60 "BYOB" restaurants in Chicago.
True BYOB spots (AKA no corkage fee) are hard to find. True BYOB spots with food that doesn’t suck are even rarer. Here are the places where you can show up with your own bottle and spend that extra money on a meal you actually want to eat.
Schwa, the restaurant equivalent of the most interesting man in the world. Better start working on the reservation now.
5 Rabanitos is a casual BYOB restaurant in Pilsen serving seriously great Mexican food.
A Mexican seafood celebration. Prawns so good you’ll be begging for more.
We’d ditch all of our family and friends for a bag of seafood at The Angry Crab.
Funky, fresh, and delicious. Big & little's is one of the best and most interesting restaurants you can eat at.
Quality BBQ exists, and you don’t need to head south. Irving Park is where it’s at.
Lao Peng You is a busy BYOB spot in Ukrainian Village with great handmade noodles and dumplings.
Bayan Ko is a great BYOB Filipino and Cuban restaurant in Ravenswood that’s perfect for dinner with friends.
Omakase Yume is a very good omakase-only sushi restaurant in the West Loop.
Luella’s Gospel Bird is a Southern restaurant in Wicker Park that makes great fried and jerk chicken.
JJ Thai Street Food is a small BYOB restaurant in West Town with very good Thai food.