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Best BYOB Restaurants In Charlotte

May 28, 2014 8:00 AM

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BYOB is short for “bring your own bottle.” Many a house party hosts’ offerings would be incomplete without this added suggestion. A restaurant with the necessary North Carolina-issued brown bagging permit can allow diners to bring a bottle of their own wine to have with dinner. Those who want to bring in a special liquor for mixed drinks can have them blended by the bartender. Brown bagging can also apply to some veterans groups, private clubs and hotels. For those who are dining out on the town, the BYOB prospects in Charlotte are a precious few. Some charge a corkage fee while others do not. Here’s a list of surprisingly diverse restaurants and eateries, offering some of the best food in Charlotte, where one can BYOB.
Vietnam Grill
5615 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 525-2408

From breakfast to dinner, authentic cuisine is offered seven days a week here. Prepare to enjoy an exceptional experience as the readers of Elevate Lifestyle Magazine gave Vietnam Grill the nod for best Vietnamese food in Charlotte. Management is open to customers bringing a bottle from home to enhance their dining pleasure. No corkage fee is charged.

6902 Phillips Place
Charlotte, NC 28210
(704) 556-7730

Considered by some to be Charlotte’s most popular restaurant, Upstream offers delectable seafood and excellent surf and turf. Its wine list has also garnered great attention, but Upstream doesn’t stop at that. Customers can bring BYOB for a special occasion. While there is a corkage fee, it is seldom applied. If the customer brings a vintage that isn’t on the wine list, no fee is charged. If a guest brings a bottle that is already offered, but orders more wine from Upstream, the fee is waived. Reservations are suggested.

Carpe Diem
1535 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 377-7976

“Carpe Diem” translates to “Seize the Day” from the Latin translation. Since 2005, Carpe Diem has seized the opportunity to be ranked among Charlotte’s top 10 in Zagat’s Guide to America’s Top Restaurants. The restaurant management prides itself on using fresh, locally grown produce. This popular establishment and catering service, located in the Elizabeth neighborhood, is open to customers who want to enjoy their own special alcoholic beverage brought from home. The $15 corkage fee per bottle is applicable for three outside bottles only.

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Cosmos Cafe
300 N. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-3553

Cosmos (“the world” in Greek) Cafe is known for an interesting menu for anything from an informal to a fancy dining experience. This spot was one of the first to offer Charlotte sushi and tapas. The original Uptown location attracts a lively, young crowd for lunch and dinner. The occasional entertainer, who has performed at nearby Spirit Square and is staying at the hotel across the street, may be seen here in late night mode. Known for good martinis, Cosmos’ BYOB policy allows for imbibers to bring their own champagne or wine only at a $15 per bottle corkage fee. Cosmos Cafe has another location in the Ballantyne area.

Food Truck Friday
1616 Camden Road
Charlotte, NC 28203

This isn’t exactly a standalone restaurant, but it has grown into one of Charlotte’s most popular food events. Every Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., more than 12 trucks converge in the Historical Southend to offer hungry foodies a superb selection cooked by serious chefs. Sometimes there’s live music to entertain the crowd. Pets are allowed. Aside from the delicious assortment of goodies, folks can BYOB as they create their own casual picnic setting on the grass and enjoy their meal. Don’t wait until too late to get there.

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Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at


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