There are many ways to take your style and sophistication to a new level. Like with a hip flask, for example.
Hip flasks, once a staple of gentlemanly culture, are still out there and as cool as ever. Whether you’re with friends at the game, or at another social event, there’s usually a place for a flask.
We’re going to focus on hip flasks in this post as we go on a search for the best flask – including our top contender, the Stanley Classic Flask
But, first, let’s begin with some flask-buying tips.
- Before you buy: 4 Things to consider when purchasing a hip flask
- 9 Best hip flasks for men 2019
- Be kind to your flask (how to take care of it – A simple, 5-step illustrated guide)
- When to use a flask and not a bottle
- The how and why of choosing the best flasks
Before You Buy: 4 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Hip Flask
Buying a hip flask means having a lot of options from which to choose. That’s a good thing, mind you, but it’s always helpful to shop while armed with a good bit of knowledge. And we’re here to help:
1. What type is it?
While the majority of hip flasks share a similar look they come in a variety of types:
- Stainless steel
Stainless steel is the material of choice for many modern-day flasks. Some come with an engraving or another kind of design on them, while others come with no design at all (and there’s nothing wrong with that).
Flasks made from pewter aren’t as common as they once were but you can still find them.
OK, so the container itself isn’t made of leather – usually stainless steel – but the leather encases the flask.
Many of the first flasks ever made consisted of silver because silver didn’t react negatively to liquor like other metals. It’s hard to find a silver flask these days but some companies still make them. You can also shop for vintage silver flasks if you so desire.
A gold flask sounds like something found in possession of men of wealth and taste, but we’re not talking solid gold. Instead, you’ll find flasks with gold plating. It’s a cool look that seems, well, a bit decadent – although delightfully so.
There’s quite a market for vintage or antique flasks because, for one, they make great gifts. Not all vintage flasks are good for actual use, however, but make excellent collector’s items.
2. What’s its shape?
You’re buying decision includes choosing the shape of your flask. The vast majority fall into one of three categories:
- Straight or rectangular hip flasks
- Kidney-shaped hip flasks
- Round hip flasks
Rectangular or straight hip flasks are among the most common types of flasks. Because of their flat proportions, they fit easily into any pocket.
Kidney-shaped flasks are perhaps the most common type and come with varying degrees of curvature.
Round or oval-shaped flasks don’t hold as much liquor as rectangular and kidney-shaped flasks, but women often like them because they present a more feminine style.
3. How do you plan to use it?
The most common use of a hip flask is to carry a smaller amount of alcohol to places and social occasions in which bringing a full bottle isn’t appropriate. While you can carry any beverage in a flask, technically speaking, be careful because some liquids may cause your flask to rust.
4. Does size matter?
Well, the answer depends on how much liquor you want to bring with you. The most common size is 8 ounces, which fits nicely into your back pants pocket, and is large enough to hold approximately 5 to 6 shots (1 ½ ounce shots) of liquor.
With some shopping ideas now in hand, let’s move on to our reviews:
9 Best Hip Flasks For Men 2019
Stanley is a well-known name for a lot of reasons and because of a lot of quality products – tools, thermoses, you name it.
You can add their Classic Flask to the list, as well.
The Stanley Classic Flask is, for our money, the best hip flask for men for a lot of reasons. It’s an 8-ounce container made of stainless steel with an ever-so-slight triangular shape that makes it easy – and even less conspicuous – to carry in a pocket.
As are all of Stanley’s products, the Classic Flask is built to last. The folks at Stanley say it’s unbreakable (you can go ahead and try, but good luck) and there’s no reason it shouldn’t last you a lifetime. The stainless steel is rustproof, too.
The Classic Flask is also leak-proof and BPA-free. BPA stands for Bisphenol A, a potentially toxic chemical found in plastic containers and the like.
Another reason we included the Stanley Classic Flask on our list is its wide-mouth opening. You don’t feel as if you’re trying to drink your favorite liquor through a siphon. A plastic, the chromed cap keeps the mouth secure when not in use, and is held in place by a plastic arm – meaning you don’t have to worry about losing the cap.
