by the by: incidentally; parenthetically
So - I'll see you at the restaurant on Saturday. Oh, by the by, is it BYOG.?
BYOG : bring your own grog (=alcohol)
Most restaurants these days have a liquor licence. In 'the old days', if a restaurant didn't, people would bring their own bottle of wine and the restaurant would charge a nominal fee for 'corkage' - opening and serving the wine in glasses they provided. Unless one had been to the restaurant, one had to check - otherwise, no grog.
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