AskDefine | Define corkage

Dictionary Definition

corkage n : a charge added at a restaurant for every bottle of wine served that was not bought on the premises

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A charge made by a restaurant to serve wine that the diner has provided.

Extensive Definition

BYO (Bring your own) is a term used at restaurants to show that customers can bring their own drinks (usually alcoholic beverages), as opposed to Fully Licensed where such drinks must be bought at the restaurant, which would be fully licensed to sell alcohol. A restaurant can have both of these labels applied to it. Corkage fees may be applied for consuming or opening wines and other drinks at both kinds of restaurants.
This designation is common in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and North America.

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corkage in German: BYO
corkage in French: Bring Your Own
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