5 of the best BYOB spots in Dublin

Dublin City

Stroll through Dublin and you’ll find tonnes of budget friendly eating spots, with many providing the added attraction of BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle).

As popular with wine trade insiders as it is with diners on a budget, bringing your own is a great alternative to the restaurant norm. And if wining and dining isn’t your thing, Dublin has all the makings of a great night out with karaoke and cocktail options aplenty. Here are five of our favourite BYOB Dublin restaurants.

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Stylish Dada is one of the city’s mainstay BYOB spots. Surrounded by Moroccan décor with dark woods, rich colours and patterned tiling, you can tuck into some of North Africa’s finest specialities. There’s a €4 corkage fee and the Moorish main courses include fragrant tagines from hake to braised chicken, or couscous dishes like one featuring Merguez sausage. Lamb fans will want to try the seven hour slow roasted shoulder with ras el hanout spicing.

Media captionEnjoy North African specialities at Dada.
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The Dog House & Blue’s Tea Rooms

Easily accessible by the northbound DART, you’ll find The Dog House & Blue’s Tea Rooms in the gorgeous seaside village of Howth. Delicious wood fired pizza and the freshest seafood are all on the menu here, and to add extra flavour The Dog House is perfect for dining while soaking up the coastal views. There’s a corkage charge of €5 for BYOB and you’ll find a comprehensive wine list and herbal tea selection too.

Rotana Café

Just north of the canal in Portobello, this charming budget friendly spot is a true taste of Lebanon. The selection of halal favourites will spoil you for choice but the chicken shawarma, grilled halloumi sandwiches and tasty falafels are our pick of the bunch. There’s no corkage charge for BYOB either, so bring a bottle of wine or two and enjoy the Middle Eastern ambience highlighted by warm red walls and candlelit lanterns. Before you fill up completely, leave room to treat yourself to the homemade baklava. 

Media captionShare a bottle of wine with friends in one of Dublin's BYOB spots.

Monto Restaurant

Ideal for laid back meals with friends, Monto Restaurant and steakhouse is another popular BYOB option. A diverse menu highlighting pizza, steaks and vegetarian choices is complemented by the rugged stone finished walls and big windows looking out on Camden Street. To see what’s cooking, peek into the open kitchen where an impressive Neapolitan wood fired oven takes pride of place. There’s no corkage fee here, so simply turn up with your tipple and make a night of it.

Keshk Café

Mediterranean favourite Keshk Café on Mespil Road will pair their spread of modern Greek, Egyptian and Turkish cuisine with your bottle of choice. Order some hummus and flatbreads for their patio when the sun is shining, or share a full mezze platter and mixed grill with friends in their dining room. They do a BYOB with no corkage, so just stop into a nearby wine shop on your way or bring a bottle from home. 

Plan your Dublin City break

Now you’ve explored some of Dublin’s best BYOB spots, why not start planning things to do on your city trip? Check out 11 amazing places to visit in Dublin for lots of great ideas. 

Please drink responsibly.