It’s a predicament no one wants to be in: you’ve bought a great bottle of vino en route to dinner, but when you get to the restaurant the waitstaff isn’t receptive to your BYO plans. A new app might help avoid that scenario; it lists more than 3200 BYO-friendly restaurants across Australia.
The GPS-driven app lets you search by location or cuisine, as well as check opening hours. The directory lists venues across the country, including Sydney’s Barbetta, France Soir in Melbourne, Brisbane’s Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers and Adelaide’s Ruby Red Flamingo. Of the 1087 NSW restaurants, for example, there are more than 800 in Sydney (86 in the eastern suburbs, 79 in the inner west), but the list is expected to grow – as it will in other states too – because restaurant owners can add their venue free of charge to the app.
It was created by booze retailer Cellarmasters, and in addition to the eateries there are “Explore” and “Learn” tabs that explain wine flavour profiles, and a “Pair Your Wine” function. “Users can choose between various cuisines … then they receive a list of recommended wine varieties that would pair well,” says Ben Copeman-Hill, Cellarmasters general manager. “Alternatively, they can start with the wine and find which cuisine should suit it best.”
The app also lets you book a table and an Uber to get you there.
These are some of the restaurants currently on the app.
This article first appeared on Broadsheet on August 13, 2019. Some details may have changed since publication.