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The Bar

The bar

Besides setting up your bar with your favorite liqueurs, wines and garnishes, it’s good to know what kind and how many glass types you’ll need to accommodate your guests. First, understand the basic distinction between barware and stemware:

Barware

Barware

Barware refers to any kind of glass without a stem, the kind used for most everyday cocktails and beverages. Juice glasses, water tumblers, beer mugs — all these fit the "barware" label.

Stemware

Stemware

Stemware is the term used for wineglasses, champagne flutes, brandy snifters, or any glass that has a stem. Stemware is designed to be held by the stem, so your hand won't affect the temperature of wine, champagne or other spirits.