There's something liberating about arriving at a restaurant with your drinks already in hand. It's like you're dining at a mate's place, rather than a business. Maybe it's this vague conviviality or the (usually) casual surrounds, but BYO joints have a certain cheery atmosphere to them. Here are our favourites.

Dumpling and Noodle House

Fresh handmade dumplings.

Shop 1 165 Victoria Street
Potts Point NSW

Ichi Ban Boshi

The place to go for hearty ramen.

Level 2, The Galeries 500 George Street
Sydney NSW

Osteria Riva

Fresh pasta made daily.

1 96 Bronte Rd
Bondi Junction VIC 2022