Your bar customers have a certain expectation of the glassware you use. If you sell high-end drinks, you can only sell them in the best cocktail glasses. Restaurants with bars in them need to step up their game and invest in the right stemware to make the right first impression.

Not sure what cocktail glasses to purchase?

Let's go through four key things to consider before making your purchase and a list of top-tier glasses in our collection.

How to Find the Best Cocktail Glasses for Your Restaurant

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Your Drink Menu

You might find cool cocktail glasses that you love, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the right choice for your bar. Take the guesswork out of the process by reviewing your drink menu to make your purchases.

For example, you may need:

  • Mugs if you serve a lot of beer
  • Pint glasses if you’re known for your IPAs or ales
  • Shot glasses if you serve shots of hard liquor
  • Pilsner glasses for light beers or fancier alcohol
  • Stemware for upscale beers
  • Cocktail glasses
  • Hurricane glasses for your tropical drinks
  • Martini glasses for Manhattans or cosmos
  • Wine glasses
  • Champagne flutes
  • Low- and high-ball glasses for mixed drinks
  • So many more

A quick review of the drinks you serve should alert you to the types of glasses you’ll want to buy for your bar. There’s a good chance that you’ll need multiple types of glasses to best serve your guests.

Your Space

Small bars are limited in space. You won’t be able to have large beer steins if you don’t have the storage safe necessary to have enough glasses for your guests. You can fill the bar with beautiful cocktail glasses and have enough to fill customers' hands at full capacity.

However, you must account for breakage and the potential to need to replace glassware immediately.

Many bars have breakage of at least 6 glasses per week, but your average may be higher or lower. Thermal shock can also crack items, and this can happen even if the items are handled by your cleaning or serving crew.

Your Décor 

Fancy cocktail glasses may not fit in with your eatery’s restaurant. Imagine a guest walking into your fine dining establishment and finding plastic glassware. You need to make a good first impression.

Choose the best cocktail glass set for your décor.

If you’re unsure of the glassware you should choose, go for something better than plastic but also not so generic that it looks bland. It's better to go a little over-the-top than it is to skimp out on glasses.

Your Budget

Glassware is expensive. We have great prices on the best bar glasses, but they come in a wide range of price ranges. You'll want to keep the following in mind:

  • Glasses break, so you’ll want to buy extra
  • Allot additional money to replace the glasses in the future

If you’re more of a casual bar or a mid-level restaurant, you can invest in mid-level glassware that is less expensive than some of the upscale options.

The Best Cocktail Glassware for Your Bar: Our Top Choices

As a bar or restaurant owner, you want to give your customers the best experience possible. Stocking your bar with the best glassware will create the impression you want and make customers' experience memorable.

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If you want to stock your bar with the best glassware, here are our top picks:

Arcoroc 10.5 oz. Old-Fashioned/Rocks Glass

Old-fashioned or rocks glasses are a staple in any bar or restaurant. Arcoroc’s glasses are made in America, rim tempered, heat treated and dishwasher safe. 

These glasses are straight-sided and have a thick glass construction, making them ideal for any restaurant setting. A simple, sleek design is what makes this glass so special. 

Glass Specs

  • Dimensions: 3.25” W x 3.25” H
  • Capacity: 10 ounces
  • Material: Glass
  • Color: Clear

Libbey 56 oz. Margarita Glass

Do you serve margaritas in your bar or restaurant? With Libbey’s 56-ounce glass, you can serve supersized margaritas. 

Hand-blown glass makes these glasses exceptional in design and appearance. And the thick, durable stem will help ensure you get plenty of use out of these glasses. 

Glass Specs

  • Dimensions: 7.5” L x 7.5” W x 10.63” H
  • Capacity: 56 ounces
  • Material: Glass
  • Color: Clear

Libbey 7.625 oz. Cocktail Glass

Libbey’s 7.6-ounce cocktail glass is durable and crystal-clear to show off the cocktail’s colors. The flared shape of this glass will create an impression and is ideal for serving mixed drinks, cocktails, fruit salad, dessert and more. 

The versatility of this glass makes it a great addition to any bar, and its contemporary design will complement any décor.

Glass Specs

  • Dimensions: 4” L x 1.8” W x 3.5” H
  • Capacity: 7.6 ounces
  • Material: Glass
  • Color: Clear

Libbey 12 oz. Martini Glass

Libbey offers high-quality, nice cocktail glasses that complement any restaurant or bar. Their 12-ounce martini glass is perfect for serving martinis as well as champagne cocktails and more.

The tall, elegant stem creates an upscale look, and the classic triangle bowl shape will enhance the drink’s flavors. 

Each glass features Libbey’s Finedge rim along with exceptional chip resistance. 

Glass Specs

  • Dimensions: 4.8” L x 4.8” W x 7.38” H
  • Capacity: 12 ounces
  • Material: Glass
  • Color: Clear

Winco 20 oz. Moscow Mule Mug

Winco’s Moscow mule mug holds a generous 20 ounces of liquid and features an attractive copper plating. Durable and corrosion-resistant, this mug will keep customers’ drinks cool. Brass handles add to the durability of this barware.

Glass Specs

  • Dimensions: 4.7” L x 3.4” W x 3.9” H
  • Capacity: 20 ounces
  • Material: Stainless steel with copper plating
  • Color: Copper

Libbey 15 oz. Hurricane Glass

Libbey’s 3617 hurricane glass is perfect for serving elaborate cocktails, including those that are frozen or on the rocks.

While traditionally used to serve hurricane cocktails, you can also use these glasses to serve daiquiris, pina coladas, and more. The clear glass shows off colorful drinks to impress your guests.

Even beyond the bar, hurricane glasses can be used to serve puddings and parfait.

Glass Specs

  • Dimensions: 3-1/8” L x 8-1/4” H
  • Capacity: 15 ounces
  • Material: Glass
  • Color: Clear

Libbey 20.75 oz. Gin & Tonic Glass

Want to add high-end cocktail glasses to your bar? Libbey’s 20.75-ounce gin and tonic glass may be a great choice for you. In addition to having an eye-catching design, this glass is durable and hefty.

Libbey’s gin and tonic glass is ideal for modern or vintage-themed restaurants. Its extra-wide bowl makes it ideal for serving fancy cocktails with garnishes.

Glass Specs

  • Dimensions: 4.25” L x 4.25” W x 8.38” H
  • Capacity: 20.75 ounces
  • Material: Glass
  • Color: Clear