By Monica Smith-Acuna
In a city that loves acronyms so much, you'd think the letters BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze) would be more popular in DC. Unlike Philly, not every restaurant is down with OPB (Other People's Booze). But just because it's not widespread, doesn't mean it doesn't exists. With a little research, I discovered you don’t have to travel to another city or sneak a flask in your pants just to bring your drink of choice to dinner. DC is becoming more friendly toward the BYOB rule and a few select establishments don’t even charge a corking fee. I think we can all drink to that. Take a look:
At Charlie Palmer Steak the cork-fee doesn’t apply to your first two bottles of wine, as long as they are domestic. Nothing kills the buzz from your first bottle, like having to pay for someone to open your second bottle.
Looking to impress a date while on a tight budget? Take them to Dino Monday through Wednesday and you won’t be constrained by an expensive wine list. No need to subtlety hint for your date to order the cheapest thing on the menu (the soup looks amazing right...?). Now you can cut costs by bringing Trader Joes’ two-buck chuck instead.
Is the spicy pumpkin curry setting your mouth on fire at Thai X-ing? Tame the spices with the alcohol of your choosing. Not only does this establishment have no corking fees, but the BYOB isn’t limited to just wine. So feel free to bring anything from a bottle of Everclear (I’m kind of a heavy weight…) to a six-pack of PBR to this seven-course Thai feast.