cellar provides a corkage charge of €10 for wines off the shelf from Wednesday to Saturday. Even better, from Sunday to Tuesday, it’s just €1. These are prices reminiscent of enjoying wine at home in a wine bar setting.
27 Loretta’s, Phibsborough
Loretta’s, a high-end restaurant in Dublin, openly shares its corkage policy on its website. It’s €20 per bottle or €30 if the wine requires decanting and special glassware. If you have an extraordinary bottle at home, this can lead to substantial savings compared to ordering it from a wine list.
26 The Wine Pair, Dublin 8
The Wine Pair opens Wednesday to Sunday for wine and small plate enjoyment. However, Sunday is the day to visit when you can enjoy anything from the shelf without a corkage charge – zero cost, approximately half the price. They’re open from 13:00 to 18:00, making it perfect for daytime celebrations.
25 Arisu, Capel Street
Korean BBQ restaurant Arisu charges a €5 corkage fee, though the glassware may not be suitable for fine wine. If you’re not too particular, you can savour your barbecued bulgogi, pork ribs, and lamb chops with a bottle of your choice. A fruity and fleshy wine like Riesling or Grüner Veltliner pairs well with the spiciness.
24 M & L Chinese, Dublin 1
M & L Chinese is one of the few places in Dublin where you can savour authentic Sichuan cuisine. They charge €6.50 corkage, but be cautious with the chilli oil if you have a fine wine. Consider bringing your wine glasses for exceptional bottles.
23 Fayrouz, Dublin 8
Experience the taste of Lebanon at Fayrouz in the Liberties, offering an authentic menu of mezzes and grilled meats. For tables with fewer than six people, corkage is free. You can even find Lebanese wine at nearby Molloy’s for a perfect pairing.
22 Pho Ta, Temple Bar
Delight in delicious Vietnamese cuisine at Pho Ta in Temple Bar, where corkage is €5. Try their unique steamed rice paper rolls, cold beef salad, or crispy fried rice noodles for a delectable experience.
21 Zakura, Dublin 2
Pair your sashimi with Chardonnay, your ramen with Riesling, or your gyoza with Gewürztraminer at Zakura’s south city sites. The corkage fee is €6 per bottle.
20 Dada, Dublin 2
Enjoy top-quality Irish meat with a Moroccan twist at Dada, where corkage is €5 for wine, €7 for Champagne, and €1.50 per beer. Be sure to choose your wine wisely to complement the spicy dishes.
19 Pho Kim, Dublin 1
Pho Kim serves some of the best Vietnamese cuisine in Dublin, with a corkage of €7 for wine and €1.50 for beer.
With six locations in Dublin, Musashi is a top spot for sushi enthusiasts—head to the Parnell Street branch to BYO, with a corkage fee of €6 per bottle.
17 Eatokyo, Temple Bar
Explore sushi, gyoza, katsu curry, and noodle dishes at Eatokyo on Wellington Quay. Corkage is €6.
16 Rotana Café, Portobello
At Rotana Café, a casual Lebanese restaurant in Portobello, enjoy charcoal-grilled kebabs, falafel sandwiches, and mezze platters at great prices. Corkage is free when you order two courses.
15 Bethlehem Rathmines
Bethlehem is one of these places, on a small street around the corner from Slattery’s pub in Rathmines. The old signage is still up. It was formerly Shakshuka, the reinvention of Little Jerusalem, run by the Silk Road Café people; it is now leased to Ihab Salah, who has a Palestinian chef, Mahamed Zidan, running the kitchen.
14 Basil Pizza, Ringsend
This is a place named for three Basils, two of them men, one of them the herb. We’re at the end of a terrace of houses on Dublin’s Ringsend Road, sitting in a garden. The cottage was home to Basil Whelan for decades, and now his son, also Basil, has turned his childhood home into a pizza restaurant. The gable end poster has a large hand-painted pot of basil in the logo. The other, happier thing about Basil is how outdoors it all is without being too much outdoors. There are fences and plants to keep you from the busy road and that awning to weather the summer squalls.
13 Monto, Richmond Street
Serving steak, pasta, fresh fish and hand-tossed wood-fired pizza in Dublin’s Camden Street, prices are keen at this city centre establishment, starting at €13 for a Margherita pizza.
12 Cafe Oasis, Smithfield
Best doner kebab in Smithfield area. They bake the bread fresh, so it can take a couple extra minutes, but totally worth it. Their bree bites are perfect if you want to crack an excellent little vino, and the vibes are extra AF but flawlessly so.
11 Michie Sushi, Ranelagh, Sandyford and Dún Laoghaire
Sushi going strong with the decent corkage for the people rep all across the southside with Michie. The corkage is €6.50 per bottle.
10 The Dog House, Howth
If Alice in Wonderland had a caffeine addiction, she’d probably shop at The Dog House in Howth. This joint is not your average Joe coffee shop—it’s a quirky caffeine den and wood-fired pizza haven. They’re so cool, they even let your furry friend join the party. Corkage is a mere €6, and they won’t bat an eye if your dog starts a dance-off.
09 Aoshima Sushi & Grill, Stillorgan
Aoshima Sushi & Grill in Stillorgan is basically the ninja of suburban Japanese joints. They’re flipping yakitori, teppanyaki, and fresh sashimi like culinary ninjas. And guess what? You can bring your own drinks for a price that won’t break the bank. It’s €6 for wine and just a single buckaroo for beer bottles.
08 Sunshine Café, Dun Laoghaire
The Sunshine Café in Dun Laoghaire is where pizza, pasta, and burgers throw a raging party in your mouth. The joint even has a “secret” garden for those who like their veggies surrounded by mystery. Corkage is a cool €3, making it a cheap ticket for everyone.
07 64 Wines Glasthule’s
64 Wine Bar is where wine and the sea join forces for an epic soirée every Thursday to Saturday. They’ve got their own selection of wines ready to mingle with your taste buds. But, hold your wine glasses tight; corkage here will set you back €15—because a good party never comes cheap.
06 Eleven, Bray Road
Eleven is like the new kid on the restaurant block, brought to you by the mastermind behind 777, Amy Austin, and other excellent joints. They let you BYOB on Wednesdays for just a fiver a bottle.
05 Sushi Sakai, Phibsbrough
Sticking to the Sushi is the place to BYO trend. This little fella in Dublin 7 offers corkage for €7 a bottle.
04 Wong’s, Castleknock
A stalwart of the Castleknock dining scene for over 20 years, Wong’s Chinese restaurant in Castleknock has a BYOB option for guests. Now, brace yourself. It’s not pocket change at €15 a pop, but hey, it’s still cheaper than the average restaurant.
03 The Little Kitchen
Tucked between a laundromat and a somewhat swanky Spar, The Little Kitchen is giving off Vintage Kitchen vibes but with a bit more spunk. The purple chairs and wild artwork scream, “We’re here to party!” Plus, they’re generous with space, so you won’t be doing the awkward dance trying to get to your seat. Corkage is a slick €8, but sorry, it’s a wine-only affair.
02 Damascus Gate
Nestled at the shabby end of Upper Camden Street, Damascus Gate is like a shining beacon amid urban grime. It used to be a café, and it’s holding onto that chill café vibe. What’s even better? You can bring your own bottle; they won’t slap you with corkage fees. It’s BYOB without the annoying extra BYO$$.
01 Shouk, Drumcondra
Shouk is a budget-friendly haven where pittas, falafel, and mezze reign supreme. But wait, there’s more—you can bring your own bottle for a €10 corkage fee.