Would It Be Rude to Bring Your Own Drinks to a Restaurant?

Let’s just say you wanted to be cheap this holiday, and instead of ordering a drink of a menu you brought your own beverage. Would you consider that a dick move? Even if you’re already spending money at that restaurant?

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  • +64

    Well, some restaurants are BYO alcohol - it stands for Bring Your Own (corkage and whatever might apply).

    I would consider it rude to bring anything else from outside to consume in a restaurant's dining room - particularly if that item is available on their menu.

    • -12

      I'm visiting Frogged's house on the weekend.

      Would it be rude to take food from his fridge to eat later, even if I'm already invited?

      • +3

        Did you get vaccinated recently?

  • +28

    Yes. Unless byo alcohol and they may charge a corkage fee

    • -1

      corkage fee..?

      • +4

        You never looked at a drinks menu?

        • +19

          Was gonna bring a bag of goon so there's no bottle nor cork 🥴

      • +1

        To pay per person for glassware, washing and service.

        • +6

          What if I bring my own glassware and my own person to serve?

          • +10

            @michaelTito: Then you're basically at home and there's no point going out. You should put someone in the kitchen too to cook your food.

  • +84

    you dont want to buy drinks there, either dont drink (or ask for tap water) or dont go.
    (unless its a BYO restaurant and you're talking alcoholic drinks).

    its not a case of being cheap.
    why not just take in some food from coles while you're at it also?

    • +1

      Yeah, OP may as well get take away and do what they wish.

  • +63

    Don't go to the restaurants if you're this cheap. Cook at home, could be a better experience.

      • +17

        If you're paying corkage for BYO, sure but last I checked eating out isn't an entitlement. Also you can always choose one that has reasonable prices for drinks.

      • +6

        If I'm already paying $80 for two people for a meal, I'm bringing my own bottle.

        to a non byo restaurant…sure you are…

        • +17

          I've heard when he does everybody claps

    • You can cook better than a professional chef?

      • -1

        I can.

        • +1

          No idea who and why you have been negged !!

          You might not be able to cook/present the professional "way" but no one can claim the taste or recipe to be any inferior.

          • +2

            @Ash SA: There are also some pretty crappy professional chefs around…

    • Or see if they can do takeaway and add what ever you like at home.

  • +31

    Absolutely a dick move unless it's BYO & you pay corkage.

  • +58

    If not byo, it’s illegal to bring alcohol from outside a licensed premises into it for consumption

  • +9

    Is this your alt account OP? https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/382306

  • +19

    Most resturant margins are pretty slims. They make alot of these on drinks they sell, esp softdrinks. Pretty sure you'll be ask not to bring them in.

    I worked in a asian buffert restuarnt for a number of years.

    What I saw got sneaked in were:

    • soft drinks bottles - pretty much got taken away on sight
    • 700ml alochol hidden under coats - pretty much got taken away on sight or asked to leave or escorted out
    • their own tea bags (wtf, whatever)
    • +2

      Asian buffet? Did it not come with free tee?

      • +10

        it did come with free tea and coffee.
        Hence the WTF, I guess our Tea isn't good enough for you.

        • +1

          If that's the case then surely that's okay to bring your own tea?

          • @dust: I would have let it slide.

          • +1

            @dust: Went to a Yum Cha place that had a corkage equivalent for tea so guessing it's a thing in China.

        • +5

          Yeah Asians can be picky with our tea. Not kidding.

      • I’m assuming this is the same type of place that would kick you out if you brought the Sydney Swans starting line up in to “all you can eat”.

        Do you have any stories of people eating too much?

        • +1

          yeah, they usually end up at the toilets or halfway there.

        • Would they get kicked out for bringing in wooden spoons?

    • Taken away? You're joking right. Like you would confiscate it?

      • +4

        yeah. Like at kinder when you have you're toys take away. You can have them back at the end of the day.

