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11 Must-Try BYOB Restaurants in Chicago

Are you a fan of restaurants that allow you to bring your own booze? We understand how sometimes all you need is your favorite cheap brew from the liquor store by your house instead of some expensive fancy cocktail. Save some money on drinks and order more food! Chicago has a plenty of restaurants with the BYOB policy, so remember to check out this list the next time you have a group dinner!

Butcher & the Burger

1021 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

What goes better together than burgers and beer? The retro atmosphere is fun and lively, making for a really good time. Come prepared and make sure to bring your own beer to this joint.

L’Patron

3749 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

You’ll get away with a cheap night at L’Patron. The tacos are amazing and so affordable that you’ll keep ordering one after the other. Try the carne asada and the signature, la gringa taco. Go ahead and eat away while sipping your own alcohol.

Anna’s Asian Grill & Sushi Bar

813 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60647

Owned by a Thai woman, Anna. All your Asian food dreams are attainable at her Asian Grill & Sushi Bar. There is Laotian namtok, Peking duck buns, and deliciously fried avocado stuffed with spicy tuna. What more could you want besides bringing your own alcohol? Well, you can do that too!

Big & Little’s

860 N Orleans St
Chicago, IL 60610

A must-visit. It gained its fame from Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives and it’s very well-deserved. It’s a cash-only place with three locations, all of which are BYOB. Grab a burger and truffle fries, fish n’chips, or a po-boy with your favorite beer.

Bite Cafe

1035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

A vegetarian-friendly spot with a charming atmosphere. The food can be described as American comfort food, featuring plates such as meatballs with grilled bread and amazing American breakfasts. Save some money, as the BYOB policy is in effect.

Hema’s Kitchen

2439 West Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

This place serves up some real, authentic, home-style Indian food in a friendly and casual dining area. Bring your friends and lots of your own booze for a good time, as the restaurant is capable of accommodating big groups.

Machu Picchu

3856 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

Nosh on some delicious Peruvian foods and BYOB! Try the ceviche, arroz con mariscos, or one of the steaks. You will be so happy to experience a new kind of food at an affordable price.

The Angry Crab

5665 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

If you are a seafood lover, you have to check out The Angry Crab. A BYOB Cajon food utopia with some incredibly fresh seafood. The plump crabs and shrimp with garlic butter are to die for. Don’t expect anything fancy as your food will arrive in a plastic bag. Who needs plates or utensils anyway? You’ll have a fun time getting rowdy with the seafood and your choice alcohol.

Rub’s Backcountry Smokehouse

6954 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60645

MEAT, MEAT, & more MEAT. Hang around the live-fire barbecue pits to watch your meat cook. Your tastebuds will be watering. Definitely pour the house sauces all over your meal too. They are so flavorful and go great with a beer.

Schwa

1466 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

BYOB to this Michelin star restaurant. It is kind of hard to believe you can bring your own booze to this fine dining spot, but hey, take advantage of it! The menu is always changing, but it never disappoints.

Estrella Negra

2346 W Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60647

You’ll love the Latin-inspired menu because it features dishes you don’t normally have the opportunity to experience. It is a vegetarian-friendly spot too. Have some fun amongst the festive atmosphere and don’t forget to bring along your own alcohol!

These are just a handful of Chicago’s BYOB restaurants, so do your research before you go out to see if you can bring your own six-pack or bottle of favorite wine. There is nothing wrong with saving some money and knowing you’ll be satisfied with your drink when going out.

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