Best BYO Wine Spots in Louisville

4 suggestions for the best places to bring your own in Kentucky


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Worth the Drive

Take your own wine to almost any outdoor venue and enjoy a glass or two. While you don’t want to break any laws or rules, there are a large number of parks and places in and around Louisville that are the ideal  for spending half an hour with a bottle of wine, stretched out in front of beautiful scenery.

Located to the south of downtown Louisville, Bernheim is a 20-minute drive. Once there, spend some time strolling the grounds, complete with a garden pavilion, three large lakes and over 30 miles of nature area and trails. During your stroll through the grounds, take a break and enjoy your wine.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
P. O. Box 130         
Clermont, KY 40110-0130         
(502) 955-8512

Photo courtesy Lee Bennett via Flickr/CC

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  • If you want fine dining and BYOB without a corkage fee then check out Philadelphia!! The state controls the liquor stores and a combination of governments make it difficult to get a liquor license for many restaurants. The result; you can walk a few blocks to a state liquor store, buy a nice wine, say $25, then have a wonderful dinner with that wine, had it been on a wine list you would have paid $65 to $75. Audrey Claire near Rittenhouse square was our favorite but there are more to be tested.

    Apr 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

  • Head to Tennessee! I have friends who live in Tellico Village (just outside of Knoxville and more often then not we arrive with our wine for dinner at lovely establishments. The small corkage fee is well worth the price and we enjoy amazing wine that compliments our meals paying the retail value versus the insane mark up.

    Apr 30, 2012 at 2:09 PM

  • George's Pastaria (Italian neighborhood favorite) on the west side of Houston. A $10 corking fee on Thursday thru Saturday and NO CORKING FEE Monday - Wednesday. They have a diverse wine list if you don't bring your own wine. Either way, you can enjoy good wine and still not have to cook!

    Apr 30, 2012 at 3:10 PM

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