The 12 Best Cocktail Glasses to Stock Your Bar Cart (and Wedding Registry)

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Engaged? Cheers to that! You’ll have plenty to celebrate in the coming year and since the clinking of glasses often comes with such celebrations you best ensure that your bar is properly stocked—and not just with a slew of spirits, but with the proper cocktail glasses in which to pour them in, too. From margaritas to martinis, every cocktail has a proper glass to call its own. To begin your own glassware collection, start with these best cocktail glasses we’ve carefully compiled.  

Whether you're clinking glasses for your engagement, your anniversary, or just entertaining friends at home, these cocktail glasses will have you feeling like a bonafide mixologist—and will have your creations taste like they were mixed up by one, too. After all, its proper glass can help allow the spirit to breathe and permeate as it should for optimum enjoyment. 

Ready to stock your bar cart—and your wedding registry while you’re at it? Read on for the best cocktail glasses for sipping and celebrating.

Best Overall: Libbey Polaris Drinkware Set

Libbey Polaris 16-Piece Drinkware Set

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Overwhelmed by the choices on the menu? Simply select a complete set of cocktail glasses to begin getting your bar cart in order. This Libbey collection comes with an impressive 16 glasses, both in on-the-rocks and tumbler varieties, to satisfy a range of recipes. Sleek and simple, the lead-free and dishwasher-safe glasses feature a weighted base for a touch of modernity.

Best Budget: Godinger Jax Highball Glasses

Godinger Jax Highball Glasses in Pink

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If on a budget, don’t fret about buying a dozen cocktail glasses in various shapes and sizes you don’t believe you’d often use. Instead, select a set (already more bang for your buck!) that can be used for a variety of cocktails, such as highball glasses. Clocking in at a great wallet-friendly price, this Godinger set looks impossibly luxe with its petal pink hue and embossed design.

Best Splurge: Waterford Lismore Connoisseur Heritage Rounded Tumbler

Waterford Lismore Connoisseur Heritage Rounded Tumbler

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Classic and luxurious Waterford crystal can certainly be a splurge, but its incomparable quality will last you anniversaries to come. This sparkling set of cocktail tumblers features a mix of expertly etched patterns for a collection of glassware that’s oh-so lavish yet still refreshingly unique. Needless to say, these beauties are deserving of a starring spot on your registry.

Best Highball Glass: Orren Ellis Clear Brantwood Highball Glass

Orren Ellis Clear Brantwood 13 oz. Highball Glass

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These tall glasses are specially crafted for their namesake whiskey cocktail but will stand to suit a slew of icy cool beverages thanks to their size and shape. This set of six boasts a bubbled, beaded texture that makes it stand out in a sea of smooth, clear crystal. Oh, and in case you were wondering, these glasses are also dishwasher safe and BPA-free.

Best for Whiskey: Huckberry Whiskey Peaks The Rockies

Huckberry Whiskey Peaks The Rockies

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A set of short and stout glasses are a must, be there any whiskey drinkers in the household—and you’d hardly find any whiskey glasses more unique than these gorgeous gems from Huckberry. The crystal itself is hand-blown, durable, and lead-free, and at the bottom of each bloom-raised topography of The Rocky Mountains. How cool is that?

Best for Martinis: Schott Zwiesel Pure Martini Glass

Schott Zwiesel Pure Martini

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Served straight-up in a set of six, these martini glasses, courtesy of German glassware company Schott Zwiesel, offer the ideal size and shape for the classic cocktail. They also tote a delightfully modern twist in their slightly angled bowls and construction: With titanium and zirconium instead of lead content, the crystal is extra durable and light reflective.

Best for Gin & Tonics: Riedel Tumbler Collection Mixing Series Gin Cocktail Set

Riedel Gin Set

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A lime wedge isn’t the only finishing touch your gin and tonics need: They’d also be amiss without this gin set from renowned glassware company Riedel. With a delicate, tulip-shaped bowl, these vessels (four are included in the set) are ideal for breezy gin drinks and they’re even dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Best Double Old Fashioned Glass: Anthropologie Chiara DOF Glasses

Chiara DOF Glasses

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Make it a double! While a traditional old-fashioned glass holds around 6 to 8 oz., a double old-fashioned glass can hold about 12 to 14 oz., so you and your guests can leisurely sip on your—you guessed it—old-fashioned whiskey cocktails throughout the night. We love this modern take that similarly doubles the pretty pops of color along with the stout, handcrafted glass.

