Tuesday, 21 May 2013

List of BYO Restaurants in Singapore, Corkage-Free or Otherwise

(Last Updated on 22 September 2016; a guide on how and where to buy cheap wine in Singapore is here).

Having taken up wine as a semi-serious hobby in the last couple of years, I have been building up a little collection of the wines I like to drink (a few options for storing your wines in Singapore are listed and explored here and here).  And it's a dilemma for aficionados more serious than I: where can you take your favourite drop for a meal without being absolutely caned on corkage, assuming they actually allow you to bring your wines in the first place?


There has been a recent backlash by restaurateurs against the practice of "Bring(ing) Your Own".  Actually the anti-BYO sentiment in the industry was always there, but it has merely grown louder in recent years.  Marina Bay Sands, perhaps the highest profile "recent" entrant onto Singapore's restaurant scene, stood on its 57-storeyed, three-towered, boat-topped soapbox and proclaimed that it would not allow BYO.  Period.  And I understand the rationale for it.  Wine sales make up a large proportion of sales and a larger proportion of profit; food is generally a low-margin item.  With commercial rents the way they are, it is increasingly difficult for many restaurants to survive if their beverage programme is not profitable.

The BYO battle is also being fought as a culture war between European practice and traditional Asian thrift.  In a 2010 interview with the Business Times, Raffles Hotel's Wine Director Stephane Soret said that banning BYO was a "matter of bringing international standards to Singapore".  The counter-argument to this, of course, is "international standards" don't apply when the context is so different.  Wine mark-ups are brutal here, even at retail level, with wines routinely costing as much as two-times-plus their prices in Europe and in the US.  The higher base cost is an obstacle to restaurants selling wine at decent prices as they need a decent margin (typically around 200% of the trade cost price) to cover their stemware, sommeliers, etc.

But restaurants also need to consider this.  Singapore does not have a wine culture.  Until recently, "wine lists" and "wine service" in Singapore were oxymorons and they can still be today.  Some Singaporeans therefore built up their cellars so that they would have something nice to drink when they went out to dinner.  If BYO (even with a corkage fee) is not an option, these people, many of whom are high-earning business people and professionals, will simply choose to not patronise that restaurant.  Most restaurants here are cognisant of this fact, and allow some form of BYO, whether with a corkage charge or requiring customers to also buy a bottle from their wine list.

The argument will undoubtedly continue until the cows come home but in the meantime, here is a list of restaurants which offer BYO, and some which don't.  And savvy BYO-ers know that if they are drinking something decent, they will save a lot of money even if they have to pay a corkage fee.

I intend to update this directory regularly, so if you are a restaurant owner and would like to have your restaurant featured here (particularly if you offer corkage-free days and provide decent wine service), just email me at julianswriting@gmail.com from your restaurant email account and I will happily add it to the list.  Please remember to write to me if your policy changes so the directory is up-to-date at all times.  BUT if you ask for a listing, then change your policy without telling me and a customer complains to me about it, I reserve the right to bollock you.  Deal?  :)

Contributions from readers are also welcome, so that I can make this directory as comprehensive as possible.

