Types of Glassware for Your Restaurant
Much like phone apps, you’ll find that “There’s a glass for that.” when it comes to any beverage. Critics have long posited that shapes and sizes affect the taste of a beverage, from wide wine glasses that allow Cabernets to breathe, to thick-walled mugs that keep brews chilled. In many ways, feel and texture does affect our taste—in an informal poll around the office, coffee drinkers prefer to drink their caffeinated beverage in a mug instead of a disposable cup. Regardless if you could care less about drinking a Pinot in a mason jar, standard cultural norms dictate certain glasses for certain beverages—and if you strayed too far from the norm, diners at your restaurant will be left confused.
Though you’ll find close to a hundred different kinds of glasses used for one purpose or another, don’t sweat it—many glasses are extremely versatile, letting you use them for more than one type of beverage.
Instead of overwhelming you with every option out there, let’s cover the glassware highlights that you’ll most likely find in any restaurant or bar:
Red or white? Almost as famous as ‘Do you want fries with that?’, diner preferences for a glass of red or white wine depend on a variety of factors such as entrée selection, time of day, and even the weather. Your customers will likely fall on both sides of the spectrum, so plan to be ready with the appropriate glassware. Wine glasses come in all shapes and sizes, to enhance the flavor of the wine you are enjoying:
We’ve come a long way since the traditional pint glass, which was once synonymous with bars around the country. Beer has grown up, becoming much more than its homestyle roots in red solo cups atop plywood tables. In the last 10 years we’ve seen an exponential growth of specialty and craft beers, designed for sipping and taking in all of its aromas. Between Belgians, lagers, saisons, ales and more, brewers are becoming creative with their offerings—and glasses.
Some experiment with the flared edge of the tulip glass, which is designed to develop and maintain that rich foamy head on your beer.
While others combine the classic canned shape with the refinement of glass by creating a playful beer “can” mug.
Whatever your favorite brew is, there’s a glass for you:
Alcoholic beverages come in a wide range of colors and aromatics that are increasingly being showcased in complementary glassware to enhance the drinker’s experience.
Beverage glasses and tumblers are the perfect all around glass no matter if you’re in the casual or fine dining space. These workhorses of the industry hold large amounts of iced tea, soft drinks, and water and typically feature simple, clean designs to match with any glassware.Shop Beverage Glasses and Tumblers
When choosing drinkware for your restaurant, there are several considerations. Common concerns include durability (how often can I anticipate breakages?) and aesthetics (does this fit with my restaurant’s décor?). There are, however, other factors that may come into play, such as storage concerns—if you have the budget to stock up on several types of glassware that’s great! But where will you store it all?
Your glassware is an extension of the look and feel of your restaurant. Perhaps you want to feature modern glassware with straight sides to accommodate large, trendy ice cubes. Or maybe you’d prefer a traditional curved goblet that can easily be mixed and matched with other settings.
Before you purchasing your glassware, take into account some considerations:
Durability matters when you’re in a restaurant. The strongest glassware will withstand dishwashers (manual and automatic), bartenders, servers, and simple everyday use. Constant breakages could quickly affect your bottom line if you regularly have to replace your glasses.
There’s no right answer to finding the ‘best’ glassware—only to find what the best glassware is for you. We hope this buying guide helped demystify the types of glassware on the market and helped you think about ways your glassware can do double duty around the restaurant.