How good is BYO? Whether you're eating on a budget or itching to try a bottle stashed at home, there's a certain satisfaction in walking through the door and pouring yourself exactly what you want to drink. Here are our favourites.

Ling Nan

Offering no-nonsense Cantonese dining in the heart of the CBD, Ling Nan has been satisfying Melbourne’s late-night cravings for around three decades.

204 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

The Recreation

Buy a bottle of wine or BYO at this bistro and wine store.

162-170 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North

Pizza Meine Liebe Two

A family-friendly pizza joint that takes menu cues from its larger sibling up the street, and is happy for you to BYO.

493 High Street, Northcote

Cafe Southall

A stylish Indian diner from the family behind the acclaimed Bombay by Night.

124 Carlisle St, St Kilda

Jinda Thai

A friendly Thai island on bustling Victoria Street.

1-7 Fergus Street, Abbotsford

Shanghai Village

A student favourite with plates of dumplings under $10.

112 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

D.O.C.

The mozzarella bar with the most.

295 Drummond Street, Carlton
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Sosta Cucina

Italian that changes with the seasons.

12 Errol Street, North Melbourne
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I Love Pho

A Victoria Street staple.

264 Victoria Street, Richmond

Big Boy BBQ

Match your burgers with a $1 BYO drink.

764 Glenhuntly Road, Caulfield South

Trattoria Emilia

BYO Monday to Wednesday with fresh pastas and antipasti.

360 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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Laksa King

Mmm, coconut.

6-12 Pin-Oak Crescent, Flemington

Mamak

Fluffy roti and Malaysian satay.

366 Lonsdale Street , Melbourne

Mezzo Bar and Grill

A little Italian nestled in Chinatown.

35 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Abla's

Homemade Lebanese fare since 1979.

109 Elgin Street, Carlton

Fratellino Pizzeria

There's few better matches than woodfired pizza and wine.

415 Malvern Road, South Yarra

China Red

Corkage is $3.50 a head. You know what to do.

Shop 6 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Ladro Tap

BYO is limited to Mondays, but the $5 corkage goes straight toward the Prahran Mission Christmas Day Lunch.

162 Greville St, Prahran

Scopri

Regional Italian made with local produce.

191 Nicholson Street, Carlton
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Porgie & Mr Jones

Candle-lit dinners and $5 corkage in a cafe.

291 Auburn Road, Hawthorn

France Soir

Excluding Saturday nights, this French classic will let you bring your bottles for $15 a pop.

11 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Horn Please

Indian street food and not-so-classic curries.

167 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North
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Jim’s Greek Tavern

No menu here, but you're guaranteed an authentic Greek experience.

32 Johnston Street, Collingwood

La Svolta

True Neapolitan pizza with simple, fresh ingredients.

450 Hampton Street, Hampton
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Tiamo Coffee

More than just pizza.

303 Lygon Street, Carlton

Tiamo 2

Nothing but pizza.

305 Lygon Street, Carlton

HuTong CBD

Some of the best dumplings in town.

14-16 Market Lane, Melbourne

David's

BYO from Monday to Thursday for $15 (or for free on Tuesdays).

4 Cecil Place, Prahran
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Peko Peko

At its roots it’s Taiwanese, but modern Japanese and Western influences permeate the menu.

190 Wells Street, South Melbourne

Dainty Sichuan South Yarra

Bring your own wine or wet your palate with a cleansing Tsing Tao – you’ll need it.

176 Toorak Road, South Yarra

The Waiters Restaurant

Once the place waiters dined after they'd finished their shift, now a legendary institution.

20 Meyers Place, Melbourne