Eateries with Corkage-Free Days

Sunday
  • Burlamacco (Tuscan classics): Corkage-free Sundays and Tuesdays, other days 1-for-1 (i.e. buy a bottle off the list and the restaurant will waive one corkage fee) or $30++ per 750mL bottle.  77 Amoy St.  Tel: +65 6220 1763
Monday
  • Bedrock Bar & Grill (Steaks and Grills): Corkage-free Mondays for the first four bottles.  For fifth bottle and upwards, or on other days, corkage fee of $50++ per 750mL bottle applies.  Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, 96 Somerset Rd, #01-05.  Tel: +65 6238 0054
  • Michelangelo's (Italian):  Corkage-free Mondays, other days 1-for-1 or $35++ per bottle.  Block 44, Jalan Bukit Merah Saga.  Tel: +65 6475 9069
  • Table at 7 (Refined Indonesian and Modern European, not on the same plate): Corkage-free Mondays, other days 1-for-1 or $30++ per 750mL bottle.  7 Mohamed Sultan Rd.  Tel: +65 6836 6362
Monday-Tuesday
  • Gattopardo (modern Italian): Corkage-free Mondays and Tuesdays, other days 1-for-1 or $50++ per 750mL bottle, $100++ for magnums, etc (limit one BYO bottle if not buying 1-for-1).  BYO not allowed for labels on the restaurant's list.  34 Tras Street.  Tel: +65 9325 8843
  • Sela (modern European).  Corkage-free Mondays and Tuesdays.  32 Seah Street.  Tel: 6337 6358
Monday-Wednesday
  • Otto Ristorante Italiano (modern Italian): Corkage-free first two bottles Mondays to Wednesdays, other days $30++ per 750mL bottle.  28 Maxwell Rd, #01-02 Red Dot Traffic Building.  Tel: +65 6227 6819
Monday-Thursday
  • Roadhouse (American diner favourites): Corkage-free Mondays to Thursdays, other days $25++ per 750mL bottle of still wine and $40++ for sparkling.  13 Dempsey Rd, #01-07.  Tel: +65 6476 2922
Tuesday
  • Burlamacco (Tuscan classics): Corkage-free Tuesdays, other days 1-for-1 or $30++ per 750mL bottle.  77 Amoy St.  Tel: +65 6220 1763
  • Da Paolo (Italian): 1-for-1, other days $45++.  80 Club Street.  Tel: +65 6224 7081
  • Morsels (Californian-inspired small plates dining): Corkage-free Tuesdays; Wed-Sat 6-10 pm 1-for-1 or $35++ per 750mL bottle.  35 Mayo Street.  Tel: +65 6396 6302
  • Open Door Policy (modern bistro with an Australian slant): Corkage-free Tuesdays.  19 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168650.  Tel: +65 6221 9307
  • The Disgruntled Chef (modern European): Corkage-free Tuesdays, other days $50++ for sparkling wine and $35++ for still wines.  26B Dempsey Rd.  Tel: +65 6476 5305
  • The Rabbit Stash (modern European private dining): Closed pending search for new location.
Wednesday
  • La Barca (traditional Tuscan): Corkage-free Wednesday dinner, other days $50++ per 750mL bottle.  90 Goodman Rd, Block C, Goodman Arts Centre.  Tel: +65 6346 5813

BYO All Week Corkage-Free (please bear in mind that while most of these venues can provide semi-decent glassware, they also lack proper wine service)
  • Asia Grand (Cantonese and Dim Sum).  331 North Bridge Rd.  Tel: +65 6887 0010
  • Cafe de Hong Kong (excellent casual Chinese/Cantonese).  586 Balestier Rd.  Tel: +65 6255 3865
  • Canton Recipes House (Cantonese).  Parc Sovereign Hotel, 175 Albert St, #01-02.  Tel: +65 6336 3611
  • Carousel (International Buffet): Corkage-free for the first bottle, $20++ and upwards for subsequent bottles.  25 Scotts Rd, Royal Plaza on Scotts.  Tel: +65 6589 7799
  • Chao Shan Cuisine (Traditional Teochew).  85 Beach Rd.  Tel: +65 6336 2390
  • Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine (Traditional Teochew): 1st bottle corkage-free, 2nd bottle onwards $20++ per bottle.  Chui Huay Lim Club, 190 Keng Lee Rd, #01-02.  Tel: +65 6732 3637 
  • Cove 99 (casual Cantonese).  79 Peck Seah Street.  Tel: +65 6224 0991
  • Crystal Jade Palace (classic Cantonese): Corkage-free for the first two bottles, 3rd bottle onwards $20++ per bottle.  Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Rd, #04-01.  Tel: +65 6735 2388
  • Dezato Desserts & Dining (Japanese).  20 Lorong Telok, #01-01.  Tel: +65 6532 1284
  • Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant (classic Cantonese).  Forum Galleria, 583 Orchard Rd.  Excellent value wine list, although the emphasis on Bordeaux doesn't assist with food pairing.  Tel: +65 6732 6628
  • Kam Boat Chinese Cuisine (classic Cantonese and Teochew).  Orchard Parade Hotel, #01-03, 1 Tanglin Rd.  Tel: +65 6732 4675
  • Manhill Restaurant (local Chinese).  99 Pasir Panjang Rd.  Tel: +65 6474 6835
  • Ming Kee Live Seafood (Chinese and Singaporean-style seafood).  556 Macpherson Rd.  Tel: +65 6747 4075
  • Mooi Chin Place (old-school Hainanese/Singaporean Chinese).  Landmark Village Hotel, Level 3.  Tel: +65 6339 7766
  • New Ubin Seafood (local seafood and Western dishes).  27 Sector A Sin Ming Industrial Estate.  Tel: +65 6466 9558
  • Por Kee Eating House (local Chinese).  69 Seng Poh Ln.  Tel: +65 6221 0582
  • Red Star Restaurant (old school Cantonese). 54 Chin Swee Rd.  Tel: +65 6532 5266
  • Tatsuya's (classic Japanese): First bottle free, $40++ for every subsequent bottle.  BYO not allowed if restaurant already stocks that wine / sake.  Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd.  Tel: +65 6887 4598
  • Tung Lok Teahouse (dim sum and casual Cantonese in a tea house setting): First two bottles free, $35++ for every subsequent bottle.  Please call in advance to confirm.  Far East Square, 7-13 Amoy Street, #01-01.  Tel: +65 6877 1123
  • The University Club (modern European):  Corkage-free for the first three bottles and $30++ for subsequent bottles.  11 Kent Ridge Dr., #04-02 Shaw Foundation Alumni House.  Tel: +65 6779 8919
  • Ting Heng Seafood (local Chinese).  Block 82, Tiong Poh Rd.  Tel: +65 6323 6830
  • Wah Lok (modern Cantonese).  Carlton Hotel Singapore, 76 Bras Basah Rd.  Tel: +65 6311 8188
  • Wo Peng (traditional Cantonese).  76 Macpherson Rd. Tel: +65 6747 9892

