What does BYOL stand for?

Bring your own liquor

If you have been asked to BYOL to a party, it means you are being told to “bring your own liquor”. This is a quick and easy way for the host to let you know that while they may provide food or soft drinks, you are expected to bring your own alcoholic beverages if you wish to drink.

This term has been around since the early 20th century and is often used in event invitations, social media posts or via text messages. Its use has been particularly common in informal social gatherings where the host does not want to or cannot supply liquor.

Over time, the acronym BYOL has evolved into BYOB, an acronym that stands for “bring your own beer”. While BYOB has become more widely used, you can still encounter BYOL in some situations.

So, the next time you are planning a casual get-together or a big celebration and you don’t want to provide the alcohol, just tell your guests it’s a BYOL event. They will understand that means they need to bring their own liquor if they want to drink.

Example for using ‘BYOL’ in a conversation

Hey, are you coming to the party tonight?

Of course! What time does it start?

7 PM. Just a heads up, it’s BYOL.

Got it. I’ll bring my own liquor then. Thanks for letting me know! 🍻