While sales of wines and spirits are a huge profit maker for restaurants, there are some dining institutions and hotspots in Atlanta that still allow you to BYOB. That would mean, “Bring Your Own Bottle,” and it’s great to know that if you like a particular wine or a specific drink, you can bring your own and have a great night. The concept of BYOB is believed to have started in Australia and New Zealand when some restaurants and halls put out a “BYO” sign, meaning “Bring Your Own.” This was started by places that could not obtain the necessary licenses to sell alcohol, but the movement has spread around the world. If you want to BYOB in Atlanta, here are some places that would welcome you. A word of warning, you might want to check ahead of time to see if they will charge you a corkage fee.
1198 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
Bacchanalia is contemporary American food with an international flair. It’s also a restaurant where light dishes are the meat of the menu. That means it’s the perfect place to BYOB and drink the wine you want for a corkage fee of $25. Pair one of your favorites with the dumplings, a filet or even the delicious hen. The choices at Bacchanalia are so varied that the menu is sometimes sensory overload. Foodies know Bacchanalia is one the best in town, give it a try.
2285 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Most people wouldn’t think that a restaurant with as much tradition as Imperial Fez would be BYOB, but they would be wrong. This spot has corkage fees of $25 for wine and $35 for liquor. Imperial Fez also gives patrons a break with no corkage fee on Wednesdays. This is Moroccan food to die for in a lively environment. The five-course menu is loaded with traditional favorites so come hungry and BYOB if you have that bottle you have been saving for that special occasion. Imperial Fez is that special.
1564 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30076
Hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and a great location in Roswell makes Aqua Blue a favorite of many in North Fulton. It also allows BYOB with no corkage fees on bottles of wine. Try the lobster ravioli, the lamb or even the ribs. You can’t go wrong with the steaks or even the sushi. Go BYOB or try a selection from the great wine collection at Aqua Blue.
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Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
3500 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326
Davio’s is the best Italian dining experience in Atlanta. The handmade pastas combined with the perfectly aged steaks give you that Northern Italy feel right here in North Georgia. Throw in the fact that you can BYOB and this is traditional Italian dining. Nobody knows what wine you like with your antipasti, carni and pesce better than you do, so take advantage of it. The best word to describe Davio’s is “perfect.”
3375 Buford Highway N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30329
Atlanta’s top spot for Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine not only allows BYOB, it encourages it. It’s stated right on the front page of the website. At Panahar, every menu item is prepared from scratch in its own unique way. Afraid of the idea of Bangladeshi or Indian for lunch or dinner? Don’t be. The reviews for Panahar are all positive and you can BYOB.
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