We also like that the Classic Flask has a masculine look that fits perfectly with its rugged construction. You can take this flask anywhere – the mountains, the woods, to sporting events – and it won’t look a bit out of place. Solid build notwithstanding, it’s also lightweight enough that you can carry it around comfortably.
Finally, the base is fully engravable. If you want to gift someone – your friend, your groomsmen, etc. – an engraved Stanley Classic Flask is a great option.
- Built to last
- Classic look
- Wide mouth
- Some reviewers say the cap is difficult to screw back on the flask
You can’t go wrong with choosing the Stanley Classic Flask. It’s rugged, durable, yet lightweight with a classy look that your friends will admire.
If there’s one thing to remember about stainless steel flasks – or stainless steel anything, for that matter – is that they’re built to last. Like the SE HQ90 hip flask, for instance; you don’t have to worry about it rusting, falling apart, leaking, or any other potential hazards that come with flasks made of other material.
The stainless steel construction is hardly the only reason we like the SE HQ90 so much. True, it’s 100% leak-proof. True, the cap seals tightly enough that you won’t lose a drop of your favorite libation. We also like it’s classy look and also how versatile it is. No matter where you go, the SE HQ90 fits seamlessly into the scene.
Here’s another thing: the SE HQ90 by Maxam comes with a free funnel that makes filling its 8-ounce container with liquor a breeze. Why not avoid the frustration of spilling your favorite whiskey over all over your kitchen counter, or in the kitchen sink?
But back to the stainless steel design. The HQ90 consists of 18/8 high-quality food-grade stainless steel, unlike other flasks made of inferior stainless steel material. You certainly don’t have to worry about the interior metal eroding and exposing you to potentially harmful toxins.
- Made of food-grade stainless steel
- Comes with a funnel
- The edges may be a bit rough
The SE HQ90 is a “classic” hip flask and perhaps the best-made flask you’ll find. It’s solid, leak-proof, and comes with a handy funnel that saves you the money of buying one separately.
The theme of the Well-Deserved gold hip flask is that it would make a great gift for someone who recently accomplished something. Like graduating from college. Or, getting a sought-after promotion at work.
Not that you don’t deserve it if you haven’t experienced one of life’s highlights recently. Why not treat yourself or someone else to a flask that looks like few others? Or, a flask made of premium construction?
Which brings us to the Well-Deserved Gold Hip Flask, which helps you celebrate your accomplishment, or whatever, with a flask that’s something different from the same old stainless steel color. Instead, it has a golden color that looks refined and will catch the eye of envious admirers.
The Gold Hip Flask harkens back to days when flasks were meant to be a work of art. Not that the flasks listed in this review aren’t well-crafted or look drab, but you get the picture. A gold flask is both unique and regal.
All that said, a flask is only good if it works and you’ll have no worries in that regard with the Gold Hip Flask. Made from top grade stainless steel, and covered in gold plating, this flask is durable enough to last a lifetime.
And wait, there’s more. Each Gold Hip Flask comes with a “Well-Deserved” logo on the side, a 100% leak-proof cap that’s easy to open and close a cap holder, and a funnel that makes your job of filling the flask a helluva lot easier.
The 8-ounce flask is slim and curved to fit nicely into your pocket if you so choose.
If you are planning to purchase it as a gift for a well-deserving someone, you’ll appreciate that it comes as a gift set which includes black satin gift packaging. We’re confident that your “someone” will love it as a gift and as a go-to flask.
- Gold plated design
- Comes with a cap holder and funnel
- Made of premium stainless steel
- Very few, at least according to customer reviews, but one reviewer mentioned that the cap was hard to open
If you love flasks, you deserve the Well-Deserved Pocket Flask. From its look to its classy gift packaging, this is a flask every man should consider buying.
Benture AB’s Pocket Hip Flask looks good – thanks to its cool black leather wrapping – and is versatile enough that you can take it almost anywhere: to a wedding, a concert, camping, hunting, and much more.
It’s also rugged and made of high-grade 18/8 stainless steel that will never rust, leak, or fall apart on you during a lifetime of use. Indeed, a lot of thought goes into the construction of this flask; it’s laser-welded and air-pressure and quality-controlled. The cap has a tight seal that also prevents leaks.
