Beginners 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 together 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 type of cocktail glass on your registry checklist. Consider your favorite drinks (martinis, champagne, margaritas—the list can go on and on), 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 checklist: 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. These glasses will get the most use in your bar, so register for a bunch and you’ll always have an extra in case one breaks. Check out our full collection here.

2. Martini Glass
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Ever make a dirty martini at home? While these glasses aren’t a necessity for your bar, if you drink vodka or gin they are definitely a good thing to have around. Have a set of four and choose the size by how strong you make your drinks – the stronger the drink, the smaller the glass.

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.

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.

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.

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 shooter cocktails to consider—some even combine food for tasty and inventive ways to ingest and imbibe at the same time, such as oyster shooters that incorporate vodka into the raw oyster-slurping experience. 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).

Browse our full collection of cocktail glasses here.


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