Whether it’s a special occasion that could do without the extra alcoholic price tag, or an expensive bottle you’ve been saving but don’t want to ruin with your home cooking (ahem), a ‘Bring Your Own Booze’ policy is something that no-one complains about, and Liverpool has some cork-ers! (get it? Cork? Don’t worry, there will probably be more). Here are some of the best BYOB eateries in Liverpool…
Established more than two decades ago, Master Chef offers halal Tandoori and traditional Indian food prepared with fresh ingredients. The restaurant is unlicensed, and according to Onion Ring, is one of the few Pakistani and Indian restaurants in Merseyside which offers ‘Bring Your Own Booze’. And what’s even better: there’s no corkage charge! Get in! If you’re a student, then you really are in luck, because Master Chef will give you a 10% discount. Located on Renshaw Street, Master Chef sits in the perfect location if you fancy getting boozy with dinner before you hit the city centre for a night on the tiles! Cuisine: Indian, Corkage: £0 www.masterchefrestaurant.co.uk
Just down the road from Master Chef, is The Egg Café (or “The Egg” to those in the know) – Liverpool´s most well-loved vegetarian/vegan restaurant. It’s situated in the bright and airy loft space of an old Victorian warehouse, just off Bold Street, offering panoramic views of the city centre. The relaxed and bohemian atmosphere hosts a diverse crowd and is really popular with artists and students. With its creaky staircase, medieval banqueting tables and its quirky art-covered walls (FYI, all of the art is available to buy) The Egg is like no other.
If you’re planning on heading to The Egg with a large group, you’ll definitely want to book – especially at weekends. The set menu is an absolute steal: £9.75 for a starter, main course and pudding of your choice, plus your choice of tea or coffee. But if it’s less a cuppa, and more some vino you’re after, you can bring your own and pay the (whopping!) £1 corkage fee per bottle. #winning
Just a side note: there’s no wheelchair access and limited pram/buggy access, as The Egg is situated on the second floor of a listed building with no lift. This also means that you need to take extra care when leaving, if you’ve taken advantage of their BYOB offering. So, don’t get completely smashed or scrambled at The Egg! (Yet another yolk. Sorry, I’ll stop now!) Cuisine: Vegetarian/Vegan, Corkage: £1 per bottle of wine www.eggcafe.co.uk
The Moon & Pea embodies everything which we love about Lark Lane. An eclectic arrangement of mismatched chairs, checked table cloths and quaint artwork. Although meat is served here, it’s a haven for vegetarians and vegans alike, and offers a good range of gluten-free options too. The Moon & Pea is best known for its yummy breakfasts, hearty British cuisine and tempting slices of cake, which sit and stare at you through the entire duration of your meal, from their home in the cabinet at the counter.
And if delicious food wasn’t enough, they let you bring your own tipple too! While they’re at the more expensive end of the corkage fee at £3 per bottle (hey big spender!), it’s definitely worth it, especially if you go on one of their acoustic nights – the live music is always delightful. The Moon and Pea can get seriously busy at all times of the day, but brunch-time at weekends often sees queues down the road, so try to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
The restaurant is cash-only, so make sure you bring some with you, or you could get stung by having to withdraw from the pay-to-use cash-point, if the only other (free) cash-machine on Lark Lane has run out of Benjamins (it’s happened too many times to mention) Cuisine: Homemade gorgeousness that is vegetarian and vegan friendly, Corkage: £3 per bottle of wine www.themoonandpea.co.uk
Indian Delight describes itself as having “an unrivaled range of authentic & imaginative fusion dishes”. It’s one of the few Indian restaurants which lets you bring your own alcoholic bevarages and like Master Chef, they also love students and offer the same 10% discount. So, while they’re focused on getting the food right, your sole responsibility is getting the drink right – you literally have one job.
We couldn’t get a response about their corkage charge, so I suppose we’ll just have to head down at the weekend with a bottle or two in hand to find out – purely for research purposes of course! According to their website, the restaurant is fully air conditioned too, which is bound to be a welcome relief if you challenge yourself to a vindaloo! Cuisine: Indian www.indiandelightliverpool.co.uk
The Arabesque Bazaar and Bistro is both a shop offering a range of exotic souvenirs, such as handmade cushions, kaftans and tribal rugs, and a family-run eatery, offering a choice of authentic North African and Mediterranean cuisine. Try the traditionally prepared, slow-cooked tagine and couscous, or treat yourself to a deliciously sweet Moroccan pancake – whatever you choose, it’s all incredibly tasty.
You can dine inside and soak up the friendly atmosphere or, if you prefer, there’s a large outdoor patio area where you can sit and do some people watching while you eat, in the heart of the one of the best streets in Liverpool. You can wash it all down with a cup of traditional sweet mint tea or a mug of their special “Arabesque” blend coffee (coffee lovers you won’t be disappointed), or you can bring your own bottle of booze for a corkage fee.
Again, just like The Moon & Pea, the corkage fee at Arabesque is at the ‘expensive’ end, at £3 per bottle (apparently it’s well-posh around Lark Lane, hey?). Cuisine: Moroccan, Corkage: £3 per bottle of wine. www.arabesquebazaar.co.uk
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