Meanwhile, the quality black leather wrapping is eye-catching and practical. It gives the Pocket Hip Flask a look that sets it apart from other hip flasks, but the leather also helps provide a secure grip to keep the flask from slipping from your hand.
The Pocket Hip Flask also comes with a free funnel that helps ease the filling process, which can be tricky without a proper funnel.
While this flask is a bit more expensive than some others, the leather and free funnel alone make it a worthy investment. So does the excellent construction that makes it a lifelong investment. Besides, it comes with a 1-year warranty and 90-day money back guarantee that takes most of the risk out of your purchase.
- Made of top grade materials
- Comes with black leather wrapping and free funnel
- Some say it has a metallic odor at first
There’s a lot to like about this flask and it’s another one that will serve you well but make a great gift for a friend or family member. You’ll also like the 1-year warranty and money-back guarantee.
The folks at Future Hydrate don’t mess around when it comes to manufacturing their hip flasks.
After all, all of their flasks consist of the best food grade 18/8 stainless steel and you don’t have to worry about chemical toxins such as Bisphenol A (BPA) – sometimes used in the construction of other food and liquid containers.
While other flasks may look the same, they may also have interior welds that lead to rusting and corrosion while increasing the potential for ingesting toxic metals. Not the Future Hydrate Premium Black Flask, however.
Moreover, its laser-welded black seams ensure not only that the flask has smooth edges, but also that your favorite liquor won’t leak into your pocket or undershirt, or whatever.
The Future Hydrate Premium Black Flask has, as its name suggests, an eye-catching black matte finish. It also comes with a free funnel made of the same thick stainless steel as the flask’s body.
Another thing we think you’ll like is that it comes with a free black gift box. If you want to send this flask as a special gift to a friend or family member, you already have the box in hand.
The Future Hydrate Premium Black Flask also comes with a 100% money back guarantee. If you don’t like the flask for some reason, simply send it back for a full refund.
- Excellent construction
- Black matte finish
- Leak and rust-proof
- The flask has a slightly-rounded bottom and may wobble
Another strong contender for best whiskey flask, the Future Hydrate Premium Black Flask is a worthy ally to have on your side for any festive occasion.
When it comes to the coolest flasks around, the Stone Cask Original Shot Flask has to be on the list. What other flask comes with a built-in shot glass?
It’s true, the Original Shot Flask has a collapsible shot glass that fits into the side of the container. If you want a true shot you simply remove the shot glass and pour your favorite liquor into it. Talk about handy – and it’s a true shot from the hip for you gents who seek an alternative to swigging straight from the flask.
The Original Shot Flask isn’t just a novelty, however, as it’s made of strong stainless steel and comes with a premium bonded leather wrapping that looks good, too. You’ll have a lot of swag to go with your swig.
This 8-ounce flask fits easily into your pocket or transport bag and it’s also easy to clean and store. Besides, it’s a perfect gift idea for someone who loves unique things that will be a conversation piece among friends.
- Embedded shot glass
- Great looking design
- Some reviewers say the shot glass rattles when stored in the flask
The addition of the shot glass makes this a one-of-kind flask but there’s nothing cheap or novelty-like about it. And it’s hard to beat as a gift idea.
We’ve all been there: you shake your flask around a bit to figure out how much of your favorite liquor is left. But can you ever really tell?
You may have a vague sense of what’s left, but flask users sometimes experience the disappointment of discovering less than expected. With the Cork Pops Nicholas Portside Flask, however, you always know what’s left.
The Portside Flask’s unique design includes a glass window in the front that allows you to always keep an eye on what’s left inside. And the window looks like a porthole, which fits in the flask’s overall nautical theme (the flask is oval-shaped, adding further realism to its porthole look).
So, if you’re looking for a flask to bring with you for an outing on the yacht, or some other adventure on the open sea, why wouldn’t you have a flask that looks the part? But, even if you’re only at the helm of your favorite armchair or hanging out with your friends at a tailgate party, this flask is sure to be a hit.
Or, maybe your girlfriend’s wealthy father owns a yacht and you want to give him a birthday gift he’ll always remember, but we digress.