BYO All Week, With Strings

Asian
  • Blue Lotus (Chinese): $50++ per 750mL bottle only.  BYO otherwise not allowed.  31 Ocean Way, #01-13 Quayside Isle, Sentosa.  Tel: +65 6339 0880
  • Cherry Garden (Fine Cantonese): $50++ per 750mL bottle.  Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue.  Tel: +65 6885 3538
  • De Classic Golden Spoon (local Chinese): $10++ per 750mL bottle.  62 Seng Poh Ln.  Tel: +65 6536 2218
  • Diamond Kitchen (local Cantonese): $20 per 750mL bottle.  500F Marine Parade Rd, #01-22/23 Laguna Park.  Tel: +65 6338 6131
  • Gyu-Kaku (Japanese BBQ): $30++ per 750mL bottle.  238 Thomson Rd, #02-46 Novena Square.  Tel: +65 6252 4001 (various branches so please call ahead for the BYO policy at other branches)
  • Hua Ting (classic Cantonese): $50++ per 750mL bottle.  Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Rd.  Tel: +65 6739 6666
  • Imperial Treasure Group (various outlets).  $30++ per 750mL bottle, apparently negotiable to a 1-for-1 or thereabouts
  • Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck (great duck and roast meats): apparently negotiable to a 1-for-1 or thereabouts.  290 Orchard Road, #05-42/45 Paragon Shopping Centre.  Tel: +65 6732 7838
  • Jumbo Seafood (various outlets).  $30++ for the first bottles and $15++ for subsequent bottles.
  • Kinki (Japanese): $35++ per 750mL bottle only; BYO not otherwise allowed.  70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House.  Tel: +65 6533 3471
  • Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee (traditional Teochew): $10++ per 750mL bottle.  719 Havelock Rd.  Tel: +65 6272 3182
  • Peach Garden, OCBC Centre (dim sum and classic Cantonese): $20++ per 750mL bottle.  65 Chulia St, #33-01 OCBC Centre.  Tel: +65 6535 7833
  • Royal Pavilion (modern Cantonese).  $30++ per 750mL bottle.  23 Merchant Rd, Park Regis Hotel.  Tel: +65 6816 8851
  • Shinji by Kanesaka (refined sushi and sashimi): 1-for-1, otherwise $50++ per 750mL bottle.  Raffles Hotel (via Seah Street Lobby) and St Regis Hotel, 29 Tanglin Rd.  Tel: +65 6338 6131 (central line)
  • Shisen Hanten (Szechuan cuisine reinterpreted through a Japanese lens): 1-for-1, otherwise $30++ per 750mL bottle.  333 Orchard Rd, Meritus Mandarin Hotel.  Tel: +65 6831 6288
  • Sushi Ichi (refined sushi and sashimi): 1-for-1, otherwise $50++ per 750mL bottle. Scotts Square, No. 6 Scotts Road, #02-02.  Tel: +65 6299 0014
  • Teppei Japanese Restaurant (ridiculously popular omakase): $20++ per 750mL bottle, BYO not otherwise allowed.  1 Tras Link, Orchid Hotel.  Tel: +65 6222 7363
  • Tien Court (Cantonese and Sichuan): 1-for-1, $20++ per bottle otherwise.  403 Havelock Rd, 2F Copthorne King's Hotel.  Tel: +65 6318 3193
  • Tonny Restaurant (creative casual Chinese): $15 per 750mL bottle, $20 per bottle of liquor.  Corkage waived if spend is over $80.  10, Lorong 3 Geylang.  Tel: +65 6348 9298
"Western" Casual
  • Au Petit Salut (modern French): $50++ per 750mL, $60++ on the eve of and Public Holidays.  40C Harding Road.  Tel: +65 6475 1976
  • Balzac Brasserie & Bar (classic French brasserie): 1-for-1, otherwise $30++ for still wine and $50++ for sparkling wine.  9 Bras Basah Rd, #01-01 Rendezvous Gallery.  Tel: +65 6336 0797
  • Bar-a-Thym (casual modern French): 1-for-1; otherise $40++ per 750mL bottle.  18 Gemmill Lane.  Tel: +65 6557 2224
  • Bar-Roque Grill (French bistro and rotisserie): 1-for-1.  No BYO allowed on Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays.  165 Tanjong Pagar Rd, #01-01 Amara Hotel.  Tel: +65 6444 9672
