Best BYO Wine Spots in Louisville

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


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Since many restaurants in the area will not allow you to bring your own bottle of wine due to fear of losing their liquor license, these other venues offer valid options for an inexpensive and pleasurable day or night on the town. Louisville has more than 18 parks in the metro area alone and the city manages dozens of other parks within driving distance. If your favorite downtown restaurant will not allow you to bring your own bottle of wine, consider getting your meal to go. From the south end of the city, stroll up the pathways in Iroquois Park until you reach the lookout at the top. Known as the “Yellowstone of Louisville,” Iroquois Park allows you to enjoy a great meal, bottle of wine and sprawling view of the downtown skyline.

Alternately, you could head to the west to Shawnee Park’s Great Lawn to enjoy your food and wine. The views from here aren’t quite as fabulous, but there are walking trails and the atmosphere is peaceful and quiet most of the time.

Cherokee Park rests to the east of the city. There is a rock designated in this park as a picnic area. It is called Big Rock and it sits in Beargrass Creek near the play area.

If none of these choices appeal to you, there are plenty of other parks and recreation areas from which to choose. The only limit is your creativity and if the area allows you to bring in outside alcoholic beverages.

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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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