Though it’s been 40 years since Quebec nearly passed a law that would have allowed guests to bring their own bottles into any restaurant, many places in Montreal still allow you to have a delicious meal while sipping your favourite wine.
Eating at a bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) or “apportez votre vin” (AVV) restaurant is a great way to enjoy a night out without having to break the bank on drinks. Keep in mind, though, that many BYOBs might have more expensive menu items than their non-BYOB counterparts, so the extent of your savings could depend on how much you intend to drink. Luckily, most BYOBs in Montreal do not charge corkage fees, saving you from having to pay to bring your own bottles; but it is always worth double-checking so as to not be surprised when the bill comes.
Finding BYOBs can be tough. One trick is to make a list where you can jot them down when you come across the signs on your daily commutes. If that seems like too much work, fear not—The Tribune has compiled a list of some BYOB spots near McGill.
Nearest intersection: Rue Rachel and Ave Henri-Julien
After the tragic dissappearance of campus samosas, Amber is there to scratch the itch. It offers a variety of Indian and Pakistani dishes, from butter chicken to bhindi masala. Amber’s extensive menu, complete with a wide range of vegetarian and gluten-free options, can make it convenient for groups of any size.
Nearest intersection: Ave Duluth and Rue Berri
The restaurant that played host to Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s first date is also the perfect place to pair delicious Afghan dishes with your own bottle (or bottles) of wine. Though they have an à la carte selection, their table d’hôte (which includes a soup or salad, main course, dessert, and coffee) starts at a reasonable $35, especially considering the money that’ll be saved on drinks.
Nearest intersection: Rue Wellington and Rue Hickson
What’s better than all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ? How about all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ with all-you-can-drink wine (provided you bring enough bottles)? Located on the supposed “coolest street in the world,” this restaurant is worth the trek on the Green Line.
Nearest intersection: Ave Duluth and Rue Drolet
While the weather may have dipped too much to enjoy their terrasse, there’s still plenty to enjoy at this BYOB. Though on the pricier side, La Prunelle will wow you with its presentation, offering up Instagram-worthy plates in a lovely setting filled with natural light. Just remember to save room for dessert, as their cheesecake might just be the highlight of the meal (and would go lovely with that Riesling you just picked up at the SAQ).
Nearest intersection: Rue Beaubien and Ave Papineau
Looking for a couscous or tajine that’ll justify an excursion to the East End? If so, La Rose des Sables is a must. From the expressive decor to the colourful dishware, the cozy atmosphere will make for the perfect fall dinner, especially after a midterm that didn’t go too well. For an ideal pairing, look for a syrah that would complement the richly spiced dishes on the menu.
Nearest intersection: Rue Rachel and Rue St Andre
Even if it weren’t a BYOB, it would be tough to not recommend Luna. Their bibimbap is worth a visit by itself but paired with your favourite bottle, it’s an instant classic. Luna is on the smaller side, and considering its popularity, it may be best to make a reservation beforehand.
Nearest intersection: Rue Atateken and Rue Ontario E
This unpretentious sushi joint near the Village checks off many boxes. BYOB, check. Affordable, check. Delicious and fresh, check. Sort of near campus, check. Pick up a pinot grigio or sake from the SAQ and gather a few friends for a lovely evening.