The Nicholas Portside Flask isn’t as big as other flasks listed here – it holds 4-ounces – but it has all the other “essentials,” i.e., it’s made of stainless steel, it has a screw top that’s easy to on and of, and it’s easy to clean and store when not in use.
- Stunning design
- Crafted from polished stainless steel
- Built-in window lets you know how much liquor is left
- Some reviewers have reported leaks around the stem
Like the Stone Cask Original Shot Flask, the Nicholas Portside is one of the coolest flasks around. But it’s also fully functional and allows you always to keep track of liquor levels.
Sometimes a man has to spoil himself. He buys an expensive suit or reserves a table at the nearest five-star restaurant. He buys an expensive straight-edge razor that’s fully functional but also something of a work of art.
Perhaps he even buys the Jacob Bromwell Great American Flask.
The Great American Flask is a luxury hip flask with a price tag which indicates that, but if you’re going to spoil yourself why not choose something truly extraordinary? Let’s take a closer look at what makes it worthy of inclusion in the best whiskey flask category.
- The handmade Bromwell flask consists of 100% copper, the same stuff distillers use for purifying liquids.
- It’s purely authentic and purely American (as well as one of the only flasks still made solely in the USA).
- It’s slightly larger than other flasks and holds 9-ounces of your favorite barrel-aged whiskey or other beverage.
- The Great American Flask is hot-tinned internally with soldered (not welded)seemss just like a properly made whiskey still. It’s made of strong stuff that won’t flex in your hand like some stainless steel flasks.
- You might find some very minor cosmetic “imperfections,” but they only reinforce that this is a handmade, hand-crafted product. The folks at Jacob Bromwell say each flask passes through the hands of five craftsmen before it’s finished.
- The company has a serious history behind it: Jacob Bromwell was founded in 1819 as a manufacturer of kitchen products and handmade gifts.
- Each flask comes with a solid copper cleat that allows you to attach a chain or lanyard to the flask.
- The Great American Flask has a wide mouth that makes for a nice smooth flow.
- It’s leak-proof and fits easily into your hand.
- It comes with a variety of corking and stopper options, as well as an optional copper funnel.
Check out this brief video to learn more about the Jacob Bromwell Great American Flask.
- Superior handmade craftsmanship
- Made of 100% pure copper
- Should last you a lifetime
- Few, if any
If you’re looking for a luxury hip flask then look no further than the Jacob Bromwell Great American Flask. Quality craftsmanship combined with unique features help make it an awesome flask.
By “heavy duty,” Primo means a flask that’s 50% thicker than normal flasks, and heavy duty in that it can take a lot of bumps and banging and still last a lifetime.
You’ll also notice how feels in your hand – more solid than other flasks – and it’s tough in many other ways, including that it has laser-welded seams that keep leaks at bay. The seams also create smooth edges, and you’ll avoid the rough feel you get with many inferior flasks.
So, we’ve talked about the toughness of the Primo Heavy Duty Hip Flask but we don’t want to give the impression that it’s just a rugged flask without much style. The fact is, it has plenty of style and is wrapped in bicast brown and black leather that looks great.
It also comes with an upgraded heavy duty copper cap that also adds to its overall look of refinement. The cap screws on tightly and provides another barrier against potential leaks.
You’ll also appreciate that the Primo Premium Flask comes as a gift set. So, treat yourself or someone else: you’ll both appreciate the gesture.
- Thicker construction
- Heavy duty copper cap
- Made of the best stainless steel
- Some users aren’t big fans of the leather wrapping
The Primo Flask is truly premium and you couldn’t go wrong with having it as part of your overall swag. It’s rugged-yet-stylish and makes a great gift item.
Be Kind To Your Flask (How to Take Care of it)
The chances are good that you and your flask will share plenty of adventures. It will serve you well and provide much enjoyment, but it’s up to you to keep it in the best shape possible.
Caring for your flask isn’t overly-complicated, and consistency is the key. Develop good flask-care habits and stick with them – and remember the following tips:
1. Clean it on Day 1
Your new flask may have sat on a shelf or in a warehouse for a while so it’s always a good idea to clean it before you fill it with liquor for the first time. Fill it with warm water, put the cap on, and shake it up. Then remove the cap and dump the water out; you can repeat the process a few more times if you wish.
