It’s a well-known fact that most restaurants really make their money on the alcohol, not the food. So it would seem counter-intuitive that Ontario introduced a B.Y.O.W. (Bring Your Own Wine) program nine years ago – but it’s great for thrifty restaurant-goers! Many Ontarians don’t take advantage of the program, so we’re here to remind you of your favourite restaurants (and other spots) in Toronto – that allow you to B.Y.O.W.
Picture a postcard-perfect 1950s dinner and it would almost be as big as The Ace in Roncesvalles Village. This teensy spot with its old school booths serves up big flavour dinner food. And they will let you pick the wine to pair it all with. Corkage is $25 and they will let you take home any unfinished, resealed bottle.
It’s not easy to find a restaurant that pleases both the locals and the culinary scavengers alike – but Table 17 manages to pull it off every night. And now your homey Italian dinner just got a little more affordable: You can bring your own bottle on Sunday and Monday nights. There is no corkage fee, but they do ask that you participate in their prix fixe menu. Details are on their website.
This spot isn’t just breakfast. Head to Le Petit Dejeuner on King Street East for mussels, steak frites or spaghetti Bolognese for dinner and bring your own bottle of Chianti. They’ll pop the cork for $15.
Tabule is one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in the city; cooking up those lamb chops just right. Bring your own wine to their Yonge Street or Queen Street East location. Corkage will cost you $15, but it’s free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
This delicious diner with some of the best dry ribs in town offers free corkage on Sunday nights when you bring your own wine.
It’s been a while since anyone has talked about this great Spanish tapas restaurant in Kensington Market. Maybe it’s because of all the noise a similar restaurant down the street has been making (Bar Isabel). But Torito’s Spanish tapas are as delicious as ever and you can follow each bite with a glug of your own wine. It’s B.Y.O.W. night every night at Torito. Corkage is $20 every day except Sunday, when it’s free.
B.A.T.L. (Backyard Axe Throwing League)
Since B.A.T.L. opened in 2006, it’s become the destination for grown-up birthday parties, team building exercises, and even an axe-throwing league. Lesser known than the venue is the fact that they allow guests to B.Y.O.B. with some limitations: hard alcohol and glass are not permitted.
This famous mani-pedi spot is taking over the city with locations in Leslieville, Rosedale, the Annex, Queen West, and more. Some locations have rooms for rent for private parties. While you do need a S.O.P. (Special Occasions Permit), once you get one you can bring in your own booze – because bachelorette parties deserve to get rowdy too.
(Main Image via Sam Howzit)