The holiday season is upon us, which means it's the time of year for work gatherings, family reunions, friends celebrations, and the likes. It's also a time spent reflecting and toasting to each other's accomplishments, honouring our losses, setting goals and intentions for 2017, and trying to forget the overall sh*tshow that was 2016.
Which means it's more or less prime drinking season. And while Vancouver has a number of great bars and restaurants that have awesome craft beer and wine lists, and serve up mean cocktails, sometimes when all you feel like is a bottle of your favourite red, it's nice to know you can bring it one along with you and avoid astronomical wine prices or corkage fees.
So if you're celebrating a special occasion or just craving your favourite wine outside the comfort of your own living room, here's an extensive list of Vancouver restaurants where you can BYOW this holiday season:
Bambudda // 99 Powell Street
Fine Asian cuisine in the heart of Gastown, Bambudda offers free corkage on Tuesday and Sunday evenings!
La Cigale Bistro // 1961 W. 4th Ave
French food in a relaxed semi-casual room, La Cigale Bistro is the best place to enjoy a glass of wine with your best friends. Free corkage on Tuesdays - so bring your own wine with no fee applied!
Pidgin // 350 Carrall St
Pidgin mixes Pacific Northwest and Asian ingredients with French cuisine to bring you amazing fusion eats. Stop in with your favourite bottle of vino on Sundays and Mondays when corkage only costs $1 (max 1 bottle/person).
Tap Restaurant // #101-15350 34th Ave, South Surrey
An intimate dining spot in Surrey serving modern French-inspired cuisine, Tap has a Free Corkage Happy Hour from Wednesday to Saturday from 3:30-5:30pm and all day Tuesday!
Nuba // Multiple Locations
Vancouver's most popular Lebanese restaurant (with locations in Kitsilano, Mount Pleasant, Gastown and downtown), Nuba also offers a special deal for when you want to bring your own bottle of wine to pair with that amazing fried cauliflower - free corkage every Monday and Tuesday evening.
Bauhaus // 1 W. Cordova St.
Upscale contemporary German cuisine in a sleek and modern space, Bauhaus isn't precious about their wine menu - in fact, they offer free corkage every Wednesday.
Vera's Burger Shack // multiple locations
Okay, so burgers and wine isn't a notorious pairing, but who's to say there's anything wrong with washing down a burger with a nice syrah or a bold zinfandel? Here's a little known secret- Vera's Burger Shack lets you bring your own wine for a $2 corkage fee.
The Wallflower // 2420 Main Street
Known for its casual atmosphere and accommodating vegans, celiacs and meat eaters alike, The Wallflower is a Mount Pleasant favourite for a reason. Though its corkage fee is usually $15, on Tuesdays it is completely free (max two bottles/table). Stop in and pair modern comfort food with your favourite pinot.
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