        Drinks are big money makers, if someone bring in a 2L bottle of coke is essentially $20 (4x glasses) or more in lost profits for the restaurant.

        Back then it was roughly $20 a head for a meal so it's quite a substantial amount of money if it not taken care of. You have large groups of people bring in 10 or more bottles it adds up to lost income.

        • +2

          Don't know why people would drink soft drink at a buffet anyway (instead of eating more prawns)

  • +3

    Yes. If you want to be cheap cook and eat at home. Restaurants that do allow it will charge "corkage" and likely a holiday surcharge on the whole menu this time of the year and that doesn't align with being cheap.

  • +7

    it's a valuable life lesson,

    do it and report back here what happened..

  • +10

    Just get drunk at home then go out for dinner.

    • +3

      Or eat at home then go out for air.

    • +4

      Tried that once. Didn't make it to the front door!

      • Front door of the restaurant or front door of your house?

        • -1

          LOL. My place! Luckily there was a bean bag by the front door for a snooze.

      • +1

        Even better, didn't waste money on going out and still got wasted

        • True, I should have ordered takeaway and invited friends over as well. Home booze always cheaper than going out, just don't go too hard otherwise might not make it out at all! Valuable lessons in life.

  • +7

    Pretty sure you'd be kicked out if you actually did this.

  • +22

    Ha, I used to work at small local restaurant, had a couple come in with their own 2L coke bottle and asked for 2 glasses and ice!

    I'm all for saving money, but there's a time and place and a line that can be crossed.

    • +11

      Charge them wine bottle corkage, it will be more expensive than the 2l bottle of coke.

      • +1

        it will be more expensive than the 2l bottle of coke.

        pot of coke is ~$3 and 285ml. so the 2lt bottle is roughly $21 loss for the restaurant. especially with ice added. I doubt the corkage is that much.

        • I think you are missing the point.
          The couple were unlikely to purchase two litres of coke from the restaurant, hence why they brought their own, so no $21 loss to the restaurant (you're not even taking into account cogs).
          You can't lose what you didn't have or wont have in the first place
          Corkage is equivalent to let's say to two glasses of coke, probably as much as the couple would have likely purchased from the restaurant in the first place.

          • @dasher86: the problem is that if you let it slide the first time it's bound to happen again. Considering the resturant will have other pardons, it will also send the wrong message across. Corkage aside, the restuarnt only has a finite number of glasses.

            If they're being used for BYO drinkers + water, they're a chance there won't be enough for those wanting to buy drinks.

  • +1

    I had to check who the OP was lol

  • +24

    Why not save even more money, bring your own food as well!

    • +24

      Could also bring extra and sell to other diners to make a bit of extra money too!

  • +9

    OP, have you never been to a restaurant before?

    Only time I see people get away with such behaviour is if they have young kids and the restaurant's fare is not suitable for them.

    • +2

      it's their first big day to a resturant. Next question? is there a secret menu item i should be trying?

  • +3

    depends on how much dignity you have.

  • +4

    Quite often it's a licensing issue. The venue is responsible for all patrons, and that includes what they drink and how much. Imagine if a customer brought in a bottle of vodka and started to chug it.

    Also the restaurant is there to make money, and that includes on drinks. I don't buy wine in restaurants because I don't like paying $12 per glass when the entire bottle costs that much.

    • +3

      also venues have agreements between Coke or Pepsi. So they would get into a bit of trouble allowing drinks on site.

  • +5

    I do it at casual restaurants, not high end ones. Usually get bubble tea when ordering asian food. Nobody bats an eye.

  • +3

    Usually always get water, free and no hassle at all.

  • +19

    Would you consider that a dick move?

    Why go half dick when you can go full dick? Just order a Coke and when they ask what food you'd like just pull out a bbq chicken and a tub of pasta salad. You're "already spending money at that restaurant".

    • +5

      Ahahhahahahhaha. Also ask the waiter for some tomato sauce to go with the chicken!

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