Listen. We all like to ball. But sometimes, we need to ball on a budget. Like, yes I would love a glass of wine while I’m out at dinner but I would also not love to pay $10 for a 6oz pour when I have a whole bottle of wine that costs $11.99 at home. And that’s where BYOB restaurants come in. BYOB restaurants, also known as Bring Your Own Booze restaurants, also known as amazing, are the greatest thing since…booze.
Basically this is how they work: Grab your favorite bottle of wine (some places let you bring beer – call ahead and double check first) and put it in a bag. Go to a BYOB restaurant. Tell them you brought your own booze. They bring you glasses for the booze. You drink the booze. The end. Again, they’re pretty freakin’ great.
BYOB restaurants are a huge thing in lots of cities, and Buffalo is slowly coming around to the trend. Tbh we could use more BYOB restaurants ’round these parts *cough TAKE THE HINT, RESTAURANTS THIS WILL BRING YOU LOTS OF CUSTOMERS cough*, but we’ll take what we can get for now. Also can we give a huge shout out to the restaurants who are doing BYOB?! #thankyou #blessed
The reason BYOB restaurants are so popular is because 1) duh 2) it’s a great affordable option for people who want to check out different restaurants 3) it’s also great for big groups 4) sometimes restaurants don’t carry the brand/flavor ya like 6) maybe you just went to a really cool winery and want to enjoy your new purchase(s) 7) DUH. There’s honestly a zillion reasons we can list as to why BYOB restaurants are great ideas and the best things ever, but let’s get to what you came for shall we.
BYOB Restaurants in Buffalo & WNY
Address: 174 Buffalo Street, Hamburg, NY, 14075, South Towns
Website / Phone: (716) 648-6554
Hours: Sun & Mon closed, Tue – Sat 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
FYI: BYOB is wine only and there is a BYOB corkage fee; there is *NO* corkage fee on Wednesdays; has an outdoor patio
Address: 5820 Broadway, Lancaster, NY 14086
Website / Phone: (716) 681-3440
Hours: Sun closed, Mon – Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
FYI: Has a *heated* outdoor patio; BYOB is for wine only and happens on Monday’s after 5
New Jewel of India
Address: 1264 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / North Buffalo
Website / Phone: (716) 877-1264
Hours: Sun 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, Mon 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Tue – Sat 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
FYI: Has an outdoor patio
Address: 40 S Grove St, East Aurora, New York, South Towns
Website / Phone (716) 652-5552
Hours: Sun 10:00 am – 2::00 pm, Mon – Thur 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Fri – Sat 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
FYI: BYOB is wine only and there is a $15/bottle BYOB corkage fee; there is *NO* corkage fee on Wednesdays; has an outdoor patio
Viking Lobster Co.
Address: 366 Tonawanda St, Buffalo, NY 14207 / Black Rock
Website / Phone: (716) 873-1079
Hours: Sun – Tue CLOSED, Wed – Sat 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FYI: Make a reservation, this place fills up fast
If you know of or own a bar/restaurant that’s BYOB (or you just made your bar/restaurant BYOB because you realized it’s the cool thing to do) let us know! [email protected]