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Royleen Jun 6, 2006 05:07 PM

Coming from SF Bay area to Boston this weekend. We are accustomed to bringing our own wine to dinner at even really great restaurants. Is this a common practice in Boston?

Thanks, Royleen

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    cmd Jun 6, 2006 07:28 PM

    No, we have some arcane liquor laws here. It's not common, and I'm not sure it's allowed at all.

    But enjoy your visit :).

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      JBM Jun 6, 2006 09:33 PM

      Call the restaurant and ask. Unlike SF, where every menu lists the corkage fee, nobody here advertises it. That being said, a lot of places will let you bring in a bottle if you ask. Be prepared for highher corkage than you are used to, though. And be prepared to hear "no" a lot.

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        Dappi Jun 6, 2006 10:24 PM

        I would disagree with the assertion that "a lot of places will let you bring in a bottle if you ask". Unless they do not already have a liquor license, virtually all places in MA will say NO.

        The only exception is one place right next to where I live where I am an ultra regular. They still do not like it, as it is illegal and obviously takes down their gross.

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          JBM Jun 7, 2006 12:24 PM

          That's interesting. I think I've only been turned down once when I call ahead, ask to speak to the wine director and make the request. Though, to be fair, I do not do this with regularity.

          Regardless, your point about the illegality and impact on their bottom line is spot on.

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            Dappi Jun 7, 2006 03:08 PM

            Hopefully when Chowhound moves to the new board there will be a Private Message function. I would love to chat with you and get a list of where you have had success, as I would love to be able to take my own wines to more dinners. Unfortunately posting a list here would get the establishments inundated and likely make is so you could not get corkage there any more as well. Until then, enjoy!

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        mike Jun 6, 2006 10:14 PM

        Sorry Royleen,
        MA state law atates that if an establishment has a liquor or beer and wine license, it is unlawfukl for a patron to bring their own. Until recently, if you didn't finish a bottle, you weren't allowed to bring it home. I've broken both laws.
        Some restuarants that don't have enough seating for a license allow byob. Most in the surrounding suburbs. Do call ahead.

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