from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle of liquor served that was not bought on the premises.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fee charged by a restaurant to serve wine that the diner has provided, at a BYOB.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The charge made by innkeepers for drawing the cork and taking care of bottles of wine bought elsewhere by a guest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The corking or uncorking of bottles; hence, the serving of wine or other bottled beverages in hotels and inns. Specifically
- n. A charge made by hotel-keepers and others for the serving of wine and liquors not furnished by the house, or for the corking and re-serving of partly emptied bottles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a charge added at a restaurant for every bottle of wine served that was not bought on the premises
For another wrinkle, some areas in Ontario permit 'corkage', whereby diners can bring their own bottle of wine to a restaurant and pay the corkage fee.
Places that do not offer wine are charging for corkage which is ridiculous and, if we are learning anything from the saga of the East Village's European Union opening, probably criminal.
This week, the Baltimore Sun weighed in against the corkage ban in a hard-hitting editorial that called the corkage ban “nonsensical” and “yet another example of the convoluted, antiquated, and anti-consumer nature of Maryland’s liquor laws.”
Other popular suggestions included a three-euro charge for smoking a cigarette in a specially converted toilet cubicle, and a two-euro 'corkage' fee for bringing your own food on-board.
With sales and traffic dwindling, many restaurants are either offering BYOB nights or chopping the "corkage" fee to open bottles bought elsewhere, to entice more wine-drinking diners to pay for a meal out.
€2 "corkage" fee for passengers who bring their own food,
Where I live licenses to serve liquor are rationed and so many restaurants are BYOB, and do not charge corkage.
All of the 300+ wines in the retail store can be purchased with dinner, and with no corkage fee.
We are pricing our bottles at retail, and when the wines are consumed on premise we only add the corkage fee.
If not, most venues allow you to bring wine, with a corkage fee.