Enjoying a glass of wine with dinner instantly creates a sense of occasion, but the markup can sometimes make you immediately regret said occasion. Luckily, several San Diego restaurants offer free corkage nights either all of the time or on select days of the week. Want to find out where you can bring your own wine (or in some cases, beer) from home and pay $0 for the privilege? Good! Because that’s what’s about to happen.
Coronado When you’re going: Monday The next time you’ve got a raging case of “The Mondays,” head to this lively bar/restaurant for a bacon jam-topped cheeseburger with insanely delicious truffle fries and several glasses of your favorite wine. If you’d rather not cart in your own vino, it also offers $10 off bottles every Monday from 3-10pm. Either way, you’re going to leave a lot happier.
Del Mar and Bankers Hill When you’re going: Sunday This busy duo of Italian restaurants lets diners skip paying the corkage fee on Sundays, with one small catch: you’ll have to buy your bottle at the on-site wine shop. Prices are reasonable, so it’s still a pretty sweet deal.
Kearny Mesa When you’re going: Sunday or Monday A glass of wine sounds pretty perfect with a big hunk of charbroiled meat. Luckily, this Chicago-inspired temple of beef understands that, and graciously waives corkage fees two days of the week. (It also offers half-price bottles on Tuesday and Wednesday.)
Pacific Beach When you’re going: Wednesday Every hump day evening, you can carry in a bottle of wine from home to enjoy with meaty entrees like grilled pork chops or pan-roasted catch of the day at this cozy California restaurant in the north end of Pacific Beach. Need a bottle of wine? Bird Rock Fine Wine is a mile away. Problem solved.
Pacific Beach When you’re going: Whenever you feel like it PB Fish Shop is already affordable for a fun night out, with only a handful of items priced over $15, but factor in the $0 corkage fee on wine and it’s really a winner. FYI: this deal applies only to the location in Pacific Beach; you’ll pay a modest $5 fee if you bring your own wine to the Encinitas location.
Liberty Station When you’re going: Anytime You’ll find over 100 craft and local brews on tap here, but there’s zero vino, so you’re free to bring your own, with no corkage fee. Now, the only question that remains is what pairs well with a peanut butter, jelly, and bacon-topped burger? (Probably shiraz, right?)
East Village When you’re going: Anytime Downtown’s swanky new seafood restaurant puts a major emphasis on adult grape juice (the wine list is 11 pages long, and you’ll find bottles everywhere), but it's still generous enough to waive the corkage fee for bottles you bring from home, anytime.
North Park When you’re going: Anytime Great news for anyone craving a plate of Jungle Fries (thick-cut fries topped with seasoned ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, and African salsa) -- or any other menu item, for that matter: you can bring a bottle of wine or beer along and pay no corkage fee any day of the week. A bottle of Tusker (from Kenya) is a great choice if you’re leaning towards beer.
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