Bring your favourite wine bottle from home the next time you eat out at these diners and restaurants in Singapore that doesn't charge corkage fees
Of course the restaurant’s sommelier knows exactly which vino label on the menu goes best with your order, but sometimes we just want something easy and cheap. That’s why we went hunting for places with no corkage charge in Singapore where you can bring your own booze – free. Cheers to that!
Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant
Not only does this luxe Cantonese establishment stock a fine selection of wines (over 150 labels!); they offer a no corkage policy for guests who wish to bring their personal favourites. Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant, 583 Orchard Road, #B1-13, Forum the Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, p. 6732 6628. Open Mon-Sun 11am-3pm, 6-11pm.
Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant
Pair their authentic Cantonese specialties with your preferred wine at no corkage charge for the first two bottles are free. The third bottle onwards is chargeable at $20 each. Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant, 391 Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City, #04-19, p. 6735 2388.
New Ubin Seafood
This modern cze char joint doesn’t only serve your usual sambal kang kong and sweet and sour pork ribs. Instead, take advantage of their no corkage policy and pair your favourite label with their novel western dishes like the Angus Beef Steak, Pulut Hitam Risotto Stuffed Sotong, or Foie Gras Satay – salivating yet? New Ubin Seafood, Sin Ming Industrial Estate Sector A #01-174, Block 27 Sin Ming Road, Singapore 575680, p. 6466 9558.
Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant
Prepared by skilled chefs from Beijing, who are dedicated to preserving centuries-old methods of the Emperor’s imperial kitchen, Imperial Treasure’s pecking duck ($68 for a whole duck) is roasted to perfection, and served whole before sliced in front of your eyes. No meat will be left to waste – you can have the remaining duck meat returned to the kitchen, made into (complimentary) duck floss, and served again. There’s no corkage fee all week long. Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant, Paragon (#05-42/45) and Asia Square Tower 1 (#02-08/09/10), p. 6732 7838.
The Disgruntled Chef
You will feel anything but disgruntled after a meal at this casual modern European restaurant, especially on Tuesdays when there’s no corkage charge. The Disgruntled Chef, 26B Dempsey Rd, Singapore 247693, p. 6476 5305. Open Tue-Thu 12-1030pm, Fri-Sat 12-1130pm, Sun 12-1030pm.
Bedrock Bar & Grill
Chase away the Monday blues at this grill spot and crack open up to four of your favourite bottles of wine, per table, on their corkage-free Mondays (subsequent bottles incur a $50 corkage fee). As an added bonus, they serve up a mean steak and one of the city’s best mac and cheeses. Bedrock Bar & Grill, 96 Somerset Road, #01-05 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Singapore 238163, p. 6238 0054. Open Mon-Sat 12pm-12am
Have a taste of Southern Italy’s rich flavours without hopping on a jet plane at this elegant spot, which uses only sustainably-sourced seafood in its kitchen. BYOB on Mondays and Tuesdays. Gattopardo, 34 Tras Street, Singapore 079026, p. 6338 5498. Open Mon-Fri 12-230pm & 630-1030pm, Sat-Sun 630-1030pm.
Nestled within the Red Dot Traffic Building, this Italian spot is sophisticated enough for a business lunch, yet not too stuffy for a family meal or a casual romantic dinner date. Mondays to Wednesdays are corkage-free days, so bring that vintage you’ve been saving to wash down hearty plates. Otto Ristorante, 28 Maxwell Road, #01-02, Red Dot Traffic Building, Singapore 069120, p. 6227 6819. Open Mon-Fri 12-230pm & 630-1030pm, Sat 630-1030pm.
Da Paolo Ristorante
The bustling Club Street destination has stood the test of time with its classic Italian fare and pasta signatures. The best day of the week to reserve a seat there: on corkage-free Tuesdays. Da Paolo Ristorante, 80 Club Street, Singapore 069448, Open Mon-Thu: 12-230pm & 530-11pm, Fri 12-230pm & 530pm-12am, Sat 530pm-12am.