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Corkage Restaurants?

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bostondebi Apr 8, 2008 09:43 AM

I am looking for a high end restaurant to dine in and bring my own wine. I know the laws, policies and etiquette etc, but I would love examples of places that allowed guests to bring in their own wine. It is wine that I have made and I know it wont be on anyone's list.
Any help would be great!

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  1. finlero RE: bostondebi Apr 8, 2008 09:53 AM

    I asked about this last week, without a huge amount of new success:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/505783

    Sweet Basil in Needham may be your best bet. Just not a lot of mid-scale or upscale places that do it here.

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      natecsd RE: bostondebi Apr 8, 2008 12:58 PM

      Though I haven't tried it since 2003, East Coast Grill in Cambridge allowed it then for something like $15 - they might have required ("suggested") a purchase off their list too. Sorry I can't remember it more clearly! I think I also called ahead to ask.

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        treb RE: bostondebi Apr 8, 2008 01:05 PM

        The general rule is if they do not carry the brand or have the vintage, they'll allow it to be brought in. First, I'd select the restaurant then call to see if they'll allow it and find out the corkage fee.

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          ckwineguy RE: bostondebi Apr 8, 2008 02:38 PM

          Ummm. When you say you know the laws, then you know corkage is illegal. Perhaps there are some high-end restaurants which allow it, but does one think that they would wish to be publicly outed?

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            smcbride3 RE: bostondebi Nov 8, 2011 06:07 AM

            In Boston, the law is that corkage/BYOB is only permitted in establishments that do NOT have a liquor license.

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              Allstonian RE: smcbride3 Nov 8, 2011 06:25 AM

              No, in Boston BYOB is illegal, whether or not the restaurant has a liquor license.

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                smcbride3 RE: Allstonian Nov 8, 2011 10:12 AM

                http://www.winespectator.com/webfeatu...

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                  emannths RE: smcbride3 Nov 8, 2011 10:18 AM

                  The state does not prohibit BYOB at restaurants that don't hold a license. However, the state allows local governments to prohibit it. Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and most nearby towns prohibit BYOB at all establishments. Winthrop, Belmont, and Needham do allow BYOB at restaurants that don't hold a license.

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                    Allstonian RE: smcbride3 Nov 8, 2011 10:26 AM

                    In MASSACHUSETTS the law is that corkage/BYOB is only permitted in establishments that do not have a liquor license.

                    In BOSTON that law is superseded by a local law that forbids BYOB completely (apparently with the interim exception that MC Slim JB mentions below.)

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                    smcbride3 RE: Allstonian Nov 8, 2011 10:13 AM

                    Oh, and my favorite part of that article is the upper limit per person in "North Carolina it’s eight liters per customer"

                2. MC Slim JB RE: bostondebi Nov 8, 2011 07:36 AM

                  There is one exception to the BYOB law in Boston and similarly-strict nearby communities (Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline): you can allow it sans corkage fee between the time a restaurant applies for a license and the time the board makes its decision, usually a matter of a few weeks.

                  But I wouldn't fess up to knowing about places that illegally allow BYOB here, any more than I would tell you which Chinatown places serve cold tea after 2am. It's just not cool, man.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                    Mike5966 RE: MC Slim JB Nov 8, 2011 10:35 AM

                    Ha, now I know why they served it to me in a teapot!

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