Do you remember when bars were popular? It’s still far from being possible to enjoy a cocktail at a bar. We can’t participate in bar life so it’s time for us to bring the bar home. Your first step to starting your own bar is stocking up. Stocking up on the right booze. The second? The right glassware. You could buy red Solo cups for the rest of your lives but think about it. Are you truly interested in being the guy? No. You don’t. Solo Cup Steve isn’t a nickname that anyone can use. It’s important that you invest in quality bar glassware so that you can enjoy your next drink.
Best Beer Glasses
Luminarc Pint Glass
Pint glasses are essential if you drink beer. You can still enjoy your favorite beer or cider straight from a can, but there are many options for beer glasses. This 4-set pint glass set is an excellent option for any beer.
Libbey Craft Brews Assorted Beer Glasses
Beer lovers who are serious about their craft will tell you what kind of glass they prefer to use to enhance the flavor of their favorite beer. Perhaps your friends will tell you about their favorite beer. The Libbey Craft Brews glassware is lead-free and comes in a variety of styles to suit every beer type. This makes it easier for both novices and experts to enjoy the experience of drinking liquor. The 20-ounce glass is the best for enjoying a freshly poured beer swizzle stick. However, smaller glasses can be enjoyed in a similar manner.
The Best Wine Glasses: Sparkling, White, or Red
Paksh Novelty Italian Wine Glasses
Just as with beer glasses, the wide range of wine glass styles is a whole topic all its own, but this Italian-made set from Paksh Novelty covers the basics very nicely. These glasses stand out from other wine glasses by their subtle styling.
Although stemless wine glasses may be a trend, we recommend sticking with the traditional stemmed design. This is the best way to drink wine and can also be washed by hand. Paksh Novelty wine glass sets offer great value for Italian-made drinkware. They are far superior to what you will find in most shops.
Elixir red wine glasses
Red wine glasses are another staple. They have a rounder shape to help air out the wine. When it comes to wine glasses there are two general shapes: one made for white and rose wine (a little taller) and one made for red wine (more balloon-shaped) such as the one here. There are many sizes and styles to choose from, including stemless or eight-ounce bottles. However, having several wine glasses will help you get the best out of your wine. In addition, sparkling wine glasses are handy as they are designed to get the most out of your bubbly.
The Best Shot Glasses
Gmark 2-Ounce Shotglasses
The iconic shot glass is essential for anyone who loves to party or just wants to grab a quick drink after a long day. The typical shot glass holds 1.5 to 2 ounces of liquor. They are thickly crafted and can withstand the abuse of drinkers who smash them on the bars after they’ve finished. Shot glasses can also be useful when you only want to try small quantities of something, such a taste test or for whiskey flights.
Shot glasses are often shaped like pint glasses. However, these two-ounce Gmark shot glass look more like pint glasses. We like the taller Gmark shot glasses because they can be used as cordial glasses to serve aperitifs and digestif liqueurs. They also work well as regular glasses for straight shots or mixed shooters. This taller design can also be used to show off your own layers.
JoyJolt 6-Pack Heavy Base Shot Glass Set
A multi-purpose glass, the shot glass is good for everything from measuring for cocktails to pouring one out when you plan on slamming it down. We need to say more.
Best Whiskey Glass
You probably picture Don Draper drinking bourbon and rye over ice in a “whiskey” glass. Times have changed in more ways than one, and if you enjoy sipping whiskey (or “whisky,” if Scotch is more your thing) neat – that is, without water or ice – then the Glencairn glass is what you need. The tulip-shaped vessel was created by world-renowned whisky experts and distillers. It is designed to bring out the subtleties that traditional wide-mouthed tumblers can’t.
Although it may sound like a trick, it actually works and enhances the drinking experience. To see the difference, we challenge you to taste both a Glencairn whiskey and a standard rock wine glass. Chances are good that you’ll start appreciating your favorite bourbon even more. Whiskey is a great value at around $6-$7 per bottle. Grab a two-pack, or four-pack, and enjoy these oaky barrel-aged liquors in the right way.
