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Dublin BYOB: Here are the Spots to Sip and Save

Dining out in Dublin is always a guaranteed fun time, but it can be tough to enjoy an outing without the fear of breaking the bank. If you’re not up for keeping it sober the whole night, that’s where bringing your own comes into the mix. We’ve done the leg work for you with our list of some of the Dublin BYOB spots where you can head for a great night out with your favourite bottle in hand.

Keshk Café

Mediterranean cuisine is the name of the game at Keshk, offering up a range of options from smokey mixed grills featuring Shish Tawook and Kafta, to creamy garlic prawns, to crispy Arayes. Their desserts are equally as delightful, serving up a number of tasty homemade cakes, and of course, Baklawa. No corkage is expected at this BYOB spot, so pick your poison and enjoy a tasty meal at this buzzy spot.

Corkage: Free

Dada

Who doesn’t love a bit of a cultural experience? Walking into Dada, the decor and interiors will transport you all the way to Morocco. Not straying from their roots, you’ll find flavourful tagines and warm bread for dipping. Moroccan teas are served up table-side for the authentic vibes, but if you’re up for something a little more boozy, you can bring your own for a reasonable price, which changes depending on the bev of choice.

Corkage: Wine €4, Beer €1.50, Champagne €7

Pho Kim

For authentic Vietnamese food, Pho Kim is certainly the place to be. Whether you’re up for their comforting Pho or a fiery stir fry, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the menu options on offer at this casual but always delicious spot. A wine list is available, but if you like to pair your Pho with a tipple of your choice, feel free to bring your own!

Corkage: €7 for wine, €1.50 for beer

Fayrouz

Adding another Middle Eastern BYOB spot to your repertoire, Fayrouz (the same name as the iconic Lebanese singer) is all about serving authentic Middle Eastern food with a modern twist. The menu consists of the same classics we all know and love – hummus, kibbeh, falafel – but the star of the show are their mains. Try out their shawarma, served on a spit for you to carve yourself, or some of their charcoal grilled meats. With no corkage, you can go all out on your wine choice – maybe even pick up a Lebanese red to go with your meat feast.

Corkage: Free

Zakura

Sushi lovers, this one’s for you. Zakura is all about authentic Japanese food at affordable prices, where fresh ingredients and flavour are never lacking. With options ranging from sashimi, to norimaki, to gyoza, to ramen, whatever Japanese dishes you prefer, Zakura have you covered with their extensive menu. Only their Wexford Street and Baggot Street branches have BYOB, at €6 corkage for wine.

Corkage: €6 for wine, only at Baggot St and Wexford St branches

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is a great spot for authentic Middle Eastern cuisine – expect a buzzy atmosphere, delicious food and a night to remember. You can opt for classic Middle Eastern dishes like their Mezze or chicken Shawarma, or go for the more home-y dishes typically served in an Arab home, like Makloubeh or Mansaf. They happily allow for BYOB, with a small corkage fee, so you can enjoy your dinner with your beverage of choice.

Corkage: €5 for wine, €2.50 for beer

M&L Chinese

Who doesn’t love Chinese food, especially when it’s guaranteed to be authentic and absolutely impeccable at one of Dublin’s best spots? M&L Chinese offers an authentic taste of Sichuan cooking. The menu is large, so be prepared to order a handful of dishes to try. Opt for some Sichuan street food options, or perhaps some of the Chef’s specialty dishes. Either way, you’re sure to satisfy your Chinese cravings here, and being able to bring your bottle of choice is just a bonus.

Corkage: €6.50 for wine

Rotana Café

Lebanese food is always a good idea, so when you can get it at an authentic spot, how could you say no? Rotana has two locations – Rotana Café in Portobello, and Rotana City on Parnell Street, but only their Portobello location is BYOB. Middle Eastern starters are always delicious, so be sure to try one of their starter Mezzes to share. Whether you’re in the mood for a charcoal grilled mezze or some inviting Manakeesh, Rotana’s food is perfectly paired with a drink of your choice (but we recommend giving their mint lemonade a try too!). Finish off with a cup of Lebanese coffee or mint tea paired with their Kunafa – it’ll go down a treat.

Corkage: Free, must order 2 courses

Michie Sushi

If you’re after top quality sushi and the vibes to match, Michie Sushi is the place for you. Specialising in hand rolled sushi, you’re spoiled for choice with their colourful offerings. Not a sushi fan? No problem – Michie Sushi also serve up classic Japenese dishes like ramen and Okonomiyaki. They have locations dotted around the city, so fresh sushi is never far, and you can pick up the perfect bottle to pair with your feast beforehand.

Corkage: €5 for wine

Damascus Gate

damascus gate

Another spot offering delicious Middle Eastern food, Damascus Gate is a delightful spot to sit back, relax, enjoy some Lebanese and Syrian food and maybe finish up with some shisha. Here you’ll find classic Middle Eastern dishes like mixed grills, tasty starter mezze like falafel and hummus, plus some more home-style food like Kafta or Kibbeh Bil’Laban (Kafta or Kibbeh with yogurt), Syrian stew and Kabseh. For their BYOB policy, Damascus Gate offer free corkage for the first drink, then €2.50 for each drink afterwards.

Corkage: First bottle free, then €2.50 per drink

Basil Pizza

Wood-fired pizza and BYOB – the perfect combo! Another dog friendly spot (because who doesn’t love petting a few pups whilst feasting on some tasty pizza?), Basil has a lovely outdoor dining spot for those sunny days, and with the option to bring your own, this is a delightful venue for a friendly catchup over a few of your own drinks.

Corkage: €7.50 for wine and €1.50 for beer

The Doghouse and Blue’s Tea Rooms

If you’re venturing outside the city to the seaside town of Howth, The Doghouse is a great BYOB spot. Located beside the Howth Dart station, think pub food with an elevated twist. Here you’ll find a range of classic dishes like burgers and wings, but they also offer a sourdough pizza and some tasty sandwiches. The Doghouse is also a tea room, so if you’re a tea lover you can opt for some of their specialty teas. They have a range of wines on offer, but they’re also BYOB (and dog friendly!), so bring your pup and your bevs and enjoy a few hours at The Doghouse.

Corkage: €7.50 for wine, €10 for Prosecco, €1.75 for beer

Article by Sara Abdulmagid

I’m a Palestinian who grew up in Cyprus and moved to Dublin in 2013, so I’ve had a mishmash of different cultures and cuisines surrounding me my whole life. I’m an avid foodie, and after realising that life as a lawyer was not for me, I studied media and became a radio host for Dublin City FM. I’m now writing for TheTaste full time, but I also have my own food blog where you can find a mixture of restaurant reviews and the occasional recipe. I talk a lot about being Palestinian; to be honest, I talk a lot in general. That’s why I did radio!

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