Glassware styles and varieties will always fluctuate depending on the type of establishment you are bartending in. For example, a classic speakeasy-style bar may have more antique style glasses for cocktails whereas a high volume dance club or party bar may only use plastic cups. In addition to styles the variety may be more at a high end establishment but at a neighborhood bar or smaller type of place there may only be 3-4 different varieties. Many bars simply don’t have the budget for a large variety of drinking vessels. The following are glasses and cups that you may come across during your bartending tenure. It is important that you are meticulous with the handling of glassware paying attention to smudges towel lint soap and water stains and even where you place your fingers when grabbing the glass. No guest wants to see your fingers touching the upperside of a glass (rim) where they may put their mouth to drink. After washing and rinsing glasses always let them air dry on a clean corrugated surface. Never towel dry a glass. Use a linen napkin or cloth if you are going to polish glassware. And lastly if your glasses are to be stacked make sure they are completely dry otherwise the moisture will leave ring marks on the glasses. Here are the drinking vessels you need to be familiar with and the various types of establishments you may find each particular glass being stocked.
- Learn about traditional bar glassware
- Learn about more unique bar glassware
- Learn proper glass icing techniques
- Learn how to tell a glass is Beet Glass clean