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Nov 18, 2009 01:57 PM

BYOB in N.O. - other than EAT and Lola?

I've got a few rare bottles of wine I was saving for a special occaison (wife's b-day this weekend). I'd like to have them at dinner with some friends (and her, too), but probably couldn't find these bottles in too many restaurants, and couldn't afford them if I did find them. Any BYOB places with decent food and good atmosphere? Thanks

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  1. If they are rare bottles that you can't find on most menu, I don't think any restaurant would have a problem with you bringing them in. They just get annoyed if you bring in a $10 bottle to avoid paying them $25 for the same thing. They'll likely charge a corkage fee, but you should still come out ahead. Call and ask.

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    1. re: JGrey

      JGrey, is absolutely correct. The answer to your question is every restaurant in New Orleans. ch

      1. re: JGrey

        If your wine goes with Thai food, Sukhothai at 1913 Royal Street in the Marigny has no liquor license but a BYOB policy. The food is excellent.

      2. Boucherie
        And I THINK either Baru or Maya

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        1. re: nikinik

          Atchafalaya Cafe was "temporarily BYOB" over the summer. Not sure if they still are though.

          1. a lot of the middle eastern restaurants are BYOB, i think. lebanon's, mona's, for example.

            1. I've read of August allowing outside wine. Be sure to check with them first.
              To add to other replies, call first to ask policy, offer a taste to the waiter pouring or the sommelier, be prepared for a corkage of up to $25 per bottle in some places (though most are $8-10), and tip as those you were ordering wine from the restaurant.

              1. While I do not do this often, I have found that a call to the sommelier will usually handle things. To date, I have yet to be charged a corkage fee, but do offer the sommelier, the chef and the owner (if different), and all has been good.

                Now, some states, counties and even cities have laws. Some of these have been used as shields (Maui, HI - different than other HI counties), and some have been quickly ignored (CO, AZ and a few other locations).

                It depends on the restaurant, the location, and the wine. It also does not hurt to be a good client with a track record of "working" the wine list.

                Good luck, and do call first. Even if the restaurant has a normal corkage fee, this may well be waived, depending on several factors.