Do you always get confused on which wine to choose when the waitress hands you a long wine list? Or have you faced situations where you had to spend more than you intended on wine as you had to select a wine from the pricey wine list of the restaurant you were dining at? Well, next time when you plan to go for a dinner in New Zealand, look out for BYO restaurants. BYO stands for 'Bring Your Own' and the restaurants have been named so because, they allow visitors to bring along their bottle of wine.
As BYO restaurants allow visitors to bring their own bottle of wine, they are not under the obligation of purchasing wine from the restaurant's wine list. This relieves visitors from the trouble and time spent in selecting a wine and placing order for it as they can simply carry the wine they like. It also helps in cutting down the restaurant bill significantly, thus allowing people to save some money in their wallets. BYO dining option has gained popularity in New Zealand but it is applicable only for wines and not beer and other beverages. Here, restaurants are either licensed to serve alcohol to customers or BYO or sometimes both.
Bring Your Own wine bottle is a budget-friendly option as a person can buy the bottle of wine at half the price from outside than he needs to pay in the restaurant. This difference in prices of the similar bottle of wine arises due to surcharge charged in New Zealand on serving wine in hotels. Though some restaurants charge 'corkage', it still ensures saving a significant amount of money. Corkage charge is a fee applied by the restaurant for opening the wine bottle and they also provide the glasses for wine. Restaurants that provide options for BYO and serve alcohol as well need to be informed in advance if the visitor is going to bring his own bottle of wine.
Though, only specific and limited number of restaurants in New Zealand offers BYO option, you research of BYO restaurants and ask in advance when you call to make your bookings. In New Zealand, mostly restaurants offering Thai and Indian cuisines allow the customers to get their own wine bottles.
Bring Your Own restaurants, doesn't mean you need to go to a cheap restaurant as there are good restaurants in New Zealand that provide this option. BYO restaurants are the easiest way of saving money while enjoying an ultimate dining experience, so, always remember to research and make a list of restaurants that allow BYO.