It’s no secret that the fastest way to kill a budget is to do your boozing outside the house. Those $7 beers and $12 glasses of wine add up quickly, especially for the particularly thirsty among us, because who has just one?
Buying by the bottle may make us feel more thrifty, but chances are that $40 bottle can be found in the closest supermarket or liquor store for $15. According to sommelier Mark Oldman in his book How to Drink Like a Billionaire, a bottle of wine in a restaurant could be marked up to 400 percent higher than the wholesale cost to cover rent, wages, glassware, etc., and while we’re all in for keeping our favorite restaurants alive, sometimes a little thrift is necessary.
To keep some of our money in the bank while still doing a satisfactory amount of quaffing, we’re left with happy hour specials or the handful of places that still offer BYOB.
For some, BYOB isn’t about the money. There are wine and beer aficionados who don't mind paying whatever corkage fee a restaurant may charge just to drink that Bordeaux they’ve been saving for a special occasion.
Whatever your reason for packing that bottle, we've compiled an updated list of the best BYOB restaurants in Dallas: