12 Essential Pieces of Glassware You Have to Register For

Get party-ready with the essential pieces you need for your bar (and beyond)

Updated 02/28/18


If you and your fiancé love to entertain, a mix of pretty (and practical) glassware is going to be top of the list for your registry. But with so many choices it's hard to know where to begin! The first thing to consider is how often and how many people do you have over on the regular. Next: the types of liquors you love to serve. Are you a wine-loving couple? Or are specialty cocktails more your thing? It's also important to consider how much space you'll have to store glassware (a sommelier might disagree, but you may not need a specific glass for every type of wine). Here's a list of our top faves you'll want to add to your list.

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Crate and Barrel

This old-school champagne glass will make you feel like you're kicking it up at a fancy party in the at the Gatsby mansion. This shape is also ideal for certain specialty cocktails.

Callaway coupe glass, $15, available at Crate & Barrel

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Crate & Barrel

This narrow, modern flute is easy to drink out of and slides in nicely to a crowded cupboard.

Edge Champagne glass, $13, available at Crate & Barrel

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If you're dealing with space constrictions in a tiny kitchen, these stemless glasses can double for both wine and water (or other beverages).

Luigi Bormioli Atelier Collection, $45 for a set of six Riesling or Pinot Noir glasses, available at Zola

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Williams Sonoma

The generous, rounded bowl shape of these glasses is ideal for red wines like Cabernet, Tempranillo, and Malbec.

Williams Sonoma Reserve Cabernet glasses, $149 for 8, available at Williams Sonoma

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Serve crisp whites like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio in this classic stemware.

Reidel Ouverture White Wine glasses, set of 2, $18.11, available at Amazon

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Jung Lee

Wow your guests with this rocks glass. It looks and feels like lead crystal but is actually break-proof acrylic, which makes it perfect for outdoor entertaining.

Mario Luca Giusti Acrylic blue Milly Tumbler, $28, available at Jung Lee

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Perfect for the beer aficionado, this set includes a glass specifically designed for lager, one for pilsner, and another tasting glass for full-bodied brews like Chimay.

Orrefors 3-Piece Beer Collection, $40, available at Zola

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Canvas Home

We love the slightly irregular quality of this handblown glass—it can be used for it's traditional purpose (tea) but it's also great as a water or juice glass.

Moroccan Large Tea Glass, $15, available at Canvas Home Store

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If you love to sip on a classic Martini or Manhattan, make sure to have a few of these on hand.

Libby Vina 6-piece Martini glass set, $25, available at Amazon

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These tumblers are perfect for late-night bourbon sipping or serving other on-the-rocks cocktails.

Waterford Enis Tumbler, $65 for 2, available at Waterford

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A decanter is an essential tool for aerating red wine, but it can also be used to serve OJ or other juices at your mimosa bar.

Reidel Cabernet Decanter, $50, available at Zola

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A tall, narrow pitcher is great for mixing up batch cocktails or serving ice water at the table.

Villeroy & Boch Entrée Pitcher, $80, available at Bloomingdales

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