A whiskey flask is an iconic item that grows along with its owner. From secretly sipping some illicit booze at the school dance or passing it around your friends under the bleachers, a flask matures beautifully into a sophisticated and essential accessory for any confident drinker. Perfect for taking with you while traveling or out on the trails, a flask can be either a casual, small piece for everyday use or something altogether more special and ornate to be passed through the generations as an heirloom. So what constitutes the perfect flask?
The answer depends very much on your own personal sense of style. Maybe you’re looking for something classy and modern such as a stainless steel design, a larger size to hold more whisky or a compact flask to tuck conveniently into a pocket? Whatever best suits your needs, you’re sure to find something that is perfect for you in our guide to choosing the best whisky flasks.
Best Whiskey Flasks for 2017
Premium Leather 8oz Flask
This stylish 8oz Scotch flask features a PU leather design wrap in stylish black/brown. Its cap is made from upgraded heavy-duty copper and it comes complete with its own funnel and packaged in an attractive black gift box. This premium product is made from food grade stainless steel and has been built to last, being 50% thicker than most other similar products. Its smooth edges have been laser welded to guard against roughness and leakages and it is large enough to hold 8oz (or 5 ½ shots) of your favorite whiskey.
Brown Leather 7oz Flask
This appealing set is the perfect gift for any occasion, containing a dark brown leather-wrapped flask together with 2 shot glasses and a handy funnel, all packaged in an elegant box. Holding 7oz of your favorite spirit, this compact flask is ideal for tucking into a pocket and taking along to a movie or sporting event, and as it comes with two shot glasses, it couldn’t be easier to share your favorite drink with a friend. It is made from specially formulated 304 grade stainless steel which contains 8% nickel and 18% chromium to combat rusting and features a hinged-on cap which is the perfect size to protect against leaks and spills.
Brown Leather Sportsman Flask And Cup Set
This difficult to find, traditionally-styled, leather-wrapped flask was originally designed for traveling hunters and includes integrated drinking cups in a single convenient package. Made from the highest quality stainless steel, this 10 oz canteen measures 7” in height, and is wrapped in contrast stitched genuine Italian leather. It represents a perfect gift for any keen fisherman, camper or hunter as well as anyone who appreciates the finer things in life.
Top Shelf Stainless Steel Flasks & Funnel Set
This 8oz stainless steel Bourbon flask comes with its own handy funnel and is presented in an attractive gift box which makes it an ideal present for any special occasion. Its screw-down cap is soldered to the body and attached with rivets to avoid accidental loss, and as the entire canteen only measures 4 ¾” in height and 3 5/8” in width, it is convenient to slip into a pocket to take along to any function. The inclusive funnel is the perfect size for most bottles making it spill-proof , and every piece has been leak tested individually for the purchaser’s peace of mind.
Stainless Steel Premium/Heavy Duty Hip Liquor Flask
Holding 6oz of your favorite whisky, this premium hipflask is made from the best quality food grade stainless steel and features laser welded joints to ensure a smooth finish with no rough edges. Every piece has been individually leak tested to guard against spills, and its stylish design comprises a brushed finish to the sides and a polished finish to the top and bottom for the ultimate in modern appeal. Its compact dimensions make it the perfect size to tuck into a pocket or bag for convenient traveling.
Stainless Steel - Leak Proof - Liquor HipFlask by Future Hydrate
Made from high quality food grade stainless steel, this stylish and modern hip-flask is rust and corrosion resistant for a long lifespan. The precision laser-welded seams ensure a smooth and attractive finish while guarding against accidental leaks, and the cap is fixed to the body of the flask with a swing-arm to avoid it being accidentally lost. Holding 8oz of your favorite drink, this will be an appealing gift for any occasion as it comes with a free funnel and stylish black gift box.
Maxam KTFLMAP Flask
This stainless steel hip-flask is a sturdy and sleek way to store your favorite spirit. Its screw-down and discreet cap allows convenient drinking at any time and place, and its polished finish to the top and bottom gives a modern and contemporary look. The exterior of this product displays an attractive Old World map design for added appeal and it comes presented in a white box making it an ideal gift for any recipient.
Stanley Classic Flask
The Stanley flask is indeed a true classic with its thick and robust plastic outer shell, stainless steel body and its narrow, slim look. Most commonly found in traditional green, this product is also available in a host of other colors including navy, pink and black, and is guaranteed to be BPA free. It is the ideal and timeless choice for taking along with you on outdoor activities and adventures.
