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9 Ways How to Open a Bottle Without a Bottle Opener

1. How to Open a Bottle with Paper

Do you only have a piece of paper and a bottle and no means of popping the cap? Read on.

  1. Get a standard piece of paper and fold it in half over and over again until you no longer can.
  2. Grip your folded piece of paper and your bottle tightly in each hand.
  3. Place the upper edge of the paper just below the rim of the bottle.
  4. Hold the piece of paper down tightly with your thumb.
  5. Use the base of your palm and with an upward motion, forcefully hit the bottom edge of the paper up to pop the bottle cap.

2. How to Open a Bottle without a Bottle Opener by Using a Countertop

You can also do this on any surface as long as it has a cornered edge.

  1. Shove the cornered edge right underneath the cap.
  2. Make sure you have a tight grip on the bottle with one hand so the bottle doesn’t drop when you smack it.
  3. Smack the bottle with the palm of your hand. The force should shoot the bottle down and open the cap.

3. How to Open a Bottle with a Lighter

A lighter sits on a table.
A lighter sits on a table.

If you or your friends smoke, chances are one of you have this in your pocket. Let the malt flow.

  1. Grip the bottle of the neck real tight with one hand.
  2. Make sure your index finger’s crook is right in front of the bottle’s collar – the indented part immediately below its lip but before the neck. This will serve as your fulcrum.
  3. Take your standard lighter and make sure its bottom width is roughly equal to the size of the collar and insert inside the hook made by the index finger near the bottle’s collar. The lighter should lie horizontally.
  4. Prop the end of the lighter just below the edge of the cap.
  5. What you want to happen is to lift the entire cap and not just the edge. Just lift the lighter and pull outwards to get the cap off.

4. How to Open a Bottle with a Ring

Daddy or Mommy want to take a swig? The ring’s the bling to remove the bottle’s crown off.

  1. Open your hand with the ring, palms facing outward.
  2. Take the bottle lip and hook up the cap in the upper part of the ring.
  3. Close your ring hand over the top of the bottle while making sure the bottle cap stays hooked to the ring.
  4. Hold the bottle firmly with your other hand.
  5. Simply roll your ring hand over to part the cap from the bottle lip.

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5. How to Open a Brewski with a Belt Buckle

What holds your pants up also has the power to part the cap from the brew.

  1. Do this if you’re wearing a belt. Unfasten the end of the leather to expose the buckle because you’ll be using the inside of the buckle’s frame to lift the cap off.
  2. Turn the buckle upwards and insert the bottle’s lip inside the frame.
  3. Let the edge of the cap rest on the inner edge of the buckle frame or on the prong of the buckle and try to jack the cap off.

6. How to Open a Bottle with Your Teeth

Friends try to open a bottle with their teeth.
Friends try to open a bottle with their teeth.

Warning: You can chip your teeth if you try this.

Also, no one will want to drink from the lip of a bottle anointed with your saliva. You can’t do this if you’re tending a bar.

  1. Hook the tip of the cap onto your lower teeth preferably those immediately after your canines.
  2. Bite your upper teeth down on the cap of the beer bottle.
  3. Maintain a tight grip on the beer bottle.
  4. Use the bottle as a lever and lift it up to unseat the bottle cap.

Canine Tooth Definition: The long and slightly pointed tooth also known as a fang, dogtooth, or eyetooth

7. How to Open a Cold One with a Car Key

Your car key is literally the key to downing a cold one before you hit the road (not literally, though — don’t drink and drive).

  1. You’re outdoors, with a cooler but no bottle opener? No problem. Take your beer bottle and close your hands real tight over its collar.
  2. Make sure the cap is still a little exposed and it’s not totally covered by your grip. Let your car key lie horizontally directly under the edge of the bottle cap.
  3. Squeeze the bottle hard with your grip, and with your other hand, twist the key to lift the cap off. Enjoy your beer.

8. How to Open a Bottle with a Hammer

If you’re the garage and someone brings over a bottle without the proper tool to pop it open, just use this trusty tool to do it for you.

  1. Hold the neck of the bottle tightly with your dominant hand.
  2. Take a hammer and turn it upside down because you’re going to use the claw.
  3. Put the edge of the cap over the edges of the two prongs of the claw.
  4. Lift the hammer and the bottle cap away from each other to remove the cap.

9. How to Open a Beer Bottle with a Car Seat Belt

A car seatbelt
A car seatbelt

Your car’s belt buckle isn’t only a safety device, it can also help you if you want to get inebriated at a tailgate party (again, don’t drive and drive).

