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Restaurants Allowing Corkage

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Not intending to open a debate on the merits of byow policies, (though I suspect one may ensue) just wondering if someone can direct me to "destination" byow restaurants in the DC/Baltimore region with or without a corkage fee. Galileo and Palena I know about. Others? It's not about the money or the quality of the wine list, it's about bringing a special bottle that deserves something much better than my cooking. Thanks!

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Not intending to open a debate on the merits of byow policies, (though I suspect one may ensue) just wondering if someone can direct me to "destination" byow restaurants in the DC/Baltimore region with or without a corkage fee. Galileo and Palena I know about.  Others? It's not about the money or the depth or breadth of a wine list, it's about a fine bottle with a sentimental history that deserves something much better than my cooking. Thanks! (Posted similarly on eG).

Bringing your own wine to any Virginia restaurant is verboten.

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Charlie Palmer Steak used to waive corkage if you brought in a US made wine. I'm going there for lunch today, I will ask if they still do that. The thing to do is to go up the street to Schneiders and buy a nice bottle of wine to drink with your dinner at Palmer's.

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There are no BYOB's in Washington that are in the spirit of the great Philly BYOB's. To serve wine in the city, the establishment must have a license to serve alcohol, unlike what you find in Philly. There are many restaurants that do allow corkage, most for a fee. Here is a long, but by no mean comprehensive list.

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I doubt that you will find any in Baltimore, or all of Maryland, for that matter. It is a violation of a Maryland liquor license to allow alcohol to be consumed on the premises that wasn't bought from the license holder, at least that is my understanding.

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Charlie Palmer Steak used to waive corkage if you brought in a US made wine.  I'm going there for lunch today, I will ask if they still do that.  The thing to do is to go up the street to Schneiders and buy a nice bottle of wine to drink with your dinner at Palmer's.

There's no corkage for the first 2 US bottles, and I believe $25/bottle thereafter.

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This may be a good issue for two of our upcoming Wine Forum moderators, Kathy Morgan, Sommelier of Tosca; and John Wabeck, Chef of Firefly, to address.

Stay tuned,

Rocks.

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This may be a good issue for two of our upcoming Wine Forum moderators, Kathy Morgan, Sommelier of Tosca; and John Wabeck, Chef of Firefly, to address.

Stay tuned,

Rocks.

Wine forum?! You rock Mr. Rockwell!

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It's restaurant option in DC. It may be illegal but I've brought wine into several places in the Old Town area. I think some places in Baltimore allow it. No way in MC or PG. Always call ahead.

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It's restaurant option in DC. It may be illegal but I've brought wine into several places in the Old Town area. I think some places in Baltimore allow it. No way in MC or PG. Always call ahead.

Hey mr food - which restaurants allow it in Baltimore? Just curious...if my interpretation of the MD Code is correct, it is a violation of their liquor license so I don't ask. But, if some restaurants are willing, I'd certainly like to be in the know.

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...if my interpretation of the MD Code is correct, it is a violation of their liquor license so I don't ask.  But, if some restaurants are willing, I'd certainly like to be in the know.

A quick call to the Baltimore liquor board confirms MissCindy: one can not byo anything if the restaurant has any kind of a liquor license (e.g. if it has a beer license, you can't bring beer or wine). Only restaurants with no liquor license at all can allow patrons to byob. :lol:

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Hey mr food - which restaurants allow it in Baltimore?  Just curious...if my interpretation of the MD Code is correct, it is a violation of their liquor license so I don't ask.  But, if some restaurants are willing, I'd certainly like to be in the know.

Well, I don't want to get anyone in trouble but being a serious wino, I've read of wine offlines in Baltimore venues that allow it. They are higher end, IIRC.

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Well, I don't want to get anyone in trouble but being a serious wino, I've read of wine offlines in Baltimore venues that allow it. They are higher end, IIRC.

Yea, I am aware that under certain special circumstances and if you are hooked up with right people sometimes restaurants will allow it. I was inquiring more for the prole set.

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I thought that Charleston had wine lockers. I am also familiar with a number of off-lines at various restaurants around Charm City. There is a loophole in the Virginia code. If it is a private party in a private room, the restaurant can allow BYOB (or something like that).

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Let's start a list with some specifics that our Forum Hosts can maintain here.

No corkage fees!

