How To Saber A Champagne Bottle

The timing couldn’t be any more perfect. Independence Day is this week and many of us will celebrate the day at picnics and BBQs.

If you’re looking to add a wow factor or an ice breaker at your gathering, try sabering open a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine in front of your family and friends. Just make sure you point the bottle away from them.

We have done the experiments and have taken the guess work out so that you can saber a bottle safely and confidently. Just don’t come running to us if your Aunt Edna gets sprayed with bubbly as a result.

Follow these steps:

Step #1: Use the coldest sparkling or carbonated bottle you can find (This is essential). Yes, you can use a bottle of beer, if you wish. Note: The wow factor with beer bottles doesn’t quite measure up to the sparkling/champagne bottles.


Super Cold Bubbly

Step #2: You need an object with a blunt edge that will do the sabering part. You don’t need a sword or a saber.

We tried a variety of utensils: spoons, butter knife, and a heavy duty kitchen knife. After experimenting with all 3, the heavy duty kitchen knife won. It general, it seemed like the longer the utensil, the better, since there was more weight behind the object when it hit the lip of the bottle.20130701-142456.jpg

Utensils We Tried

Step #3: Prep the champagne/sparkling bottle to saber. Remove the foil around the neck. Unscrew the cage and remove. Note: some people loosen the cage and tighten in around the bottom of the champagne cork.

With beer bottles, no preparation is necessary.

We recommend wearing eye protection. Sunglasses will do just fine.

Step #4: Identify where you will need to hit the bottle with your blunt edge. All glass bottles have a seam running from the top of the bottle to the bottom. You will hit with your blunt edge along the neck of the bottle at the seam. Note: Heineken Bottles are tricky, since they have a shorter neck.

Step #5: Your sword, I mean blunt edge, will start at the shoulder of the bottle (the spot where the bottle curves to form the neck ) and end at the first lip.


Your sword starts here


Your sword ends here

Step #6: Take a practice shot. We at TVC used Coor’s Light bottles to practice our sabering skills. Since the contents of the bottle are carbonated and under pressure, the sabering technique will work on beer bottles as well.


The knife in the middle ended up being the winner. Don’t forget your safety glasses!

Step #7: Once you’re comfortable, try your new skills on a champagne bottle.

IMPORTANT: Point the bottle away from anyone and anything that you do not want to hurt or damage.

Step #8: Clean-Up. There may be minimal amounts of glass on the ground as a result of sabering. Don’t walk around barefoot. Use common sense.

Wipe up any liquid that explodes from the bottle while sabering. Don’t slip and fall. Did we mention that its best to do this outside?

Step #9: Serve the champagne to your guests. Rarely do pieces of glass get into the bottle from sabering, but if your paranoid you can use a strainer – something similar to what is used for would suffice.

Step #10: Recycle the bottle. Don’t try to do anything crazy, like try to drink out of the bottle. The edge is sharp!

Here’s a quick video that demonstrates the sabering process.

Saber A Bottle of Bubbly