The Complete Guide To Popping Bottles, in GIFs

"We poppin' Champagne like we won a championship game."

  • Mr. Champagne Papi knows what he's doing when it comes to popping that cork out. (Source:
  • Elvis was an O.G. bottle popper...always stone-faced. (Source:
  • This is how not to pop bottles. Rule #1: Never shoot cork at face. (Source:
  • Like every model father figure, Birdman taught Lil' Wayne how to pop bottles at an early age. (Source:
  • Hayden Panettiere prefers popping bottles of Champagne all over herself. (Source:
  • Pop bottles like Barney while bouncing on the bed. (Source:
  • Ron Browz, Jim Jones, and Juelz Santana don't have water fights, they have Champagne fights. (Source:
  • This man is a master bottle popper, sabering nearly 50 bottles in one minute. (Source:
  • In a controlled environment, sometimes it's okay to pop a bottle of Champagne at your friend's face. Most times, it's not okay. (Source:
  • The French originally did it with swords, so why shouldn't we? (Source:
  • In James Bond films, bottles are popped with one's mouth. Beware of the kickback. (Source:
  • Remember that time Chris Bosh cried at the 2011 NBA Finals? Okay, now that you remember that, here's him dancing and popping Champagne like the basketball-playing dinosaur that he is. (Source:

It’s officially New Year’s Eve. If your not planning to pop a bottle of Champagne open the second the ball drops and 2014 hits, then you’re not celebrating right. It’s a time-honored tradition to get the bubbly flowing, even if you don’t even like bubbly.

It’s also a time-honored tradition to open Champagne in obnoxious ways all year long. Sports teams pop bottles after championship wins; rappers rap about popping bottles; and sometimes, rappers rap about popping bottles like they won a championship sports game (see below).

As commonplace as the Champagne bottle pop is, there’s still an art to it. There’s a skill to the angle at which one flicks the cork to let it fly. And for the real pros, the boldest maneuver is taking a saber or a sword and slashing the bottle’s neck. It’s called Le Sabrage, and the whole technique dates back to Napoleon and the French Revolution. Because Napoleon liked sabers and drinking Champagne, he’d throw lavish dinner parties and his cavalry would pop bottles with their weapons. We’ve gone soft since then, but we’re still popping mad bottles.

In honor of New Year’s Eve, the only night the whole world is Champagne toasting unison, we’ve put together some GIF inspiration to get your ready for action. That means Drake, Elvis, Hayden Panettiere, Chris Bosh, and many more (mostly awesome, except Chris Bosh‚shots fired!) human beings popping bottles.

Click through the gallery above to witness the glory of a well-popped bottle.

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