  • Bistro du Vin (traditional French bistro fare): 1-for-1; otherwise $30++ per 750mL bottle.  1 Scotts Road, #02-12 Shaw Centre and 56 Zion Road.  Tel: +65 6733 7763 (Shaw Centre) and +65 6836 6313 (Zion Rd)
  • Brasserie Gavroche (casual-ish French fare): 1-for-1 only.  BYO otherwise not allowed.  66 Tras St.  Tel: +65 6225 8266
  • BROTH (casual modern Australian): $40 nett per 750mL bottle.  21 Duxton Hill.  Tel: +65 6323 3353
  • Chef d'Table (Modern European): 1-for-1, $30++ and upwards per 750mL bottle otherwise.  CHIJMES, 30 Victoria St #01-29.  Tel: +65 6338 4898
  • Etna (casual Italian and pizzeria): $30++ per 750mL bottle.  50 Duxton Rd.  Tel: +65 6220 5513
  • Fleur de Sel (contemporary French): 1-for-1, $50++ per 750mL bottle otherwise.  64 Tras St.  Tel: +65 6222 6861
  • La Cantine by Bruno Menard (French favourites with a modern, sometimes Japanese, twist): 1-for-1, $50++ per 750mL bottle otherwise.  8 Marina View, #01-01 Asia Square Tower 1.  Tel: +65 6690 7567
  • La Villa (classic Italian): Closed temporarily due to SLA land repossession for Thomson Line construction works.
  • Prego (traditional Italian trattoria): 1-or-1, $45++ per 750mL bottle.  Level 1, Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Rd.  Tel: +65 6431 6156
  • Salt Grill & Sky Bar (modern Australian cooking / personality cult): 1-for-1; $50++ per 750mL bottle otherwise.  2 Orchard Turn, #55-01 and #56-01 ION Orchard.  Tel: +65 6592 5118
  • Spathe Public House (casual Western): 1-for-1, otherwise $30+ per 750mL bottle.  8 Mohamed Sultan Rd.  Tel: +65 6735 1035
  • Zott's True Alps (European Alpine Cuisine): 1-for-1 or $45++ per 750mL bottle.  97 Amoy St.  Tel: +65 6223 0913
European Fine Dining
  • Bacchanalia (modern European): $100++ per 750mL bottle.  39 Hong Kong St.  Tel: +65 9179 4552
  • Corner House (modern European): $1-for-1, $80++ per 750mL bottle.  EJH Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road.  Tel: +65 6469 1000
  • Dolce Vita (modern Italian): $50++ per 750mL bottle.  Level 5, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square.  Tel: +65 6338 0066
  • Gunther's Modern French Cuisine (minimalist modern French): 1-for-1, $70++ per 750 mL bottle otherwise.  36 Purvis St, #01-03.  Tel: +65 6338 8955
  • Iggy's (modern European): 1-for-1, $50++ per 750mL bottle otherwise.  Level 3, Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Rd.  Tel: +65 6732 2234
  • Jaan (modern French): $100++ per 750mL bottle only.  Level 70, Equinox Complex, Swssotel the Stamford.  Tel: +65 6837 3322
  • Joël Robuchon Restaurant (modern French haute cuisine): $120++ per 750 mL bottle only.  8 Sentosa Gateway, Hotel Michael, Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa.  Tel: +65 6577 6688
  • L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon (haute casual modern European): 1-for-1, $80++ per 750mL bottle otherwise.  8 Sentosa Gateway, Hotel Michael, Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa.  Tel: +65 6577 7888
  • Les Amis (Modern European with a Robuchon-esque Japanese twist): 1-for-1, otherwise $80++ per 750mL bottle. $40++ for half-bottles and $160++ for magnums.  1 Scotts Rd, #02-15 Shaw Centre.  Tel: +65 6733 2225
  • Odette (modern French): 1-for-1 only.  BYO not otherwise allowed.  1 St Andrew's Rd, #01-04, National Gallery.  Tel: +65 6385 0498.
  • Raffles Grill (modern French): 1-for-1 only.  BYO not otherwise allowed.  1 Beach Road, Raffles Hotel.  Tel: +65 6412 1816
  • Restaurant Andre (Octa-philosophical modern French): $80++ per bottle only.  BYO not otherwise allowed.  41 Bukit Pasoh Rd.  Tel: +65 6534 8880
