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Nov 12, 2008 10:23 PM

BYOB in Charleston?

Where are the good BYOB places in Charleston? I can't think of any. Is it against the law here?

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  1. I'll assume you hail from pennsylvania. It in not necessarily against the law just unnecessary. SC has some of the more permissive liquor laws in the area thus there is no need for byob.

    If you have a special bottle just call them about the corkage fee. Just do a board search for the good places in Chucktown byob or not

    1. I read somewhere that municipalities/cities have the right to enforce their own BYOB laws, but there are no specific national/federal laws prohibiting restaurants from allowing byob.

      I've lived in the south (VA, SC, NC) all my life and have never experienced a BYOB restaurant anywhere, but i know they're common in the UK and can be found in other regions of the US.

      I lived in Charleston for 5 years and don't know of any places that allow it, but it can't hurt to check with the individual restaurants.

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      1. re: sarahyla

        I am from Mississippi, where BYOB restaurants are very common. In fact, many people "tailgate" in front of restaurants, passing around their wine/bourbon while waiting for a table. It can get quite rowdy. It's a great way to have a good time and save some money in these tough times. Taylor Grocery is probably the most famous of these places (Sean Brock has a photo of it on his blog at the moment). Even in Memphis, where liquor laws are lax and poorly enforced, BYOB is quite popular. Lots of bars only sell beer and let you bring your own liquor. For a small restaurant, it's an easy way to attract business and avoid the liquor license hassles.

        1. re: tennreb

          So, you're looking for a restaurant that does not serve alcohol at all? If so, I can't help you. But if you're looking for restaurants that allow you bring your own wine for a corkage fee...Open Table gives that info in the restaurant listing. I just looked up my current fave, FIG, and they allow personnal wines.

      2. sarah, agreed - I've rarely ever seen BYOB places in the South. The rare exception may be one or two counties in western NC that are dry.

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        1. re: Suzy Q

          I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and most restaurants allow you to bring your own wine. There almost always is a corkage fee of $10 to $25 per bottle. Many smaller places, that don't serve alcohol, won't even charge a corkage. We visit Charleston regularly and I have seen people bring in their own wine. I can't recall where. Just call ahead.