Camo Grip 8oz Flask
With its modern camouflage textured wrap, this stainless steel canteen is not only sturdy and sleek but also offers a contemporary and stylish way to transport your favorite drink. Its thick, food-grade steel has been laser welded for a longer lifespan and smoother edges, and the cap is made from heavy duty copper. The set comes complete with a filling funnel and is presented in stylish black gift box packaging making it an ideal gift.
Dirty Mack's 8oz Brown Leather Stainless Steel 8 Oz Whiskey Flask
Fashioned by experts to create a classic yet rugged appearance, this stylish shot hip-flask is high quality and one of a kind. Small enough to carry easily, this product features a handy integrated 2 oz cup which is folded into its front, making it simple to drink in style. Wrapped in high grain leather PU, this durable and sturdy shot flask is made from 18/10 stainless steel which is nonreactive and non-corrosive. It also features an attached, hinged cap which fits tightly to guard against spills and leaks. Presented in an attractive two piece linen box with a satin insert and silver etching, this makes the ideal gift for any special occasion.
Secret Boozy Sunscreen Flask
This uniquely designed flask is ideal for boozy afternoons at the pool. Everybody knows that pool bars charge astronomical prices, but now you can enjoy your favorite drink right at your sun lounger without paying the hefty price tag with this 8 oz unusual flask disguised as a bottle of sunscreen! This lightweight and sturdy plastic item comes as a twin pack with one bottle marked SPF 15 and one marked SPF 30 to allow two types of drink to be carried, with a free funnel being provided with the set. These are safe for poolside use and have strong-sealing screw-on caps to avoid unwanted leaks and spills.
Secret Binocular Flask
Have more fun at concerts and sporting events when you take along this secret flask cunningly disguised as a pair of binoculars. Holding a pair of separate plastic 8 oz flasks, this is a great way to carry two types of drinks into the event of your choice without attracting unwanted attention. The plastic carrying strap makes transporting this item a breeze, while the inclusive funnel allows for easy refilling.
Pistol Hip Flask
For a fun, novelty whisky flask, it’s hard to beat this solid stainless steel pistol-shaped hip flask with its capped end and stylish leatherette carry case. Holding 6oz of your favorite liquor, this is a perfect gift for anyone who likes to shoot from the hip and drink like an outlaw!
Extremely Large Flask
Big enough to satisfy even the thirstiest of drinkers, this huge stainless steel flask holds a massive 64oz of your favorite drink. With its impressive appearance, this high quality flask features a screw off lid and is a perfect novelty gift. Ideal for use when traveling or when sharing with friends, this product is a great way to celebrate a special occasion.
Walking Cane Flask
What could be more clever and more practical than a walking cane that can also carry your booze? Made by the famous cane-makers at Harvey, this unique flask can hold 10oz of liquor while the cane itself can support weights of up to 250 lbs. The cane is incredibly stylish, made from black anodized aluminum and featuring a smart brass handle. Multi-functional and discreet, this is the ideal way to bring no less than 5 different types of drink into any event of your choice without attracting undue attention thanks to the five integrated hidden flasks in the screw-off top of the cane, all made from hardened glass and featuring airtight caps.
Modernist Porthole Flask
A great choice for anyone with an eye for modern and stylish designs, this chrome plated flask features an inset glass porthole to let you keep an eye on your favourite liquor. Perfect for collectors and style-conscious drinkers everywhere, this attractively shaped flask has a capacity of 4.5oz.
Acoustic Guitar Flask
Aspiring musicians everywhere will love this cool stainless steel flask formed in the shape of an acoustic guitar. Unique and unusual, this fun hip flask holds 4 fluid ounces of your favorite drink and is small enough to easily fit into a bag or even a guitar case. With its smart polished finish and screw-down tight-sealing cap, this flask is appealing and leak-proof.
Emergency Handbook Hidden Flask
Sometimes there are emergencies when only a strong drink will do! This fun product is cleverly disguised as an Emergency Handbook, with a magnetic-closing book-like cover hiding a secret compartment which contains a 7oz stainless steel hipflask. Perfect for travelers, students and anyone who appreciates novelty gifts, this is a fantastic gift for any occasion.
Mini Key Chain Flask
While drinking and driving is never a good idea, sometimes it’s very handy to have a convenient drink to hand when you’re out and about. And what better way to keep a shot of your favorite liquor close by than with this sturdy stainless steel 1 oz hipflask on your key chain? Measuring just 2.5” in height, it couldn’t be easier to slip this miniature piece into your pocket whenever you leave the house.
