Here at Craft Cartel Liquor we believe that enjoying a delicious meal with your favourite brew is a sacred activity that must be preserved at all costs!
Thanks to BYOB restaurants (bring your own beer), no longer do you have to pay for overpriced grog that you only picked because it seemed like it was the best choice on the list. Instead, why not bring along your favourite beer that you’ve been saving for a special night out.
With this Top 10 List created by our own Matthew Corless, you can choose from a range of the Best BYO Beer Restaurants in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Check ’em out!
Top 10 BYOB RESTAURANTS
Din Tai Fung
Address: Multiple, Main One (644 George St, CBD)
Phone: (02) 9264 6010
BYO: $10 wine, $2.50 beer
How does the world’s tastiest dumpling sound to you? Now how does pairing that with a six pack of your beloved beers? Din Tai Fung has a huge selection of dishes from the Xiao Long Bao pork soup dumplings to the Shanghai style drunk chicken that is soooo good. And you’re in luck! Once you’ve finished wiping the salvia off your keyboard grab your beers and head out to one of their multiple locations in Sydney!
Beer Match – Temple Brewing Mandarin Saison
Pair your fried pork dumplings with this lucky ale, brewed with mandarin juice and orange peel and fermented out with a spicy yeast. Showcasing flavours of orange, tangerine and mandarin in a dry and highly sessionable palate-scape, it will take your dumplings to the next level.
Address: 135 Crown street, Darlinghurst
Phone: (02) 9332 1129
BYO: $3 per person
Pizza. I know it’s not much of a recommendation but I’ve liked every pizza I’ve ever had. Bar Reggio offers a huge variety of Italian cuisine that is so delicious that it reminds you of mamma’s cooking back in Italy, even if you don’t have a mamma back in Italy. If you’re one of ‘those’ people that loves pineapple on their pizza then the Palmer Street is for you, combining pineapple, pepperoni, onion, chilli and mushroom into a masterpiece. Bar Reggio also has an outdoor courtyard where you can feel the sun and fresh breeze while demolishing a pizza and a couple of beers that you saved for a special occasion like this. Just remember to book in advance, as it is very popular.
Address: 496 Bourke St, Surry Hills
Phone: (02) 9361 6163
BYO: $3 per person
Il Barretto is an institution in Sydney. Renowned for its Italian fare and laidback atmosphere, you can bring your own wine and beer and you’ll only be charged $3 per head. I can’t go past the pappardelle with duck ragu, and the homemade gnocchi is darn good too. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a jovial evening with mates.
Address: 179 Enmore Rd, Enmore
Phone: (02) 9516 4326
Not a single day has gone by in my life where the idea of beers and kebabs hasn’t filled me with excitement. If you’re looking for an authentic Turkish experience without paying the airfare then look no further than Sultan’s Table. You can almost taste your Pide, Kebab or Snack pack as you watch it get prepared by the cooks over a sizzling grill. Sultan’s Table also caters to vegetarians with dishes such as Falafel, vege kebabs and stuffed vine leaves that go along a treat with a couple of bevies.
Beer Match – Big Shed Frankenbrown American Brown Ale
In Big Shed’s hoppy dark monster the high percentage of specialty grain brings the soul of malt, biscuit and coffee notes. Pair it with kebabs and other grilled meats. The blackened char that can develop as these meats sit on the grill complements the roasty malts used in the production of darker beers.
Address: 89 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
Phone: 612 9566 4488
Gnocchi, mussels, ravioli, veal saltimbocca, pizza and beer. Pastabella is all about keeping it simple and letting the flavors do the talking for them. If you’re a fan of lasagna then you will be very pleased with more than healthy portions that would make any Italian enthusiast swoon. Pastabella’s laidback atmosphere and scrumptious food make it perfect for any kind of meet up from first dates to large family functions.
Beer Match – The Welder’s Dog Australian Wheat Ale
Pair a hearty bowl of risotto with The Welder’s Dog American-style Wheat Ale. It represents the perfect balance between full flavour and easy drinking. Locally grown barley and wheat provide a full bodied, crisp malt profile with Australian hops adding a medium bitterness and fruity, tropical aroma.
