If you’re looking for places with no corkage charge in Singapore and you can bring your own booze in for free, look no further.
These 9 restaurants in Singapore doesn’t charge corkage fees, and allows you to bring your favourite wine bottle from home.
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
BYOB: Free corkage on Tuesdays; one bottle per person
Where: Morsels, 25 Dempsey Rd #01-04 249670
Bottle to bring: Luis Pato Baga – Natural Wine
Available at: Sasha’s Fine Foods, $45.90
Why: This wine has no added sulphur, acid or sugar. It is light and smoky with hints of red fruits, and will pair perfectly with dishes from Morsel’s diverse sharing menu, such as Rendang Beef Tartare and Cursed Kühlbarra Barramundi.
Cuisine: Chinese fine dining
BYOB: Free corkage for the first two bottles all week
Where: Peach Garden, 65 Chulia St OCBC Centre #33-01 049513
Bottle to bring: The Great Bonza Reserve – Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
Available at: Wine Connection, $24.90
Why: This Cantonese restaurant serves everyone’s favourite classics. Think suckling pig, roasted duck and lots of seafood. This peppery, award-winning Shiraz is powerful enough to match these bold flavours.
Cuisine: Local seafood dishes and Western fare
BYOB: Free corkage all week
Where: New Ubin Seafood, 63 Hillview Ave, Lam Soon Industrial Building, Level 6 Canteen 669569
Bottle to bring: Matua – Sauvignon Blanc
Why: New Ubin Seafood serves fresh seafood many ways from steamed clams to black pepper crab. Sauvignon Blanc will complement the saltiness of the food, while bringing out the fruits in the wine.
Cuisine: Modern European and Indonesian
BYOB: Free corkage on Mondays
Where: Table at 7, 7 Mohamed Sultan Rd 238957
Bottle to bring: Toscana Sangiovese 2016 IGT – Duca do Saragnano
Available at: Bacco Wines, $35
Why: This Sangiovese wine is full of red and black fruits, and has very soft tannins and great acidity. That is why it is such a crowd-pleaser and will complement the beautiful diverse dishes at Table at 7.
Cuisine: Western steakhouse
BYOB: Free corkage on Mondays for the first four bottles; subsequent 750-mililitre bottles are $50 and up
Where: Bedrock Bar & Grill, 96 Somerset Rd Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard #01-05 238163
Bottle to bring: Peccavi – Shiraz
Available at: Sasha Fine Foods, $54
Why: Bedrock does big steaks over wood-fire grills. This Shiraz’s high tannins will stand up next to a peppery steak or juicy rib-eye. Plus, it is heavy enough to take on a strong sauce.
BYOB: Free corkage for the first five bottles all-week (except Chinese and Japanese wines); subsequent bottles at $20++ per bottle
Where: Wah Lok Restaurant, Level 2 Carlton Hotel 70 Bras Basah Road 189558
Bottle to bring: Westend Estate Richland Chardonnay
Available at: Wine Connection, $32
Why: One of my personal favorites is cantonese cuisine. Who doesn’t like dim sum right? I would bring an aromatic white wine to match up with all those beautiful but delicate flavours. Aromatic enough to counter all the different flavours in the dishes, but not too expressed so it won’t overpower the dishes.
BYOB: Free corkage on Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: Gattopardo, 36 Tras St 079026
Bottle to bring: Ettamiano – Primitivo
Available at: Wine Connection, $32
Why: Italian food at its best requires a beautiful wine. This Primitivo is packed with red fruits, and has hints of vanilla, chocolate and liquorice. It will complement red pasta sauces, grilled fish and meat.
Cuisine: French bistro
BYOB: Free corkage on Tuesdays; not valid on public holidays and eve of public holidays, promotions and blackout dates
Where: Summer Hill, 106 Clementi Street 12 #01-62 120106
Bottle to bring: Leeuwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Available at: The Straits Wine Company, $57.80
Why: Classic French bistro! Some would argue French food requires French wine. The wine is ripe, which will pair so beautifully with the creamy cheese and the sweeter duck meat.
BYOB: Free corkage on Saturdays, dinner only
Where: Zafferano Italian Restaurant and Lounge, 10 Collyer Quay Level 43 Ocean Financial Centre 049315
Bottle to bring: La Gironda “La Lippa” – Barbera d’ Asti
Available at: Wine Connection, $35
Why: Traditional Italian food done the right way. The grape, Barbera, is not only so smooth but has low tannins, great acidity and lots of fruits, making it a very easy drinkable wine. Simply delicious.
This story first appeared on The Peak, December 2016 / Additional reporting by Daan Suljen, April 2019
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