Barware & Accessories Buying Guide

Throwing a great party with tasty food and drink depends on having the right equipment. Elevate your entertaining with barware that can accommodate any beverage request -- and make you look like a pro mixologist.

Types of Barware & Accessories

Types of Barware & Accessories

Whether your style is casual or formal, and whether you entertain frequently or just on big holidays, it helps to be prepared. What you need for barware, however, depends on what you like to serve. Are you known for game-day buffets of wings and beer? Or is your specialty elegant cocktail events with perfectly chilled martinis? Before you go shopping, review our checklist of everything you need furnish your home bar to serve in style.

Beer Glasses & Mugs

Hefty mugs straight from the freezer keep beer cold and refreshing. Graceful pilsner glasses show off a brew’s glowing amber color and foamy head.

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Champagne Glasses & Flutes

These elongated wineglasses set a festive tone for any occasion. The tall, slender shape and restricted surface area help create and maintain bubbles in champagne and sparkling wine.

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Corkscrews

From the basic T-handle manual models to push-button electric devices, there is a corkscrew to suit your bottle-opening comfort zone. Ergonomic and foolproof models mean you’ll never pinch your fingers or lose another crumbled cork.

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Decanters, Carafes & Pitchers

Wine decanters help red wine “breathe” and soften its harsh tannins. Screened funnels also separate sediment from full-bodied red wines. Carafes and pitchers are a convenient way to serve beer and mixed drinks to a crowd. In addition, these containers add a sense of occasion and make an aesthetic statement that feels more personal than the original bottles.

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Crate&Barrel
$129.95

The perfect accompaniment to our beautiful Tour glassware, this handsomely angled whiskey decanter with stopper stores fortified w...ines, liqueurs and spirits. Made of break-, chip- and scratch-resistant Tritan glass by Schott Zweisel, each decanter... read more

Rabbit
$99.95

This sophisticated decanter includes a micro-perforated strainer to remove impurities and sediments. The aerating funnel oxygenate...s the wine by flowing liquid across the inside walls of the glass. The acacia wood coaster catches drips and provides an... read more

Frontgate
$259.00

A thoughtful gift for the global tycoon, world traveler or stay-at-home planet lover, our Atlas Whiskey Decanter is crafted of bri...lliant cut crystal. Its thick, flat sides are expertly etched with the image of Earth's continents in 14-carat... read more

Crate&Barrel
$29.95

With its square bowl, columnar neck and round bubble stopper, the Corbin whiskey decanter puts a modern edge to aerating fine wine...s or storing spirits. Handcrafted of sparkling, lead-free crystalline glass, each vessel is created by a team of skilled... read more

Drink Coasters

Made from sandstone, clay, cork, or other absorbent materials, drink coasters protect wood furniture from condensation, water rings, coffee stains, and other damage. Coordinate colors and patterns to make your coasters decorative elements.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$7.38

Better Homes and Garden Bamboo Coaster, Set of 4:Set of 4 coasters in a compact holderEco-friendly Bamboo is the top renewable pla...nt resourceDesign looks clean and modernBetter Homes and Gardens name means great style read more

ANNA By RabLabs
$80.00

An ideal host or hostess gift, these semi-precious agate coasters are lovingly hand-polished in Brazil. Each vibrantly colored set... is matched with attention to shape, pattern, and translucency for stunning visual impact. 4.5" diam. Agate Rubber feet... read more

Crate&Barrel
$19.95

Marble remnants used to create our 2-tone marble boards are crafted into these sleek, contemporary coasters with protective foam f...eet. Stain-resistant marble coasters will display unique combinations of natural color, texture and veining. • White and... read more

Liquor & Spirit Glasses

For liquor that is served neat or on the rocks, short, old-fashioned glasses are a versatile choice. Taller highball glasses leave room to add soda, ginger ale, or other mixers, and they do double duty for water and soft drinks. Both sizes are bar must-haves.

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Stemware

The broad category of stemware begins with glasses designed to serve red and white wines; if you’re serious about respecting the unique qualities in wines from different regions, as well as variations in tannin and acid content, you have dozens of options in size and shape. Stemware also includes martini glasses, brandy snifters, goblets, and other specialty vessels. In many cases, the purpose of the stem is to keep the warmth of your hand from affecting the temperature of the drink.

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Wine Chillers & Coolers

Keeping fine wines in a convenient location and in the perfect conditions requires appliances that monitor temperature, light, and vibration. Options range from compact undercounter units to full-height, multizone wine refrigerators that hold dozens of bottles.

