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Money Moral Dilemma: Should I have paid for alcohol-free drinks at a bring-your-own restaurant?

edited 11 May at 3:21PM in UK Holidays, Days Out & Entertainments
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This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...

Some friends and I recently ate at a local bring-your-own-bottle restaurant (outside, of course). I don't drink, so brought alcohol-free beer. The owner wasn't happy as the restaurant sells the same beer, though at five times the price I paid. I felt it was unfair I should be asked to pay inflated prices for alcohol-free drinks when my friends were free to bring as much cheap booze as they wanted. In the end, the owner said she'd 'allow it just this once'. But who was right?

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  • MarconMarcon Forumite
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    Isn't this a non-dilemma, since you didn't have to pay?
  • edited 12 May at 6:05AM
    HodgieHodgie Forumite
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    edited 12 May at 6:05AM
    Why not call into a supermarket and pick up food on the way to the restaurant; I'm sure they will heat it up for you?  That way you won't have a bill to pay at the end of the meal.
  • fuzBearfuzBear Forumite
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    If you think the prices are unfair, drink tap water. 

    The restaurant either doesn't hold a licence or doesn't want to obtain one. But trying to encourage business by permitting BYOB. I can't think of any restaurant that would allow turning up with your own drinks (outside of BYOB). What's in it for them? Shouldn't we all do our bit, to help local businesses to recover. 
  • MarcMCFC1986MarcMCFC1986 Forumite
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    PaulTee said:
    Ask your friends for empty beer bottles. Soak these in water so that the labels come of. Do the same with the alcohol free beer. Now put thelabels from the alcohol beer on to the alcohol free beer so that it now appears that they qualify under the BYOB.
    Seriously, presumably alcohol free beer is still beer so qualifies.
    Isn't BYOB 'Bring Your Own Booze'? And alcohol free isn't booze.
  • Builder_DaveBuilder_Dave Forumite
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    BYOB also means 'bring your own booze/bottle", it's purely for alcoholic drinks. You should have purchased their non-alcoholic beer, had a soft drink or nipped out to the local off-licence.
    Hodgie said:
    Why not call into a supermarket and pick up food on the way to the restaurant; I'm sure they will heat it up for you?  That way you won't have a bill to pay at the end of the meal.
    But this was a "bring your own beer" restaurant. He brought his own beer. It just happened to be alcohol free.
    BYOB is Booze/Bottle/Beer in other words alcoholic drinks. All drinks should be purchased at the establishment unless you're drinking water or alcoholic drinks. If in doubt check with the restaurant before you go.
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