Beginner’s Guide To: Bar Glasses

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For the couple that loves to entertain, having the right bar glasses on your registry is a must. At Zola, we’re firm believers that what you serve the drink in is just as important as the drink itself. So, to help you avoid serving your friends mojitos in wine glasses, we’ve put together a guide of everything you need to know about adding barware to your wedding registry.

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What are they? 

Bar glasses are glasses specifically designed for wine and cocktails. They come in a series of shapes and sizes, specifically crafted for different types of alcohol and mixed drinks.

I need this if… 

You love to entertain or kick back with a glass of wine after a long day of work—basically, they’re an essential to any wedding registry.

How many do I need? 

While you want to have more than a simple tumbler, you don’t need to have every single type of cocktail glass on your registry checklist. Consider your favorite drinks (martinis, champagne, margaritas—don’t be bashful if your list is quite long), what you like to serve guests when you entertain, and go from there. If after-dinner drinks aren’t really your thing, you probably don’t need those extra cognac glasses.

Which glasses are right for me? 

1. Wine Glass
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We’ll start with the most obvious glass that’s probably already on your registry “must have” list: the wine glass. There are different styles for white and red wine, and it’s safe to say you’ll need both in your home. Register for 8-12 of each. This stemware will get the most use in your bar, so register for a bunch and you’ll always have an extra glass on hand in case one breaks. You can check out our full collection, but here are a couple of our favorite picks:

1. Schott Zwiesel Pure Cabernet Glass, Set of 6
2. Riedel Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot (Bordeaux) Glass, Set of 2
3. Villeroy & Boch Ovid White Wine Glass, Set of 4

2. Martini Glass
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Ever make a dirty martini at home? While these bar glasses aren’t a necessity for your bar, if you’re a vodka or gin fan they are definitely a good thing to have around. Register for a set of four and choose your ideal size by how much of a punch you want to pack—the stronger the drink, the smaller the glass. See our recommendations below:

1. Rosenthal DiVino Martini Glass, Set of 6
2. Libbey Signature Kentfield Martini Glass, Set of 4
3. Cathy’s Concepts Personalized Gold Rim Martini Glass, Set of 4

3. Highball Glass
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For your summer cocktails and mixed drinks, this is the glass you’ll need. Fill these with ice cubes and pour in your favorite fruity or bubbly cocktail. We recommend registering for at least eight of these glasses if you don’t already have them in your home. They’re versatile, so you can use them for everything from water to G&Ts.

1. Schott Zwiesel Pure Long Drink Glass, Set of 6
2. Nachtmann Highland Highball Glass, Set of 4
3. Marquis by Waterford Vintage Highball Glass, Set of 4

4. Champagne Flute
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Champagne flutes are all about elegance. This piece of stemware not only looks beautiful, but is designed so that the bubbles in the wine rise to the top. Start with a set of eight; you can always build your collection if you end up needing more. Here are some classic choices to get started:

1. Schott Zwiesel Predicat Champagne Flute, Set of 6
2. Waterford Elegance Champagne Belle Coupe, Set of 2
3. Riedel Vinum Champagne Glass, Set of 2

5. Old Fashioned Glass
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These are a home bar must-have because they can be used for all different types of drinks. While they are designed for whiskey and bourbon cocktails such as Negronis and Manhattans, we strongly believe they are a classy option for serving just about anything. Register for a set of 10 now and you will almost definitely collect more in the future. Whether you go fancy with an etched, gold-rimmed version or keep it clean and simple, here are a few no-fail old fashioned glass picks:

1. Godinger Dublin Banded Double Old Fashioned Glass, Set of 4
2. Mikasa Cheers Double Old Fashioned Glass, Set of 4
3. Luigi Bormioli On The Rocks Double Old Fashioned Glass, Set of 4

6. Shot Glasses
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Although you may have outgrown the wild nights of your early twenties, shot glasses are actually great for measuring out your liquor. There’s also the entire category of shooters to consider—some of these one-sip drinks even include food for a creative way to ingest and imbibe at the same time (oyster shooters, anyone?). Register for six; that way, if your dinner party kicks it up a notch, you’ll have enough glasses for everyone to throw one back.

1. Amici Home Bartender’s Choice Shot Glass, Set of 6
2. Libbey Signature Kentfield Shot Glass, Set of 6
3. Schott Zwiesel Paris Shot Glass, Set of 6

Now, after all this talk of cocktails, you’ve earned yourself a happy hour—after browsing our full collection of bar and drinkware, of course.

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