When it comes to wine, beer and booze, Houston restaurants have you covered. But if you prefer to BYOB (bring your own bottle), be it because you want to enjoy that special bottle you have at home with dinner or to save a little money, there are plenty of establishments in Houston that allow it at a very reasonable cost. Read on for our guide.
At this small restaurant in North Houston, chef Jonathan “Jonny” Rhodes serves five-course tasting menus inspired by the culture and history of soul food. With only 13 seats and two dinner seatings a night, this intimate experience is sure to be a treat. Indigo is a BYOB establishment with a fee of $3 per bottle. Before you go, make sure to check the restaurant’s website to see the wine varietals they recommend to pair with each course of your meal.
This Houston staple named after the tingling sensation felt after eating Sichuan peppercorns has been a favorite among locals for signature dishes like Dan Dan noodles, pot roasted prawns, and funky stick chicken. Now with three locations – one in Chinatown, one in Montrose and one in the new Finn Hall – spicy food lovers can get their fix in several areas of town. At its Chinatown and Montrose restaurants, Mala Sichuan offers a selection of beer and wine but customers are still welcome to bring their own bottle. Corkage fee for wine is $10 per bottle.
Pick up a bottle of your preferred alcoholic beverage and head to Aladdin for its generous servings of grilled kabobs, gyros, shawarma and other mediterranean dishes like hummus, baba ganoush and falafel. Add to that a BYOB friendly policy – wine, beer and liquor is welcome at no fee as long as each person in the party orders a dish – and you have a winning spot to enjoy a good meal with a group of friends. This casual, counter-service restaurant first opened in Montrose, and in the summer of 2018 opened a second location, bringing the same delicious, reasonably priced food to Garden Oaks near the Heights.
Pizaro’s is a favorite among pizza lovers in Houston for its true Neapolitan-style pizza. When the family owned pizzeria opened in the Memorial area, it was strictly BYOB but as it expanded into a second location in Montrose and moved its first location to a nearby locale on I-10, its menu evolved. Now, Pizaro’s also serves Detroit- and New York-style pizza for those who prefer those styles and it has added a selection of wine and beer to its offerings. The one thing that hasn’t changed is that the restaurant still allows BYOB if you’d prefer to bring your choice of wine. Corkage fee at both locations is $10 per bottle of wine.
In this unassuming cafe on U.S. 59 between Edloe and Buffalo Speedway near Upper Kirby, Italian chef Roberto Crescini serves homemade pastas and Italian fare made fresh daily. Order at the counter from the simple menu – which features dishes such as Tagliatelle with Texas lamb sauce and lasagna bolognese – or customize your dish by selecting from a variety of pasta shapes and homemade sauces. Fresco doesn’t serve alcohol but it has wine glasses on hand for you to enjoy your own bottle for a reasonable fee of $8 per bottle. Make sure to stay for dessert and try Crescini’s panna cotta and chocolate cake.
This Chinese eatery by Yunan Yang with multiple locations all over Houston serves what Yang calls “country-style” Chinese food. The restaurant prides itself in using high-quality ingredients in its preparation of specialty dishes like Soft Square Bacon, Mapo Tofu, Pepper Twins Chicken, and the popular Mr. and Mrs. Smith, cold slices of beef tendon tossed with sesame paste, Sichuan peppercorns and chiles. All Pepper Twins locations allow BYOB with a $5 fee for wine and a $1 fee for beer.
For affordable pizza in a laid-back environment, head to Collina’s Italian Cafe. The restaurant with three Houston locations offers a variety of hand tossed pizzas with various toppings but the kitchen also puts out salads, pastas, and classic Italian entrees like chicken marsala and eggplant parmigiana. What’s best is you can bring your own bottle of wine and pay a reasonable $2 per person to enjoy it on site.