2. Let it dry out
After you’ve rinsed your flask thoroughly, turn it upside down and give another good shake or two to remove any excess water. After you’ve done that, set it on its side on the counter and until it has dried completely.
3. Deep cleaning it
If your flask develops an odor, or if you want to give it a more extensive cleaning, put some warm water inside of it and add a tablespoon of white vinegar. Shake it vigorously for up to 20 seconds and then dump the solution out. Rinse it until you no longer smell the vinegar.
A quick, but important, note about cleaning your flask: never, ever put it in the dishwasher, at least not a stainless steel flask. The chemicals in the dishwasher detergent may ruin your flask’s finish.
4. Drink it or dump it
While it’s OK to leave your favorite liquor inside the flask for a few days – although some experts suggest emptying it after every outing – it’s best to dump it (or drink what’s remaining) and leave it empty and dry if you plan to store it for an extended time. Don’t leave alcohol in your flask for more than three days.
Remember, alcohol tends to take on the flavors of the container. Few people like liquor that tastes like metal.
5. Use it as intended
In other words, use your flask to hold whiskey or other hard liquor, but not carbonated drinks or mixed cocktails that contain sugary ingredients. Bourbon, rye, scotch, vodka, gin (but no tonic) are all appropriate contents for your flask. If you need to mix a drink, do it in a glass and not the flask.
Note: Beer and wine are not flask friendly. Flasks are made to hold the undiluted hard stuff.
When to Use a Flask and Not a Bottle
Flasks represent a bygone era in many ways. The Roaring 20s in America. Friendly rivals and Ivy League grads sharing a nip before the Harvard-Yale game. A poet gazing at a still lake while taking a few swigs of his favorite whiskey or bourbon.
Some say the hip flask evolved from the ancient Pilgrim Bottle, a bottle-like container made from porcelain, silver, glass, and even leather.
Yes, there’s something distinguished about a man with a flask unless you cross the line and use it as part of out-of-control drinking. Flasks, mind you, aren’t meant to get you rip-roaring drunk, but to add a pleasant buzz to an appropriate occasion.
Carrying a full bottle of liquor with you signifies something else entirely, besides the fact that lugging one around at a festival or concert is impractical.
A bottle is meant for home use – unless it’s a bottle of wine while on a picnic with a love interest, which is something else entirely. At home, you break out the bottle of your favorite whiskey and share some with friends and family, or enjoy it yourself while kicking back after a long day. You pour drinks from a bottle at a dinner party.
But back to flasks, and there is such a thing as flask etiquette. While overly-judgmental people may think that a man with a flask has a drinking problem, the fact is that a flask doesn’t hold enough liquor to make someone totally blotto – especially if you share its contents with others.
There’s nothing quite like a toast amongst friends as you pass around a flask; the same toast looks a bit sloppy when you’re glugging from a full bottle. And that’s when you’ll look like a man with a drinking problem.
Carrying your hip flask comes down to a couple of options: its shape allows you to store in a pants pocket, preferably a hip pocket, or you can put in the pocket of a jacket. Or, if you so choose, you can store it your boot.
The other nice thing about a flask is its versatility. You can take it to concerts, festivals, camping, hunting, fishing, you name it. Be careful, however, because – at least in the U.S. – there are open container laws that apply to any bottle, can, or another container that’s previously opened. A flask is considered, technically, an open container, so check your state or municipality to find out its laws.
The How and Why of Choosing The Best Flasks
In many ways, flasks look alike. Not all of them, however, as evidenced by a couple of flask choices for this review.
But choosing flasks that were vastly different from other flasks wasn’t our top criterion; we like to mix things up a bit no matter what product we review.
Construction and functionality were also considerations. Cheaply-made flasks didn’t make the cut, and a flask with any evidence of leaking landed on the “reject” pile. As always, we considered the reviews of others – particularly the reviews of customers – and each flask’s price. We always want to offer something in every man’s price range.
Do you have a favorite flask? Is it any of those listed here? We welcome your comments and suggestions and hope to hear from you soon.