  1. Hold your bottle by the neck tightly.
  2. Take the edge of the seat belt buckle and put it directly at the edge of the cap.
  3. Lift the buckle and jack the cap off the bottle.

Watch how to open a bottle using a spoon from this video by wikiHow:

A brewski’s always a boon wherever a bottle pops up, but sometimes a bottle opener isn’t always available. That’s why knowing what tools you can use and learn how to open a beer bottle without a bottle opener should be among your essential life skills.

What other unusual stuff do you use aside from these nine common items? Give us your answer below and expand our repertoire of beer-opening hacks.

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How to Store Wine After Opening without a Cork

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So you’ve opened the bottle but you haven’t consumed it all. If the cork is intact, it’s pretty straightforward to insert it back. But what if it got damaged in the process?

Why is this important? One word – oxygen. It’s both, a friend and enemy to the wine. While the initial exposure to oxygen (when you first open the bottle) improves the taste, leave wine out in the open longer and it gets ruined.

Here are a few ways to keep the wine longer:

  • Transfer it into a sealable container. It loses in style but keeps fresh longer.
  • Use a wine stopper.
  • Put it in a fridge. It’s not a big saver, but it will still be good tomorrow.
  • The above methods will keep your wine fresh for a couple of days at most. If you want to keep it fresh longer, invest in a vacuum seal gadget. This will keep it fresh for a couple of weeks.
  • The ultimate wine saver is the air pump opener (The Coravin) which pierces the cork with a needle, pulls out only as much wine as you need, and replaces it with inert gas, thus keeping it sealed as if you’ve never opened it.
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How to Recork a Wine Bottle

This is a method to recork and reseal a wine bottle if you have to do it. It goes as far as showing you how to put the foil covers on the bottles.

Inserting the cork itself is the easy part as it requires to simply force it in. Then, refer to the video to see how to close the foil cover for the complete process.

The bottle turns out as new (as you’ve never opened it in the first place).

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Open the Door to Happiness

This bottle opening trick has to be the most impressive way to enter a room. Place the top of the bottle of beer inside the strike plate of a door and lodge the bottle cap against the edge of the opening. Pull back the bottle of beer and enjoy. If your door doesn’t open easily, learn the parts of a door to fix it.

How to Open a Wine Bottle with Fire and Heat

Heat is your friend when it comes to using physics to get that cork out. It’s one of the easiest methods to use, albeit it’s a bit dangerous and you have to be careful.

Here are a few ways how you can use heat to your advantage.

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How to Open a Wine Bottle with a Lighter

Do you have a lighter on you? Good – that’s all you need to open a wine bottle! The idea is to heat up the air just beneath the cork so the pressure increases and pops it out. Here’s the method:

  1. Remove the cover from the top of the bottle to expose the neck and the cork.
  2. Start heating up the bottleneck. Start slowly by heating around the neck with the flame. The goal is to warm it up first – a sudden increase in the temperature might break the glass.
  3. Once the bottle is warmed up, you can pretty much keep heating it up (still slowly rotating the bottle). This will take a couple of minutes before the cork starts moving.
  4. Wait for it to pop out.

This method is one of the easiest but it involves some hazard because you’re using open flame and heat. Use it carefully!

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How to Open Wine Bottle with a Torch

More ways to use heat to your favor in opening that bottle. A cooking blow torch comes to your aid. The idea is the same as using a lighter:

  1. Heat the neck of the bottle at the cork level (you should see the air gap under the cork).
  2. Keep turning the bottle and heating it evenly from all sides.
  3. It pops out due to expanding air in a few minutes.

This is a better and safer method than the lighter, but you need to have a cooking torch available.

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How to Open a Wine Bottle with Hot Water

Bringing the wine to a boil gets the cork out in a hands-off way. The only downside to this method is that boiling wine can mess up with the taste, and you have to wait for it to cool off.

But it does the job done:

  1. Pour some water into a pot (enough to immerse the bottle halfway).
  2. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Put the bottle in.
  4. As the wine heats up, the air expands and pressure builds up, pushing the cork out.
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That’s How to Get a Wine Bottle Open!

Ideally, you have a good wine bottle opener. If not, hopefully you’ve got a nice, firm shoe. And, bottle opened, you’ll be ready to begin the next step of wine service: pouring wine. We recommend starting by reading how many ounces in a wine bottle.

You can supplement your wine pouring endeavors with some wine pourers or wine glasses with pour lines, too. However to best take advantage of your newly opened bottle, go with it.


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