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The best BYO restaurants in Melbourne

Dying to free some bottles from the wine rack? We’ve got you covered with Melbourne's best BYO offerings.

Written by
Emily Morrison
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There's a thrilling nature to BYO. Perhaps it stirs adolescent memories of trying to sneak drinks into venues? Or the indisputable value it adds? Regardless, It’s gratifying to waltz into a venue, your favourite drop in hand, and be greeted not with frowns and finger-wagging but with open arms. To save you the time of google searching BYO positive locations, we’ve created a list of various cuisines and price points.

Looking for a scenic nightcap after dinner? check out some of Melbourne's best rooftop bars.

France-Soir
  • Restaurants
  • French
  • South Yarra

Corkage: $0 – lunch only

South Yarra institution France-Soir has been wining and dining since 1986. Proudly French, the restaurant has maintained its allure and stature as one of Melbourne's most stylish venues. Although its authentic French food is common knowledge, the fact that they are BYO for lunches is one of the city's best-kept secrets. It's a little pricey for a casual lunch, but you can squeeze out plenty of value by bringing your own bottle. Then kick back and enjoy buttery snails, duck l’orange and beef bourguignon with whatever verre de vin you choose.

  • Restaurants
  • Collingwood
  • price 1 of 4

Corkage: $0 – beer and wine.

Jim's Greek Tavern has been a staple for group dinner quandaries for almost 50 years. Primarily due to the vivacious and animated atmosphere – and helped largely by the flexible BYO policy. You will not be offered a menu here, but rather a waiter will customise your food based on your preferences. Be prepared to sit back as course after course of dips, seafood, meats and salads take their turn in an endless parade of Greek patriotism. Shove your drinks into the communal fridge and be prepared for a long night of fun.

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The Waiters Restaurant
  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne

Corkage: $0

Icon of icons, The Waiters Restaurant is Melbourne's worst kept secret and has been a BYO go-to for over 60 years. It’s unpretentious, Melbourne has become known for. Expect reliable, uncomplicated flavours here – with pasta dishes, scallopini and schnitzels this at their sincerest and most delicious. Grab a home-brought nebbiolo, sit back, and enjoy.

Corkage: $3 – wine only.

Modern Korean with a Mexican twist, Chimac is the undisputed king of the Melbourne BYO scene. Lively and welcoming, this Victoria street restaurant offers K-BBQ and other warming dishes to satisfy your belly. We recommend bypassing the single dishes and going straight for their “All you can eat” K-BBQ offering. For around $40pp you’ll receive countless servings of fresh meats, side dishes and banchan to grill at your table. 

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Corkage: $3.50 per person

Peko Peko has earned a dedicated following of local enthusiasts evidenced by the long line that spills from the venue. Their comforting menu is filled with crispy, meaty, fried things which works in tandem with their BYO policy. Have some fun and wash their signature POP chicken down with a paradoxical champagne or keep things budget friendly with a light bodied grenache.

Mamak
  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne

Corkage: $4 per person – wine only

You haven't lived until you’ve tried a selection of the Mamak roti. Pair them with a tangy fish curry and your favourite glass of vino and you’re fast approaching nirvana territory. The food is superb and the service is friendly – this casual Malaysian eatery is popular for a reason.

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Corkage: $6 per person

Chinatown staple and beloved first stop on a night out, Shanghai Village is the BYO exemplar. Dumplings are what they’re known for but don't neglect the other dishes – we suggest the fried rice and some green veg for optimal pre-night out stomach lining. The atmosphere is boisterous and loud, with similarly frenetic (but functional) service to match. Opt for SV for a no-frills, tasty and lively evening that's perfect for a group celebration.

  • Restaurants
  • Modern Australian
  • Northcote
  • price 2 of 4

Corkage: $20 per bottle – Mondays only

High Street stalwark Estelle offers BYO on Mondays – which gives you the chance to use that bottle you’ve been saving whilst enjoying food at its Scott Pickett-y best. Throw caution to the wind and get the 5 course chef’s selection, or be a bit cheeky and just grab an artisanal cheese board and dessert.

Need more wine?

McCoppins: Fitzroy and Abbotsford
  • Bars
  • Fitzroy

Finding a bottle-o that is open after 9pm on a Sunday is a trick in itself. But thanks to McCoppins, we have two to rely on, and both are open daily until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 10pm on all other days.

The Evelyn Hotel
  • Music
  • Fitzroy

This live music institution has a bottle-o that is open seven nights a week until midnight. You can also choose a bottle of wine to enjoy inside the venue and you won't be charged a corkage fee.

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Star City Liquor Store
  • Bars
  • Melbourne

This inner-city liquor store stays open until the witching hour on the nights when it counts most: Friday and Saturday. Other nights they pack up shop by 11pm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Craft beer
  • Balaclava

This family-friendly bistro and bar in St Kilda East also offers a drive-through bottle shop that's open until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The rest of the week it closes at a respectable 10pm.

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CQ Bar
  • Bars
  • Melbourne

CQ not only is a nightclub, hotel and restaurant, it also houses a bottle shop that's open six days a week until midnight. It's closed on Sundays and public holidays, to make up for that.

City Wine Shop
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Melbourne
  • price 2 of 4

City Wine Shop is often associated with fine wines, cheeses and European inspired dishes, but little do people know that they also have a bottle shop that sells beers, spirits and wines. It's open seven days a week until 11pm.

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Carwyn Cellars
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Thornbury

A bar and bottle shop rolled into one, Carwyn Cellars is open until 11pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays so you'll never be without a drink in Melbourne's north. All other days these guys stay open until 10pm. 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Prahran
  • price 2 of 4

As the name suggests the Alps is a bar and bottle shop. But surprise, surprise they also sell beer for takeaway. The Alps is open until 11pm from Thursdays to Saturdays. On Mondays to Wednesdays, they shut at 10pm, and on Sundays at 9pm. 

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