Never has the battle between fashion versus function been greater than when picking out the glassware for your restaurant. As an extension of the look and feel of your restaurant, you want your glassware to be stylish yet also durable enough to withstand the daily wear and tear it’ll face. Between customers, bartenders, servers, dishwashers and more, there are (literally) several hands that touch your glassware every day, which means more opportunity for breakage to occur.
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First, let’s talk about stemware, or the lack thereof. Here, we have an Excalibur wine glass by Cardinal. The nice thing about this is that it’s made from fully tempered glass so it’s going to resist a lot of the wear and tear from the nightly grind at your bar. As well as it has a nice feature of a tall body that slightly narrows at the tip to help trap in the aromatics of the wine. Here, we have a stemless wine glass that’s a much more current trend going on in the scene. And the nice thing about the stemless is exactly that—it’s stemless. So there’s a less chance of your bartenders knocking over your glasses. Here, we have the Perfection glass from Cardinal.
Next let’s talk about the versatility of your common glassware. Here, we have something you would often put soft drinks in and here we have something you would often put your mixed cocktails in. However, if you think about it, you can also put your soft drinks in this Islande Hi-Ball glass as well. The nice thing about this glass is that it’s the only glass that features nice, tall sleek sides on the side, as opposed to this one that has a curved belly. Also, you think about portion control. Yeah, you’re a little scared at first of using a smaller glass for your soft drinks—but that can work to your benefit. Smaller portions also means less waste at the end of the day.
As the craft beer trend moves forward, it’s made us rethink our barware with the same, thoughtful care that we do with the brews themselves. As more craft breweries start to use these specialty glasses, we as drinkers start to realize they start to affect the aromas and flavors of the brews themselves. And here we have a Belgian beer glass, the thing that makes it a Belgian beer glass specifically is its unique tulip shape that helps trap the aromatics of the brew.
Next we’re going to show you a fun take on some unique shapes to replace your common pint glass. For instance, we have this shape that resembles your common party cup. Or we also have this uniquely shaped beer can styles. They also come in a chalkboard version. The nice thing about these chalkboard versions is you can help identify specific customers or brews you’re trying to showcase. You can also customize your glasses by customizing them with your logo.
And here we have specialty glasses, like this Excalibur Margarita glass. Unfortunately it only serves one purpose—serving margaritas. As great as that may sound, it unfortunately takes up a lot of real estate with this large bowl on your shelf. So, you’re starting to see a new current trend where a lot more establishments are starting to serve their margaritas in this rocks glass. Looks just as nice, a little more upscale, saves a lot more space and you can even put in this fancy ice cube.
Buy the Glasses
|Excalibur Breeze||Perfection Stemless Wine Glass||Islande Hi-Ball Glass||Excalibur Beverage Glass|
|Barware Footed Belgian Beer Glass||Beer Can Glass||Excalibur Margarita Glass||Cabernet Rocks Glass|