Many of the top restaurants in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are BYOBs - that's shorthand for "Bring Your Own Bottle." The popularity of Bring-Your-Own restaurants in Philly is due to many factors, including the arcane liquor laws in place in the state of Pennsylvania. These laws make it difficult - and expensive - for many restaurants to operate with a liquor license.
But laws aren't the only reason why BYOB dining is so popular in the city. By bringing your own wine, beer, or even spirits to a restaurant, diners can focus solely on the culinary talents of the head chef, and often save money as well. While the cost of dining at a BYOB restaurant in Philly is often similar to what you would pay at a non-BYOB, you don't have to pay the high restaurant markup on alcohol, which can definitely save you money. If you are a vinophile with a large collection of special bottles at home, you can choose the right one (or two, or more) to bring with you to savor with your meal.
If you are unfamiliar with BYOB scene in Philadelphia, read on to learn more about restaurants offering BYOB dining, etiquette when bringing your own wine, and wine-related products you might wish to purchase to enhance your BYOB experience.