If you hate wearing a suit to work every day, you can make the workplace more fun with this unusual hip flask in the shape of a tie. There is no more discreet way to carry your favorite liquor than in this clever 8oz canteen which is built into what appears to be a traditional tie. You can even choose one in your favorite color or pattern!
Belt Buckle Flask
Why hide away your liquor in your pocket when you can wear it in style? This unusual and cleverly designed hipflask in the shape of a belt buckle has an attractive brushed finish to its sides and a smart polished look to make you look your best while you carry your favorite drink around with you in an impressively discreet way.
Leather Wallet Flask
When you’ve no way of carrying a hip flask around with you, this leather wallet flask is the ideal solution. Holding 2 oz of your favorite booze, this handy-sized product simply slides into a smart Italian leather wallet, and at under an inch thick, it will fit perfectly into your pocket, allowing you to transport your drink wherever you go without weighing you down!
Jacob Bromwell Great American Flask
The ultimate in quality, this is perhaps the most beautiful flask in the world, having been hand made in the USA from gorgeous copper by Jacob Bromwell. The method used by the talented workers to craft this stunning product has been in use since the 1800s, but its historical and classic styling results in a hefty price tag. Soldered instead of welded, this stylish antique-looking flask is closed with an American birch wood stopper and holds 9 oz of liquor – perfect for taking with you on outdoor adventures.
From the smart Filson brand, this cool stainless steel 6 oz flask boasts an appealing kidney shape and is covered with bridled leather. As you might imagine, the brand’s logo is prominently embossed on the front, adding to its stylish look.
Vargo Titanium Flask
Made from super-strong titanium, this piece is more than capable of withstanding the wear and tear you might encounter on the trails. Not only is it impressively durable, but it is also incredibly lightweight and easy to carry making it an ideal companion when you’re out and about. Thanks to its integrated silicone funnel, it couldn’t be easier to refill and you can be sure that it will never let you down.
Steadfast & Strong Pewter Flask
Made by hand in Sheffield, England, this classy 6oz hip flask is made from stylish pewter for a longer lifespan. Completely leak-proof, this attractive piece from the Steadfast & Strong brand features an appealing traditional kidney shape and a simple yet functional cap design. An ideal choice for formal occasions.
Liquid Body Flask
The ideal choice for anyone who values uniqueness, this rigid 6oz stainless steel flask has been designed to look like a foil packet. Individually designed by the Principals team in Brooklyn, this is a stylish addition to anyone’s collection.
Mustard Lip Flask
Who said hip flasks are just for men? This girly lipstick shaped piece is an ideal accessory for any big girls night out! With an inclusive funnel for simple pouring, this handy pocket-sized 4oz hip-flask has a convenient removable cap to facilitate drinking and is a wonderfully discreet way to bring your favorite drink out on the town with you.
Binocktails Bev-Brush Paddle Brush Secret Flask
A perfect and discreet way to bring spirits into a concert or sporting event, this convenient 6 oz hipflask is undetectable to a metal detector and looks entirely convincing. Not only is this a handy way to transport your booze but it is also a fully functioning hairbrush too, with a soft-touch coating and a back mirror – two accessories in one!
Spoontiques Hip Flask, Girlfriends
Traditionally-styled with a girly twist, this 7oz stainless steel hipflask is fully equipped with a funnel to make refilling a breeze and is decorated with an attractive pink design. Featuring a tightly fitting screw-on top, it also has a classic curved shape to allow for easy and comfortable storage in a pocket.
Maxam KTFLKDA Stainless Steel Flask
Imprinted with “I don’t get drunk. I get AWESOME” this cool piece is made from high quality stainless steel with an attractive brushed finish to the sides and a polished finish to the top and bottom for extra appeal. Featuring a screw-down cap, this piece will keep your drink secure and protected from leaks, and as it is presented in a stylish white box it makes an excellent choice as a gift.
Anne Taintor 58285 2-3/4 W by 4-1/4-Inch H Flask
An ideal accessory for any sophisticated lady who enjoys her liquor, this classy 4oz hipflask is made of stainless steel and features an attractive wrap-around design with a witty saying. Small enough to conveniently slip into a pocket, it is just 4 1/4″ high and 2 3/4″ wide making it simple to take with you wherever you go, while the companion funnel makes it simple to refill.