  • Ristorante da Valentino (classic Italian): 1-for-1 or $45++ per 750mL bottle.  200 Turf Club Road #01-19 The Grandstand.  Tel: +65 6462 0555
  • Saint Pierre (modern French, with a decently-priced list): $50++ per 750mL bottle only.  BYO not otherwise allowed.  #02-02B One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Rd.  Tel: +65 6438 0887
  • Whitegrass (Modern Australian): 1-for-1, $80++ per 750mL bottle otherwise.  CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street, #01-26/27.  Tel: +65 6837 0402
Mediterranean
  • Artichoke (middle Eastern and southern European): $30++ per 750mL bottle.  161 Middle Road, Sculpture Square.  Tel: +65 6336 6949
  • Blu Kouzina (Modern Greek): $35++ per 750mL bottle.  893 Bukit Timah Rd.  Tel: +65 6875 0872
  • Garibaldi (modern Italian): 1-for-1, $50++ per 750 mL bottle otherwise. 36 Purvis St, #01-02.  Tel: +65 6837 1468
  • My Little Spanish Place (traditional Spanish): 1-for-1; $35++ per 750mL bottle of wine and $40++ per bottle of liquor otherwise.  619 Bukit Timah Rd.  Tel: +65 6463 2810
  • Ola Cocina del Mar (modern Spanish): 1-for-1, $50++ per 750mL bottle otherwise.  Up to a maximum of 2 bottles, but check when you make your booking.  12 Marina Boulevard, #01-06 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3.  Tel: +65 6604 7050
Singaporean
  • Baba Inn (traditional Peranakan seafood): $10++ per 750mL bottle.  103 Frankel Ave, #01-03.  Tel: +65 6445 2404
  • Blue Ginger (Peranakan): 1-for-1, otherwise $25++ per 750mL bottle of still wine; $50++ for sparkling wine and hard liquor.  97 Tanjong Pagar Rd.  Tel: +65 6222 3928
  • Candlenut (Peranakan): 1-for-1, otherwise $30++ per 750mL bottle.  Dorsett Residences, 331 New Bridge Road #01-03.  Tel: +65 8121 4107
  • Clifford Pier (local Singaporean favourites with some Western dishes): $75++ per 750mL bottle only.  BYO otherwise not allowed.  The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay.  Tel: +65 6597 5266
  • Labyrinth (avant-garde Singaporean): $50++ per 750mL bottle only; BYO not otherwise allowed.  5 Neil Rd.  Tel: +65 6223 4098
  • Pidgin Kitchen and Bar (Asian-inspired light bites and sharing plates): 1-for-1 or $30++ per 750mL bottle.  7 Dempsey Rd, #01-04.  Tel: +65 6475 0080
Steak and Grill
  • Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse (Italian, with a heavy emphasis on Tuscan-style steaks): 1-for-1, or $50++ per 750mL bottle.  25 Mohamed Sultan Rd.  Tel: +65 6735 6739
  • Burnt Ends (gastronomic grill restaurant): 1-for-1, otherwise $50++ per 750mL bottle.  20 Teck Lim Rd.  Tel: +65 6224 3933
  • Fat Cow (Beef with an emphasis on Japanese product and preparation styles): 1-for-1, $50++ per 750mL bottle otherwise.  1 Orchard Boulevard, #01-01/02 Camden Medical Centre.  Tel: +65 6735 0308
  • Feedlot Steakhouse, Bar and Grill (restaurant arm of a butchery empire): $35++ per 750mL bottle of still wine; $50++ for sparkling wine and $85++ for spirits.  56 Tanglin Rd, #B1-01.  Tel: +65 6463 8080
  • Luke's Oyster Bar and Chop House (steaks and American favourites): 1-for-1, $75++ per 750mL bottle otherwise (maximum of two bottles).  20 Gemmill Lane or The Heeren, Orchard Road, #03-02.  Tel: +65 6733 4813
  • Morton's the Steakhouse (upmarket steaks): $100++ per 750mL bottle of wine, $200++ per magnum, etc.; buy 1 off the list and get 50% off corkage for one bottle.  Fourth Storey, Mandarin Oriental Singapore.  Tel: +65 6339 3740
  • Ruth's Chris Prime Steak House and Restaurant (upmarket steaks): $50 nett per 750mL bottle only.  BYO not otherwise allowed.  Fourth Level, Marina Mandarin SingaporeTel: +65 6336 9093

