The Sydney BYO Guide

Kepos Street KitchenYou’ve got a good bottle of wine sitting on your shelf, maybe even a whole wine rack full of them, and they’re getting dusty. Why? Because when you get old enough to buy a bottle that’s over $20, you don’t want to waste it on a midweek dinner at home, especially when there’s no more Game of Thrones to watch!

Well, never fear, that’s what BYO is for. Yes, the all elusive BYO. It does exist. And with this list, you can get those bottles off the shelf and on the table at last.

Kepos St Kitchen, Redfern

Waterloo’s favourite Chef, Michael Rantissi, brings the food to the table and you get to bring the wine. His modern Middle Eastern dishes are just crying out to be complemented with one of your extra special bottles of wine. BYO wine only, corkage $8 per person.

96 Kepos St, Redfern
02 9319 3919

Bach Eatery, Newtown

Those Kiwis know how to look after their dinner guests. On Tuesday and Sunday nights you can enjoy delicate share plates – think NZ marinated Ora King salmon, beer battered NZ Blue Eyed Cod and a 16 hour slow cooked lamb shoulder – with that bottle of sav blan or a nice red.*New Zealand Wine only, corkage $4 per person.

399 King St, Newtown
02 8084 4093

The Burger Shed, Mosman

Burger. Bottle of wine. Winning combo. That’s right, at Justin North’s burger joint you can bring a bold red from home and tuck into burgers fresh off the grill. It doesn’t get much better than that.

914 Military Road, Mosman
02 8021 9262

Osteria Riva, Bondi Junction

The East’s best kept secret is this bite sized restaurant on Bronte Rd. Showcasing regional Emilia-Romagna cuisine at its best, Osteria Riva is known by the locals for its fresh pasta and for the BYO attitude. Bring your best Italian chianti. Bellissimo.

1/96 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
02 9369 4071

Lebanon and Beyond, Randwick

Big plates of hummus, towering rice pilafs, and the best Chicken shish tawook skewers around town, Lebanon and Beyond is a Randwick institution that’s all about generous, bursting with flavour dishes. BYO is no eyebrow raiser and the bottle shop next door is just the cherry on top.

3/187 Alison Rd, Randwick
02 9326 5347

Mamak, Chatswood

The line out the door isn’t just because of the killer roti, didn’t you know? Enjoy your roti canai, satay and some rice and noodles over a few glasses of wine.

P9/1-5 Railway St, Chatswood
02 9411 4411

One Penny Red, Summer Hill

The name says it all. One Penny Red’s Raid Your Cellar Dinners are held on the last Tuesday of the month and the idea is you get to dig deep into your cellar and pull out the best plonk. To be paired with a four course menu! The restaurant’s team will choose the best suited dishes from the menu to go with your wine. Bring just one bottle or bring one for every course. The choice is yours! $75 per person, food only, bookings essential.

2 Moonbie St, Summer Hill
02 9797 8118

About the author

Lisa used to use Sydney as a base to drop off souvenirs before heading off on the next adventure but these days she’s got her feet almost on the ground, with a desire to try every high tea in Sydney, and a cute cavoodle puppy at home. Travel writer, photographer and Kitchen Aid freak, she loves to eat, bake and write.


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