27 BYO Restaurants In Canberra

By January 20, 2016 canberra restaurant reviews, cbr foodie

BYO Restaurants In Canberra | The Macadames

I decided to create this post because I am forever trying to find awesome restaurants in Canberra that do BYO. All of the lists I found were seriously outdated and didn’t include several of my favourite restaurants.

Being a fussy wine drinker, I lament going out for dinner only to have it ruined by a sub-standard wine. I am forever having to ask “Is this chardonnay oaked?” (I have serious issues with drinking anything other than a overly oaked + woody white) and almost always being disappointed.

And when the mark up for alcohol is upwards of 300%, BYO-ing also saves the purse, even after considering corkage.

To help you on your next dinner out, here are my favourite good restaurants that do BYO + their corkage prices. Enjoy!

Note: please note this list is not in any particular order and does not include the several local Italian and Asian restaurants that usually all offer BYO. 

1. Kinn

Canberra City, $3 per person.

2. Chairman + Yip

Canberra City, $12.50 per bottle.

3. Courgette

Canberra City, $18 per bottle.

4. Soju Girl

Canberra City, $13 per bottle.

5. Cream

Canberra City, $5.50 per person.

6. Mezzalira

Canberra City, $15 per bottle.

7. Blu Ginger

Canberra City, $2.50 per person.

8. Ellacure

Bruce, $10 per bottle.

9. Ottoman

Barton, $15 per bottle.

10. Lilotang

Barton, $15 per bottle.

11. Rubicon

Griffith, $13 per bottle.

12. Sage

Braddon, $30 per bottle (reduced to $15 if you also buy a bottle from the restaurant).

13. Pulp Kitchen

Ainslie, $5 per person.

14. Wild Duck

Kingston, $12 per bottle.

15. Saffron

Kingston, $10 per bottle.

16. Morks

Kingston, $16 per bottle.

17. Pomegranate

Kingston, $15 per bottle (max of 8 people).

18. Salotto

Kingston, $9 per bottle.

19. Me & Mrs Jones

Kingston, $5.50 per person.

20. Waters Edge

Commonwealth Place, $18 per bottle.

21. Kokoro

Gungahlin, $4 per bottle.

22. Iori

Canberra City, $ 10 per bottle.

23. Mocan Green Grout

New Acton, Tuesdays (Free), $10 per wine bottle/6 pack of beer, $3 per beer.

24. Abell’s Kopi Tiam

Manuka, $8.50 per bottle.

25. XO

Narrabundah, $12 per bottle.

26. Lanterne Rooms

Campbell, $10 per bottle.

27. Boathouse By The Lake

Barton, $20 per bottle.

*UPDATED 28. Pod Food

Pialligo, Thursdays only, $20 per bottle

Did I miss any? What is your favourite BYO restaurant in Canberra?


Don’t forget to hashtag #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to any of these restaurants, I love to see you exploring Canberra.

Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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  • Reply Shari from GoodFoodWeek January 23, 2016 at 9:32 am

    A great little list here , Anisa. I was actually surprised to see that some of those restaurants are in fact BYO – really good to know!

  • Reply Theresa Orme February 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Finally, a current list of BYO restaurants in Canberra. Great work and you have found some I didn’t know about. As the organiser of monthly Bollinger lunches, it’s important to choose venues where they allow BYO. Thanks for this post. You’ve made my job so much easier!!

    • Reply Anisa February 16, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Pleasure. I also didn’t find a comprehensive list so thought I’d write one.

      P.s how does one get invited to a Bollinger lunch? Lol

  • Reply John Leverink April 18, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Pod Food in Pialligo does Free BYO on Thursdays and charges & $20 per bottle

  • Reply Lester Jesberg June 20, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Since the re-opening Pulp Kitchen is no longer byo.

    • Reply Anisa June 21, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thank you for letting me know 🙂

  • Reply Laura August 3, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Courgette & WatersEdge – I believe $25 a bottle

    • Reply Anisa August 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Thank you xx

  • Reply Shell September 15, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Anisa, do you know if Monster at Hotel Hotel is BYO?

    • Reply Anisa September 29, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      I don’t actually know, I will call & ask.

  • Reply Lien January 28, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Anisa, did you know that AuLac Dickson and AuLac Woden does BYO wine — corkage $3.00 pp.

    • Reply Anisa February 6, 2018 at 3:09 am

      I didn’t darling, thanks for the tip!

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