Best BYO Wine Spots in Louisville

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


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Riverfront Plaza

During the spring and summer, Louisville’s Riverfront Plaza is a hub of activity. Thunder Over Louisville during Derby week brings in thousands of visitors and offers a huge fireworks display set off over the Ohio River. The park is also available year-round for strolling and picnics.

Take along your favorite bottle of wine, a picnic basket and a blanket and create a romantic spread in front of the Ohio River, with the 7-acre backdrop of the park laid out behind you. Although the park is home to many festivals and concerts throughout the year, many set a rule of no outside alcohol at their events. Refer to the Riverfront Plaza website for details on specific events to see if you can bring your own food and drinks or not.

Louisville Waterfront Park
Waterfront Development Corporation
129 East River Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
(502) 574-3768

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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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