BYO Not Allowed Full Stop, Even If You Offered Your Children as Slaves to the Sommelier
  • All Marina Bay Sands restaurants (Waku Ghin, Guy Savoy, db Bistro Moderne, Osteria Mozza, etc.).  10 Bayfront Ave
  • Le Bistrot du Sommelier (hearty wine-driven menu of French bistro classics):  53 Armenian St.
  • Pollen (Modern European): Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, #01-09
  • The Naked Finn (Light Seafood) 41 Malan Rd, Gillman Barracks

45 comments:

  1. Great post, Julian!

    All Week Corkage-Free (stemware provided though might not be proper)- you might want to add the following:

    1. New Ubin seafood
    2. Por Kee
    3. De Classic Golden Spoon
    4. Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee

    Cheers!

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    1. Hi Lizzie,

      Thanks, added! See a lot of Tiong Bahru places on your blog...what do you think of Ting Heng?

      Cheers,
      Julian

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    2. Ting Heng does good tze char but a bit on the expensive side. Btw, De Classic Golden Spoon changed owners and the food now is mediocre (relative to before anyways..)

      A few more suggestions:
      - E-Sarn Thai (few outlets): free if I am not wrong
      - Bistro 103 (pasir panjang): $5

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  3. Hey Julian

    The Moomba is closed. And i think Valentino's doesnt do byo monday anymore

    Thanks for recommendations, i want to try byo my own bottles to the places u recommended in Dempsey

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  4. Hi - thanks for this ! It's extremely helpful.
    Chinese restaurants to add to the list-

    1) Canton Recipes House
    #01-02, Parc Sovereign Hotel (175 Albert Street)

    2) Asia Grand
    331 North Bridge Rd Singapore 188720

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  5. Under BYO Not Allowed Full Stop:
    Le Bistro Du Sommelier. Expensive food, expensive wine. And no BYO even if your life depended on it.

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  6. Hi Julian
    thanks for this list, it's super helpful. A lot of restaurants don't put this info on their websites.

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  7. Thanks Katrina, always glad to help out!

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  8. Don't think Gattopardo waive thier cockage charge on Wednesdays.

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  9. The Clan in Bukit Pasoh allow byo. I think its around 30++.

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  10. AP House corkage is $10 per bottle for up to 6 pax.

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  11. Rabbit Stash at Alexandra is closed.

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  12. Ember $20++ per bottle. $25++ for sparkling.

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  13. Artichoke $25++ for a standard sized red/white and$40++ for a magnum/sparkling.
    Feedlot $35 for a bottle of wine, and $50 for champers, $85 for a bottle of spirit.

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  14. At Privé Café, there is a corkage charge of S$25++ per bottle of wine (750ml) and S$40++ per bottle (750ml) of champagne after 6pm daily for bringing your own wine and champagne. At Privé Grill, the corkage charge is at $40++ per bottle (750ml) for both wine and champagne. At Privé Waterfront Bar, bringing of own wine and champagne is not allowed.

