8 Restaurants in Singapore With FREE Corkage

Cheers! You can bring your own booze (BYOB) to these restos.
08 October 2020
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If you’re looking for places with no corkage charge in Singapore to BYOB (bring your own booze) for free, look no further.

These 8 restaurants in Singapore don’t charge corkage fees and allow you to bring your favourite wine bottle from home. What better way to wine down, eh?

*COVID Update: Remember to check ahead and make your reservations with these restos. Also, let’s keep our group gatherings small (maybe, 8?). Mask up, practice social distancing, and embrace the new normal.

1. MORSELS

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Cuisine: Asian Fusion

BYOB: Free corkage on Tuesdays; one bottle per person, capped at 4 bottles per table

Where: MORSELS, 25 Dempsey Rd., #01-04, 249670

Bottle to bring: Luis Pato Baga – Natural Wine

Available at: Sasha’s Fine Foods, $45

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 MORSELS’ diverse sharing menu, such as Rendang Beef Tartare and Cursed Kühlbarra Barramundi.

2. Peach Garden

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Cuisine: Chinese fine dining

BYOB: Free corkage for the *first bottle.

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, $32

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.

*Please call them at 6535 7833 if you wish to bring more.

3. New Ubin Seafood Restaurant (CHIJMES)

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Cuisine: Local seafood dishes and Western fare

BYOB: Free corkage all week

Where: New Ubin Seafood Restaurant (CHIJMES), 30 Victoria St, #02-01B/C, 187996

Bottle to bring: Matua – Sauvignon Blanc

Available at: Wines N Spirits or RedMart, ~$25

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.

4. Bedrock Bar and Grill

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Cuisine: Western steakhouse

BYOB: Free corkage on Mondays for the first four bottles; subsequent 750-milliliter bottles are $50 and up

Where: Bedrock Bar & Grill, 96 Somerset Rd., Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, #01-05, 238163

Bottle to bring: Peccavi – Syrah

Available at: Cellarbration, and Peccavi Wines SG, ~$62

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.

5. Wah Lok Restaurant

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Cuisine: Cantonese

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 Rd., 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.

6. Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare

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Cuisine: Italian

BYOB: up to 1 bottle per person on Wednesdays

Where: Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare, 36 Tras Street, 078975

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.

7. Summer Hill

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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 (Art series), Wines Wholesale SG (Art series) ~$105-118, Wines Wholesale (Prelude), $78

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.

8. Zafferano Italian Restaurant and Lounge

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Cuisine: Italian

BYOB: Free corkage on Sundays (a la carte only) and not applicable with other promotions

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 smooth but also has low tannins, great acidity and lots of fruits, making it a very drinkable wine. Simply delicious.

This story first appeared on The Peak, December 2016 / Additional reporting by Daan Suljen, April 2019 / Updated by Willaine G. Tan, September 2020. Images: provided by the cafes or from their social media pages.

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