The Types of Liquor Bottles


The different types of liquor bottles are most distinguishable by their shape. Traditionally, certain bottle shapes have been used for particular liquors. Wine and champagne, for example, are often found in the same bottle design and not often found in bottles that one normally associates with whiskey. There are numerous types of liquor bottles, distinguishable by such things as traditional contents, size and color.

Cylindrical Bottles

  • Beer and wine bottles belong to the type of liquor bottles that are cylindrical in shape. The cylindrical type of liquor bottle has a cylinder shape on the bottom, with a smaller in diameter, tapered neck that extends to the mouth of the bottle. Necks of all types of liquor bottles are hollow cylinders that open on both ends. Cylindrical bottles have perfectly round bottoms.

Square/Rectangle Bottles

  • Square and rectangular liquor bottles differ only slightly from cylindrical shaped bottles. Instead of a cylindrical container below the neck of the bottle, the container is shaped like a rectangular or square prism. A rounded neck is set atop this type of liquor bottle as well. The bottom section of the bottle will be square or rectangular shaped with lightly rounded edges. Oval shaped bottles are a variation that falls between cylindrical and rectangle bottles.

Bulbous Bottles

  • Another variation on the cylindrical type of liquor bottle is the bulbous-shaped liquor bottle. The bulbous bottles usually have circular bottoms but may have oval, square or even rectangular bases. Instead of extending in a straight shape and tapering in for the neck, the bulbous type of liquor bottle balloons out. The bulbous liquor bottle may balloon out in the center, along the top or the bottom, made to resemble wooden barrels or kegs.

Flattened Bottles

  • Flattened bottles are the type of liquor bottle often referred to as flasks. They are usually oval or rectangular shaped at their bases and wide when viewed from the front. When turned to the side, a flattened bottle or flask will be no more than an inch or two thick. The flattened sides of the bottles may be oval, circular, square or rectangular. A hollow cylindrical neck will connect to the top end of the bottle.


  • Bottles may be made in the various designs but also in different sizes. The designs themselves can be shrunk. Tiny bottles are placed in mini-bars and large bottles, often called jugs, are typically purchased in expectation of parties or gatherings.


  • The glass used to make the liquor bottles also differs. The color of a liquor bottle may help to distinguish what type of liquor is contained inside, as many liquor manufacturers stick with one type of liquor bottle, according to both shape and color of the bottle. For example, Heineken comes in a green bottle while Coors sports a dark amber bottle. Common liquor bottle colors include greens, ambers, browns, blue-greens and clear or frosted glass.

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