Chiosco By Ormeggio
Address: D’Albora Marinas the Spit, Mosman
Phone: (02) 9046 7333
BYO: $12 wine, $2 beer
If you’re looking for a real Italian trattoria with some stunning views and chill vibes then Chiosco by Ormeggio is the place for you. With mouth-watering spaghetti and a ridiculously good calamari fritti, Chiosco can cater to all types of eaters. The food coupled with the amazing scenery of the ocean will without a doubt create a memorable experience and is the perfect place to drain a couple of frothy ones. If you’re looking to get some exercise after you fill your guts the Spit to Manly coastal walk starts right outside passing bays, inlets and beaches all the way to Mosman.
Beer Match – Birra Baladin Suzi Dry
Why not bring along a special bottle of Plum Ale from Italy’s most awarded brewery, Birra Baladin, to this traditional trattoria. Suzi Dry’s scent is full of gentle and fresh notes of white flowers and Isabella grape. Its taste is a combination of slightly winey aromas and smooth notes of plum, supported by a pleasant and light acidity which makes this beer very easy to drink and hides the alcohol content.
Golden Lotus Vegan
Address: 341-343 King Street, Newtown
Phone: (02) 8937 2838
BYO: $3 corkage per head
Golden Lotus Vegan is a 100% vegan and plant based restaurant, which is perfect for diners with diet requirements that still want to experience traditional Vietnamese cuisse. Despite not being a vegan myself I still loved indulging on their vegan chicken and especially their spicy tofu and veggie noodle soup that had the perfect amount of spice. So surprisingly to me, vegan food and beers are a great combination that I would give 9.8 blocks of tofu out of 10 blocks of tofu.
Beer Match – Otherside Banana Shake IPA
Complement your spicy faux chicken with a Banana Shake IPA from the folks at Otherside Brewing in WA. Banana esters are present from the hefeweizen yeast, as well as tropical fruit character from the hops. There’s added vanilla and lactose to give this IPA that big milkshake energy.
Address: 366 Londsdale St, Melbourne
Phone: (03) 9670 3137
BYO: $3 per person
At the Mamak it’s all about Roti. Personally I believe the best is the lamb Roti but everyone has their own opinion even if they are wrong. Which they are. Their Satay chicken is also a hit and you can really taste the authentic Malaysian flavor, especially when coupled with the sweet and spicy peanut sauce. If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth then try the desert Roti that is filled with a variety of different creamy ice cream.
Beer Match – Akasha Tradewind Lager
I personally love pairing a lager with a curry. Akasha Tradewind Lager is a hoppy twist on a classic pale lager. Brewed using a clean German lager yeast and seamlessly paired with the passionfruit and citrus flavours of Australian Galaxy hops, we have ‘breathed’ new world life into an old world style.
Jim’s Greek Tavern
Address: 32 Johnston Street, Collingwood, Melbourne
Phone: (03) 9419 3827
Traditional Greek food without having to pay a fortune? Count me in! Jim’s Greek Tavern is an interesting experience as there is no menu; instead the waiter verbally presents you with food options and suggestions. Normally I don’t rant about bread but the bread at Jim’s Tavern is insane. Its everything you could wish for in bread warm, soft and perfect for dipping into a plate of baba ganoush. Even better than that there is a liquor store right around the corner ready for you to pick a couple of brews.
Beer Match – Modus Operandi Former Tenant Red IPA
Wash down your Moussaka with a full bodied Red Ale! This beer is bursting with aromas of passionfruit and mango due to the heavy hand on the Mosaic and Galaxy dry hops, this ruby Red IPA has a complex blend of citrusy hops & savoury caramel malt flavour followed by a slightly sweet finish.
Chop Chop Changs
Address: 185 Boundary Street, West End 4101, Brisbane
Phone: (07) 3846 7746
BYO: Monday’s only
With all of the culinary delights of Asia Chop Chop Changs is any foodie’s dream. This restaurant takes your mouth on a journey through all the different street stalls across Asia and with its BYO beer Monday you are in for an experience. The drunken noodles are an enjoyable and fitting dish to pair with a good Asian beer. If you’re in a hurry its also good to remember that all their dishes are available for pre-order or takeaway, so make sure to get those $10 green curry chicken dumplings to go!
Beer Match – Wayward Pilsner
Pilsner is an extremely versatile food beer and pairs well with fiery Asian foods. This brew from Wayward is a crisp and clean Pilsner style lager; brought into the new world with the addition of Aussie Vic Secret hops. Ultra refreshing and perfectly balanced, complemented by subtle passionfruit and citrus hop characters.