Mapping Chicago BYOB restaurants

Do you ever wish you could bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant to improve your selection and lower the tab? One word for you: BYOB. (Actually four letters more than an outright word.) Chicago has the BYOB bounty with a bazillion Thai restaurants, sushi, Mexican, and Indian.

For more traditional wine-food pairings, there are some Italian places and Schwa, where Michael Carlson was named one of the best new chefs of 2006 by Food & Wine magazine.

They’re all on my new map of Chicago BYOB restaurants. Surf on over and get addresses, phone, hours, a satellite view (check the street for parking) and even driving directions! As they say in the finest casual dining locations, “enjoy!”

See the new map of Chicago BYOB:

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11 Responses to “Mapping Chicago BYOB restaurants”

  1. Hi – this is very cool. Your address for Dorado is incorrect, though–it’s 2301 W. Foster.

  2. You’re right–thanks. I called them–on the right phone number no less–and can now add $2 corkage to the description as well.

  3. You didn’t mention Joy’s Noodles. Their baby egg rolls and the best pad thai…yummm…I don’t think they charge a corking fee either. They are just north of Belmont on Broadway about 2 blocks.

  4. Nice idea.
    Are you listing only the ones you have tried? Or everything you know about?
    The Reader (gasp) has over 300 listings that I use regularly.

    BTW, Yes! Thai on Damen doesn’t charge corkage. Neither does Hama Matsu on Clark.


  5. Bobzaguy-

    I did see that from the Reader. But I got tired of plugging in umpteen dozen Thai and Mexican places, especially since their cuisine does pose challenges for wine lovers. So I just took the Reader “R” rated BYOBs and plugged those in.

    Mmm, looking at the map again makes me hungry…

    -Dr. V

  6. Thank you so much for this. As someone who is single, dating and loves a BYOB, this is an awesome resource. The date I have this weekend doesn’t like sushi, so I have been doing a little homework.

    Let me also just put a plug in for Tango Sur: it is by far the best place to get a steak in Chicago. If you want to eat by 7 or 7:30, get there by 6. It is absolutely worth the wait. Go next door to Take 5 and get an appetizer and a drink there too.

    Also amazing is Sushi X which is at 1136 W. Chicago Ave. Phenomenal.

  7. Vella on Western is byob.
    They even have a virgin bloody mary mix intended for you to bring your own vodka.

  8. There is also South Cost Sushi in the South Loop that is BYOB. It is pretty nice inside and perfect for a date.

    I like this website.. thanks!

  9. Great map of the BYOBs, this will definitely come in handy. One more wonderful BYOB to include is Ringo


  10. Feast 1616 n damen no corkage mon and tues $10 rest of week.Also half price btls mon and tues with cool geeky stuff like older Chateau Musar , 99 Skouras from Greece,Chinon’s etc

  11. Honkey Tonk BBQ isn’t BYOB, just called and spoke to staff


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