We know that setting up proper bar supplies is a top priority for many people—and they're also fun gifts for cocktail lovers. From modern barware sets to evocative vintage barware to beer glasses, there's a lot of fun to be had in choosing the right look and feel.
For some, top of the line crystal barware is synonymous with Waterford glasses. From grandiose goblets to delicate champagne flutes, highballs to double old-fashioneds, if you want formal crystal it's hard to do better. Started in 1783, and maintaining its quality standards ever since, Waterford Crystal will become a family heirloom.
To expand the wine section of your barware glasses and decanters, look to Riedel stemware for sommelier-approved designs that are a little more every day-friendly. Form Bordeaux to Chardonnay, Burgundy to Syrah, each style of glass is designed to bring out the specific qualities in the bouquet of each wine varietal. Choose the popular Vinum series and the glasses are over 24% lead crystal, creating a marvelous balance between a solid yet completely delicate feel. Or for a more contemporary and less serious look try non-lead crystal "O" series, which retains the varietal specific shapes, just without the glass stems.
Other bar glassware to check out is actually made of top-to-bottom stainless steel. RSVP International makes stainless martini glasses with softly brushed exteriors and highly polished interiors that would make Bond himself pause. Equally good for Manhattans or Cosmopolitans, these sleek wonders aren't just good looking, they actually keep your cocktails cooler longer. To that end, try them filled with a scoop of gelato.