Toasts of the Town—13 Ways To Outfit Your Bar

Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday, and we’re making a toast to glassware—those tabletop treasures that serve our beverage-drinking needs; those mealtime mainstays that look pretty while being practical; those cocktail-hour cornerstones that help bring us together in festive conviviality. Whatever you’re into—be it wine, water or whisky—pick your poison and the style that suits you.

The designers of this double-walled glass are serious about their whiskey. (And so, apparently, are a lot of other people. The development of this glass was funded by a Kickstarter campaign.)

Whisky glass from Norlan

This is not your grandma’s set of glasses. The intricate, vintage-y design is interrupted by a thoroughly modern clear panel that’s catches your attention—and your grip.

Grace glassware from Irwin Ribera

This is my grandma’s set of glasses. She was the consummate hostess, adored her family, and enjoyed a whiskey sour now and then. She served them in glasses a lot like these (on trays a lot like these).

Valencia glasses from Culver

Gold and chalice-like, this goblet makes enjoying a glass of the bubbly a sacred experience. (It also comes in silver and bronze; hence the name.)

Olympic champagne saucer from Stolzle Lauxitz

Do you like a Pale Ale? There’s a glass for that. A Stout? There’s a glass for that. These are individually designed to enhance the taste of specific types of beer.

Craft beer glasses from Spiegelau

I can’t be the only one who finds that the simple act of holding a martini glass evokes urbane sophistication. These balance a standard cone with “beaded” crystal stems for extra panache.

Vega martini glasses from Baccarat

Drink up. There’s a decorative treasure at the bottom of this glassware—an orb covered in crackled gold leaf.

Oro Collection from L’Objet

I like the masculine vibe of this multi-faceted and sculptural collection.

Ted Muehling Tortoise decanter from Steuben

On the other hand, I also find this decanter alluring. It’s got the delicate appeal of a perfume atomizer.

Langeais Wine Decanter and pieces from Lalique

Sometimes, you just want to make one trip from bar to table with everyone’s drinks.

Ludlow collection from Simon Pearce

Wishing for summer won’t get it here any faster. I like to be proactive and this margarita glass—with its swirly, ocean-colored design—is a step in the right direction.

Hilda margarita glass from Joss & Main

I’m going to be honest; I’ve never tasted a Moscow Mule. Still, I love the way the bright copper mugs announce immediately what cocktail they hold. There are several variations, but both this rounded version and this tall, skinny one unmistakably telegraph what they contain. (Note to self: try one of these drinks ASAP.)

Left: Moscow Mule mug from Sur La Table;         Right: Moscow Copper Co. mule mug

There’s something just a bit ironic about shot glasses that come in a rainbow of hues. Even worldly revelers who live in the fast lane appreciate a pretty color.

W shot glasses from Waterford