Restaurant wine lists in Dublin seem to be getting better every month, and there are now plenty of options for drinking exceptionally well around town - Piglet, Forest & Marcy, Etto and Fish Shop to name a few. But sometimes you're feeling a bit broke, want to eat ethnic food with a bottle of something decent or want to break out an extra special bottle that you just couldn't afford (or wouldn't pay for) on a restaurant wine list. That's where BYO comes in very handy. A long overused how-to-drink-great-wine cheat in the wine trade, it's something a lot of regular diners don't think about, but should. These 12 restaurants all have free or very low corkage and most importantly, good food
1. 3 Leaves
3 Leaves in Blackrock Market started as a stall, before moving into one of the market shacks, and was very quickly being talked about as some of the best Indian food in Dublin, despite being its simple surroundings. Chef Santosh Thomas and his wife Millie have been positively drowning in praise from the critics for the past few months for their take on Indian street food, and as they don't currently have an alcohol licence it's free to BYOB (dinner time only).
2. Pho Viet
Some of the best Vietnamese food in the city with excellent savoury pancakes, Pho (noodle soup) and Bun (rice vermicelli with a combination of meat, spring rolls, fresh vegetables and herbs). Corkage is €5 on wine and €1 on beer.
3. Ku Raudo
One of the better sushi places in the city, particularly when it comes to the special rolls, like the Dragon with katsu prawns, avocado, capellin roe (masago), eel & mayo sauce, or the Spider Special with deep-fried soft-shell crab, lettuce, capellin roe and Japanese mayo. Corkage is free. Read our Ku-Raudo once over here.