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Any restaurants with corkage?
  • what August 9, 2011 - 9:24 am #44006 Reply

    According to the ABC web site, restaurants could start offering BYO wine at the beginning of July.  Does anyone know of restaurants that are offering this in Arlington?

    LP August 9, 2011 - 2:06 pm #44007 Reply

    Curious about this as well…

    Rick August 9, 2011 - 4:47 pm #44008 Reply



    No idea though.

    novasteve August 10, 2011 - 11:16 am #44009 Reply

    I can't see any place doing corkage in restaurants. Too profitable to sell booze, and arlington is a place full of insecure, status oriented people. They would appear “cheap” to bring their own stuff to save money..

    LP August 10, 2011 - 11:41 am #44010 Reply

    I agree with your logic on alcohol being too profitable for restaurants to offer corkage.


    However, you logic about  Arlington having “insecure, status oriented people” that would appear cheap is just wrong.  If a restaurant allows corkage, people will bring in their very nice bottles ($100+) that you can't find on the majority of restaurants in Arlington, or DC for that matter.  I have very nice bottle ($250) that I'm saving for a special occassion, and if a nice restaurant allowed corkage, I'd definitely consider bringing in.


    Far from looking “cheap”

    CW August 10, 2011 - 12:14 pm #44011 Reply
    novasteve August 10, 2011 - 3:36 pm #44012 Reply

    Lord, $20 per bottle is going to discourage people form bringing their own wine unless it's really expensive stuff…… Meaning if you don't want to spend much on wine, you're going to buy their cheap stuff..

    what August 10, 2011 - 3:57 pm #44013 Reply

    I appreciate the info on Eventide.  That's a reasonable corkage.


    I never realized that bringing your own wine was looked at as cheap.  I go to very high end restaurants in DC because they all allow corkage….so indeed I think its the opposite considering the lower-to-mid-level restaurants of Arlington mostly do not allow you to BYO. 


    I hope more offer it soon.  Thanks again for the insight abt Etide.

    CW August 11, 2011 - 9:18 am #44014 Reply

    Well, I would hope that, even if you were born into a life of absolute wealth and privilege, you would still be able to at least humor the rest of us filthy proletariat masses by considering that not all others may be capable of spending hundreds of dollars per meal on wine, whether it be purchased at a 300% markup at the restaurant or at a snooty wine shop like Arrowine. As hard as it may be for you to believe, even the peasant commoners sometimes enjoy a glass of the “lesser” vintages, varietals (gasp!), or even, god forbid, young wines with their meals. However, seeing the same bottle that they may have witnessed at one of their pedestrian, low-brow shopping establishments such as Harris Teeter, Safeway, or even Costco, if your ears have even ever been sullied by hearing of the latter, marked up astronomically is often an impediment and deterrant to those classless serfs who, unlike you, are forced to monitor the meager contents of their bank accounts. Thus the ability to bring their own may invite such types into establishments and serve as a selling point for such establishments. Unfortunately, the downside is that it may entice such petty filth to even enter a “very high end” establishment such as those which cater to you, leading to a sullying of their reputations and such incurred additional expenses as having to replace carpets because the wretched, dirty feet of the masses have tainted them.  

    Dewey101 August 11, 2011 - 9:37 am #44015 Reply

    The law permits any ABC-licensed restaurant to allow customers to bring a bottle of wine into the establishment and drink it on the premises, if the restaurant allows it.  This is new for VA so I don't know how many restaurant owners know about it, but I would have thought the ABC would have put out a news bulletin to all license holders.  If your restaurant doesn't offer BYOB ask them why not.

    James Moron August 13, 2011 - 1:09 pm #44016 Reply

    Willow is also $20. I disagree that $20 is unreasonable. A nice $20 bottle of wine could easily be $50-70 in a restaurant. Paying $20 to BYO – particularly if you already have it – is not bad.

    contractor August 23, 2011 - 6:48 am #44017 Reply

    No idea about this issue.

    I suggest to search on the internet hotel detail your problem will be easily solve.

    creative March 10, 2012 - 1:41 pm #44018 Reply

    It's now been 7 months since VA starting allowing BYO.  Any other Arlington establishments opening it up?  So far I think I've only seen E-tide and Willow…

    creative June 2, 2012 - 4:40 pm #44019 Reply

    Rays (the Steaks) is charging $10 for the first bottle, $20 each for 2nd and 3rd, max of 3.  Reasonable.

    gnushell June 2, 2012 - 6:36 pm #44020 Reply

    I'm sulfite sensitive and can only drink a handful of organic wines.  For me corkage is a wonderful thing, as I find myself unable to drink anything in some places.

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