How Does BYOB Work in Texas? BYOB Venues Near You

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BYOB in Texas

If you’re planning a get-together in a public place or know that your gallery or restaurant is having an open mic night or hosting a bridal brunch, it is fruitful to be aware of the bring-your-own-beverage laws in your local area. Luckily, if your business is in the great lone star state, you don’t have too much homework to do. Texas has some of the laxest laws in the country regarding BYOB. In fact, there are no statewide Texas BYOB laws; there are only restrictions regarding alcohol-related state laws and specific permits. Learn more about how BYOB works in Texas and which locations will let you relax with your own beverages with a Zipps Liquor on the way. 

How Does BYOB Work in Texas 

The Texas Alcohol and Beverage Code regulates BYOB, alcohol-related laws, and permit restrictions. The TABC must approve specific permits to allow for alcohol to be served on-premise in particular locations. 


So long as there are no restrictions in your local city and county ordinances, in conjunction with business regulations, you may bring in your alcoholic beverages to:

  • Any establishment licensed to sell beer or wine 
  • Any establishment not licensed to sell alcoholic beverages 

TABC Permits

Still, some places fall outside the parameters of “any establishment.” Both Mixed Beverage Permits and Private Club Registration Permits are required for specific establishments. If an establishment holds one or both of the MB or N permits, you may not be BYOB, and doing so will result in a violation. 

MB & N Permits and BYOB 

If you are applying for an MB or N permit, it is recommended that you do not allow any BYOB on-premise while waiting for approval. If you suffer a violation, in addition to the patron who BYOB, it could damage your approval process. 

BG Permits and BYOB

However, if you are an establishment that sells beer or wine and your patrons want to BYOB as you wait for your Wine and Beer Retailer’s Permit, it is unlikely that you will suffer any violations. Your business can still sell the necessary accouterments that complement distilled spirits that customers bring in from the outside, and the required BG permit will push through without any challenges. 

Alcohol-Related State Laws 

Even though your customers bring their alcohol from outside your establishment, you are still responsible for a portion of the liability. Since you do not have control over the alcohol, it is unlikely that you will over-serve them, as is the biggest concern in the bar industry, but other issues must be reconciled. To ensure you have the right amount of beverages, use our drink calculator and shop online.

Minors and Alcohol 

Just like most of the United States, the legal age of alcohol possession is 21 in Texas. However, there is an exception that all establishments need to be aware of before making the bylaws and regulations that govern their business establishment. 

In Texas, if a minor is with a parent or guardian, that minor can imbibe alcohol under the watch of their accompanying adult. This occurrence creates a very tricky legal situation. Your business can choose whether or not to allow minors on-premise to avoid the problem altogether. The penalty, if found guilty, can be any of the following: 

  • Class A misdemeanor for the first offense with a fine up to $4,000 and jail time up to a year 
  • Drivers license is suspended for up to 180 days 
  • Can be held liable for damages caused by intoxication of the minor 
  • The owner/lessee of the building can also be held liable for damages caused by the intoxication of a minor 
  • Suspension of business license 

Public Intoxication 

BYOB often removes the danger of over-serving someone at the hands of your establishment. However, you remain responsible for calling authorities if a person appears to be publicly intoxicated. Suppose it is your best judgment that a person is so intoxicated that they may endanger themselves or another person due to the excess consumption of alcohol. In that case, it is your due diligence to contact authorities. Public intoxication is dangerous and illegal by Texas Penal Code Section 49.02.

Public Consumption 

Another alcohol-related law that business owners must be aware of, despite not even serving the alcohol, is the legal hours of consumption. Whether an establishment has a TABC permit or not, there are still restrictions as to how long alcohol consumption can last in a public place. 

It seems that if you want the party to continue, you will have to take it home after 12:15 a.m. Sunday night through Friday night and 1:15 a.m. on Saturday. Some areas end one hour later at 2:15 a.m. with extended hours.

What Are BYOB Restaurants in Texas?

BYOB restaurants in Texas allow you to bring your outside drink into the restaurant. Check ahead of time to see if they allow liquor, as some restaurants are beer and wine only. Remember that corkage fees and other setup fees are fees that restaurants charge to recoup the money lost in alcohol sales when you bring your own. Check out some of the best BYOB restaurants around Texas and enjoy your dinner with the drink of your choice. 

Jenni’s Noodle House 

602 East 20th St., Houston TX 77098

Jonathan’s The Rub

Memorial Green, 12505 Memorial Dr., Houston TX 77024

Nona’s Italian Grill

3091 College Park Dr., Suite 185, The Woodlands, TX 77384

Via Emilia 

10700 Kuykendahl Rd. Suite F, The Woodlands, TX 77381


8000 McBeth Way, #170, The Woodlands, TX 77382

Hummingbird Tea Room & Bakery

30420 FM2978 #160, Magnolia, TX 77354


317 Mesquite St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Komodo Loco

109 Oakland St., Denton, TX 76209

Anton’s Meat & Eat

610 Byron Nelson Blvd., Suite 110, Roanoke, TX 76262

Taqueria Guadalupana

1255 S Grant Ave, Odessa, Texas 79761

When deciding on a restaurant that allows BYOB in your area, be sure to locate the Zipps Liquor store on the way to your dinner reservation. Not only does Zipps have a wide selection of beer, wine, and spirits, but the prices are competitive, so you will still have enough funds for the whole spread and even dessert once you settle in for your meal. 

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