Bring it! Best BYOW restaurants in Calgary

Though BYOW hasn’t caught on in Calgary on the scale it has in other Canadian cities, many restaurants are open to uncorking vino supplied by patrons. Corkage fees are typical and range from modest to pricey, and low-to-no corkage nights are common. These eateries welcome outside wine at dinnertime.

Pizza Bob's Classic Pie

1
2610 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3S5

While Friday is karaoke night and Saturday is all about live music, on every single evening of the week, corkage is free at Pizza Bob’s. This all-week pizza party place is located on Kensington Road Northwest, just west of Crowchild Trail. Thin-crust, brick-oven-baked pairing possibilities include spicy Calabrese pizza with salami, sausage and goat feta as well as smoked salmon with cream cheese.

The Belvedere

2
107 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4

Corkage is free on the first bottle at The Belvedere, one of Stephen Avenue’s most elegantly inviting restaurants. Long and lovely, this upscale spot has a velvety lounge vibe and beautifully presented, palette-pleasing food to match. Plan to pair a bottle (or two) with the Alberta AAA tenderloin beef Wellington with wild mushroom duxelle and foie gras.

Anju

3
344 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8

Anju’s Euro-Korean, tapas-style menu features dishes that beg to be accompanied by alcohol: Seoul-style poutine, soy-marinated deviled eggs with beef flank, oxtail tortellini. To this tasty end, the 17th Avenue Southwest restaurant supplies a very complete drink menu that includes wine by the glass or bottle selected to pair well with the food. But if you simply must drink your favourite wine with dinner, the corkage fee is $15 per bottle.

Open Range

4
1114 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3K4

One of the best steak houses in the city, it’s no surprise homey and casual Open Range features a top-notch wine cellar. The Edmonton Trail Northeast establishment also offers diners their own wine-importation opportunity. Corkage is free and popular with regular patrons on Wednesdays, and the regular corkage fee is $20 per 750 ml bottle.

Namskar

5
202 16 Ave Ne, Calgary, AB T2E 1J8

This comfortable mansion of Indian meals on the Trans Canada serves a wide variety of dishes from curries and kormas to tandoori plates and the house-special biryani meal. With a short selection of house wines, Namskar also offers BYOW for a modest fee. Any night of the week, corkage is just $10 per bottle.

Thai Sa-On Restaurant

6
351 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5

One of the most delicious stops on the clubby 10th Avenue Southwest restaurant row, Thai Sa-On is a Thai restaurant with a huge reputation. Not only is the food fantastic, but the wine list has been rated one of the city’s best. Yet you’re welcome to B your own W for $15 per bottle any night of the week.

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