Houston's 10 Best BYOB Restaurants (Plus What to Drink)

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Photo by Troy Fields
This charming spot has BYOB right in the name.
It's like a personal challenge: Pick the best wine or beer to go with the food at a local restaurant. Rely only on my own limited pairing know-how. Pay as little as possible for said booze. Enjoy meal immensely knowing you've saved money and made a match.

As much as I appreciate a great wine list or beer selection at a restaurant, there are times when I love a BYOB spot even more. It's exciting to me to peruse the menu then pick out a bottle of wine or a six pack that I think would best complement the style of food or a particular dish. I'm also guaranteed to have something I enjoy when I bring my own booze.

Lately, I find myself drawn more and more to BYOB restaurants in town, partially because I generally save money when I buy a bottle that isn't marked up to restaurant prices, and partially because the excitement of choosing a drink is surpassed only by the sense of accomplishment and discovery when I've made a good match.

This weekend, do some research and pick up a bottle to bring to one of these great BYOB restaurants. Then let us know what fine food and alcohol pairings we've been missing out on!

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Photo courtesy Aladdin
The hardest part is deciding what to drink with your hummus.
Aladdin
There's no cork fee at Aladdin, so all you pay to drink is the money you spent on the bottle. Aladdin is a great place for families to go out for a large dinner of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean classics, and it was recently voted the most underrated restaurant in Houston by our readers. If you're wondering what type of wine goes with hummus and kabobs, a good rule of thumb is to drink wine from the same region as the cuisine. Check out Spec's for some Lebanese or Turkish wine, or stick to a crisp, dry white Burgundy, which should pair nicely with spicy, garlicky food. Beer-wise, try a citrusy, spicy Belgian witbier.

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Location Info

Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine

912 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cafe TH

2108 Pease St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Doshi House Cafe

3419 Dowling St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Hai Cang Seafood Restaurant

11768 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Happy Fatz

3510 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Himalaya Restaurant & Catering

6652 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jonathan's The Rub

9061 Gaylord St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Just Dinner

1915 Dunlavy, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lucio's BYOB

905 Taft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mamak Malaysian Restaurant

9889 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Houstess
Houstess

Does BYOB mean I can bring a bottle of Jack Black and order Coke?  Or a 12 pack of beer?  What if I don't like wine?  Always wondered.

Kevin FH
Kevin FH

Elizabeth Porcayo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

slimthug
slimthug

Hey girl, you forgot two of the most vibrant byob scenes, both of which serve knockout food: Vieng Thai and Kanomwan Thai. 

Aggie06
Aggie06

You left the best one in Houston off of your list.  La Vista, off of Fountain View. Serves some of the best Italian food in the city.  Buy a bottle of wine at the liquor store next door, put your name on the wait list, pull up a lawn chair, pour yourself a glass of wine, and talk with all the  regulars from the surrounding neighborhoods. The parking lot turns into a block party every weekend.

slimthug
slimthug

@Aggie06 Are they still open? I thought La Vista closed years ago....

Aggie06
Aggie06

@slimthug @Aggie06 You are probably thinking of the one located off Memorial. That one closed.  The original, off of Fountain View, is still open and thriving. 

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