Top Ten Tips To BYOB Like A BOSS!

What Is Corkage?

Thinking of bringing a bottle to your next dining adventure? Whether it’s a bottle you’ve been saving or a fun bottle you’ve just picked up, here are a few things you should know to help you BYOB like a BOSS!
 
So, corkage is another way to say BYOB. Restaurants charge a ‘corkage fee’ to open and serve each bottle of wine, beer or spirits you bring with you. We think it’s a fair exchange as the server opens your awesome bottle, provides lovely glassware and gives you the attentive service you would expect as though you bought your bottle of wine or beer from their list. Enjoy!

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Before you arrive, be sure to check that the bottle you’re bringing is not already on the menu. If in doubt, call and check.

When we say ‘bottle of wine’ it means a 750ml bottle which is the standard bottle.

Large format craft beer is a bottle approximately 750ml, much like a standard wine bottle.

As you are seated, let your server know you have bottles for corkage. This is the time to provide any particular instructions, like, if you want the wine decanted, when you would like it served.

And remember, a waiter or sommelier must be the one to open your bottle and pour for everyone at the table.

Fun Tip:

Don’t be shy, it’s cool to offer your server a taste as proper BYOB

Don’t forget:

Tip accordingly!

A restaurant is not required to offer corkage so it should be regarded as a perk and a privilege. Salut!

Top 10 Things To Know About Corkage

Please don’t bring a bottle that is already on the menu. If in doubt, call first. If by chance you do, they may charge you the price of the bottle on the menu. That said, if the wine is on the menu, but a different vintage, that’s A-okay

When we say ‘bottle of wine’ it means a 750ml bottle which is the standard bottle

If the restaurant has “No bottle limit” read that as “No bottle limit within reason!”

Bring your bottle(s) in something that doesn’t look like you just bought it at 7 Eleven. Oh, please don’t bring anything you bought at a convenience store unless you happened upon the rare find of the century

When you are seated, let your server know you have bottles for corkage. This is the time to provide any particular instructions, like, if you want the wine decanted, when you would like it served, etc.

A waiter or sommelier must be the one to open your bottle and pour your liquid gold into a glass

It’s cool to offer your server a taste

Aside from your bottle, it would be spectacular to also order from the wine list…a glass of wine, a cocktail. Make everybody happy!

Be a mensch. Tip accordingly!

A restaurant is not required to offer corkage so it should be regarded as a perk and a privilege. Salut!