Schott Zwiesel Convention Old Fashioned Glasses
There are many whiskey glasses and whiskey decanters available when it comes to whiskey. A rocks glass, also commonly called an Old Fashioned glass (after the iconic cocktail), is typically associated with whiskey. While we believe the Glencairn is the best choice for a whiskey straight, the set of six Schott Zwiesel Convention Old Fashioned glasses from Germany is a great option for cocktails like an Old Fashioned or any other drink you want to “on the rocks”.
You have more room to add ice (the rocks from which they are named), and you can mix cocktails inside the glass. This is how the Old Fashioned was made. Schott Zwiesel Convention Old Fashioned Glass is also made of beautiful and heavy lead-free Tritan glass. This glass is a crystal-like material that feels great in the hand.
Godinger Cigar Whiskey Glass
The gold standard for whiskey folks is an Old Fashioned (rocks) glass and that’s usually accompanied with a cigar. The Old Fashioned (or rocks), glass is crucial to your home’s success. This fun conversation piece of glassware is a great choice.
Glencairn Whiskey Glass
A Glencairn glass is a common item at whisky tastings. These glasses look just like a mix of a shot glass with a brandy snifter. They are perfect for drinking all types of whiskey. This design allows you to enjoy the best whiskey while enjoying a good dram.
Paksh Novelty Italian Highball Glasses
The aptly named highball glass is a classic standby that’s used for all sorts of cocktails, particularly tall, cold drinks (of the type that you often fill with ice) that are popular in the dog days of summer when you want to stay cool and slake your thirst with something more refreshing than whiskey or brandy. These fine, Italian-made glasses from Paksh are a great choice for a highball.
There’s also the “Collins” glass (named after the Tom Collins cocktail), which is similar to the highball but taller and narrower. The Collins glass can be used interchangeably with “highball” or “Collins”, even though they are different. The regular highball, if you can only choose one, is more versatile and works well as a normal drinking glass for non-alcoholic drinks such as tea.
JoyJolt Highball Glass
The highball glass is smaller and wider than the Collins glass. This glass is used for highballs. It typically holds eight to twelve ounces. The set of four holds 14.2oz., which makes it ideal for liquor, mixers and ice. This could be used interchangeably with a Collins cup, but it would be a good idea to have at least one of each.
The coupe glass is a shallow, open-mouthed cocktail glass that can be used for both cocktails and champagne. This glass was inspired by King Louis XV’s mistress. We are not lying.
The Best Brandy Snifter glasses
Schott Zwiesel Mondial Brandy Snifters
Although the brandy snifter can be described as a shorter, chubbier wine glass, it is essential to get the best out of this rare spirit. Brandy is, after all, made from wine. Brandy is actually made from wine. It is often aged in barrels and distilled. The name brandy comes from Brandywine, which derives its name from the Dutch word “burnt wine”, also known as “brandy wine”. Schott Zwiesel Mondial’s snifter is designed with a shorter stem and a wider base to allow you to hold it by your glass, rather than the stem. The large 17-ounce bowl allows you to swirl it inside the glass.
To get the best winey and oaky aromas, wrap your hand under the bulb. The Mondial brandy snifters can also pull double duty for rich beers like porters, barrel-aged releases, and strong ales (barleywine, Scotch ale, and so forth), so these pair nicely with the Libbey pint glasses as part of your beer-quaffing loadout – but if you drink a lot of those, we still recommend getting some proper Belgian-style beer glasses.
Riedel Vinum Brandy Snifter
The brandy snifter makes a strong statement on any shelf of glassware. It is designed so your hand can warm the brandy within. Because the bowl is slightly warmer than the rim, the glass retains the aromas from the gentle warming. This glass is great for whiskies and other premium spirits.
