Setting up or revamping a new bar or restaurant can be a daunting yet rewarding challenge for business owners. There are many diverse glassware options available in Ireland, and a wide number of Irish glassware suppliers are seeking to expand their glass ranges every year. While the readily available supply of drinking glasses has many positive benefits, choosing your glassware can become an overwhelming process very quickly. On one hand, the cost of glassware is often at the forefront of restaurant and bar manager’s minds, but it's also important to understand that your glassware sets the tone for the type of establishment that you're trying to present to your customers. Perception can be everything when you're trying to persuade potential customers that you're a modern business worthy of their custom, and in an era of COVID19 it's become even more important to present a clean image. The days of serving pints in old stained Guinness glasses are well and truly behind us.
Conaty Food Catering Supplies have been supplying catering products for over 50 years, and have amassed an impressive selection of everything from drinking glasses and pint glasses, to premium wine glasses and whiskey glasses. Not to mention the vast range of carafes and glass jugs that Conaty supply to the hospitality industry all across Ireland. It only takes a brief visit to Conaty's Showrooms in Dublin and Meath to see the large scope of glassware ranges that are available to the modern buyer. In fact, CEO, Cathal Conaty, specifically had envisioned taking the difficulty out of purchasing glassware when he began the construction of Ireland's largest hospitality showrooms in 2017. Conaty's glassware room is one of the centerpieces of their showrooms, displaying wall to wall selections of pint glasses, wine glasses, whiskey glasses and standard drinking glasses. All of the ranges discussed further down in this article can be viewed in person by booking a showroom visit at conatycatering.com/showrooms. Now, without further ado, let's dive into your options for glassware in Ireland.
When it comes to serving standard drinks such as water, soft drinks juice, the industry standard glassware types include hiball glasses tumbler glasses. These types of glasses are useful for non-alcoholic drinks but also tend to be commonly used for vodka mixers and whiskeys. One of the most popular hiball glasses we provide to Irish bars is the Islande Hi Ball glass. This tall glass is typical to restaurant goers and provides a classy solution for everything from soft drinks to vodka. It's close cousin, the Side Hiball 13oz, is a shorter option that could be more commonly referred to as the 'standard drinking glass' that you would find in most restaurants. Sold in packs of 12, the Side hiball 13oz glass is a cost effective solution favoured by many Irish restaurants and bars. Both options are machine washable and have a heavy ice weight to maintain their durability.
If you're looking for shorter glassware options, the Lexington Hi Ball 37cl/13oz provides an elegant solution and features a beautiful curved bottom that oozes high quality. Sold in packs of 6, the Lexington Hi Ball has been a best seller for fine-dining and casual restaurants throughout Ireland for years. The versatility of the glass makes it useful for serving children's drinks while also allowing it to double as a glassware choice for smaller portioned alcoholic spirits. It's cost effectiveness is also a considerable factor for its wide popularity and usage. To further dive into restaurant glasses and standard drinking glasses you can view various selections on our website.
Pint Glasses Guinness Glasses
Unsurprisingly, there is quite a high standard in the Irish Bar and Restaurant landscape when it comes to choosing pint glasses. Tulip pint glasses have long been the leader in popularity when serving beer or cider in the hospitality industry. In fact, Conaty Food and Catering Supplies best selling pint glass is their standardTulip pint glass, which boasts toughened glass and a dishwasher friendly assurance. If you're remotely unsure of which pint glasses to use, or if you're new to the bar trade, then trust us, you really can't go wrong with our standard Tulip Pint Glasses. Conaty's Tulip Pint Glasses come in a pack size of 48 Glasses. The glass is produced by leading glassware manufacturer Pasabahce, which ensures that the quality is both consistent and long lasting.
Another cost effective pint glass that has held its popularity is our Nonic pint glasses. The glass has remained a staple of bars due to its slick shape and slightly curved middle, which allows better gripping of the glass that can help to reduce breakages. Both the nonic pint glasses and tulip pint glasses come in two options: CE or Nucleated. Nucleated glasses have etched markings on the bottom of the glass that assists in the release of the beer's bubbles and helps to create a beautiful head. In contrast, CE is an etching that tells the user that the glass complies with EU standards for pint glasses.
