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Apr 10, 2007 04:44 PM

Arizona Byobs

Hello all. Just seeking to expand my list of any and all places in Arizona that allow you to bring your own wine. I already know about Guiseppe's in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Atlas Bistro, Cyclo, Coupe des Tartes, Doobie's in Mesa and an Ethiopian Place in Tucson.

Corkage is not an issue.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Not counting chains that may be subject to corporate policies, I think that many places that do not have liquor licenses will allow you to BYOB -- unless the proprietor has a religious or cultural objection to alcohol. The key is finding restaurants you like that do not have liquor licenses. If a restaurant has a liquor license, BYOB is not supposed to be allowed.

    You've basically named the relevant fine dining establishments in your original post. The only other options I can think of are strip-mall ethnic restaurants like Noodles Ranch (Vietnamese) and Udupi (Indian). Neither has a liquor license and both have been happy to allow BYOB when I have visited. Still, it's always best to call ahead to be sure.

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      1. re: Grey

        Really? There's a wine list on the Web site, and restaurants with liquor licenses generally cannot allow customers to bring their own alcohol on the premises.

        1. re: silverbear

          Hmmm. Maybe recently things have changed (???). I haven't been in a few, but I'm fairly positive Sophie's used to be a BYOB establishment.

          1. re: Grey

            Some establishments are BYOB at first while they work on their licenses.

            1. re: silverbear

              That would be interesting. Serge has a nice little wine list, though I always urge him to kick it up another notch, especially with regards to their mid-range FR offerings.

              It seems that there is an AZ law, concerning the # of tables, with a license, that determines if the establishment can legally allow BYOB. I cannot recall that #, but it's fairly low.

              OTOH, being in the International Wine & Food Society, we often do wine dinners, and negotiate BYO[Wine]. For these events, we usually have the entire establishment, so most restauranteurs just close their eyes, and we don't say anything to anyone about it. If I told you who these restauranteurs were, "I'd have to kill you... "

              Maybe someone with some serious legal knowledge of liquor laws in AZ can chime in, and give us the "real" rules. Pat Martin, are you listening?


    1. Gourmet House of Hong Kong on's more fitting of a 'bring your own beer'

      1. Slice of Sicily - great pizza @ 36th St. & Indian School in the northwest corner strip of shops behind Autumn Court

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        1. re: blur

          Just a slight correction, blur. It is 38th Street.

          1. re: Seth Chadwick

            I've never done BYO in Arizona, but coincidentally I was looking at Coup de Tarts' web site earlier today and in discussiing their BYO status they wrote something about Arizona law limiting the amount to 24 oz. of beer per person and 6 oz. of wine per person. Is this true??? Does this mean a couple could not legally bring a 750 ml bottle of wine with them, much less two to provide choice/variety, but would be limited to toting a half-bottle max? Even a half-bottle, at 375 ml, is a little more than 6 oz. per person -- what gives? An inquiring mind wants to know!

            1. re: misohungrychewlow

              Wow. I'd never heard that, but I found the regs and pasted them below. They also place limits on the size of the restaurant involved and require notification of the state, so my answer above was probably too broad. I've never heard of the possession limitation being stricly enforced, though. My guess is that the extra ounce or two in a 750 ml wine bottle is generally disregarded. In general, Arizona is not a favorable climate for BYOB. That doesn't bother me because I generally find BYOB more trouble than it's worth, but I can see how it might bother serious oenophiles.

              R19-1-315. Exemptions to A.R.S. § 4-244.05

              Small restaurants, catering establishments, associations, and business establishments hosting private social functions are exempt from A.R.S. § 4-244.05 if the business establishment meets all of the following conditions:

              1. The possession or consumption of spirituous liquor on the premises is limited to wine and beer and is permitted as an incidental convenience to patrons of the business establishment.

              2. The business establishment limits possession or consumption of wine or beer on the premises to the hours between noon and 10 p.m.

              3. The business establishment or premises allows a patron to possess no more than 24 ounces of beer per person, or 6 ounces of wine per person to be consumed on the premises.

              4. The business establishment notifies the Department on a form prescribed by the Department that it permits patrons to consume or possess beer or wine on the premises.

              5. The business establishment and/or its proprietor, manager, comptroller, controlling person, or employee shall comply with A.R.S. Title 4, Chapters 1, 2, and 3, and 19 A.A.C. 1.

              6. The business establishment and/or its proprietor, manager, comptroller, controlling person, or employee shall not permit the number of patrons within the business establishment to exceed the maximum occupancy limitations. The maximum occupancy limitations are:

              a. Small restaurant: shall not exceed 40 patrons.

              b. Catering establishment: shall not exceed 300 patrons.

              c. Associations: shall not exceed 300 patrons.

              d. Business establishments hosting private social functions: shall not exceed 300 patrons.

              7. If any clause, sentence, subsection, Section, or part of this act shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, subsection, Section or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.

              1. re: silverbear

                Never heard of it being enforced in Yuma. But should someone complain, who knows? I'm certainly not going to inform my favorite Cantonese joint about the laws - how can you have party with only 6 ozs. of wine?


                1. re: silverbear


                  Thanks for the post. This is what I was alluding to, in my later post - teach me to NOT read every article in a thread. OTOH, I found this thread from a much more recent one, and seem to have missed this one, when it was going.


                2. re: misohungrychewlow

                  that can't be right. had friends that went there (5 of them) that brought 5 bottles of wine and drank them all.

                  1. re: ccl1111

                    Lamentable ... the 2-beer limit is barely justifiable (not really), but the 6-ounce thing is downright tyannical -- why bother? Not even enough to wash down two courses ... Obviously it's not being enforced or the oeniphiles would have stormed the Legislature -- drop everything and write your senator & representatives -- NOW!!!

            2. Their is a new japanese eatery family owned awesome food sushi and elegant dinners, all authentic, reasonably priced. Their liquor lic. pending they let you bring your own drinks. It is in the Silvia's strip mall on 7th ave and missouri st. great little place

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              1. re: dwhitne1

                Hm-m, sounds interesting, and not too far from home. We'll give it a try.


                1. re: dwhitne1

                  That's Hana, which has been discussed in glowing terms on this board in several threads lately.

                2. The Spinato's Pizzeria at 12th Street & Glendale is BYOB.....we've been enjoying this place for years. Note that there's at least 4 Spinato's in Phx, this is the only one I'm sure of that's BYOB. No corkage fee, and they supply wine openers and chilled beer mugs.