Notti Bianche - $0 corkage for members of this website (mention this when reserving), $15 for non-members

Charlie Palmer - $0 corkage on wines from USA, two bottle maximum, non-USA wines $25 per bottle

$4 per bottle

Adega Wine Cellars - must purchase bottle on premises

$15 per bottle

Old Ebbitt Grill

Sonoma - $15 per bottle (downstairs), $20 per bottle (upstairs [anticipated])

Circle Bistro - three bottle maximum

Firefly - two bottle maximum

$20 per bottle

Mendocino Grill

No corkage privileges are allowed at the following restaurants

Citronelle

Mark and Orlando's

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Ah homework.

Firefly $15, two bottle max per party.

Citronelle, not allowed

CP, first 2 US wines free of charge, after that (or non-US wines) $25 per bottle, unsure what the limit is.

I think Sette is $25, or $15, or no, depending on who's managing.

All the links I can recall on-line are since dead, so it'll take some time.

A few opinions I do have on the subject;

Call ahead - Showing up unannounced with a sack of wine doesn't start things off right. Be respectful about the policy, it's not something (hopefully it isn't) something that has just been thrown together. Not much pisses me off more than "can I bring more than two bottles," which always turns into 10, each with it's own glass. I've been burned more times in the last few years by the wine thugs (thanks Mark, I love that one) than by fire in my kitchen. I can't/won't personally condone breaking of laws just to bring in a bottle, but that's up to the discretion of the owners. Offer a taste to the staff, especially the chef, who's probably thirsty at this point. Nothing gets you free stuff like offering the chef (or me) a taste of that Clos de Beze or '79 Coulee de Serrant.

I know for a fact that Mark has a ton of stories, perhaps he'll share a few.

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I thought that Charleston had wine lockers.  I am also familiar with a number of off-lines at various restaurants around Charm City.  There is a loophole in the Virginia code.  If it is a private party in a private room, the restaurant can allow BYOB (or something like that).

Yep, Charleston does have wine lockers, Robert Parker has one. Sadly, the world’s most influential wine critic (arguably, at least) and his kind are a just a bit out of my league I must confess. And, I do know that the hooked in wine crowd has dinners and restaurants allow them to bring their own. When people mention that Baltimore restaurants allow corkage, however, I immediately imagine a parallel universe where the unwashed masses are bringing their hooch to restaurants all over town and somehow I managed to miss the secret handshake. I suppose I've got to get my fantasy life in check.

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Ah homework

Firefly $15, two bottle max per party.

Citronelle, not allowed

CP, first 2 US wines free of charge, after that (or non-US wines) $25 per bottle, unsure what the limit is.

I think Sette is $25, or $15, or no, depending on who's managing.

Pleased to Add Circle Bistro $15/per w/ three bottle max.

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Wide world of wines used to maintain a listing of corkage friendly places in DC but I can't find it. Off the top of my head, Bistro Francais $10, Coppis Organic $15, Caucus Room has waived corkage for me in the past. Lavandou $15 but no charge on Mondays. Call ahead and ask. Johnny Rooks rules listed above are good-share the wine and tip well and you shouldn't have any issues.

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it is my pleasure to add notti bianche to the list. corkage fee is $15. corkage is waived for any rockwellian. when making your reservations please mention that you will be bringing your own bottles and toasting "to rocks".

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Wide World Of Wines' list of restaurants allowing corkage. It hasn't been updated in a year or more, and is very out-of-date, so please call the establishments before trying to bring your own wine.

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Equinox allows you to bring your own wine.

One of the rules is, it must not be a wine that is currently on their own list.

I don't know if they have a corkage fee, because I'm a friend, but Todd always asks that, should you bring your own bottles, please take good care of your servers with your tip (Equinox servers, split tips at the end of the evening, so if you are especially generous, everyone benefits) That policy seems more than fair.

Whenever I brought wine (on my birthday, for instance) I brought it with full intent upon sharing with the chefs and management. After all, that's the fun of it, the sharing.

I usually brought two of everything (in case I had a corked bottle *shudder*..) and I simply kept them in an insulated wine bag.

The other thing to consider is this - bring something "special", an "event"-kind of wine, not something inexpensive that you'd have on any given evening at home anyway. In a nice restaurant which has excellent stemware and proper decanters, the experience is so greatly enhanced and it's just all the more worthwhile.

This is a great thread.

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Dino's, newly opened in Cleveland Park, states on its web site that corkage is $10 per bottle. Please note, however, that wine pricing is very very fair at that restaurant.

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Dino's, newly opened in Cleveland Park, states on its web site that corkage is $10 per bottle.  Please note, however, that wine pricing is very very fair at that restaurant.

For more detail...

Every wine on their basic list is priced at $10 above retail.

From the horse's mouth

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