Eat & Drink

Our guide to restaurants where you can BYO alcohol

While many of us love going out for dinner and having a few wines with friends, the cost can rack up pretty quickly.

Restaurants that allow you to bring your own wine (and other alcohol) can be an affordable solution – simply round up your mates and grab a bottle of wine on the cheaper side. Keep reading for our guide to BYO restaurants in Newcastle.

Al-Oi Thai

Enjoy all your Thai favourites or try something new at Al-Oi Thai on Hunter Street. Don't miss the banquet menus starting from just $35.90 per person (four people minimum), with BYO wine.
Where: 541 Hunter St, Newcastle

Bangkok Nights

Since opening in 2021, Bangkok Nights has become a Beaumont Street hotspot for authentic Thai food in an atmospheric space. You'll feel transported to Thailand with the dedicated street food menu, featuring dishes like boat noodle soup and khao kha moo.
Where: 37 Beaumont St, Hamilton

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Bar Solè

Bar Solè has a buzzing atmosphere, and will have you lingering into the night over a few drinks and pizzas, soundtracked by live music. The best part? Bar Solè is BYO ($4 corkage per person), so you can choose a vino to suit your budget before devouring your pizza.
Where: 173 Maitland Rd, Tighes Hill

Benjamas Thai by Chin

This Darby Street Thai restaurant has been around for as long as we can remember, and with new owner Chin taking over in 2019, Benjamas Thai by Chin is still delivering on flavour. You can BYO (wine only) for just $3.50 corkage per person to Benjamas.
Where: 1/100 Darby St, Cooks Hill

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Blooming Garden

Opening in late 2019, Blooming Garden originally was home to modern Australian cuisine with a Korean twist, but is now operating as a 100% Korean BBQ restaurant. Blooming Garden’s BBQ buffet menu is perfect for the whole food-loving family to enjoy – bring some wine to pair with your feast.
Where: 2/50 Beaumont St, Hamilton

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Bocados

While Bocados has a fabulous range of Spanish drinks (think vermouth, sangria, and cava), the tapas spot on King Street also offers BYO wine only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for $15 corkage per bottle. It's perfect for if you have a special bottle at home that you'd love to enjoy with your Spanish food.
Where: 25 King St, Newcastle

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DiRoma

DiRoma has been a local favourite for authentic Roman pizza and pasta since its inception in 2017. Now with a second space in New Lambton, DiRoma certainly isn't slowing down.
Where: 144 Glebe Rd, Merewether | 52 Orchardtown Rd, New Lambton

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Downtown Beirut

If you're craving flavours from the Middle East, Downtown Beirut is where you need to go. With a menu full of mezza (think stuffed vine leaves, labneh, hummus, fried kibbeh, and falafel), shawarma, and plenty of flame-grilled meats, there are so many mouth-watering dishes that go down nicely with a glass of wine.
Where: 25 Beaumont St, Islington

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Eight Buns

Eight Buns has built a reputation for itself as one of the best spots for dumplings in Newcastle. There's plenty of dumplings and buns to choose from, so you're spoilt for choice. Don't miss the duck roti either!
Where: 47 Beaumont St

The Etna on Darby

No frills Italian restaurant The Etna on Darby offers BYO wine with no corkage fee, which can makes the drinks portion of your evening very cheap indeed. However, it's important to note that the restaurant doesn't offer tap water, so if you want to quench your thirst with some H20, you'll have to buy a bottle.
Where: 98 Darby St, Cooks Hill

The Grain Thai

When you're keen to enjoy a Thai feast dine-in instead of takeaway, The Grain Thai is the place to go. The spacious restaurant is great for a relaxed dinner, with a comprehensive menu (including a whole section dedicated to moo grob, or crispy pork belly) plus heaps of cocktails and beer, although you can BYO wine only for $6 corkage per bottle.
Where: 12 Beaumont St, Hamilton

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Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant

There's no knives and forks at Habesha Ethopian Restaurant – your hands are your cutlery, but it's all part of the dining experience as you mop up your richly-spiced curry with injera, a bread that's a staple of Ethiopian cuisine. BYO wine for $10 corkage per bottle.
Where: 50 Glebe Rd, The Junction

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Kings XI Indian Restaurant

The cosy interiors at Kings XI Indian Restaurant provide the perfect space to experience some of Newcastle's best Indian cuisine. The extensive menu covers flavours from a variety of regions of India, with some highlights including the Lamb Korma and Hyderabadi Biryani. Corkage is only $2 per person for BYO wine!
Where: 100 Beaumont St, Hamilton

Kitami Japanese Restaurant & Grocery

A staple of Japanese cuisine in Newcastle for more than 30 years, Kitami is a hole in the wall spot in Carrington offering BYO wine. Try its extensive range of ramen, udon, gyoza, donburi, curries, and tempura, or stock up on a range of Japanese groceries like soy sauce, miso, and traditional sweets and snacks while you're there.
Where: 53 Young St, Carrington

Limoo

The menu at Limoo is loaded with authentic Iranian dishes that highlight Iran's cultural hero – rice. Treating their restaurant as if it's their home and diners as their guests, Limoo is a delight to experience, especially when BYO wine is only $4 corkage per person.
Where: 74 Beaumont St, Hamilton

Menya Makoto

After working in Japanese restaurants for years, Yuki Doi finally decided to open her own in 2022. The result is Menya Makoto, an authentic Japanese joint full of family recipes that will have you coming back time and time again. Try the spicy tonkotsu ramen for an extra kick of chilli, and wash it down with your own wine.
Where: Ground Floor, 301 Hunter St, Newcastle

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Mrs Jones Oyster Bar

If you're after a casual seafood feed, Mrs Jones Oyster Bar is the place to go. The star is the show is oysters, with eight flavours available, but this Carrington spot also does a cracking fish burger and a loaded prawn roll. It's also conveniently next to a bottle shop, so you can pick up some wine or beer to enjoy with your seafood.
Where: 91 Young St, Carrington

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Muchos Mexican

The Junction's go-to Mexican spot, Muchos Mexican has been serving Mexican lovers since way back. Known for its cheap dishes and no frills menu, Muchos Mexican offers BYO wine for when you're in the mood for a glass with your tacos.
Where: 50 Glebe Rd, The Junction

The Palace in Newcastle

The Palace in Newcastle is the only dedicated Filipino restaurant in the area, and we can't get enough of its flavourful, generous dishes. Even better, The Palace in Newcastle offers BYO with no corkage, so you can save some cash the next time you head in to sample its delicious menu.
Where: 701 Hunter St, Newcastle West

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Sesames on the Lake

Sesames on the Lake serves up a modern Asian fusion menu, including dishes from all over South East Asia, like Cambodian yellow curry, seafood hot pot, twice-cooked duck, and Vietnamese peanut satay. Pair your feast with BYO wine for $4 corkage per person.
Where: 63 Maude St, Belmont

VBAI Chinese Restaurant

Taking over the old Dumpling Story spot in Hamilton, VBAI Chinese Restaurant recently opened, dishing up all your Chinese favourites like spring onion pancakes, BBQ pork buns, and rainbow beef.
Where: 52 Cleary St, Hamilton

Verde Luna

Verde Luna is a low-key, family-run Italian trattoria with an extensive selection of traditional dishes. What pairs better with Italian food than wine? Bring your own the next time you dine at this long-standing Hamilton establishment.
Where: 115 Tudor St, Hamilton

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