Our Guide to Barware

Bar glasses have evolved by shape, design, and style throughout the decades. Many of the various names of glasses today are highly recognizable, but what did the names originate from? Which drinks pair especially well with which glasses, and why? Below is a visual guide to more common barware, as well as a written guide to some of the more interesting stories behind the names of a handful of glasses.


First off, we have the cocktail glass, also known as the Martini glass. Many believe that the Martini glass got its name from a hotel in San Francisco where the people traveling by ferry to the nearby city ( known as Martinez) would enjoy a drink or two before heading out. The shape of the bowl was designed so that olives could sit upright perfectly, and the narrow and long stem was created so that drinkers could hold the glass without altering the temperature of the drink.

The highball, although not as fancy of a design, has a unique story about its name. The name itself was said to originate from a signal used in the 1800’s on the american railroad. When a ball was raised high on the signal post, the train was given access to drive through at full speed. So, the thought that getting somewhere fast from the high ball signal on the railroads transferred to the bar glass name, as one could also obtain a quick buzz from consuming whiskey in a highball glass.

Ever wonder what the difference is between red and white wine glasses? Red wine glasses typically are taller and have a larger bowl. The reason that reds are larger is because typically red wine is more bold and a larger glass is needed to allow aroma and flavors to emerge. You don’t have to worry about the type of glass affecting the taste of the wine, but it’s always good to be in the know!

The snifter is another uniquely designed glass. Its narrow top traps the aroma inside the glass, while the rounded bottom allows the liquor to be warmed while held in hand. Their most unique trait, however, is that they will hold just the proper amount without spilling when turned on its side. Quite impressive for a common glass.

Featured below is a 1950s Hazel Atlas glass barware set in our store. Hazel Atlas Glass was once considered the largest glass manufacturer in the world. They were the leader in fruit jars, glass lamp bases, and commercial glass containers for everything from Vasoline and shoe polish to ketchup, jam, and pickles. It was a rare occurrence if a home in the 1920s and later did not have Hazel Atlas glass in their shelves. Today, we are lucky to have them on ours!


At most everything, we have quite a bit of beautiful vintage glass barware. Pictured below are more of the various types and designs featured in our store. Feel free to stop by and see these unique glasses, and possibly add some to your home to complement your next dinner party or get-together.

Thanks for reading!


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snifter http://www.wineenthusiast.com/learn/wine-glasses/red-vs-white-wine-glasses.asp https://www.abarabove.com/history-martini-glass/ http://www.whiskymag.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1065 http://www.collectorsweekly.com/glassware/hazel-atlas



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