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A Guide to All the Different Liquor Bottle Sizes

Liquor bottle sizes come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from small 50ml “nip” bottles to large 1-gallon jugs.

different size liquor bottles on the shelf in a liquor store

The size of the bottle you choose can have a big impact on the cost of your purchase, as well as how much liquor you have on hand for entertaining or mixing cocktails.

In this article, we will explore the various sizes of liquor bottles available and how they can be used in different situations. We will also discuss the factors that can influence the size of a liquor bottle, such as the type of liquor and the intended use.

Whether you are a bartender looking to stock your bar or a consumer looking to purchase a bottle of your favorite spirit, understanding the different sizes of liquor bottles can help you make an informed decision.


What Are the Different Sizes for Liquor Bottles?

Liquor bottles come in a wide range of sizes, and the size will depend on the type of liquor and its intended application. Here are some typical dimensions for bottles of alcohol:

many glass bottles of different colors and sizes

Nip or “airplane” bottle

These small bottles hold 50ml or 1.7 ounces of liquor and are often used for travel or as a single serving size.

a cocktail on an airplane made with a nip sized bottle of jack daniels

Half pint 

This size holds approximately 375ml or 12.7 ounces of liquor and is often used for mixed drinks or as a personal-size bottle.

whiskey inside of half pint bottle sizes

Pint 

This size holds approximately 473 or 16 ounces of liquor and is often used as a personal-size bottle or for mixing cocktails.

2 pint sized bottles of liquor

Fifth 

This size holds approximately 750ml or 25.4 ounces of liquor and is the most common size for liquor bottles.

fifth or 750ml bottles displayed on the shelf in a liquor store

Half gallon

This size holds approximately 1.75 liters or 59.2 ounces of liquor and is often used for large gatherings or for mixing cocktails in large quantities.

a half gallon bottle of tito's vodka on a kitchen counter

Gallon 

This size holds approximately 3.75 liters or 128 ounces of liquor and is often used for large gatherings or for commercial use.

a 1 gallon jug of liquor

Jeroboam

This size holds approximately 4.5 liters or 152 ounces of liquor and is often used for special occasions or as a decorative bottle. Bottles of this size generally hold champagne or sparkling wine.

a jeroboam bottle of champagne

Methuselah

This size holds approximately 6 liters or 203.2 ounces of liquor and is generally only used for decorative purposes.


Salmanazar

This size holds approximately 9 liters or 304.8 ounces of liquor and is mostly used as a decorative bottle. Like other bottles of this magnitude, they are usually filled with champagne or sparkling wine.


Balthazar

This size holds approximately 12 liters or 406.4 ounces of liquor and is often used for special occasions or as a decorative bottle.


Nebuchadnezzar

This size holds approximately 15 liters or 508 ounces of liquor and is mainly just for decoration, though it does hold alcohol–champagne, most of the time.

Nebuchadnezzar-sized bottle of Moet & Chandon Brut Champagne

Cheers!

There you have it: the complete guide to liquor bottle sizes that you might find. They come big and small and everywhere in between. 

Always remember to drink responsibly!

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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