Corkage

Bring Your Own Wine to restaurants list

Defined: Corkage is what restaurateurs call what they charge to open and serve your wine.

Vancouver restaurants that now allow you to bring your own wine (BYOW), here is a quick and easy way to find restaurants by name in alphabetical order.  I have provided you with the restaurants twitter address and I encourage you to follow them on twitter to find out about any Corkage specials or Corkage fee pricing changes.

This resource is to guide you to patronize a place with a friendly corkage policy. There are some things to remember:

1)    Restaurants that let you bring your own wine (BYOW) will charge a Corkage fee to cover the wine glasses they provide you for drinking the wine, wages that cover their staff to care for your wine while you are dining there, their associated costs with washing the glassware etc

2)    Some restaurants may charge a high fee (in part to discourage the practice), some just a little (enough to cover the dishwasher’s time), but in either case, corkage is generally meant as a courtesy for customers looking to savor a special bottle.

3)    Being able to bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant is a privilege.

The B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association suggests participating restaurants charge between $10 and $25. They have also outlined an excellent resource here.

Corkage prices in other cities ranges from budget places to high-end fine dining establishments.

For example,

  • In Manhattan corkage averages $15 to $20 a bottle, and more at high end places.
  • In Napa Valley, it can range from $15 a bottle to $50 .
  • In San Francisco the average corkage fee is roughly $10 a bottle for restaurants with fewer than 200 wines on their list, $20 a bottle for restaurants with 200-500 wines and $30 a bottle for restaurants with over 500 wines.

Restaurants in other cities have offered a wide variety of specials to attract customers on certain nights, some offer free corkage night ( such as on the first Monday of each month). Some restaurants offer 1/2 price corkage fees on select nights. Some restaurants even hold corkage-free days.

Vancouver

Al Porto Ristorante

321 Water Street

Twitter: @AlPortoItaliano

Corkage Fee: $25

Corkage Specials:

Blue Water Restaurant

1095 Hamilton Street

Twitter: @BlueWaterCafe

Corkage Fee: $35

Corkage Specials:

The Boathouse at Kits Beach

1305 Arbutus St

Twitter: @boathousekits

Corkage Fee: $20

Corkage Specials:

Brix Restaurant

1138 Homer Street

Twitter: @brixvan

Corkage fee: $25

Chambar

562 Beatty Street

Twitter: @Chambar

Corkage Fee: $25

Corkage Specials:

CinCin Ristorante

1154 Robson Street

Twitter: @cincinvan

Corkage Fee: $35

Corkage Specials:

East of Main Cafe

223 E. Georgia Street

Twitter: @eastofMAINcafe

Corkage Fee: $20

Corkage Specials:

Edible Canada

1596 Johnston Street

Corkage Fee: $20 for Canadian wine, $30 for International

Corkage Specials:

Fable Kitchen

1944 West 4th Avenue

Twitter: ‏@fablekitchen

Corkage Fee: $20

Corkage Specials:

Fish Cafe

2053 West 41st Avenue

Twitter: @fishcafe

Corkage fee: $20

Corkage Specials:

 

Gotham Steakhouse

615 Seymour Street

Corkage Fee: $30

Corkage Specials:

Gramercy Grill

2685 Arbutus Street

Twitter: @GramercyGrill

Corkage fee: $20

Corkage Specials:

Graze Restaurant

3980 Fraser Street

Twitter: @GrazeVegetarian

Corkage fee: $5

Corkage Specials:  BYOW option on Wednesdays only

Hapa Izakaya

1479 Robson Street

Twitter: @HapaIzakaya

Corkage fee: $20

Corkage Specials: Parties with up to four guests are welcome to bring in one bottle of wine and parties with five guests or more can bring in two. Simply present your bottle to a manager upon arrival.

Hapa Izakaya

908 West Cordova

Twitter: @HapaIzakaya

Corkage fee: $20

Corkage Specials: Parties with up to four guests are welcome to bring in one bottle of wine and parties with five guests or more can bring in two. Simply present your bottle to a manager upon arrival.

