What’s the Deal With NYC BYOBs?

Originally Published : March 4, 2013

You’ve seen it throughout New York City: that small, hole-in-the-wall establishment that prominently advertises “BYOB” (Bring Your Own Beer/Bottle/Booze; whatever you fancy).  Bringing your own alcohol is certainly tempting for a customer, considering the alcohol mark-up some restaurants impose on their patrons who choose to drink.

But listen up all you restaurant owners: If you are an unlicensed establishment, you are not permitted to allow customers to bring their own alcohol.  And if you have any type of liquor license pending with the SLA, you may face disapproval if they discover what you’re doing.

We are familiar with the many BYOB misconceptions and are happy to clear them up or help you if you’re facing a violation.