For all the great wine flooding restaurant lists across Dublin these days, it’s another expense on top of the already-rising price of a nice meal out. That’s where BYO can come in very handy, letting you take along your own choice of drink for little or no added charge. It’s also a great option for special occasions, allowing you to enjoy that special set-aside bottle alongside some top quality food.
We’ve scoped out some of the best restaurants in the city that are happy for you to bring along your own wine (or beer in some cases) and while it’s heavily stacked toward Asian and Arabic food, we think that’s no bad thing. Just be warned that most of the wine glasses you'll be presented with may not be up to your usual standard, so if it's a REALLY special bottle, you might want to think about bringing your own...
CN Duck, Ranelagh
A highlight of fast casual dining in the south suburbs, CN Duck seriously impressed us a few months back (read our once over here) with the best Chinese roast meats to be found anywhere in the city. The generous starter and meat main portions are perfect for sharing (not least so you can try as much as possible) and would go down great with a bottle of something special. It's €6 for corkage.
Delicious, Middle Eastern, purse-friendly food in Drumcondra that's predominantly vegetable based (but don't panic, they do have meat). Pittas, falafel, mezze and flavour-packed salads are always on the menu at Shouk, as well as rotating specials. They've been working on developing their own wine list since opening, so corkage is €9 per bottle.
M & L Chinese, Dublin 1
One of the few places in Dublin to get authentic Sichuan food, the dumplings and fried green beans with chilli at M & L Chinese have caused many addictions to be formed over the years (raises hand). Corkage is €6.50 but go easy on the chilli oil if you're taking something nice.
Fayrouz, Dublin 8
A taste of Lebanon in the Liberties, Fayrouz has an authentic menu of mezzes and grilled meats on offer alongside broader fare like shawarma and shish. Vegetarian options are particularly good, while their tabbouleh has a reputation as among the city’s best. Corkage is free for tables of fewer than six, and nearby Molloy’s has Lebanese wine in stock for a perfect pairing option.
Pho Ta, Temple Bar
Delicious, flavour-filled Vietnamese food in Temple Bar with the friendliest staff. Try Pho Ta's unusual looking (but amazing tasting) steamed rice paper rolls with prawn (above), the cold beef salad or the crispy fried rice noodles with chicken or prawn. Corkage is €5.