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

Tips on planning ahead, corkage fees and what to bring.

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.  

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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. 

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