Posted by The Frugal Diva on 29th January 2014
The Frugal Diva cannot tell Two Buck Chuck from Chateau Lafite-Rothschild so it was up to my friends to inform me of this policy at many restaurants – free corkage. You bring the wine and they provide the glasses, you sip and they serve, you pay nothing and they stand by at your service. In an effort to brave the new realities of consumer spending, many restaurants allow patrons to bring in their own wine at no fee.
This is a great perk for those who have an extensive collection of wine or for those who just want to stop by a market and pick up a decent bottle for $8 to $12. Twelve dollars is just about what a glass of wine goes for in many places and you will be getting four full glasses for the same price. When choosing restaurants for a night out this usually leads to a minimum savings of about $50.
Opentable.com allows you to check out which restaurants are letting you bring wine at no charge. Some like the Daily Grill only allow it on Tuesdays, others such as Roy’s have a changing policy, and Magnolia in Hollywood allows it anytime. On the Open Table left hand side they have free corkage and BYOB listing for restaurants in every city. Policies change quickly so always call to verify before making a reservation.
Stop by Fresh & Easy on your way to dinner and find award winning bottles at great prices. I pick wines, the same way I pick race horses-by their names. So I was drawn to Pacific Coast Highway’s Chardonnay and took it when joining friends for dinner. Everyone applauded my choice of this lovely white wine and no one guessed it came in under $10. Unlike my choices at the track, this wine was a winner for price, quality, and remembering long wonderful rides up the coast when I first moved to LA.
Another plus about Fresh & Easy, you don’t have to negotiate through an huge store when in a hurry or high heels.
Disclaimer: Fresh and Easy sends The Frugal Diva occasional samples and gift cards plus her stepson works there as a buyer.