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Seven Restaurants That Let You BYO Beer If You're Not Much of a Wine Drinker

These spots will welcome you and your six-pack (of beers) with open arms.
By Caitlyn Spanner
March 05, 2020
By Caitlyn Spanner
March 05, 2020


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These spots will welcome you and your six-pack (of beers) with open arms.

There are so many things we love about BYO dining. You get to drink your favourite beverages at a fraction of the price, everything feels that little bit more relaxed, and the night usually leads to friends swapping drinks, sharing food and getting a little extra chirpy around the dinner table. The only problem is that BYO is usually synonymous with wine, and if you're not a big wine drinker you often feel like you have to bring a bottle of red to look 'fancy' when really you'd love to crack open an ice-cold beer.

We've teamed up with BWS to help you out of this predicament by tracking Brisbane restaurants that allow you to BYO beer. Now you can go to a lovely restaurant and crack into your favourite tinny without fear of judgement or having to pretend you're enjoying the rosé.

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    Mamaku Kitchen is a much-loved part of Clayfield’s food scene. Every aspect of this Asian street food eatery pays homage to the owners’ mother Julia. Her family were inspired by her ingenious ways of using only ingredients she could afford to create restaurant-quality meals while they were growing up. The kitchen honours her methods and makes everything from scratch on-site to create flavourful dishes straight from the heart. Make sure you pay this passionate family business a visit, and tuck into a variety of wonton soups, stir-fried noodles and curries. And don’t forget to BYO a few cold beers to toast the top-notch cooking, too.

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    CJ's Pasta

    The retail component of CJ’s Pasta has long been a beacon for Brisbane-based pasta lovers. It sells fresh pasta by the kilo in dozens of styles — including gnocchi and artisanal vegan options — alongside a range of sauces.

    But if you want to leave the cooking up to the professionals, head there between 5–8pm to visit the not-so-secret Secret Pasta Club, CJ’s dine-in space. There are just a handful of tables here, all positioned around the open kitchen, where you can watch on as Executive Chef Dario Milano and team create pastas and other dishes inspired by his northwest Italian roots. The venue offers BYO wine and beer, but good luck if you plan on flexing your pairing skills — the menu changes daily. Luckily, pasta goes with just about anything so you’ll be safe with whatever bottle or six-pack you decide to bring along.

    Pick up a four-pack of Black Hops Hornet IPA.

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    Sichuan Bang Bang

    There seems to be a trend brewing here (pun definitely intended): beer and Asian food. It’s a combo as iconic as salt and vinegar or chips and gravy. Sichuan Bang Bang is a popular Asian street food venue that allows you to bring your own beer to enjoy alongside its menu of popular street food dishes. This relaxed eatery run by Renata Roberts is dedicated to the lip-tingling, eye-watering spicy food that the Sichuan province of China is known for. Head to its Kenmore or Wilston venue and dive into the share-style menu which includes flavour bombs like peking duck, mapo tofu, sizzling Singapore chilli prawns and fish hot pot.

    Pick up a six-pack of Zytho Brewing Zesty Pale Ale.

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    Phat Pho

    The vibes are the first thing you notice about Phat Pho. The food is a close second, but perhaps our favourite thing about this place is that it offers BYO beer. Imagine slurping down a steaming, spicy beef pho and cooling your jets with any icy cold pale ale or lager. The pho itself is created with a broth cooked for five hours with Vietnamese spices. You can also get chicken or vegan options if they’re more your speed. And about those vibes? Well, the small but mighty space is always bustling with customers enjoying banh mi, rice paper rolls, pho and Vietnamese salads, so and your mates, date or family are sure to enjoy yourselves.

    Pick up a six-pack of Bridge Road Brewers Beechy Summer Ale.

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    Little G makes some of the best fried chicken in Brisbane. That may be a controversial statement considering the hole-in-the-wall joint is better known for its pizza, but we’re sticking by it. Now that we’ve gotten that unexpected proclamation out of the way, let’s talk about all the other awesome things this Dutton Park gem has on offer.

    First things first, you can BYO anything — beer, wine or spirits. Just be sure to accompany it with comfy pants because you’re going to want to try everything on the menu. Tuck into fried corn, arancini balls and, of course, the pizza — the Old Bay prawn and jalapeño ranch option is a winner. If you’re looking for something a little left of field, Little G’s specials board changes daily and offers some incredibly innovative dishes and sweet treats like Gaytime cupcakes, portuguese tarts and cookies — keep an eye out for black garlic and brown butter or Milo, brownie, whiskey and buttercream.

    Pick up a six-pack of Kaiju! Beer Krush Tropical Pale Ale.

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    Little Greek Taverna

    Some would argue that you’re not a true Brisbane local until you’ve stuffed yourself silly at Little Greek Taverna. This longrunning Greek eatery is exactly where you want to be on a balmy Brisbane evening, thanks to its big portions, low prices, cheap corkage (just $2.50 per person) and buzzing atmosphere. The best thing to pair with your beer is the chargrilled lamb cutlets. Or is it the souvlaki? Order both, alongside a bunch of other dishes — souvlaki chicken, crispy fried mushrooms and garlic prawns — and decide for yourself. You can also opt for one of the platters, which range from $25–130 and all feed up to four people. And what is a dinner at a Greek restaurant without ending the evening with some baklava? A waste of time, we say.

    Pick up a six-pack of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale

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    Wing Fury

    Looks can be deceiving — and that’s certainly the case at Clayfield Wing Fury. What looks like any regular neighbourhood fast food joint is actually a haven of pizza, hot wings and loaded fries. The wings are the real drawcard here with over a dozen sauce options available, including buffalo, honey sriracha, chilli lime and teriyaki. The best part? It clocks in at just over a dollar per wing (or on Wednesdays, it does $1 wings). If you’re not a meat-eater, you can sub out the chicken for deep-fried cauliflower bites with the same sauces. Plus, do you know what pairs perfectly with spicy wings? Beer. At Wing Fury, you can BYO your favourite tinny to knock back between bites.

    The setting is casual and family-friendly, with board games on every table, and there are a couple of interesting desserts on offer if you’re up for a challenge: a deep-fried burrito with chocolate and banana or dessert nachos slathered in cinnamon, chocolate sauce and ice cream.

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Update: Due to the current situation, we understand that going out may not be a possibility right now. Keep this list handy so that, when it’s all over, you can get back out there with your mates (and a bottle) and support these BYO-friendly businesses. In the meantime, check out these venues’ takeaway options and get yourself a bottle to match with BWS online delivery.

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