There's something liberating about arriving at a restaurant with your drinks already in hand. It's like you're dining at a mate's place, rather than a business. Maybe it's this vague conviviality or the (usually) casual surrounds, but BYO joints have a certain cheery atmosphere to them. Here are our favourites.

Chinese Noodle Restaurant

Dumplings and hand-pulled noodles in a beloved Haymarket joint inspired by north-western China.

160 Thomas Street, Haymarket

Hurstville Chinese Restaurant

This institution has been serving cheap congee and superlative Cantonese seafood banquets for more than 30 years.

184 Forest Road, Hurstville

Joe's Table

It's all about that cold fermented sweet glutinous rice with mango and coconut cream.

1 28 Kings Lane, Darlinghurst

Dumpling and Noodle House

Fresh handmade dumplings.

Shop 1 165 Victoria Street, Potts Point

Mamak - Chatswood

Authentic, award-winning Malaysian. Also in Haymarket

P9 1-5 Railway Street, Chatswood

Sefa Kitchen

Middle Eastern made for sharing.

292 Bondi Road, Bondi

Gigi's Pizzeria

Wood-fired pizza made using fresh, local produce.

379 Kings Street, Newtown

Via Napoli

Pizza direct from the streets of Naples. Also in Surry Hills.

141 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove

Malay Chinese Takeaway

Affordable Malaysian and Chinese hawker food.

Shop 1 50-58 Hunter Street , Sydney

Ichi Ban Boshi

The place to go for hearty ramen.

Level 2, The Galeries 500 George Street, Sydney

Malacca Straits on Broadway

Some of the city's best nasi lemak.

5/66 Mountain Stree, Ultimo

Radio Cairo

Afro-Asian cuisine with a side of world music.

83 Spofforth St, Mosman

Albee's Kitchen

Laksa, just like they make it in KL and Penang.

470 Anzac Parade, Kingsford


Suave Japanese restaurant. Renowned for hotplate grill dishes.

41b Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay

Fix Wine Bar and Restaurant

There are 200 bottles of wine here, in case you finish yous.

111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Bon Bistro

If you fancy some pho in fancy surrounds.

155 Broadway, Ultimo

Vacanza Bronte

Try the buffalo mozzarella flown in from Naples, here or in Surry Hills.

261 Bronte Road, Waverley

Chat Thai

Hint: try the chargrilled chicken (gai yaang).

20 Campbell Street, Haymarket

Osteria Riva

Fresh pasta made daily.

1 96 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction

The Burger Shed

High quality, superbly seasoned patties.

914 Military Road, Mosman

Din Tai Fung

BYO at Miranda and World Square Shopping Centre restaurants only.

Westfield Sydney 188 Pitt Street, Sydney

Rosso Pomodoro

Thin pizza bases and simple, seasonal toppings.

20-24 Buchanan Street, Balmain