Whether your budget is a little (make that ‘a lot’) tighter than you’d like, or you’ve been saving that special bottle of something for just the right occasion – there’s nothing like a top-shelf BYO dining experience. But, sometimes it can be a little tricky to know where you’re allowed to turn up vino in hand. Here at Sitchu, we’ve done the legwork for you. So sit back, and raise a glass to Melbourne’s best BYO restaurants.
Melbourne is a town that loves its dumplings. And HuTong, named for the alleyways that wind through China’s bustling cities, is unanimously agreed to be one of the best. Luckily, it also happens to be BYO. So prep that bottle of white, rally your crew and prepare to gorge on xiao long bao and mountains of other authentic street food to your hearts content.
14-16 Market Lane, Melbourne
Jim’s Greek Tavern
They don’t make them much more festive than Jim’s. Heaving white-clothed tables of Greek delicacies, raucous crowds and joyful tunes – to dine here is to truly make a night of it. This celebratory atmosphere is heightened by the fact you can bring along your own tipple – so grab a bottle or two and join the party.
32 Johnston Street, Collingwood
Nestled in leafy Fitzroy North, the colourful Horn Please has become a local institution known for its delicious menu of regional Indian dishes and inventive specials such as Papdi Chaat – described as ‘the motherland's version of nachos and salsa’. The perfect occasion to share a special drop with friends, this delightful eatery is a real crowd pleaser.
167 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North
One of Melbourne’s hippest restaurants, in one of Melbourne's hippest suburbs – Pizza Meine Leibe serves up some of the city’s tastiest pizzas fresh from the stone oven. Crispy, thin bases are complemented by fresh produce (from classics like prosciutto to spicier additions such as jalapenos) and cheerful 60s décor. All that’s left to add is a glass of your favourite red – straight from the home cellar.
231 High Street, Northcote
Nestled just off bustling Victoria Street and its mecca of Asian eateries, the much-loved Jinda Thai has garnered a host of devotees who can’t get enough of its celebrated curries and local classics such as Tom Yum and Pad Thai. As well as sipping on chilled Thai beers, you’re welcome to bring along a bottle of your favourite drop – all the better when paired with a spicy jungle curry.
1-7 Fergus Street, Abbotsford
A true Melbourne icon, Abla’s has been dishing up traditional Lebanese cuisine for over thirty years. This homely restaurant offers a friendly serving of hospitality alongside its moreish fare, with everything from hummous to tabouleh, falafel and kibbee on the table to keep the diehard fans coming back for more. Pair your fattoush with a bottle of your favourite wine, and you’re in for a winning evening.
109 Elgin Street, Carlton
Melburnians might love dumplings, but they really love pho. Just don’t make them choose their favourite. I Love Pho, situated smack bang in the middle of buzzing Victoria Street, is one of the originals and the best – serving up steaming bowlfuls of everyone’s favourite winter warmer with a no frills, all flavour mentality. And nothing elevates a low-key meal quite like sharing a pre-purchased bottle sparkling amongst friends.
264 Victoria Street, Richmond