Hapa Izakaya

1193 Hamilton Street

Twitter: @HapaIzakaya

Corkage fee: $20

Corkage Specials: Parties with up to four guests are welcome to bring in one bottle of wine and parties with five guests or more can bring in two. Simply present your bottle to a manager upon arrival.

Hapa Izakaya

1516 Yew Street

Twitter: @HapaIzakaya

Corkage fee: $20

Corkage Specials: Parties with up to four guests are welcome to bring in one bottle of wine and parties with five guests or more can bring in two. Simply present your bottle to a manager upon arrival.

Hidden Restaurant

433 Robson Street

Twitter: @HiddenVancouver

Corkage fee: $12

Joe Fortes Restaurant

777 Thurlow Street

Twitter: @joefortesvan

Corkage Fee: $35

Corkage Specials:

Kirin Mandarin Restaurant

1172 Alberni Street

Twitter:

Corkage Fee: $10

Corkage Specials:

Kirin Seafood Restaurant

201 City Square Mall, 555 West 12th Avenue

Twitter:

Corkage Fee: $10

Corkage Specials:

L’Abattoir

217 Carrall Street

Twitter: @labattoir_van

Corkage Fee: $25

Corkage Specials:

Le Parisien

751 Denman Street

Twitter: @Leparisienyvr

Corkage Fee: $20

Corkage Specials:

Martini’s Pizza

151 West Broadway

Twitter: @martinispizza

Corkage Fee: $12

Corkage Specials:

Max’s Burgers ‏

521 W 8th Avenue

Twitter: @MaxsBurgersVan

Corkage Fee: $10

Corkage Specials: Free on Tuesday nights!

Maurya Indian Cuisine

1643 West Broadway

Twitter:

Corkage Fee: $10

Corkage Specials: Free on Wednesdays

 

Memphis Blues BBQ House

1465 W. Broadway

Twitter: @MemphisBBQHQ

Corkage Fee: $15

Corkage Specials:

Memphis Blues BBQ House

1342 Commercial Drive

Twitter: @MemphisBBQHQ

Corkage Fee: $15

Corkage Specials:

Memphis Blues BBQ House

430 Robson Street

Twitter: @MemphisBBQHQ

Corkage Fee: $15

Corkage Specials:

NOVO Pizzeria

2118 Burrard Street

Twitter: @novopizzeria

Corkage Fee: Unknown

Corkage Specials:

Ouisi Bistro

3014 Granville Street

Twitter: @TheOuisi

Corkage fee: $20
Corkage Specials:

Pied a Terre

3369 Cambie Street

Twitter: n/a

Corkage Fee: $25

Corkage Specials:

Pink Elephant Thai

1152 Alberni Street

Twitter: @pinkethai

Corkage Fee: $12

Corkage Specials:

Q4 Ristorante

2563 West Broadway

Twitter: @q4restaurant

Corkage fee: $30

Corkage Specials:

Salade de Fruits

1551 W 7th Ave

Twitter: n/a

Corkage Fee: $14

Corkage Specials:

Siena on 12th

1485 West 12th Avenue

Twitter: @sienavancouver

Corkage Fee: $20

Corkage Specials:

Thai House (downtown)

1116 Robson Street

Twitter: @thaihouse

Corkage Fee: $12

Corkage Specials:

Thai House (Kitsilano)

1766 West 7th Ave

Twitter: @thaihouse

Corkage Fee: $12

Corkage Specials:

Urban Thai Bistro

1119 Hamilton Street

Twitter: @urbanthai

Corkage Fee: $12

Corkage Specials:

Verace Pizza

189 Keefer

Twitter: @veracepizzeria

Corkage Fee: $10

Corkage Specials: Wine Wednesdays when it’s free!

