Just because you fancy day drinking from a flask doesn’t mean you need to feel — or look — like the degenerate you are. From hand-etched to limited edition to sailor-inspired kitsch, these ten flasks ensure you’re carrying your booze like a gentleman.
The classic flask form has changed little since man first started toting his tipple from home to work to church and back. Areaware’s Liquid Body Flask upends the traditional design entirely. The glossy silver exterior looks like a flash-frozen stamp of liquid mercury. It’s sleek, modern, and unlike any we’ve seen before. It’s guaranteed to be a standout among those of your flask-carrying friends. Plus, the six-ounce capacity is more than enough to get you through a cross-country flight or dinner with the in-laws.
The RBT Flask is deceptively simple — a svelte, black-and-gold form designed to hide in plain sight. It’s a flask for the gentleman who values discretion. At first glance, it could be a business card holder or a portable backup battery. A simple twist of the quiet-turn cap reveals the mouthpiece and reservoir, and it snaps shut for a leak-free seal. Stainless steel construction throughout guarantees the lining will never sully the flavor of your spirits.
Japan’s most popular outdoor brand finds a way to make the most ordinary products interesting. The Snow Peak Titanium Curved Flask features an ultra-minimalist design that strips away any unnecessary adornments. The result is a simple, streamlined shell that’s functional, yet beautiful. Relying on a virtually indestructible titanium construction, it weighs just two ounces. The 6.4-ounce capacity is generous enough for a few on-the-go Old Fashioneds, but still quite pocketable.
For air-travel-friendly portability, nothing beats the Jacob Bromwell TSA Carry-On Flask. The compact, 3.4-ounce size is the maximum allowed by our TSA overlords — although that isn’t to say you couldn’t pack a few extra travel-sized bourbon bottles as a backup. The design is functional and minimalist, but the copper finish adds a touch of vintage sophistication to elevate the look. That it’s handcrafted at a coppersmith factory in Vermont is an added bonus.
For the urban explorer, Barbour’s Round Hip Flask offers plenty of Indiana-Jones-inspired flair. The round form factor is modern and sophisticated, while the removable leather cover adds a dash of rugged good looks. The stainless steel construction is durable and guaranteed not to ruin your bourbon or whiskey. It’s all presented in a fancy Barbour-branded box in the (unlikely) event that you plan on gifting it to your favorite day-drinker.
Leave it to Kentucky — the state that blessed the world with bourbon — to devise a handsome and deceptively simple flask. The aptly named Ceramic Flask from Louisville-based Misc. Goods is unlike most any flask we’ve seen before. The brand sidesteps the cold sleekness of stainless steel for the warmth of quarter-inch white slip-cast ceramic. While the black version seems the obvious choice, we’re partial to the unconventional ivory, which offers a bit of old-world explorer nostalgia. Two leather straps and a brass stud and button secure the natural cork to ensure your 11 ounces of tipple don’t wind up on the airport floor.
Imagine someone were to dredge up a crateful of one-of-a-kind vintage flasks from the staterooms of the RMS Titanic — beautifully aged, but well-preserved. The Noble Flask by The Sneerwell is a bit like that. The husband-and-wife duo behind the brand carefully hand-etch every flask they sell. A proprietary aging process then finishes each piece with a unique patina ensuring no two are alike. If you’re a salty old sailor at heart, this is the flask for you.
If you prefer the sleekness of stainless steel and the timeless, goes-with-anything versatility of jet black, the ZYX Flask by Izola might be what you’re after. It’s simple, straightforward, and six-ounce capacity should be enough to get you through a cross-country flight. Plus, in a pinch, the raised letter grid on the front serves as an impromptu eye chart to determine how much of that six ounces you consumed en route.
The frustrating thing about most flasks is that you’re always wondering how close to empty they are. Wonder no more! The Nicholas Portside Flask from Cork Pops solves this problem with a “porthole-style” glass window that’s not only functional and clever but stylish as well. While the flask’s design borders on nautical kitsch, the polished stainless steel case ensures it’s more sophisticated than it sounds.
If traditional stainless steel and ceramic aren’t disco enough for you, Odeme’s Red Flask offers a unique, eye-popping design. The old-school, curved shape and bold red powder-coated finish stand out unlike any other on this list. The limited three-ounce capacity should keep you from getting into too much trouble. Think of it as your personal “in case of emergency, break glass” last round of booze for when the bartender closes shop a little earlier than you were expecting.
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