Essential Glassware Every Bar Needs

Part 1 'The Staples'

“A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory….”

- Albert Einstein

Rocks Glass


The old-fashioned glass is a short tumbler with a thick bottom. It's also called a "lowball" or "rocks" glass.

Pint Glass


A pint glass is a form of drinkware made to hold either a British ("imperial") pint of 20 imperial fluid ounces (568 ml) or an American pint of 16 US fluid ounces (473 ml).

Highball Glass


Very useful, tall glasses are essential in any bar. They're used for tall mixed drinks (also called highballs) that can be as simple as a shot of liquor topped with juice or soda.

Red Wine Glass


Red wine glasses are typically taller and have a larger bowl than white wine glasses. As reds are generally bigger and bolder wines, they require a larger glass.

White Wine Glass


White wine bowl is more u-shaped and upright than a red wine glass. The shape enhances and preserves aromas while also maintaining the wine's cool temperature.

Shots Glass


A shot glass is a glass originally designed to hold or measure spirits or liquor, which is either imbibed straight from the glass ("a shot") or poured into a cocktail ("a drink").

PART 2: 'Everything Else'


Essential Glassware Every Bar Needs