Anne Taintor Flask, Nice Girl Like Me
Truly pocket sized, this 4 oz piece represents a classy way for sophisticated ladies to take their favorite drink wherever they go. Featuring an appealing wrap-around design with a fun and witty saying, this piece is made from high quality stainless steel and also includes a funnel to make refilling a breeze.
Made from metal, a hip flask is used to carry liquor discreetly with you. Designed to be a convenient size to pop into the pocket of your coat or trousers without being visible, traditionally hip flasks were made from either glass, silver or pewter. Today they are more often made from stainless steel or plastic, and many flasks feature captive tops which prevent the user from losing the lid when the flask is opened. Typically, hip flasks are contoured for a natural fit against the thigh or hip when carried in the pocket and they are available in a range of shapes with the most popular sizes being 2.5, 4 and 8 ounces in capacity.
For generations, people have looked for discreet and simple ways to carry their alcohol with them. In the medieval period, alcohol was often carried around in gutted fruit, while in the 18th century, ladies would often bring alcohol onto British warships inside flasks manufactured from pig bladders. It was not until the 18th century that the gentry started to use hip flasks that are similar in design to those found today, and the Victorian era saw the peak of their popularity, with hip flasks even being outlawed in many areas of America during the prohibition. While the popularity of hip flasks has somewhat declined, antique pieces are now collector’s items.
While many hip flasks share similar features, there are several kinds of flask available for purchase. Before you make a decision about which is the right design for you, you should consider what type you are looking for and what you may use it for. It is even possible to engrave most types of flask if you are planning on giving it as a gift for a special occasion.
A vintage or antique flask is an ideal gift, especially if there is an interesting history behind the piece. Usually, a vintage flask will be a collector’s item and will therefore be more expensive. An antique flask may also not be suitable for actual use, although it will be an impressive conversation piece.
The majority of contemporary hip flasks are manufactured from stainless steel. Some feature an engraving or design, while others are simply plain.
Several modern hip flasks are encased in leather with stainless steel insides. Sometimes, the leather covering encompasses the majority of the flask, while in other cases, it is just a part of the overall design.
Historically, hip flasks were made from silver as it is a non-reactive material that will not flavor or taint the liquor. However today, it is more difficult to purchase a flask made from pure silver.
Although it is still possible to find hip flasks that are made out of pewter, they are not as widely available as they once were and therefore many are now collector’s items.
While you will not find a hip flask made entirely of gold, you will frequently find gold-plated hip flasks that give an opulent and decadent look.
When buying a hip flask, you need to be sure you’re buying the right shape to meet your needs. Here are some of the most common shapes available:
Kidney(Hip) – this is the traditional shape that the majority of people associate with hip flasks. This type of flask has square corners and a curved body to fit more comfortably against the thigh or hip, and will typically hold around 6 oz of liquor.
Pocket – designed to fit easily into a pocket, this style of flask has rounded corners and a flatter body, most commonly holding 4 or 6 oz.
Top Pocket – a top pocket flask is a smaller and narrower style of the pocket flask. As it is designed to fit in a small top pocket it only holds around 3oz.
Round Flask – featuring a round shape instead of a square one, this type of flask fits comfortably in a purse or pocket.
Purse – designed for women to carry easily in their purse, this style of flask is shaped similarly to a hip flask but usually only holds about 1 to 3 oz of liquor and has a narrower profile.
Special Shaped – it is possible to find flasks that have been designed in a fun or novelty shape. These are an excellent choice for a gift or to commemorate a special event.
Usually it is used to carry small amounts of liquor into places where it would be inappropriate to bring a full bottle of alcohol. Although it is possible to use it to carry any kind of drink, some liquids may cause rusting so you should take care.
Liquor should only be left inside a hipflask for a maximum of three days as after that time, it will not taste at its best due to changes in temperature and exposure to the air. Alcohol may also cause rusting and damage to a flask if it is allowed to remain inside for more than a couple of days. Flasks should be regularly cleaned, however the narrow opening can make this challenging, and a bottle brush is a good idea to scrub the inside effectively.
You should never use soap when cleaning the inside of your flask as a residue may be left behind, and you should never put it into the dishwasher unless it states clearly that it is dishwasher safe. Lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda are three products that work well to clean inside your hip flask, however you should take care to rinse it out completely and leave it upside down so that it all of the liquid will drain out and it will dry completely. If you only put one type of alcohol into your flask and you are the only person who has drank from it, you can simply use hot water to clean it effectively.