Posted by James Hindle on

Singapore is an expensive city. The 4th most expensive on our planet according to CNBC and Mercer's 2016 Cost of Living Rankings.

So to help out, and after much agonising at Pop Up HQ - and several years of wallet-busting fine dining - here's what we - and our good mate, wine writer, Justin Teoh - consider 'The Best BYO Restaurants in Singapore'.

Dempsey Cookhouse

A Michelin-starred chef and outdoor dining at its best - Singapore style. A beautiful tropical garden and good service. Corkage is $50 per bottle, and they have been known to waive the corkage if you order a second bottle.

 Burnt Ends

With several Australians on our books, it’s perhaps unsurprising that this Modern Australian Barbeque restaurant was popular.  Corkage is $50 per bottle. 


A newcomer to the Dempsey restaurant scene, French restaurant Atout is making a mark on its iconic tropical setting - the old Petit Salut digs. An excellent French Bistro, charcuterie and wine bar. Corkage $50. 


The Swisshotel’s 70th floor restaurant is as famous for its panoramic views as it is its excellent French cuisine.  They require a ransom of $100 per bottle, for corkage.

Otto Ristorante Italiano

One of the best Italian restaurants on the island, this recently relocated restaurant has corkage-free Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  On other days corkage is $30 per bottle.

Bistecca Tuscan Steak House

Superb steaks, and a superb - mostly Italian - winelist.  Busy each and every time we have visited.  Corkage is $50 per bottle.

The Cliff

An excellent Italian restaurant within beautiful Sofitel Hotel, Sentosa. An impressive wine list. Corkage ($50) permitted upon prior request.

Shinji by Kanesaka

Double Michelin star winning chef Shinji Kanesaka’s eatery is the finest Japanese restaurant on the island.  Corkage is $50 per bottle.


Several restaurants, including those in the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel, have proclaimed a complete ban on BYO, but many restaurants permit it - normally charging a “corkage” fee of $30 to $60 per bottle.  Some restaurants have a "buy one, bring one" policy.  A handful of restaurants offer invaluable corkage-free days.


James Hindle, Pop Up Wine 8/9/16

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