An enormous amount of work and time goes into compiling and structuring a wine list to work best with the menu, while being a significant document in its own right. Nonetheless, some of these restaurants still allow BYO. We like to embrace the freedom of bringing your own and, as such, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite venues that support the practice of bringing your own bottle.
Osteria di Russo & Russo
Stuffed to the brim with famous Wagyu, prawns, garlic-led flavours hand-rolled in cazzellitti and now with $10 a bottle for corkage, you can enjoy your favourite wines in this late-night traditional Italian eatery right in the heart of Newtown.
$10/bottle (wine only)
By the guys who brought you Bourke Street Bakery, this little breakfast-lunch-dessert nook in Kings Cross has an ever-changing, wholesome menu, and everything’s available to take away.
$9.50/bottle or case of beer
Spice I Am
Be prepared to wait a little while, but the reward for queuing will be dishes packed with flavour and extreme spice, with original spins on all-time Thai classics. Corkage is free, but is only available at the Surry Hills location.
Free (wine only, Surry Hills location only)
With fresh fish selected straight from Sydney market every day, Sushi Yachiyo is known for inventive sushi recipes accompanied by sake directly from Japan. $3.20/person (wine only)
1/13 Kirketon Road, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(02) 9331 8107
Sean’s is where you’ll find exquisite, fresh Australian produce that changes with the seasons, plus a view of Bondi Beach that is hard to beat.
$20/bottle (wine only)
Fix St James
Hidden way from the bustle of Elizabeth Street, this European-style bistro serves not only the most natural of wines from organic vineyards but also an a la carte menu you can share with your friends.
$15/bottle (wine only)
An unexpected inclusion in a BYO list, this stalwart of Sydney’s luxury dining scene marries the Japanese philosophy of natural seasonal flavours with French cooking techniques, offering but not limited to a 10-course degustation menu.
$35/bottle for first; $40/additional bottle (wine only)
529 Kent Street, Sydney
(02) 9267 2900
Chef Karl Firla has turned dining into performance art – where your meal remains a mystery until the waiter explains the way to consume each ingredient on your plate.
$10/bottle (wine only, Tuesdays only)
Rossopomodoro takes pride in their authentic Italian pizza, but they cater for everything from antipasti, pasta, salad and desserts, including homemade panna cotta and weekly specials.
Din Tai Fung
Dumpling heaven. This restaurant is modelled after the original in Taipei, but it doesn’t make it any less sought after. Located in three different Sydney locations, the must-try at each is the Golden Lava, which oozes with a sweet and salty egg custard.
$10/bottle (World Square only)