Looking to shave some pounds off your next food bill? Here are 15 of the best BYOB eateries in Glasgow
We all know the sinking feeling when your bill arrives and it’s twice as much as you expected it to be. And, we all know what’s usually to blame. It wasn’t that £4 dessert now, was it?
When you’re out for dinner, it’s nice not to have to frantically scan the right column of the wine list to get the name of the cheapest or second cheapest wine. All to save the embarrassment of just asking for the house.
Restaurants that allow you to ‘Bring Your Own Bottle’ really are a lifesaver sometimes and they allow you to spend your hard-earned pennies on food, rather than ridiculously priced alcohol.
Here we offer a guide to 15 of the best BYOB eateries in Glasgow.
Originally an Edinburgh outfit, Chinese restaurant Chop Chop have now opened up shop in Glasgow. Their colour-coded menu, coupled with helpful staff who are happy to help you mix up your condiments (if you feel that you need help with that), makes for an enjoyable, relaxed and authentic dining experience. Corkage is a middle of the range £5, plus nearby Oddbins offer 5% discount for customers. And there’s a lovely interior cherry blossom tree, which is a bonus.
41-43 Mitchell Street, G1 3LN / website
Once upon a Tart
This centrally convenient “kitchen bakehouse” offers up two vital things: mountains of homemade cakes and a BYOB policy. Cake and fizz, anyone? The counters are covered with a mouth-watering selection of home baking on cutesy cake stands, and the black and pink, pop art inspired decor and the bird cage theme makes it a perfect boozy weekend shop stop. Their reasonable £3 corkage fee makes it all the better. Breakfast and lunch options are also on offer but if you’re anything like us, you’ll be blinded by the cakes.
45 King Street, G1 5QP / website
Babu Bombay Street Kitchen
What started off as a stall at farmers markets, festivals and various other events is now a busting chai and roti street food cafe. And a brilliant one at that. Serving up Bombay street food and light curries, it’s all the about pau bhaji and keema pau (limb mince) served up with a Scottish Morton roll. Fusion at its finest. Bring your own bottle for £3.50 corkage and don’t say we’re not good to you.
186 West Regent Street, G2 4RU, website
Di Maggios West End
Say what you like about this Glasgow chain, Di Maggios offers up consistently comforting Italian fayre that comes in more than generous portions. The Italian/American menu is absolutely massive and features every kind of pasta and burger you could possibly imagine. And the goats cheese starter is incredible (see below). This West End flagship is a long standing feature of the winding Ruthven Lane and while it’s not a special occasion restaurant, it does exactly what you need it to for an everyday meal out. £5 corkage.
61 Ruthven Lane, G12 9BG / website
Two Fat Ladies in the City
One of the three Two Fat Ladies Scottish themed fish restaurants to be found in the city, this Blythswood square addition is celebrating its tenth birthday this year. Something of a Glasgow institution, this place should be on the bucketlist of any self respecting seafood lover. But it’s not all about the fish: this seasonally changing menu offers up a delicious fillet of beef, a carved rack of lamb and the highly recommended chicken supreme. £7.50 corkage is in line with the upscale menu.
118a Blythswood Street, G2 4EG / website
This low key Egyptian restaurant can be found on a less than alluring corner of Bridge street, just south of the river. While it doesn’t look like much to shout about from the outside, the homemade tagines and selection of Middle Eastern dips certainly are. The restaurant offers a selection of chargrilled meat, kebabs and Egyptian sausage to be enjoyed in a cosy room decorated with flowing ceiling drapes and silk cusions. Corkage is £3.95.
22 Bridge St, G5 9HR / website
The Hidden Lane Tearoom
This Finnieston based treasure is nestled away just off Argyle Street and is well worth seeking out. With a quirky, vintage vibe the tearoom possibly has the best selection of mismatched floral crockery in Glasgow. And it’s wonderful. Only open during the day, the lunch menu has a brilliant selection of sandwiches priced at around £5 and the afternoon tea is well worth it at £12. They don’t serve any alcohol of their own so make sure you do remember to BYOB. It’ll cost you £3 a pop.
