Whether you're watching your wallet or just a fan of a very particular tipple, being able to bring in a bottle of something from home when eating out always feels like a bit of a treat. You feel a little bit naughty, you save a few quid, and you can drink EXACTLY what you fancy. 

Luckily there'll be no sneaky swigging from brown paper bags at any of these local Cardiff establishments; they all actively encourage you to bring a bottle of whatever you like - the only thing left to do next is chow down!

This family-run joint is Mecca for Cardiff’s veggies and just a stone’s throw from the city centre. The kitchen cooks fresh and authentic Indian dishes and if you want tasty, cheap and filling grub, you’ve come to the right place. There’s also an Indian snack bar, serving up treats like multi-coloured crisps and a variety of homemade traditional sweets, many of which are vegan. The restaurant is un-licenced, but encourages BYOB and there’s a corner shop two doors down - perfect. Portions are big so you might have to ask for a doggie bag, and the restaurant also does takeaway if you prefer to veg out in the comfort of your own home.

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At first impressions, this unsuspecting restaurant may look plain and simple, but the food here is anything but. As the name suggests, The Hellenic Eatery offers the very best of age-old Greek cuisine. Almost everything on the menu has been marinated for at least 2 hours, before being grilled on a skewer. Set up by Greek duo, Michalis Papadakis and Pavlos Ktistakis, The Hellenic Eatery is a family affair. Visiting the restaurant, you too are made to feel like part of the family; not only do Michalis and Pavlos want you to experience great Greek food, they want you to have a genuinely good time.

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This is a place to kick back, enjoy heartily made grub and soak in the youthful ambience of an area sited smack-bang between Cardiff's vibrant student quarter and the beautiful Blackweir Fields. Undoubtedly one of Cardiff's most popular day-time student eateries, evenings see young professionals and all manner of folk with an Americana appetite tucking into thick milkshakes and devilishly designed dogs (all of which are packed with high-grade-super-pork from Native Gloucester Breeds reared on small farms). Think generous amounts of toppings and soft brioche buns Allen's Bakery - you're onto a winner.

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The team at award-winning Da MARA certainly know how to impress... With seasonal Italian dishes and specially selected wines to suit, Da MARA is an Italian food lover's dream. Colourful artsy interiors transport you from the streets of Cardiff to warmth of Naples; and the pizzas are to die for, too. For the true pizza fanatics who also have a sweet tooth, indulge in their pizza al cioccolato pronta for dessert - trust us when we say you will not be disappointed.

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Published -7th June 2018