What does BYOB mean? Learn the definition, how and when to use text abbreviation BYOB with useful conversation examples and ESL printable infographic.
What Does BYOB Mean?
“BYOB” stands for “bring your own bottle.”
It is a phrase that has been around before the internet. The bottle here isn’t a bottle of water. In “BYOB,” the bottle refers to alcohol.
Similar internet slang terms
There aren’t many similar words, but the term “BYO” means “bring your own.” This can be used with anything that someone would like others to bring to an event or gathering.
Aside from “bring your own bottle,” “BYOB” can also mean “bring your own beer” or “bring your own booze.” Some even say it could mean “bring your own beverage.” In any case, it almost always means that people should bring their own alcohol.
This phrase is almost always used for parties. In a party, it means that the host will not provide alcoholic beverages, but guests are free to bring anything that they would like to drink. It may also mean that the host has a limited amount of alcohol but not enough for everyone at the party. This is an easy way to ensure that guests at the party will have a good time because they can bring whatever they would like to drink and the host doesn’t have to worry about getting something that people won’t like.
Other times, it can be used for restaurants that are unable to serve alcohol. Serving certain types of liquor requires a license, but some laws permit customers to bring their own alcoholic beverages and drink them in the restaurant for a fee. In this case, it would be called a “BYOB restaurant.”
This term can be used by anyone who is having a party. It is used by both younger and older people alike.
Let’s see some examples of how people use “BYOB” in regular conversation:
- Friend 1: Have you talked to Craig about the party?
- Friend 2: I didn’t, but my friend Zoe did. She said he’s a dope bartender. I’m looking forward to it!
- Friend 1: That might be so, but I don’t think he’s going to have the usual spread.
- Friend 2: What? What do you mean?
- Friend 1: Rachel said it’s gonna be a BYOB party. If you want some of those fancy cocktails, it looks like you’re gonna have to bring the bar with you!
- Friend 2: Eh, I’ll just bring some beer for me I guess.
This exchange shows two friends who are talking about a party at their mutual friend Craig’s house. Friend 2 is excited because he has heard that Craig is an exceptional bartender and can craft some amazing cocktails. Friend 1 informs Friend 2 that the upcoming party will be a “BYOB” party. Typically, most patrons would bring beer, wine, or liquor. That means that there probably won’t be a lot of ingredients that go together. Friend 2 decides to bring his own beer.
- Boyfriend: Happy anniversary baby!
- Girlfriend: Ah thanks, you’re so sweet.
- Boyfriend: I know, pick you up at 7? I got reservations at the new Italian place.
- Girlfriend: How romantic. How’s the wine selection?
- Boyfriend: I looked into it. Since they just opened, it’s a BYOB restaurant. They don’t have their license yet.
- Girlfriend: Ah, that’s too bad.
- Boyfriend: Don’t worry! I know a nice wine shop around the corner!
In example 2 we have a texting conversation between a couple about celebrating their anniversary. The girlfriend likes wine and wanted to know what they had the restaurant. The boyfriend let her know that they don’t serve wine but it’s a “BYOB” restaurant so they can bring their own.
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