Argyll Court, 1102 Argyll Street, G3 8ND / website
If you’re seeking out some of the very best Thai food in Glasgow, this place is for you. But if you’re looking for a slick interior and buzzing atmosphere, keep looking. Thai Siam offers up exceptional Thai food, but does so in a traditional, simple restaurant setting; a weird mix of formal, old fashioned and not quite-shabby-enough-to-be quirky. But the food can’t be faulted. Their curries, satay dishes and salads are truly something to write home about. And the pad thai is exceptional. £5 corkage fee applies.
1191 Argyle Street, G3 8TQ / website
Delizique, sister to next door’s Cafezique, is best known for its sourdough pizzas, home cooked meat boards and artisan breads. Delizique offers up relaxed dining in a cozy and modern setting. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or a pastry pt stop. It’s worth mentioning that next door’s Cafezique probably does the best breakfast in Glasgow. And a mean bloody mary. Corkage is £3 for wine / £4 for fizz. Treat yourself.
70–72 Hyndland Street, G11 5PT / website
Roastit Bubbly Jocks
Roastit Bubbly Jocks is an unassuming Partick bistro that is as homely as it is stylish. The Scottish themed menu provides large portions of dishes like Highland Game terrine and haunch of Argyll venison, as well as some non Scottish options for those not in a Stornaway haggis sort of mood. The pre theatre offers some ’70s style traditional options including prawn cocktail and mince and tatties. To bring your own costs £5 and if you choose not to, their Amaretto Sour is just perfect.
450 Dumbarton Road, G11 6SE / website
This family run city centre gem provides an affordable selection of authentic and delicious food from the Tamil Nadu and Kerala regions of Southern India. The dosas (rice pancakes), chapatis, unusual curry selection and mango lassi are all highlights. Not content with their brilliantly affordable food, Banana Leaf don’t charge any corkage fee so this one really is one to keep your wallet happy – without compromising on anything. Not to be confused with the Malaysian Chinese Banana Leaf in the CIty Centre, which admittedly is pretty great too.
76B Old Dumbarton Road, G3 8RE / website
Number 16 Byres Road is a small and intimate restaurant with a compact menu to match. One of the most critically acclaimed small eateries in Glasgow, the menu changes daily but you can expect expertly prepared dishes like pumpkin and parmesan gnocchi and the pan fried filet of sea bream. While the menu is fairly pricey, get yourself along on a Sunday when it’s free corkage.
16 Byres Road, G11 5JY / website
Designed by Glasgow’s very only Charles Rennie MacIntosh, it’s fair to say that the Willow Tearooms is one place that really can call itself a Glasgow institution. With many of the original MacIntosh features still in place, the tearooms is an architecturally impressive setting and the perfect spot for some lunch or afternoon tea. Have you tried Arbroath Smokies before? If not, go here immediately and order some. While there is no corkage charge, if you want to BYOB it must be arranged in advance with the tearooms.
Buchanan Street / Sauchiehall Street / website
The Den at Dining In with Mother India
The Den is the small but perfectly formed next-door neighbour of the infamous Mother India Cafe. Serving as both an informal Indian dining room and deli, The Den seats around 20 people and is the perfect relaxed Indian meal out with views over Kelvingrove Museum. It almost goes without saying that the food is top notch. Although they are fully licensed, you can BYOB for £2.95 per bottle of wine or four beers.
1347 Argyle Street, G3 8AD / website
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The new venture from chef Guillermo de la Orden – former partner in Malaga Tapas – El Gusto offers a casual Spanish tapas experience with a flamenco soundtrack. Spanish guitars and football mementos add to the Iberian flair and there are five different varieties of paella on offer. Starting at £6.50, it’s worth making it along just to sample those. Most items on the menu are available for delivery and the corkage fee is the standard £3.
31 Gibson Street, G12 8NU / website
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