Are you a professional bartender or restaurant waitstaff? Are you looking to host your first-party? If so, understanding the different types of glassware can spell success for your career or your party-hosting stint.

Many people believe that glassware can hold all kinds of drinks, including juices, smoothies, and wines. Some glassware can enhance the flavor and aroma of your drink, especially if it contains alcohol.

If you are interested in working at a bar or hosting a party, we have listed the essential glassware that you should invest in.

A Brief History of Glassware

Glassmaking science and art date back to 3,600 B.C. in Mesopotamia. George Ravenscroft was a pioneer in modern crystal glass production in 1674. No wonder Ravenscroft crystal glasses are still among the most respected styles of glassware around the globe.

Glasswares were expensive and only the wealthy could afford them when they first appeared on the market. Glassware manufacturing has seen significant improvements, including new designs and affordability.

Glassware has evolved from wine glasses to goblets. These are the types of glassware that you need to be familiar with.

1. Everyday use glasses

Glasses are used for everyday use during meals. These glasses are the cheapest of all the listed glasswares, as they are more likely to break than others, especially if you have children.

These glasses are often used in the kitchen so the chance of them getting damaged is higher. This makes them more affordable. Tumblers are the best choice for this type of glass.

You should consider the other elements of the table when choosing the color or design of your everyday glasses. This includes plates and serving bowls. Plain glassware will work well with any plates that have intricate designs or are painted.

One set can be used for wine glasses every day, while another set is for special occasions and company. Stemware that is used regularly is more practical. Special occasion glasses, on the other hand, can be more expensive and more appropriate to the wine or liquor that you are serving.

Red Wine

There are many styles of red wine glasses, depending on the grape variety. Practically, however, wine connoisseurs or sommeliers prefer Bordeaux, Pinot Noir, and cabernet wine glasses. These glasses are better suited for almost all wines.

A red wine glass should have a large bowl and a slightly tapered rim. This allows air to flow freely within the wine glass. Wine aromas and flavors can be released by this design. The wine is also able to mix air with it, dissolving sulfites and tannins.

Red wine glasses can also be used to enhance the flavor and aroma of your liquor. However, decanting or airing your wine can also improve its quality. These two methods enable the wine to develop more complexity and intensity, both flavor-wise and smell-wise.

White Wine

It is important to choose the right glass for white wine glasses. This allows the wine’s subtle flavors and aromas to shine through, making it easier to enjoy. A white wine glass that is slightly smaller than a standard red wine glass is best for delicate white wines.

Wine glasses with a more U-shaped shape are best for white wines that are full-bodied. A standard white wine glass will serve both light-bodied and full-bodied wines.

If you only like one wine variety, it might be worth buying a wine glass that is a specific beverage refrigerator to that wine. This will enhance the wine’s nuances.

Other types of wine glasses

Other than the wine glasses, there are other types of wine that require special attention when buying and choosing glassware. Wines needing special attention are port, sherry, and Madeira, which are dessert wines. These wine glasses are smaller than regular wine glasses, but the shape is the same.

The Sauternes is a high-priced wine. Glassmakers create a special glass that highlights the wine’s acidity and balances out its sweetness. The glass had a V-shaped bowl with a narrow rim.

3. Water Goblet

The stem of water goblets is shorter and more stocky, with a wider bowl. So, it stands mostly at the same height as a standard wine glass. Wine glasses are shorter and more distinctive than water goblets.

The water goblet, which is used as a guest, is the first piece of stemware that is filled when you arrive. This ensures there is no confusion over where the wine should go. A water goblet can be used as a host at any event. Standard everyday glass is fine for small gatherings.

4. Beer Glasses

Beer glasses are an art form in and of themselves. It’s not surprising that beer glasses are so popular with the many types and styles of beer available. It’s no surprise that beer glasses are competing with wine glasses for the best designs. This category includes the Weizen and pilsner as well as the pint, stange, and nonic beer glasses.

5. Liqueur Glasses

Cordial and liqueur glasses are small glasses that can be used to serve liqueurs or cordials. The capacity of these stemmed glasses is 1 oz. (30ml) – 4.5 oz. 130ml Grappa is tulip-shaped stemmed glassware that weighs less than 4 ounces.

Liqueurs, not to be confused with liquors, include Amaretto, Kahlua, Vermouth, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and absinthe, to name a few. Although the liqueurs can be endless in number, they are refreshing and make cocktails even more appealing.

Cordials can also be alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Cordials are sweetened with syrup-like consistency and are intended to be used as a medicinal tonic. They are often served in small glasses because they are sweet and are meant to be paired with desserts.

6. Specialty glasses

The most well-known specialty glasses include the shot, shot, martini, Collins, highball, hurricane, Irish coffee, and Collins glasses. Worthy of mentioning is the plain pint glass, which can be used with a bigger When using the dishwasher, set it to air dry since the heat tends to build up detergent residue, resulting in lackluster glasses.

Water spots and soap residue are top concerns, regardless of whether your glasses were washed in a dishwasher or by hand. Because soap residue can alter the wine’s taste, it is a no-no. Glassware left to dry naturally can cause water spots.

Use a soft cloth to dry the glass after a few drops of water. To avoid streaks on your clean glass, use one microfiber towel to hold it.

Thickness and color

Thin glasses are the best choice if you’re looking to buy wine glasses. The glass thickness can affect the wine’s flavor. The color is another thing to think about when purchasing stemware. Clear stemware is better for wine, liquors, or beer because it showcases the drink’s unique color.

Another thing to think about is the size. Research shows that people tend to consume more alcohol from bigger glasses than from smaller ones. They believe they have the same amount of alcohol, but in reality, larger glasses may contain 1-2 ounces more.


You should choose a set that suits your budget. You don’t have to spend a lot on stemware if you are only going to use it to serve inexpensive wine. Choose a price range that you feel comfortable with.

If you are looking to purchase specialty glasses, glass from well-respected manufacturers will be a bit more expensive than those made by less well-known manufacturers. Prepare to pay between $25-50 per set of 2 wine glasses and more if you prefer