10 Different Ways to Open a Beer Bottle without a Bottle Opener

Updated: Apr. 04, 2022

We've all been there before where we thought we had a bottle opener with us but somehow it's disappeared. If that bottle opener isn't turning up, turn to one of these fixes to open a beer bottle without a bottle opener.

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Snip it Off with Scissors

When you need to open a beer bottle without a bottle opener, try this tip. Grab a pair of strong scissors and grab a piece of the bottle cap with the scissors. Start twisting upward and repeat around the cap until it pops off. Pssst… you might want to do this with a pair of older scissors (and keep your trusty kitchen shears sharp!).

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Spoon it Out

Find a big spoon in your kitchen and use it as a pry bar when your bottle opener goes amiss. The spoon should face up and be inserted underneath the cap. Then push up on the tip of the spoon to remove the cap and you’ve got a new way to open a beer bottle without a bottle opener.

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Opening bottle with a lighter
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Lighten Up

If someone has a lighter handy you can turn it into a bottle opener with a flick. Here’s how to open a beer with a lighter. Grab the neck of the bottle with one hand and use a lighter as a pry tool. Place the wide side of the bottom of the lighter below the cap while your other hand is positioned just below the cap. It works out as a lever system with the knuckle acting as a fulcrum.

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Buckle Down with a Belt Buckle

Depending on the buckle, a belt can be used to open a bottle of beer. Use the buckle as a traditional bottle opener to unleash the refreshing hops. If you can’t figure out the physics, retailers have started offering belts with bottle openers built in. If that intrigues you, check out this leather bottle opener belt.

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Double Down with a Dollar

If you want to win yourself some money with friends to buy a bottle opener you can try out this trick. Take a dollar bill of any denomination (hundreds are the classy option), fold it in half, roll it up or fold it up, fold it in half again and start prying away at the bottle cap. If it works you’ll be a legend and a little richer. If you need more money…well, we can’t help you with that.

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Find a Table Edge

I vividly remember the moment my uncle showed me this trick and my jaw falling to the ground. A table edge or a counter edge is a perfect quick-fix option to opening a bottle of beer. Just notch the beer cap on the edge and with your other hand slam down on the edge of the cap. It might take a time or two in order to get the hang of it but it’s usually a failsafe for knowing how to open a bottle without a bottle opener.

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Take the Teamwork Approach

You may not have a bottle opener laying around but you’ve probably got a few more cold ones nearby. Use them to open a beer. Just hold one upside down and line up the bottle cap with the one you want to open. Then just pry away. Somehow physics dictates that you won’t open both bottles and is a great party trick.

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Open the Door to Happiness

This bottle opening trick has to be the most impressive way to enter a room. Place the top of the bottle of beer inside the strike plate of a door and lodge the bottle cap against the edge of the opening. Pull back the bottle of beer and enjoy.

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Put Those Vows into Practice

This one might only apply to married people but it’s still a pretty slick way learn how to open a bottle without a bottle opener. Work the ring under the bottle cap as you place your ring finger over the bottle cap. Once situated, lift up on the bottle cap with your ring finger. Aren’t you glad you got married?

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Break Out a Rubber Band

Wrap a rubber band around the bottle cap crown and start twisting. The cap should pop off in a little while. You can use a rubber band for these 10 brilliant purposes as well.

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