We study the propagation properties of optical bottle beams in turbulent atmosphere. By allowing the mathematical expression of source plane to cover both the symmetric and asymmetric forms, the beam is propagated through turbulence using random phase screens. On the source plane, the intensity profile of the bottle beam resembles a dark hollow beam with an outside ring for symmetric cases, whereas it becomes divided into two or more separate lobes for the asymmetric cases. During propagation, both symmetric and asymmetric beams concentrate the intensity toward the center, eventually assuming a Gaussian shape, where this process seems to be more rapid for the former beam types. The rising trend of the kurtosis parameter of bottle beams changes to a falling trend when the refractive index structure constant is reduced from 10 − 14 to 10 − 13 m − 2/3.