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  15. Wolf $40/bottle for wines and champagnes. Corkage free policy for lunch and dinner on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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  16. Salta Parrilla: wine corkage charge @ $35 & Liquor Corkage Charge @ $60.

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  17. Bedrock bar and grill corkage fee is now $50++ per 750ml bottle.

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  18. Burnt Ends corkage is now a staggering $50++

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    1. Damn, that Asia's 50 Best ranking is sure a quick way to start minting money, isn't it?

      But you know, the market will tolerate what diners are prepared to pay. If people are daft enough to pay $50++ for corkage at a casual outlet like Burnt Ends, you know who's to blame...

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  19. Da Paolo now only offering 1-for-1 BYOB if you buy house wine on Tuesdays...

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  21. Artichoke $30 corkage. Morsels $35 corkage. Certain imperial treasure outlets impose corkage. better to call and check

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  22. Zefferano free corkage on Sats.

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  23. Open Door Policy (Tiong Bahru) free corkage on Tues.

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  24. Royal Pavilion now charges $30 corkage for wine. Hua Ting doesn't waive corkage for mature wine anymore.

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  25. Hi everyone, just thought I'd give you guys a heads up. JUMBO Seafood restaurants has decided to remove their free corkage policy and now charges $30 for a bottle of wine. Take note!

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  26. Hi Anonymous at 4 October 2015, thanks for this. The new policy is $30++ for the first bottle and $15++ for subsequent bottles. I have amended the post to reflect this.

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  27. Julian - thanks again for providing this list, has been a great help.
    Understand that Otto's now only has free corkage (for Mon-Wed) for first 2 bottles. Subsequent bottles 50++ or 1-for-1.

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  28. imperial treasure chain (the whole chain) now charges 30 a bottle !! however may be possible to negotiate 1-for-2 or 2-for-5 maybe ...

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    1. I guess someone at Imperial Treasure management made a New Year's resolution to make more money?

      That is incredible, and incredibly stupid, thanks Calvin for the update. Let's see if they set up a proper wine list now for diners as an alternative.

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  29. andre is now 80sgd per bottle. still worth it to bring your own coz their markups are crazy ... they do an interesting selection for biodynamic winegeeks

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    1. Thanks Calvin. The temptation for famous restaurants to overcharge is great, but I was at Troisgros last month, and they had some really, really reasonably priced Bordeaux, like aged Vieux Chateau Certan from around 200 euros. Shame I was there by myself because I would have done some serious damage to that wine list otherwise.

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  30. oh wow !! one of the places on my to eat list. hoping u will post up a review of your meal there.

    on corkage .. then again I was in KL over the weekend. dinner at BABE KL .. corkage was 100rm a bottle. steep but I thought ok since their wine list was poor n overpriced ... y not? turns out they only have 1 type each of red wine n white wine glass .. n while service staff was friendly, service standards were very poor for such an establishment.

    oh crystal jade had a change in management as well. no more free 2 bottles... it's also 30sgd per bottle now. boo ....

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  31. Drat and tarnation. Where Imperial Treasure goes, the LVMH folk at Crystal Jade will follow in an effort to squeeze more blood from the stone.

    As for KL service, less said the better I think. But thanks for drawing my attention to the issues at Babe, I will visit only when I don't feel like a drink.

    Troisgros was superb. Post in the works, please bear with me :)

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  32. Good effort, thanks for making this information available, and keeping it updated.

    I wasn't too impressed with Odette's sommelier's effort to sell wine (not at all).

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  33. Zotts got no free corkage when I called them. For Otto Ristorante its only free for 2 bottles.

    Pls note.

    Thx Julian for maintaining this list.

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    1. Thanks Unknown, changes made.

      Love the alias, by the way. Sure beats "Anonymous"!!!

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  34. Hi Julian, thanks for maintaining the list! Open Door Policy no longer opens on Tues, so no more free corkage on their end, I think.

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  35. Hi Julian
    thanks for this list, it's super helpful. Do you have any update for 2017?

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  36. Thank you! Super detailed! I'm on the same boat as you but always got turned off when I found out either I can't byo or the charge is just ridiculous.

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  37. Thanks for giving me too much information.

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  38. Hi Julian, great list. One update for you: Por Kee Eating House is no longer corkage free, but charges a (very reasonable) rate of $5 per bottle.

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