You know that decades-old bottle of wine you've been saving for a absolutely perfect occasion? Well, how nice would be to enjoy it with a professionally cooked meal served on dishes you don't have to wash? Yes, we're talking about restaurants that allow guests to bring their own bottles of wine and beer — and they're not fantasy. Here in metro Phoenix, servers at cozy Italian eateries, pho spots, and elegant bistros are waiting to uncork the wine you picked up on that vacation to Italy and serve it alongside top-notch cuisine.
Now, before you get too excited, a few rules apply when it comes to BYOB restaurants. Lee Hill, Communication Director at the State of Arizona Department of Liquor, can break it down.
"Bring your own bottle" establishments are usually small restaurants or other business establishments holding an Unlicensed Premises license, as explained by R19-1-324, Standards for Exemption of an Unlicensed Business. Small restaurants typically have a maximum occupancy of 50 patrons, and possession or consumption of alcohol is limited to the hours between noon and 10 p.m. Other business establishments holding the “Unlicensed Premises” license may have occupancy of 300 persons or less, and may allow liquor consumption between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Lastly, customers at BYOB restaurants are restricted to possesses or consuming "no more than forty ounces of beer, seven hundred fifty milliliters of wine, or four ounces of distilled spirits.” However, most BYOB places can be “more restrictive than state or local laws,” Hill says, meaning BYOB establishments limit consumption of distilled spirits at their discretion, including by choosing to allow only beer and wine.
That said, here are 10 restaurants in metro Phoenix where you can bring your own.
2515 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Found in the Wilshire Plaza just south of Scottsdale and Thomas roads, Atlas Bistro is an intimate dinner spot (hence the bistro part) that offers a daily, prix-fixe menu of upscale, New American fare. Since 2002, Atlas Bistro has billed itself as “Arizona’s Premier B.Y.O.B. Restaurant,” and Sous Chef Joseph DeRuyter, Chef de Cuisine Juan Zamora, and Executive Chef Cory Oppold encourage patrons to bring their best bottle of wine or craft beer to enjoy with dinner. If you’re rushing to meet your reservation and left your favorite wine at home, Atlas also neighbors the AZ Wine Company store. The restaurant's BYOB policy includes a $8 corkage on 375 milliliter bottles, $15 on 750 milliliter bottles, and $20 on large format bottles — though craft beer is exempt from corkage fees.
Basil & Garlic Bistro
9330 East Poinsettia Drive, Scottsdale
Founded by the Armetta family in 2013, Basil & Garlic Bistro is a neighborhood spot serving up Italian favorites including pizza, calzones, pastas, and subs. This north Scottsdale, southern Italian eatery is closed Mondays, but offers a bright dining area, take out, a large patio, and a $4.50 corkage fee for those looking to BYOW – bring your own wine. And even if you didn’t have a bottle at the house, there’s a pretty good selection of wine a couple of doors down at the Convenient Corner Market Deli.
Coup Des Tartes
1725 East Osborn Road
With a tagline like “Arizona's longest-running, award-winning, French-inspired restaurant,” you really don’t have to wonder what’s going on at Coup Des Tartes. This bistro-style restaurant features a low-lit dining room and brick-laden patio, creating that Old Paris atmosphere to accompany your brie brulee and loup de mer. Coup was once a fully BYOB establishment, and hasn’t strayed far from that mindset. The restaurant still allows patrons to bring up to two of their favorite bottles of wine or champagne when they join the Coup Des Tartes Wine Club, which costs $45 per year. BYOB privileges do require the purchase of an entrée, and the wine must not be currently sold by Coup, but members may share with one additional guest.
Cyclo Vietnamese Cuisine Restaurant
1919 West Chandler Boulevard #2, Chandler
Though Cyclo is found in a nondescript strip mall like many other Valley restaurants, its dining room pops with bright orange and blue walls against stark-white tables and spherical, hanging lanterns. This photogenic little pho spot is also BYOB – allowing customers to bring in wine or beer – though don’t try it on Sundays or Mondays when the restaurant's closed. During operating hours, pop open your favorite bottle of sauvignon blanc for that order of ga xao xa ot or bun sai gon, and enjoy the ambiance with a nice buzz on.
Hana Japanese Eatery
5524 North Seventh Avenue
If you want dim lighting, a lengthy sushi bar, and a BYOB policy, head just north of the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Osborn Road to Hana Japanese Eatery. This small family-owned and -operated eatery will, according to their website, “happily chill and cork your favorite beverage with no fee.” The restaurant's closed Mondays, but on other nights you can enjoy your favorite craft beer or a bottle of sake with a Hana Pecha Roll, Bento Box, or Maguro Teriyaki.
6340 South Rural Road #120, Tempe
Opened in 2011 by Mark and Karen Vojtek, Mark's Café is a small Tempe eatery found on the northwest corner of Rural and Guadalupe roads. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and during that time, you’re free to BYOB champagne or beer – just be sure to also bring your own glasses, and they’ll provide the juice. Expect Benedicts and country-fried steak, croissant sandwiches, and salads, all of which you can pair with self-poured mimosas. Mark's Café also offers catering services and cooking classes.
1312 East Indian School Road
According to the restaurant's Facebook page, Reathrey Sekong opened in 2011 to “introduce the Phoenix area to the Khmai culture and cuisine of Cambodia.” Set on the north side of Indian School Road just east of its intersection with 12th Street, Reathrey Sekong is a cash-only establishment with a traditionally decorated dining area, and a BYOB policy. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, Reathrey Sekong does not charge a corkage fee, but will help you out with a bottle opener. Be ready to pair up your favorite wine or beer with bainyachav crepes, katheaw cha, and green mango grilled fish.
13610 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Located on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Thunderbird roads, Ristorante Giuseppe has been at this location since 2000, but gracing the Valley with classic Italian fare since 1989. Owned by Pasquale and Rica Carotenuto, Ristorante Giuseppe is a casual, cash-only, BYOB restaurant, allowing patrons to pair their own wines with menu items such as Giuseppe's Sub, eggplant Parmigiana, and the Alessandro Special. The restaurant does not charge a corkage fee.
Sala Thai Restaurant
10880 North 32nd Street, #29
This north Phoenix Thai eatery is closed Mondays, but offers an expansive menu and BYOB privileges in its cozy, brightly decorated dining room. The family-owned, family-run Sala Thai Restaurant serves spicy seafood, stir-fry noodles, and wide range of barbecue and curries. Just make sure you really want a craft beer or pinot gris more than one of the restaurant's Thai sweet ice teas or a boba smoothie in coconut, honeydew, or taro. Sala Thai also has an additional location in Peoria.
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119 East Southern Avenue, Tempe
Set just east of Mill and Southern avenues, TC Tacos is a quick Mexican eatery known for its street tacos. The restaurant is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu including menudo; entrees like pollo adobado and fajitas; and tacos with cecina, barbacoa, bistec, and more. In addition to that menu, you’re allowed to bring in your own wine or beer. If you’re out of your favorite domestic at home, the owner of TC Tacos also owns Valley Fair Liquors, which is located right next door.