Top 5 hottest BYO spots in Adelaide

Emma Hilton
By Emma Hilton
8 months ago
4 min read

BYO is one of the great opportunities in the wining and dining scene and Adelaide is brimming with options, no matter the style of cuisine you’re chasing. As an ex-Adelaide dweller myself, there have been many a night talking over great bottles with outstanding food. Seriously, the food scene has exploded. If you still think that Adelaide is small fry as a foodie destination, I challenge you to return to see just what it has to offer. BYO is the perfect way to enjoy some great wines that need to be liberated from the wine rack. These 5 hot spots are by no means definitive but it’s a damn good place to start. 


1. East Taste Cafe

  • 119 Gouger St, Adelaide
  • Corkage: $9 per bottle

Right in the thick of the bustling Gouger street is our first BYO gem. Open until the early hours from Tuesday to Sunday, East Taste Cafe is a casual place to get your fix of Chinese over a bottle from your collection. The shallot pancakes are the best I’ve had yet, and the salt and pepper eggplant was a great little pairing with an Adelaide Hills pinot noir. The service here is always friendly and welcoming.

Mofo Tip: This is a great place to go after knocking off on Friday night!


2. Amalfi Pizzeria

  • 29 Frome St, Adelaide
  • Corkage: $15 per bottle

Amalfi has to be one of Adelaide’s most well loved Italian restaurants, boasting a fantastic array of local wines already, they also have a BYO option for when you want to bring along something extra special – that special Italian wine you've been hoarding for such an occasion, perhaps? They’ve been keeping our carb intake regulated for over 35 years and for me, the Amalfi special pasta is the one dish I find it hard not to order. It’s a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike.

Mofo Tip: Make sure you book here during the huge number of festivals and events held in Adelaide, you’ll be right in the thick of the action.


3. Parwana

  • 124b Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville
  • Corkage: donation

Since 2009, Parwana Afghan Kitchen has welcomed diners from all over. Such warm hospitality and a menu that is different depending on which day you choose to visit. The cuisine here is so full of authentic Afghan flavours, it’s best to order for your table and share in the spirit of their endless generosity. But what wines pair well with Afghan food? I hear you ask. With the spice and heat of some of these dishes, an aromatic white wine or lighter bodied reds work really well. Instead of paying for corkage, a donation is gratefully received towards feeding the homeless. So give big, this is a BYO occasion that also does some good. 


4. New Local Eatery

  • 120 Port Road, Hindmarsh
  • Corkage: $15 per bottle

For an expedition outside the CBD, go just a little further than the entertainment centre and treat yourself to a night at New Local Eatery. The menu is focused but changes with the seasons. There is a real variety to the influence of the dishes from around the world so it’s a different experience each time. 

Mofo Tip: Make the most of having the Entertainment Centre, Coopers Stadium and The Gov (one of the great live music venues) in the neighbourhood and try their pre-show set menu with two and three course options so you can be in and out quickly.


5. Little NNQ

  • 125 Gouger St, Adelaide
  • Corkage: $15 per bottle

Back on Gouger Street we go for our final BYO recommendation. Little NNQ is a Vietnamese eatery focused on bringing authentic cuisine to the table. Think cool climate wines to pair with your dishes, and your options are pretty close by with the Adelaide Hills. Whether you go for something rich and slow-cooked or a fresh salad, you can’t go wrong. If you’re feeling like something a little different to pair, try Oakridge Meunier for a bit of crunch, vibrant fruit, lighter tannins and lower alcohol.

Mofo Tip: Being so close to the Adelaide Central Market, this is a great place to stop for lunch after checking out all the mouth-watering produce in the bustling marketplace. Hello boozy lunch!


There are so many other places out there, so grab some friends, find that special bottle of wine from home and enjoy. Let us know your favourite spots to BYO in Adelaide!