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BYOB restaurants in Chicago

Chicago's eclectic neighborhoods are packed with pilgrimage-worthy restaurants and cafes — and tons of them are BYOB. You can bring your own booze to all sorts of Chicago spots, from hole-in-the-wall taco joints to Argentinian steakhouses. So grab your favorite bottle of red or a six-pack of local beer, and head to one of these top BYOB spots.

Tango Sur in Lakeview
Steak dinner at Tango Sur restaurant in Chicago

Local favorite Tango Sur, a steakhouse and Latin American restaurant in Lakeview, is big on portions and small on price. The semi-upscale spot is the ultimate date night destination, with cozy candlelight and a lively atmosphere. Try with the traditional parrilla — a huge helping of grilled meats, plus a salad and potatoes. Bonus: the BYOB spot doesn't charge a corkage fee, so grab a bottle on your way over. 3763 N. Southport Avenue, (773) 477-5466

Pizza Art Café in Lincoln Square 

A former coffee house, Pizza Art Café in Lincoln Square added a wood-fired brick oven and now serves pizza, salads and even roasted octopus. The rustic, loft-like setting features funky local art on the walls and a few cozy booths in the back. Bring something to drink (a Chianti maybe?) to enjoy with your perfectly charred pizza. 4658 N. Rockwell Street, (773) 539-0645

Batter & Berries in Lincoln Park
French toast at Batter & Berries restaurant in Chicago

BYOB brunch?! Sign up us. Batter & Berries in Lincoln Park serves up from-scratch sweet and savory specials that draw a crowd from all over the city. Try their french toast flight, paired with a bottle of champagne from home. They'll provide the orange juice for DIY mimosas. 2748 N. Lincoln Ave., (773) 248-7710

Han 202 in Bridgeport

Han 202 in Bridgeport is known for their outstanding (and affordable) four-course prix-fixe menu. The hard decision: choosing from their tempting array of Asian-fusion dishes, like Szechuan beef wontons, Mapo tofu, Mongolian beef, and more. The easy decision: bringing our own booze, since there's no corkage fee. 605 W. 31st Street, (312) 949-1314

Smoque BBQ in Irving Park

Barbecue at Smoque BBQ restaurant in Chicago

Barbecue and beer are a no brainer, especially when it's bring your own beer. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood off the beaten path, Smoque BBQ in Irving Park is all about smoked meats. The mouth-watering menu includes pulled pork, brisket, Texas sausage, chicken, and ribs — all served with slaw and two sides. 3800 N. Pulaski Road, (773) 545-7427

Coast Sushi in Bucktown and the South Loop

If you're craving sushi, then head to Coast Sushi for the freshest fish and creative rolls. Opt for delicate Nigiri and Sashimi or try one of the signature maki (like the Smokin Pumpkin, made with Japanese pumpkin tempura), plus the booze of your choosing at this perennially-busy favorite. Bucktown: 2045 N. Damen Avenue (773) 235-5775; South Loop: 1700 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 662-1700.

90 Miles Cuban Cafe in Logan Square and Roscoe Village
Exterior of 90 Miles to Cuba restaurant in Chicago

This slice of Havana brings a taste of Cuba to Chicago. Soak in the colorful surrounding, chow down on ropa vieja and Cubanos, and sip from a chilled carafe of sangria. Tip: if you bring the wine, they'll mix your sangria, complete with fresh fruit. Logan Square: 2540 W. Armitage Ave., (773) 227-2822; Roscoe Village: 3101 N. Clybourn Ave., (773) 248-2822.

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