Best for Moscow Mules: A29 Moscow Mule Copper Mugs

Moscow Mule Copper Mugs, Set of 4

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No Moscow mule is complete without that quintessential copper mug, and this set of four—made of 100 percent pure copper and finished with solid brass handles—comes with some beautiful bonuses. Included is a copper shot glass (so you can measure out the perfect amount of vodka for those mules), a recipe booklet, and matching copper straws so you can sip in style.

Best for Margaritas: Sobremesa Hand-Blown Recycled Margarita Glasses

Sobremesa Hand-Blown Recycled Margarita Glasses

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Is there anything better than margaritas served poolside? Yup—and it’s margaritas served poolside in these pretty little glasses! Each is hand-blown by a cooperative in Guatemala, making them responsibly sourced and eco-friendly (they’re also dishwasher safe, by the way). Plus, the rims also come stunningly stained in your choice of three colors: white, blue, or green.

Best Tumbler: Libbey Lava Tumbler Glass

Libbey Lava Tumbler Glass

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Fit for a variety of cocktails, a classic tumbler is a must for your bar cart or cabinet. But that doesn’t mean this basic glass has to be, well, basic. This set of eight tumblers is far from it, in fact. Inspired by free-flowing lava, each of the glasses boasts an organic shape with a grooved design that offers both interesting texture and comfortable gripping points for easy sipping.

Best Coup: Estelle Colored Glass Champagne Coup Stemware

Estelle Colored Glass Champagne Coup Stemware

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Let the celebrations begin! When it’s time to pop the bubbly, reach for this stunning set of coup stemware, courtesy of Estelle Colored Glass. Hand-blown by glass artisans in Poland, they come available in an array of candy-like colors, adding an unexpected pop of personality to your glassware collection. While we love this rose-hued set, there are 13 color varieties available in total (including a whimsical rainbow option!).

Final Verdict

When stocking your wedding registry or outfitting your bar cart, you can’t go wrong with starting with a set like Godinger Jax Highball Glasses in Pink set that boasts a lovely timeless quality or Libbey’s Polaris 15-Piece Drinkware Set that comes complete with everything the mini mixologist in you may need. Now all you need is a few bottles of booze to get this party started.

What are the main types of cocktail glasses?

There are a few main cocktail glasses that no home bar cart should be without. These include highball glasses (the towering shape is ideal for ice-laden beverages), martini glasses (a classic, after all), champagne coups (a necessity with so much to celebrate!), all-purpose tumblers, whisky, and double old fashioned glasses, gin glasses, as well as vessels specifically designed for specialty cocktails like Moscow mules and margaritas.

Should I register for a set of cocktail glasses or is it better to get individual pieces?

That is entirely up to you! If you’re a one-stop-shop kind of person, registering for a set of cocktail glasses may make the most sense. If you have an eclectic sense of style and like to mix-and-match your tabletop pieces, go for individual glasses. If you have a larger guest list, you may also want to consider registering for individual glasses, which would offer more gift options to your friends and fam. (You can always register for several of the same glasses too to keep the overall look streamlined!)


What other cocktail tools do I need?

Besides a healthy stock of spirits (duh), to complete your collection of cocktail-crafting supplies be sure to snag a set of bar spoons, a bottle opener and corkscrew, a cocktail shaker and strainer, a jigger, and a muddler.

Why Trust Brides?

Brides contributor Jamie Cuccinelli has several years of experience in the wedding and lifestyle industries, first as an editor of Brides.com and then as a writer for home and lifestyle websites like MyDomaine. She also pours a mean cocktail and always has glasses to match. From her homemade sangria and coquito to go-to gin and tonics, they all deserve their vessel version of “home sweet home.”

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