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Types of Glassware used in Bar's and restaurants

The type of glassware in which a drink is server greatly effects its presentation. Some hotels have begun to use the same style of glassware for several beverages. This can reduce the the number of kinds of glassware that they must maintain inventory

Full Service Hotels normally avoid mass produced glassware which is generally thick and many have imperfections even though it is not that expensive when compared to fine, expensive products.

But hotel chains which consider value for money as an important criteria accepts such glassware. Additionally management should consider function as well as form when purchasing glassware for their f&B operations.

! Tips while selecting glassware:

  • Glass with Rolled edged and rims reduce problems like chipping and cracking.

  • Glass-wares with thick glass and certain shapes can also reduce breakage.

  • Stemmed glasses is very likely to breakage, so while selecting stemmed glass choose designs which are harder to tip over.

Types of Glassware used in bars

 Collins or Highball Glass used in BAR

Collins / Highball

8oz. – 16oz  ( 230 ml - 473 ml)

Used for serving juices, aerated drinks, Gin and tonic etc.

  Rock Glass or Tumbler used in Bar's and restaurants

Rock Glass or Tumbler

6oz. - 10oz. (177ml - 295ml)

Used for serving drinks 'On the Rock's'.

Whisky / Shooter

1oz. – 2oz. (29ml - 59ml)

Used for single measures of liquor and ‘shooters’.

Beer Schooner used in Bar

Beer Schooner

12oz. – 14oz. (354ml - 414ml)

Used for Pilsner, and bottled beers.
Beer mug used in Hotel coffee shop and lobby lounge

Beer Mug

12oz. – 14oz. (354ml - 414ml)

Used for ½ measure of draft beer.


Beer / Pint

1 Pint (473ml)

Used for serving Draft Beer

Sample picture of wine glass used in hotels BAR

Red Wine / Bordeaux

8oz. – 14oz. (236ml - 414ml)

Used for serving Red Wine.

Sample picture of wine serving glass in bar

Wine / All Purpose

8oz. – 14oz. (236ml - 414ml)

Used for serving red wine & white wine

Champagne Tulip picture

Champagne Tulip / Champagne Flute

6oz. – 8oz. (177ml - 230ml)

Used for serving Sours, Champagne and Champagne Cocktails.

Brandy Snifter glass sample

Brandy Snifter

8oz. – 14oz. (236ml - 414ml)

Used for serving Brandy and some cocktails.

Sherry or port wine serving glass

Sherry / Port

4oz. – 6oz. (118ml - 177ml)

Used for serving sherry or port wine.

Liqueur or cordial glass sample for serving in restobar

Liqueur / Cordial

1oz. – 3oz. (29ml - 88ml)

Used for serving liqueurs and layered shooters.

Cocktails or Martini sample glass

Cocktail / Martini

4oz. – 8oz. (118ml - 236ml)

Used for serving different varity of  Cocktails

Margarita glass or coupette glass photo

Coupette / Margarita

6oz. – 10oz. (177ml - 295ml)

Used for serving Frozen cocktails such as Margaritas, or daiquiris.
Hurricane glass sample picture used in F&B BAR Hotels


10oz. – 16oz. (295ml - 473ml)

Used for ‘Long’ Drinks such as Long Island Iced Tea, Zombie, and the Hurricane.