So, you’ve picked up a bottle of wine for a picnic or to take back to a hotel and as soon as you arrived, you realized, you don’t have a corkscrew. After many attempts to pull it out, you resorted to Google. And that’s how you landed here.

Don’t worry, thirsty friend, as always, we’ve got you. We’ve compiled a list of 5 weird, but effective ways to uncork your wine without a corkscrew or bottle opener. Sometimes desperate times call for innovative measures.


How to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew


Use a hammer and a screwdriver to uncork your wine.

Get Out Your Toolbox! Grab a hammer and screwdriver to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. A long screw works best for this hack.


How to open a bottle of wine with a screwdriver

  1. Screw a long screw into the cork with the screw driver. It should be in far enough into the cork that it won’t just break off the top of the cork, and it should stick out far enough to get some leverage.
  2. Take the back side of the hammer — the part that pulls out nails (if you don’t know what that is, you probably need a helmet and a supervisor) — and pull up in the head of the screw. It’s going to take some “elbow grease” as they say, but the effort is rewarded with a bottle of wine when you’re finished. Worth it.


How To Open Bottle of Wine with a Hammer




Don’t have a corker? Use the wall to open your wine bottle.

Okay, we know this sounds a bit dangerous, but when done properly (and carefully) – you can open your corked wine with ease. All you’ll need is a shoe (or a towel), a wall and a whole lot of bravery. (Perhaps a backup wine bottle might do you some good, as well.)


How to open wine with a shoe (or a towel)

  1. Place your wine bottle right side up in a shoe or wrap the bottom of the bottle in a towel.
  2. Now, for the fun part. Bang it against the side of a wall several times. The cork will inch out little by little with each smack. BUT! Be very careful, glass shards in your wine aren’t very tasty.



If you don’t have a wine opener, use fire to open your wine bottle.

Yes, you totally read that right. I’m sure you’re wondering, “how can you open wine with fire?” Well, grab a lighter and we’ll show you.


How to open wine with a lighter

  1. Remove the wrapping on the bottle, so you can see the bottom of the cork.
  2. Hold the lighter to the neck of the wine bottle, close to the bottom of the cork and light. The idea is to light the bottom of the cork, so it expands and pops out.
  3. Rotate the bottle while lighting, so the heat gets every side of the bottom of the cork.
  4. And voila! You’ve got yourself some wine.


How to open wine with lighter



Use a bike pump to open a wine bottle instead of a cork screw.


Taking a bottle of wine on a bike ride? We know how to open that corked wine bottle if you have a bike pump, but no corkscrew.

While we’re not sure this it’s the best idea, to ride your bike with a bottle of wine, Gatorade doesn’t always do the trick. Most serious cyclists will have an emergency kit on them, including a bike pump. This comes in handy for flat tires and wine bottles. Just push the needle through the cork and into the bottle. While you pump air into the bottle, in theory, the air pressure will cause the cork to push out of the top. Bonus: you’ll essentially be aerating your wine at the same time. Win-Win!



Don’t have a corkscrew? Just push the cork into the wine bottle.


Instead of trying to get the cork out of the bottle, just push it in and let it float.

Not only will this get you access to the wine, but the cork floating in the juice might even add another layer of flavour to your wine. Yay for complex flavour profiles! But note, you might want to strain the wine – just in case you don’t like the mouthfeel of cork chips.


How To Push Cork Into Wine Bottle



If all else fails, switch to canned wine and ditch the bottles.

You don’t have to drink wine from a bottle to get good quality or even to keep up appearances. Wine packaging is changing and cans are becoming more popular, even with premium quality wines. If you’re looking for recommendations on great boxed and canned wines, check this out: