Hands On With the Tantulus Liquor Bottle Lock


It is every parents dream and every teenagers worst nightmare: the “Tantalus” Liquor Bottle Lock quickly and easily fastens to the top of any bottled spirits and prevents it from being accessed without a key.


There is a huge need and calling for such innovative, affordable, and simple measures of home safety.

With recent success protecting the liquor retail industry from theft with BottleLox, the inventors over at Catalyst developed this keyed device to prevent underage drinking in the home where at least 45% of teens ages 12-14 get their first alcoholic drinks (many times without permission).

For the many adults that do not have the luxury of owning a locking liquor cabinet, the “Tantalus” is a product that will greatly protect households and provide parental peace of mind worldwide.


After receiving the sample unit, it was very apparent that there was no way to get the “Tantalus” off of a wine or liquor bottle without destroying the glass or plastic. Although, I will admit to skepticism when I first held the fairly light bottle lock in my hands and slid it easily over a bottle of Bombay Sapphire’s top.

The “Tantalus” simply squeezes shut tightly over the stem of the bottle and fastens itself shut until a key turn undoes the miniature safe. Upon wrestling with this bottle lock, you can feel the rigidity of the strong polycarbonate construct that is oh so tamper resistant. I was foiled! No liquor for me without the key!

Far too many children and underage young people have fallen to peer pressure or their own curiosity and had it out with their parents’ booze when they were away. Parents often trust their kids, but do they trust their kids’ conniving and charismatic friends with the alcohol that can all too often prove lethal?

The skull and crossbones may be invisible on the liquor bottle, but it is there and you can eliminate it all the same by adhering the “Tantalus” for less than ten dollars. It is a very small price to pay, and it would have infuriated my own cunning teenage self years ago.

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4 Responses to “Hands On With the Tantulus Liquor Bottle Lock”

  1. Does this work for gallon milk bottles? My roommate keeps stealing mine.

    • Charles LaRocca

      Not unless you store your milk in liter glass liquor bottles ;-)

  2. 20 seconds with a 1/4″ bit to drill the rivet loose and you have your booze.

  3. This might be a stupid question, but would this work on a 2 liter bottle of soda?


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