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Crate&Barrel
$99.95

Cool down drinks with the warm look of copper. The Martin collection of copper barware, including this generously sized beverage t...ub, is meant to be carefree, made of stainless steel with a sleek, brushed copper-plated exterior that doesn't require... read more

Crate&Barrel
$89.95

Unlike other units that operate with chill-packs, this patented chiller circulates water and ice for the fastest cooling times on ...the market, from room temperature to "refrigerator cold" 43 degrees to ice cold 34 degrees - all at the touch of a button.... read more

Crate&Barrel
$89.95

A sleek graphite finish adds a modern rustic look to our hand-hammered aluminum beverage tub. Generously sized to chill a party's ...worth of wines and beers, the tub has a clean oval shape and cutout handles to make it easy to move the iced libations... read more

Grohe
$1,899.00 $1041.39

Grohe Ondus Champagne Bucket Fusing simplicity with emotion, Grohe Ondus® unites perfect design with the most advanced digital tec...hnology. Following the Grohe Sensual Minimalism philosophy, the collection offers a range of manually and digitally... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When purchasing your stemware, it's best to determine your budget beforehand. Though affordable stemware can be found, it does add up quickly.

Sets or Open Stock

Stocking your barware from scratch? You can save time by choosing basic pieces in sets of eight or 12, then adding open-stock pieces for specialty items you’ll use in smaller quantities. Think about the types of drinks you serve and how many of your family members or guests typically request them. For example, you might need many more beer mugs and brandy glasses than champagne flutes. Sets can be more affordable if you expect to use all the pieces.

How Much to Buy?

As a guideline, buy as many all-purpose tall glasses (for water, iced tea, soft drinks, etc.) and as many red- and white-wine glasses (if you drink both) as the number of dinnerware place settings you have. Anticipate breakage by buying at least four extra of each glass type. Buy other glassware in the quantities you expect to use most often throughout the year. For a rare bridal shower or similar event, you can rent glassware to fill in.

Determining Quality

Quality glassware is sparkling clear; inferior grades have a cloudy, bluish, or greenish tinge. Good glassware also has a lustrous polish that comes from repeated firings. Feel the edges of glasses for smoothness and regularity. Inferior glass may have scratchy edges or wavy rims. Listen to the ring; hold stemware by its foot and tap it with your fingernail. Good blown glass, containing lead, will have a clean, musical tone. In etched glass, even the most delicate detail should be distinct. In cut glass, the cuttings should be sharp and sparkling.

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Land of Nod
$25.00 $19.97

Made from 100% organic cotton and topped with a subtle crosshatch pattern, this cloth napkin set is stylish enough for special occ...asions yet durable enough for everyday use. Best of all, the set is machine washable, which means it will last meal after... read more

Land of Nod
$25.00 $19.97

Made from 100% organic cotton and topped with a subtle crosshatch pattern, this cloth napkin set is stylish enough for special occ...asions yet durable enough for everyday use. Best of all, the set is machine washable, which means it will last meal after... read more

Crate&Barrel
$53.80 $49.95

Warm, beautiful copper fashions a stylish cheese serving set that strikes the right note between artisanal and rustic. Sleek coppe...r handle skims the rim of gorgeous mango wood board, exhibiting unique graining and color variations. Handcrafted cheese... read more

Wusthof
$120.00 $79.95

The sleekest steak knives combine the renowned quality and craftsmanship of Wusthof with a contemporary stainless design that's th...e ultimate in utility. Eight knives with linear, polished handles and laser-cut, high-carbon stainless steel serrated... read more

Shun
$300.00 $199.95

The beautiful ebony pakkawood handles of these exceptional steak knives are contoured for comfort and tapered toward the blade for... precise cutting control. The blades' razor-sharp blades provide excellent cutting performance and have a mirror-polished... read more

Schmidt Brothers
$119.95 $89.97

Oversized, steakhouse-worthy knives combine serrated and straight edges with striking zebra wood handles for sophisticated serving.... This exclusive set features high-polish knife blades of German stainless steel, serrated on the front half and straight... read more

Wusthof
$349.00 $199.95

From one of the most respected names in cutlery, these classic steak knives feature strong, long-lasting blades that will hold the...ir edge and maintain their shape. High-impact synthetic handles are comfortable to hold and more durable and sanitary than... read more

Wusthof
$100.00 $59.95

The heritage of Wusthof in an affordable, quality stamped construction. Produced by skilled craftsmen in the knife-producing capit...al of the world-Solingen, Germany-Wusthof Gourmet knives feature tempered and hardened high-carbon steel blades with a... read more

Shun
$428.00 $299.95

Part of the Shun Classic collection, this set of razor-sharp steak knives is precision forged in Japan. Featuring a super steel co...re, the blade is layered with high-carbon stainless steel. Knives have handsome pakka wood handles with steel cap... read more

Crate&Barrel
$14.95 $8.97

Beautiful, teardrop-shaped handles in natural rosewood create the most comfortable grip and ideal leverage for cutting hard and me...dium cheeses. Designed by Aaron Probyn, this ergonomic knife features a strategically angled and beveled blade with spear... read more

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