BYOB – or, bring your own booze – restaurants offer the best of both worlds. Diners are able to enjoy the perks of eating out, as well as sipping on their favorite wines and beers, sans upcharge.
However, it’s always a disappointment when you head to a place unaware that they are a BYOB establishment. To help avoid these situations, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite BYOB restaurants in Pittsburgh, as well as places near the restaurant where you can purchase alcohol.
Often, there is a small table charge or corkage fee to bring your own alcohol. These prices fluctuate regularly, so calling the restaurant is the best way to get the most up-to-date information.
What are your favorite BYOB restaurants in Pittsburgh? Share them in the comments below!
This Lawrenceville hotspot – which is a cafe by day, and a romantic eatery by night – has been BYOB since they opened in 2015. The Vandal serves a small, thoughtful menu seasonal dishes with an Eastern European influence. The menu rotates frequently, but some staples include the burger and fried chicken sandwich. The Vandal also features a professional coffee bar and open kitchen. This spot is perfect for grabbing coffee and beignets with friends, or going out for a date night.
The Vandal (4306 Butler St)
Located on Centre Avenue in Shadyside/Oakland, Avenue B is a quaint bistro that offers upscale American cuisine. This spot is another longtime BYOB favorite. The menu at Avenue B is seasonally driven, with dishes that change frequently. Guests can expect to dine on items like pork belly spring rolls, shrimp & grits, and gorgonzola arancini, all paired with their favorite wine from home.
Nearby place to purchase alcohol: Giant Eagle Market District
Avenue B (5501 Centre Ave)
At 12-years-old, Piccolo Forno can be considered to be both a Lawrenceville classic, and a favorite. Whenever you’re craving crispy pizza, or freshly-prepared pasta (which, for us, is pretty often), look no further than Piccolo Forno. And, of course, what is Italian food without wine? Guests are welcome to bring their bottles to Piccolo Forno, or pick up a bottle at the restaurant’s sister bar, Grapperia, located just around the corner.
Piccolo Forno (3801 Butler St)
Gaucho Parrilla Argentina
What started a tiny, Argentinian restaurant in The Strip has grown into one of Pittsburgh’s most-popular restaurants. The Gaucho space has evolved over the years, but their laid-back atmosphere, and commitment to high-quality food has never wavered. The restaurant specializes in wood-fire meats, served in a counter-service environment. The space is BYOB, and guests can grab glasses and pour themselves a drink.
Gaucho Parrilla Argentina (1601 Penn Ave)
Located at the corner of Centre and Highland, Pizza Taglio serves up flavorful, Roman-style pizzas from their woodfired pizza oven. The restaurant is frequently regarded as one of the best pizza spots in the city. Two favorite pies include the Greenpointer with spicy sopressata and hot honey, as well as the Pig-Face with guanciale and red onions. They also have housemade ricotta, and will add an egg yolk to any pizza if you ask (may we suggest the Pig-Face?). No matter what you order, don’t forget to bring along some wine and beer to complete the meal.
Nearby place to purchase alcohol: Wine & Spirits
Pizza Taglio (126 S Highland Ave)
Noodlehead is a casual, fast-paced restaurant serving up a menu of street-style Thai noodle dishes, dumplings and spring rolls. The restaurant is a very popular lunch destination in Shadyside, as they offer a great-value lunch menu. They also attract a large dinner crowd, with the option of dessert from Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream conveniently located just next door. Noodlehead is BYOB, so be sure to bring drinks with you.
Nearby place to purchase alcohol: Wine & Spirits
Noodlehead (242 S Highland Ave)
Square Cafe is a very popular breakfast and lunch spot located in Regent Square. The weekend brunch is a Pittsburgh favorite, and everyone raves about their famous blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes. If you’re heading for a weekend brunch with friends, don’t forget to bring you own bubbly for mimosas. Do note that the wait for a table can be fairly long on the weekends.
Nearby place to purchase alcohol: D’s Six Pax and Dogz
Square Cafe (1137 S Braddock Ave)
Taiwanese Bistro Cafe 33
This laundromat-turned-restaurant has become a fast favorite in the Squirrel Hill. The restaurant, which serves authentic Taiwanese cuisine, is known for dishes like their stinky bean curd, soup dumplings, scallion pancake, and kim chi hot pots. The restaurant is BYOB, but does make delicious bubble teas.
Taiwanese Bistro Cafe 33 (1711 Shady Ave)
Penn Avenue Fish Company
Judging by their name it is not a big surprise that Penn Avenue Fish Company is one of the best place is Pittsburgh to go when you’re craving fresh, skillfully-prepared seafood. Their vast menu includes many seafood dishes, sushi, as well as an entire sandwiches menu, featuring items like the spicy tuna melt and the North Atlantic salmon sandwich. Penn Ave Fish Company is BYOB, but there are plenty of spots nearby to pick up local beers and beverages.
Penn Avenue Fish Company (2208 Penn Ave)
Sausalido is a BYOB bistro located on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield. The restaurant – which draws influence from the Sausalido area outside of San Francisco, California – offers upscale American and European dishes. Favorites include the butternut squash ravioli, pork chops, and crabcakes. Sausalido features an indoor dining room, as well as outdoor seats. The restaurant is BYOB.
Nearby place to purchase alcohol: Caliente Pizza & Drafthouse
Coca Cafe is a cozy space located on Butler Street in Lawrenceville. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday-Sunday. The cafe features items like a buttermilk donut with an icing of the day, as well as acaii bowls, shakshuka, and peach & mascarpone stuffed french toast. This is a perfect spot grabbing breakfast with friends. The restaurant is BYOB and has a $5 charge per table.
Coca Cafe (3811 Butler St)
Legends of the North Shore
Since 2002, Legends of the North Shore has been an upscale, yet casual restaurant on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Located next to Allegheny General Hospital, this Legends features a menu of Italian classics like spaghetti, ravioli, and chicken parmigiano. The restaurant is BYOB, and guest are encouraged to bring wine that pairs well with rich Italian dishes.
Legends of the North Shore (500 East North Avenue)
Cafe Du Jour
Café Du Jour an European-inspired bistro located on East Carson Street in the South Side. The cafe has a quaint interior, as well as a beautiful patio courtyard that is open in the warmer months. The menu is ever-changing , but current items include roasted mushrooms with truffled burrata and a porcini-dusted New York strip steak. Café Du Jour is BYOB and cash only.
Cafe Du Jour (1107 E Carson St)
La Tavola Italiana Restaurant
Head up Mt. Washington to enjoy delicious Italian food in a BYOB setting. La Tavola has a menu of classic Italian antipasti, pastas, and dessert. The space also offers various cooking classes, and can accommodate private parties.
La Tavola Italiana Restaurant (1 Boggs Ave)
Located in Upper Lawrenceville, B52 cafe is a vegan eatery that offers a menu of Mediterranean-American fusion dishes. The cafe space is bright and beautiful, and is a great place to grab breakfast, dinner, or a quick coffee. Customers love the flatbreads, small plate menu, and housemade kombucha. If you’re dining in, be sure to bring your own alcohol with you.
Nearby place to purchase alcohol: Allegheny Wine Mixer
B52 Cafe (5202 Butler St)
What is your favorite BYOB spot in Pittsburgh? Leave it in the comments below!