Unique Glassware and other cocktail vessels continues to be a trend, globally. Where it’s standard practice to have the basics – Double Old Fashioned glass, Highball, Coupe / Martini, etc. we’re seeing more and more creative etching and vintage-like treatments on the classic glassware.
UNIQUE COCKTAIL / UNIQUE VESSEL
Some bars are creating specific cocktails to go in specific vessels. (In fact, some bars have a different vessel for every drink!) That's a lot of shelving space and really only works for smaller craft bars that aren't high volume.
Above images from left to right: Pipe Glass (GoldenAgeofBartending.com); "Welcome to Tennessee" cocktail at Cocktail Trading Co., Halm glass (Jakobsen Design), egg shell bowls (Koerner), "Red Snapper" cocktail made from edible "bread" cup (The Gibson), Baron pipe glass (Jakobsen Design), Quido glass (Jakobsen Design), Lark glass (Jakobsen Design), Glass Can (Koerner)
NOTE: There are many hand-blown glasses that are beautiful, but are costly. There may be other variations that are much cheaper, but you get what you pay for. For example, the Lark (bird) glass above from Jakobsen Design can cost as much as $40 (including shipping). I've seen that same glass for as little as $10 from other companies, but with imperfections. Need to weigh the pro's and con's of both.
UNIQUE VARIATIONS OF THE CLASSICS
Also some seeing the classic standards with vintage looks.
Above images, from left to right: Rosetti collection (Hospitality Glass), Pasabahce (Hospitality Glass), Cameo glass (Hospitality glass), Glass Can (Hospitality Glass), New York Collection (Arc Cardinal), Fusion collection (Arc Cardinal), Broadway collection (Arc Cardinal), Be Bop line (Arc Cardinal)