Top BYOB Restaurants in Houston

Along with indoor plumbing and chocolate cake, BYOB restaurants are among the greatest of mankind's inventions. Think about it: diners can choose anything from the cheapest swill to something pricey and shipped in from France. Plus, these options also save frugal drinkers big money--money being the fourth best human invention. Here are the top Houston restaurants for bringing your own booze.

Updated: October 05, 2010

BYOB Restaurants in Houston

La Vista

1936 Fountainview Dr, Houston, TX 77057

Mega-portioned pastas and a bargain $5 corkage fee have made this spot a long-running favorite among the Galleria set. Of course, anyone looking for a great BYOB restaurant in Houston can be happy here--trust us, the bread basket is to die for.

Polovina Italian Cafe (formerly Raia's)

4500 Washington Ave Ste 200, Houston, TX 77007

We've seen people plonk down entire coolers of wine onto their red-checked tablecloths at this unpretentious Italian joint.

Cafe Pita

10890 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042

Cafe Pita is perhaps the only Bosnian restaurant in Houston, but we think it would be the best even it it had competition. It's much admired by gourmands, who are admittedly drunk off their own hooch and the taste of cevapcici.

The Broken Spoke Cafe

1809 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007

This quirky Belgian cafe is known for its mussels and fries, which are paired with cold Stella Artois. But if the beer and wine in stock isn't strong enough, you can feel free to bring your own hard liquor.

La Guadalupana Bakery Cafe

2109 Dunlavy St, Houston, TX 77006

The great thing about going to Guadalupana is that if you forget to bring beer to go with your cemita or sopes, there's a little convenience store next door to pick some up (making this one of the most convenient BYOB restaurants in Houston).


1601 W Main, Houston, TX 77006

Secreted away in Houston's Museum District, this bohemian cafe is a hidden gem for well-made entrees like the juicy ribeye with blue cheese macaroni. Guests are invited to bring their own wine.

Lucio's Byob And Grill

905 Taft St, Houston, TX 77019

Like its surrounding Montrose neighborhood, Lucio's is quirky and eclectic. Diners feel right at home noshing on stellar spinach dip and prosciutto-wrapped pork chops, washing it all down with their own wine at a $5 corkage fee.

Dry Creek Cafe

544 Yale St, Houston, TX 77007

Burgers and beer are natural bedfellows, but diners must bring their own booze in this dry area of the Heights. Once you're stationed on the patio, you may not want to leave for a while--so pack accordingly.

Two Saints Restaurant

12460 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024

Chowing down on rich, bacon-flecked mac n? cheese, you might think things can't get better. Then you open a bottle of wine.

La Fendee

1402 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

The patio at La Fendee was made for slow summer nights, hookah pipe in hand and mezze platter and bottle of your choice on the table.

Bistro Des Amis

2347 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

Perched on a corner in Rice Village, this quaint converted house is the perfect setting for a romantic date. A little vino will get sparks flying for an $8 corkage fee.

Corelli's Italian Cafe

3229 Hwy 6 S, Houston, TX 77478

Down in Sugarland, couples and families can enhance their meal with vino off the menu or from home. For the rest of the summer, the $5 corkage fee will even be waived.


912 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003

This terrific hidden gem in downtown's warehouse district has some of the best Vietnamese food in town. Almost everyone shows up with a bottle of wine in hand.

Just Dinner

1915 Dunlavy St., Houston, TX 77006

Visiting this little house in Montrose is like being invited over to a friend's house. Chef/owner Andrew Rebori will cook an Italian dinner for you on the spot. Corkage fee is $8.