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Ever Wonder About BYOB Etiquette? We’re Here to Help.


Plan ahead. Check with the restaurant about BYOB policies and corkage fees.  Corkage fees. They’re typically $2-$5 per person, or $10-$25 a bottle. Corkage fees go to the house, so remember to tip your server for bottle service.  

What to bring. It’s unlawful for a person in Pennsylvania to possess alcohol (beer, wine or spirits) that isn’t legally purchased in state. Some high-end restaurants with a liquor license offer a BYOB night. If you partake, bring a special bottle and be sure it’s not already on the wine list.  

Open containers. In conjunction with a meal, a resealed, unfinished portion of a bottle can be taken home. With spirits, try to use a flask. Always bring a tote or bottle carrier for beer and wine, along with an appropriate reusable cap. 

Designate a driver. Never drink and drive. 

From Left to Right: Barbacoa: (From top) Chickens on the rotisserie; the Lancaster combo includes a whole Peruvian-style bird, pork or brisket, a half-rack of ribs, cornbread, slaw, and potato wedges; a tin rooster greets diners.

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