- Martini or Cocktail Glass
- Libbey Capone Speakeasy Coupe glasses
The new trend is coupe glass. This style of up glass (so-called for cocktails served “up”) is basically a cross between a martini glass and a margarita glass, and it’s a great way to serve and enjoy martinis, margaritas, Manhattans, and other cocktails that start with “M.” Better still, unlike a traditional martini glass, the awesomely Prohibition-era-styled Libbey Capone Speakeasy Coupe Glass is a lot less likely to slosh its contents over the rim and onto the bar or the floor after you’ve had a few.
Coupe glasses allow you to swirl drinks in them if you so desire. However, this is not something you want to do with a drink that’s nearly full. These glasses are also becoming a more popular option than tall flute-style champagne glasses, making the Libbey couple glasses much more versatile than the triangular glasses.
Luminarc Atlas Goblet
It can be called a Martini glass or a cocktail glass. But, it’s not late for happy hour. Kidding. You can make a variety of cocktails with the cocktail glass.
- Sherry glass
- Libbey Sherry Glass
Sherry glasses typically hold three to four ounces. They are great for digestive, aperitifs, and cordials. They can also hold sherries or other fortified wines such as ports.
- Cordial Glass
- Godinger Dublin Cordial Glasses
Cordial glasses are also known as liqueur glasses. They weigh one ounce and come in many shapes with long stems. You can use them to serve cordials or liqueurs, as you probably know.
Nick & Nora Glass
The Nick & Nora cocktail glasses are named after Nick & Nora Charles (the main characters in Dashiell Hammet’s The Thin Man), and they do many of the same functions as coupe and martini glasses but are smaller and more spill-proof. This makes them slightly more versatile. These glasses were first introduced in the mid-2000s. However, Nick & Nora Charles, who were the main characters in Dashiell Hammet’s em>The Thin Man/em>, drank from them daily during their first run.
- Hurricane Glass
- Bormioli Rocco Hurricane Glasses
The hurricane glass is a cocktail glass that’s bigger than it looks. It can hold up to 20 ounces of sweet, sweet liquor. Named after the Hurricane cocktail, which was created in New Orleans at Pat O’Brien’s, many other large cocktails have been made to suit the size of the year. These are great for hosting a Tiki party, or a backyard barbecue.
- Irish Coffee Mug
- Luminarc Irish Footed Mug
Do you ever plan on making hot cocktails? If so, the Irish coffee mug should be your go-to. These mugs have a classic appearance thanks to the stem and handle. The clear glass also allows you to see what’s inside. Named for the drink, they work well with any hot cocktail, thanks to the thickness of the glass.
- Copper Mule Mug
- Deco 89 Moscow Mule
If you’ve had a cocktail in your life, you know what this is for: Moscow mules. Moscow, Kentucky — It doesn’t really matter where the mule came from. This mug serves one purpose: to look nice.
- Julep Cup Glass
- Hammered Mint Julep Cup
A creation of Kentucky silversmiths in the 1800s as a sign of prestige, the julep cup serves one main purpose: to help keep mint juleps ice cold during the Kentucky Derby. These cups, made of silver or pewter are not as versatile as the others, but they look great so they earn points.
What’s the point of using different glasses for drinks?
A variety of glassware is essential for any bar, home, or commercial establishment.
Maybe a connoisseur of craft beer told you to drink beer from a frosted cup, or a Scotch enthusiast gushed about how to pour whiskey into a Glencairn. Realism: Glassware is big in the world of liquor. Your brew’s temperature and aroma will be affected by the shape and size of your glass.
However, this doesn’t mean you can drink bad alcohol in well-made glassware. You might find that the liquor’s flavor is lost before you even take a sip. We don’t think so. You won’t believe us if you try two glasses of the same beer. Your taste buds will notice the differences.
How to buy glassware
Although you might not use all the glassware, having a selection will allow guests to make their own choices and be able to accommodate different tastes. Some of these glasses can also be used to make cocktails, such as pints, wine glasses, and brandy snifters.
Think about how many you entertain. Are you the one hosting? Invite your male friends to join you. Two is a good number, but you should consider what you really need before making a decision.