A bar cannot be considered complete unless it has the right collection of glasses stocked up. We consider ourselves quite the cocktail specialists, here at The Thirsty Barber, so we decided to list down the must-have glassware items that most certainly accentuate our bar’s stylish ambiance. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at the Cocktail Glass Guide we’ve compiled, just for you…

Highball glass – also known as a Collins glass or Slim Jim, this is a tall glass designed to hold highball drinks — iced drinks containing liquor along with water and/or a carbonated mixer.  Collins glasses are straight-sided narrow glasses, traditionally wrought of frosted glass, primarily designed for long drinks (namely the fizz and Collins family of drinks).

Typical volume: of 350 to 400 ml / 12.3 to 14.1 Oz.

Typical drinks: Bloody Mary, Harvey Wallbanger

Hurricane glass – can be an alternative to a Highball glass.

Typical volume: 300 ml / 10 Oz.

Typical drinks: Often used to serve tropical cocktails in, but it really can be used for any long drink as a substitute to a high ball glass.

Lowball glass – is a short version of the highball, designed to hold iced drinks without additional liquids, such as various ‘on-the-rocks’ drinks.

Typical volume: 250 to 300 ml / 8.8 to 10.6 Oz. 

Typical drinks: beverages with a high proportion of mixer to alcohol. Often, cocktails with whiskey as the base ingredient are served in lowball glasses.

Wine glass – this can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes, and all consist of three primary elements: the bowl, the stem and the base. The base and stem serve to weight the glass and provide support for the bowl. Wine glasses are stemmed so the drinker’s hand does not warm the bowl and hence the drink itself. The bowl is the primary distinctive feature of wine glasses. Different wines are best served in a specific style of glass so as to best release the aromas and flavours of the specific wine.

Typical volume: 250 to 300 ml / 8.8 to 10.6 Oz. In America this has 4-6oz (120-180 mL) volume; in Europe 210 mL-330 mL (7-11 oz.)

Typical drinks: different types of wine

Cocktail glasses – and whiskey sour glasses, are 4 fl oz (120 ml) glasses used for cocktails and whiskey sours. Many also call this a “Margarita glass”.  Martinis and Manhattans are examples of cocktails that are served in cocktail glasses; these cocktails are prepared with ice and then strained into the 4 fl oz (120 ml) container. Similarly, Sours are prepared in ice and strained into a 4 fl oz (120 ml) sour glass. The stems of these glasses allow the drinker to hold the glass without warming the contents.

Typical volume: 250 ml / 8.8 Oz.

Typical drinks: many drinks are served in these cocktail glasses. Daiquiries are usually served in these glasses. Other cocktails served in such glasses include: Martini Double cocktail, Hurricane Margarita, Poco/Piña Colada and Whiskey Sour Zombie.

Champagne Flute – is a slim and elegant glass.

Typical volume: 200 ml / 7.0 Oz.

Typical drinks: anything with champagne and bubbles. The tall shape of the glass helps prevent the drink going flat too fast. It also let bubbles rise slower, giving the best visual effect of the bubbles.

Martini glass – also known as a martini saucer. This is a classic and well-know shaped glass. 

Typical volume: 250ml / 8.8 Oz.

Typical drinks: Of course, Martini, but it could also be used for margaritas. Any drink looks good in it. The slight downside is its small volume capacity makes it less suitable for larger cocktails with lots of ingredients.

Shot glass – is a small glass that holds approximately 1.5 oz (45 ml), made for drinks intended to be consumed in one guzzle. Shots are also used as volume measurements in cocktail and espresso recipes, together with the metal, hourglass-shaped measure called a jigger; the larger cup of the jigger measures one shot, and the smaller, one ounce (30 ml). The shooter or double-shot is the shot glass’s larger cousin, and holds three ounces (90 ml).

Typical volume: 25 ml or 50 ml / 0.9 to 1.8 Oz.

Typical drinks: shooters, designed to be hit back and swallowed in a single swig. 


Champagne Saucer Often seen at weddings, this is not a widely used glass for cocktails. In fact, it’s totally unsuitable for champagne and drinks with bubbles as its shape results in the bubbles dissolving quickly and the drink going flat.

Typical volume: 300ml / 10.6 Oz.

Typical drinks: not many. It can be used to make smaller versions of “big” cocktails.

Brandy Snifter – also referred to as goblet or balloon. Similar to a wine glass, the brandy glass has a shorter stem and a wider bowl. Conversely, the function is opposite of the wine glass because it’s designed to be cupped in the hand to warm the brandy.

Typical volume: 350 ml / 12.3 Oz.

Typical drinks: to sip top notch brandy and cognac. The brandy is poured to the widest part of the glass. The large surface area allows the aroma of the contents to escalate and be concentrated at the narrow mouth for maximum effect.

Port and Sherry glass – small, narrow stemmed glasses with a wider rim than a cordial glass. Holds 2 ounces (60 mL). Ideal for liqueurs and aperitifs.

Typical volume: 200ml / 7.0 Oz. 

Typical drinks: these smaller varieties of wine glasses are usually used for drinking fortified wine.

Beer Glass or Mug – a standard, all-purpose beer glass with slightly tapered walls. Used primarily for English and American-style lagers and ales ranging from light lagers to imperial stouts.

Typical volume: Pint glasses come in two sizes: Imperial 20 ounce (570ml) or US 16 ounce (470ml) pints – and even larger in Germany!

Typical drinks: Beer of course!

Stein glass – usually looks very similar to a normal beer mug.

Typical volume: 300 ml / 10 Oz.

Typical drinks: Beers and ales.

Whether it’s a birthday celebration, anniversary, graduation or promotion at work – there always seems to be an excuse for celebration. And such times call for a class of champagne or fine wine – heck! It calls for a round of celebratory cocktails! Any well-equipped bar should have an assortment of cocktail glasses. You won’t expect a martini to be served in a highball glass or a Bloody Mary in a martini glass, would you?

Our skilled and professional mixologists at The Thirsty Barber are well-equipped with the right tools and glassware to ensure that they whip up the best looking cocktail in the perfect glass. So head on down to The Thirsty Barber or Book yourself a table.