A flask may not be the best receptacle for enjoying great whiskey, but if you ever need to bring a nip out of the house—and we’re not judging—it’s exactly what you need. Whether you’re going on a trip, sneaking booze into the movies, or trying to save on drinks at the club, we’ve got you covered:
For timeless appeal, this stainless steel option from Filson can’t be beat. It’s wrapped in bridle leather that’s hand-stitched with wax thread. The screw-on top is hinged to the flask for safekeeping.
If you’re looking for something a little more outdoorsy, this iconic stainless steel flask is a camping mainstay, perfect for a fireside nip after a long day on the trail. It’s rugged enough to pass on to your children, comes in five colors, and is complete with a lanyard so the cap can’t get lost.
The archetypal copper flask, this is a pricey ($200 direct from the company, as cheap as $110 from some third-party sellers) but eye-catching option. It’s made from pure copper, assembled with lead-free solder, and lined with tin on the inside, in the same process the manufacturer has been using since 1819. Comes with a cute birch stopper.
This striking model is made from super-strong titanium, and weighs just 2.5 ounces empty—about half the weight of the Filson flask above. It’s concave on the back for comfortable pocket-carrying. If you’re worried about steel affecting the taste of your precious whiskey, titanium, which is mostly inert, is an excellent alternative.
Looking more like a Capri Sun than a flask, this unusual vessel is made by inflating two welded-together sheets of surgical-grade stainless steel with water, a process called hydroforming. As a result, each flask is unique. Holds six ounces and comes in chrome, white, or black.
Cheaply-made stainless steel flasks are a dime a dozen online (well, more like $6 each, but you get the idea). Don’t bother with them. The welding and finishing process manufacturers use for these flasks often leaves minute cracks in the bottom that alcohol will slowly leak out of—and some reviewers online have reported the metal will react with its contents.
If you’re looking for something cheap, go for these plastic ones instead. They weigh almost nothing, collapse when empty, and won’t turn your Wild Turkey black.
It’s tacky, sure. But if you want to sneak hooch into a ball game, concert, or festival, this is the way to do it. Just be sure to pour your whiskey into a cup, or you’ll get some funny looks.