Ten of Dallas' Best Places to BYOB

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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The beverage side of your dinner bill is sometimes just as costly as the food that you're eating. The rising costs of food, everything from limes to bacon, have restaurants looking for creative ways to make extra cash. The wine list is a prime spot for boosting profits, and that $15 bottle of wine you've been eyeing at Spec's will likely cost you as much or more than a prime rib-eye if you buy it at your favorite restaurant. A 2010 Grgich Hills Chardonnay, available at Total Wine for $32, will cost more than $100 after taxes and tip at Bistro 31 in Highland Park.

But thanks to exorbitant licensing fees and a complicated labyrinth of laws that govern how establishments in Texas can serve and sell alcohol, there are dozens of restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex that allow you to bring your own. These 10 restaurants and venues are among the best.

20 Feet Seafood Joint (above)
Seafood and wine have a lot in common. They're delicious, they complement each other, and they can both run a bill up fast. At 20 Feet Seafood Joint in East Dallas, you can splurge on their seafood and save on the wine by bringing your own. Grab a group of your fanciest lady friends and split a bottle or two of Veuve over a plate of Blue Point oysters. Or, bring a group of your bros to watch some baseball over a basket of fried clams, shrimp po-boys and a sixer of Stella Artois.

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Peak & Elm
What's better than bringing your own booze? Free booze. You can bring your own beer and wine to Peak & Elm Cocina, but on Friday nights, you won't have to. Order a big plate of fajitas and enjoy free margaritas on Friday nights, or sip free mimosas with brunch on the weekends. According to the Peak & Elm website, the restaurant will be getting a liquor license this year, so this BYOB could be a limited-time offer.

Sammons Park & Strauss Square
The City of Dallas doesn't allow drinking in city-managed park for some silly "public safety" reasons, but privately owned parks are fair game. At Sammons Park in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, you can bring both food and booze to enjoy while you listen to local musicians during their free Patio Sessions concert series. The same applies at Strauss Square, just over by Sammons Park. Pack supplies for a cheese or charcuterie board, a blanket and bottle of wine for a well-rounded cultural and culinary experience.

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Il Cane Rosso
You can't bring booze whenever you feel like it at Cane Rosso, likely because owner Jay Jerrier is infamous for being just a little bit difficult. Wednesday nights at the Cane Rosso location in Deep Ellum are BYOB, but you're only supposed to bring one bottle of wine per person, and you'll have to leave your liquor at home. This may seem like a lot of rules for a BYOB joint, but we can understand why Jerrier wouldn't want a bunch of drunks turning on him because he wouldn't give them any ranch dressing for their pizza.

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El Come Taco
El Come Taco has all kinds of crazy shit to put in tacos, like veal brains, grasshoppers and ant eggs, but you won't find a drop of booze in sight unless you bring your own. Even if you don't need liquid courage to try some of the more adventurous proteins here, there's something almost sacrilegious about not drinking a cold Modelo or Victoria with a big plate of tacos. We also haven't really seen any restrictions on bringing liquor instead of beer or wine, so treating your entire table to tequila shots isn't entirely out of the question.



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chicksta
chicksta

You are totally forgetting Noodle Wave (Richardson/Allen)!! 

cvaz
cvaz

Cigar Art Oak Cliff is also a BYOB spot. Great cigars and a smooth whiskey - can't beat it.

gabe48
gabe48

Franki's Pizza & Pasta on Marsh at Forest, dinners include wonderful garlic rolls and salad, excellent homemade salad dressing.  This is a "mom and pop" owned small restaurant.

zack.neel87
zack.neel87

also, mai's vietnamese on bryan is byob and delicious

G_David
G_David

Geez, you guys are really coming up with some creative ways to flog El Come Taco.  They must really be coughing up the product placement funds.  Having tried it twice, it hasn't even cracked my top 10 list of taquerias in East Dallas. 

keithdylan
keithdylan

First Chinese BBQ, and Fino's in Plano.

scmiller0
scmiller0

Cajun Tailgators' brick and mortar location up in plano

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

I'm stunned MOMO'S wasn't included on this list.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Cane' Rosso. But it's very limited BYOB availability and bottle restrictions should have been cause enough to have left Cane' Rosso off this list. There are many other fine restaurants in Dallas that are BYOB and are more deserving to take it's place.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Even better at the arboretum for a concert is to do like I do, batch a thermos full of a nice cocktail like a Negroni, bring a bag of ice cubes and a few plastic crystal cups, and really live it up.  (Stop and get some finocchiona and some good cheese from Scardelos on the way.)

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Joe's in Plano is a great place to BYOB!  And an added bonus is there not a lot of folks with flatbilled hats askew saying "brah", talking about "the deep", while smoking ecigs, and showing each other MMA moves like "the crunch, or "the Toledo takedown.  My granddad fought in the Big One when he was 19; today's 19 years old's barley know how to use toilet paper. 


#theamericandreamiseitherhidingordead

blakebowyer
blakebowyer

Great list!


Though, I'm not sure why you all insist on calling "Urbano Cafe" "Cafe Urbano" when it clearly says the opposite everywhere. Including in your picture.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

I would add Sakuu on Bryan is BYOB....................no corkage fees !



kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@everlastingphelps


Sounds good if you do it when this place has weather between 65-73 degree's, low sun, a light breeze......by my Kergie estimation, that's two days a year. Otherwise you wind up sweating on the snacks, and getting "cocktail comatose"-otherwise known as Heat Drunk, which leads to dehydration, nausea, disorientation and in general, angst ridden drunkenness. 

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