Via Tevere Pizzeria

1190 Victoria Drive

Twitter: @ViaTeverePizza

Corkage Fee: $20

Corkage Specials:

The Wallflower

2420 Main Street

Twitter: @WallflowerDiner

Corkage Fee: $10 (max 2 bottles per table)

Corkage Specials: Free corkage Tuesdays (max 1 bottle per table)

West Restaurant

2881 Granville Street

Twitter: @westrestaurant

Corkage Fee: $38

Corkage Specials:

 

Burnaby

Cotto Enoteca

6011 Hastings Street

Twitter: @cottoenoteca

Corkage Fee: $20

Corkage Specials:

EBO Restaurant  

4331 Dominion Street

Twitter: @eborestaurant

Corkage Fee: $20

Corkage Specials:

Hart House 

Twitter: @HartHouse

Corkage Fee: $25

Corkage Specials:

Romana’s Pizza

4660 Hastings Street

Twitter: @romanapizza

Corkage Fee: Unknown

Corkage Specials:

 

North Vancouver

Gusto di Quattro

1 Lonsdale Avenue

Twitter: @GustoDiQuattro

Corkage Fee: $27

Corkage Specials:

Thai House

116 W. Esplanade

Twitter: @thaihouse

Corkage Fee: $12

Corkage Specials:

Richmond

Chop Steakhouse and Bar

10251 St. Edwards Drive

Twitter: @chop_richmond

Corkage Fee: free until September 20.

Corkage Specials: Waiving corkage fee until September 20th.

Kirin Seafood Restaurant

200 Three West Centre, 7900 Westminster Hwy

Twitter:

Corkage Fee: $10

Corkage Specials:

Tapenade Bistro

3711 Bayview Street

Twitter: @tapenadebistro

Corkage Fee: $25

Corkage Specials:

Notes: limit 2 bottles per  reservation, cannot be on their current wine list.

Thai House

129-4940 No. 3 Rd

Twitter: @thaihouse

Corkage Fee: $12

Corkage Specials:

West Vancouver

Dundarave Fish Market

2423 Marine Drive

Twitter: @dfishmarket

Corkage Fee: $25

Corkage Specials:

Surrey

Memphis Blues BBQ House

50-2443-161 A St

Twitter: @MemphisBBQHQ

Corkage Fee: $15

Corkage Specials:

Memphis Blues BBQ House

302-18690 Fraser Hwy

Twitter: @MemphisBBQHQ

Corkage Fee: $15

Corkage Specials:

Tap Restaurant

#101-15350 34th ave

Morgan Creek

Twitter: @TapRestaurant

Corkage Fee: $25

Corkage Specials: (limit of 2 bottles) and groups of 4 or more are requested to buy a wine off the list first.

 

Langley

The Keg Langley

9020 202 Street (also all other Keg locations)

Twitter: n/a

Corkage Fee: $20

Corkage Specials:

New Westminster

Kirin Seafood Restaurant

350 Gifford Street

Twitter:

Corkage Fee: $10

Corkage Specials:

Whistler

Araxi

4222 Village Square

Twitter:

Corkage Fee: $35

Corkage Specials:

Bearfoot Bistro

4121 Village Green

Twitter: @thebearfoot

Corkage Fee: $65

Corkage Specials:

Crepe Montagne

#116 – 4368 Main Street

Twitter: @

Corkage Fee: $12

Corkage Specials:

Fraser Valley

Abbotsford

Restaurant 62

2001 McCallum Rd

Twitter: @restaurant62
Corkage fee: $25
Corkage specials: NA
Bozzini’s Restaurant
4-45739 Hocking Ave. Chilliwack
Twitter: @bozzinis
Corkage fee: $ 12

Corkage specials:


Victoria

Cabin 12

Twitter: @Cabin12Victoria

Corkage Fee: $8.50

Corkage Specials:

If you are a restaurant owner participating in the BYOW law please let us know by emailing [email protected] and advise the following:

Include name and address of the restaurant

Twitter address

Corkage fee:

Corkage specials:

Updated  by Richard Wolak on September 2, 2013

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