The Best BYOB Spots in Austin

There are a lot of great acronyms: TGIF...LOL...YOLO...DMV. 

Okay, maybe not that last one. But one particularly awesome set of letters is, of course, BYOB. In honor of one of our favorite policies, we've compiled a list of the best places in Austin where you can bring your own booze. (And on that acronym note, be sure to have a DD.) Check out our Guide to BYOB Spots in Austin below.


Foreign & Domestic

306 E 53rd

You've got to respect a place that serves drinks but still adheres to the BYOB policy, and so you've got to respect Foreign & Domestic.


Pho Saigon Noodle House

10901 N. Lamar Blvd

If you're in the mood for a nice bowl of pho, why not double down on your liquids with a beer or two? Pho Saigon already has some seriously killer Vietnamese food, but when you combine that with a nice beer the world just makes sense.


Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Ave.

Between the picnic tables and the option to chase all that meat, coleslaw, potato salad and beans with a brewski of your choice, a visit to Micklethwait is reminiscent of a backyard barbecue…but, you know, with much better food.


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East Side Pies

5312 Airport Blvd

1809 W Anderson Ln

Pizza is already pretty much the perfect food for lunch…and dinner…and breakfast...and at East Side Pies, you can enjoy a few slices with a side of booze. (Whether you want to do that for breakfast, though, is up to you.)


The Salt Lick

18300 FM 1826

A pilgrimage to this legendary barbecue joint is often a day-long affair, and it’s no secret that the BBQ options—and experience itself—are further enhanced with a cooler full of cold beer. Just be sure to budget time for a serious nap after a Salt Lick adventure.



616 W 34th St

You like sandwiches. We assume you prefer good sandwiches. For those, we suggest you head to Foodheads, armed with a drink or two, and enjoy one of their awesome menu items. That PBR isn’t going to pair well with your homemade PB&J, after all.


Franklin BBQ

900 E. 11th St.

We're starting to notice a trend here with the BBQ places, and it's not just that they're all delicious. It seems as though the folks who run these places are fans of the whole BYOB scene. After you've braved the line at Franklin, enjoy a well-earned beer. 


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Coldtowne Theater

4803-B Airport Blvd

As far as alternative comedy goes, Coldtowne Theater is one of the more happening spots in Austin. They've got a ton of eclectic, silly, and plain hilarious shows going on pretty much every day of the week. They've also got an enlightened policy on bringing your own beer to their venue.


Pinballz Arcade

8940 Research Blvd

If you’ve ever wanted to sip on a fine Merlot while playing Mortal Kombat or pound a few Pilsners while you play Pacman, Pinballz Arcade has you covered. (And if the moves we’ve witnessed on downtown dance floors are any indication, your DDR skills are likely to skyrocket as well.) 


Pinot's Pallete

3005 S. Lamar Blvd

Though the group classes offered by this art studio make creating a masterpiece easy for anyone, if you want to create a more…impressionistic…painting, poppin’ open some bottles of Pinot at Pinot’s is a great way to unleash your inner artist. 


Austin Karaoke 

6800 N Lamar Blvd

While we know you’ve got every lyric of Slim Shady’s “Lose Yourself” on lock, sometimes even the best Eminem impersonators need a little liquid courage. And a few beers in, no one will even care that you're still on the mic at Austin Karaoke singing your 15th Taylor Swift song.


Blue Starlite Drive-In

2103 E M. Franklin Ave

Nothing complements the retro tradition of drive-in movies like the…well, eternal…tradition of drinking. Just keep in mind that throwing a few back in an automobile is apparently only allowed when it’s stationary—and, in this particular case, parked in front of a big screen at the Blue Starlite Drive-In. Its new location in deep South Austin has movie lovers frothing at the mouth.


Peter Pan Mini-Golf

1207 Barton Springs Rd.

Adult-ify the mini golf experience with alcohol at Peter Pan Mini-Golf. Keep in mind, though, that glass isn’t allowed at this beloved Austin establishment…and yelling “In your face!” at eight-year-olds after your hole-in-one is frowned upon.

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