Of course no bar is complete without maintaining a plentiful supply of Guinness glasses. In recent years the iconic Guinness glass has had a modern overhaul. This has resulted in a more sophisticated glass with an altered shape that tries to optimise towards producing a better head than the classic Guinness tulip glass that many of us grew up seeing in Irish bars. Conaty Food and Catering Supplies provides both the Classic Guinness Glass and the New Guinness Glass version. Both of these products are 20oz tulip glasses, but to further cater to an ever more diversifying drinks market, we also offer a smaller the 10oz New Guinness Glass for portion conscious beer drinkers.
When it comes to wine glasses the Cabernet Tulip Wine Glass reigns supreme and has been one of the most common restaurant glasses used for most varieties of wine. You will have most likely seen this wine glass used time and time again in any restaurant you've frequented, and for good reason, it really is the original and the best in class. It's sleek and elegant appearance makes it useful for anything from fine-dining to buffet presentations. However, if you're looking for even more sophistication then we would highly recommend Curvee Wine Glasses. Available in a selection of different sizes, the Curvee wine glass range supplies the strength and clean feeling that the cabernet tulip delivers, but the angular vessels of it's curved bowl help to trap the wines aroma within the glass, amplifying the taste and richness of the wine contained within it. One of our best sellers, Curvee wine glasses never fail to impress and are very reasonably priced. For Champagne enthusiasts few champagne glasses come as highly recommended as the Imperial Champagne Flute 7.5oz from Pasabahce. Throughout Ireland the Imperial champagne flute is another staple in Irish bars and restaurants, and it's easy to see why, visually the glass is stunning. What you get with this glass is the high end appearance of our premium champagne glasses, but at a much lower price. In particular, banqueting event organiser's are often see using these champagne glasses due to their affordability and overall durability. A worthy mention is the Allegra Champagne Flute 6.75oz, which is an even more cost-effective option and provides better portion control due to its smaller size.
We've always been of the opinion that whiskey glasses should first and foremost have two dominant attributes: strength style. The Imperial 10.5oz Whiskey Glass comes in a pack of 12 and has both of these characteristics in spades. Its stylish curved edges set it apart from standard hiball tumblers and have made it a mainstay on bar counters and tabletops. Its versatility also means that it often gets used for other drinks including soft drinks and mineral water. One of the most cost-effective whiskey glasses on the market, the imperial glass provides affordability and high end appearance without compromising style.
Another one of our more visually appealing whiskey glasses available to view in Conaty Food and Catering Supplies Glassware Showroom is the Ciao 8.50z, which features a stemmed base and has become a favourite to whiskey drinkers throughout Ireland. While whiskey glasses are generally thought of as being short and straight glasses, the Ciao 8.50oz whiskey glass stands out in the best possible way due to its beautiful raised stem. We may be biased, but there's certainly a reason that the glass has become one of our best selling whiskey glasses since its introduction into our glassware collection. It's unlikely you'll find whiskey glasses that can beat the price of the Ciao glass without sacrificing the cool and stylish shape and build. Our full range of whiskey glasses can be viewed here.
Carafes Glass Jugs
One of the best ways to encourage customers to order more than just one customary bottle of wine is to implement the usage of a good quality carafes. The standard carafes has long been associated with fine dining restaurants, but in modern times it's become an essential item at most restaurants and hotel breakfast buffets. One of Ireland's industry standard carafes' is the Olympia Glass Carafe and it's quite likely you'll have used one if you've ever visited any high quality hotel around the country. This popular carafes has a reinforced rim that makes it ideal for serving house wines while also being just as useful for pouring table water. Suitable for commercial dishwashing, the Olympia Glass Carafes has a strong durability that often makes it an industry favourite for use in buffet presentations.
Another noteworthy carafes is the Borgonovo Indro Carafes, which sits at the lower end of the price spectrum but offers fantastic usability and looks absolutely stunning. It is also a great option for hotels and restaurants that want to provide the slick feel of a fine-dining establishment without too much of the heavy cost that can generally be involved. One of the main benefits of the Borgonovo Indro carafes is its small pack size, which allows customers to buy a pack of 6 and helps to avoid overstocking your business or establishment. For further Carafes and glass jug ranges you can click here to browse the available options.
Still unsure? Come and visit us!
Browsing Glassware online has its benefits but it's highly recommended to view glass ranges in person so that you can make a well informed decision. At Conaty Food and Catering Supplies, you can book a showroom tour and view our glassware showroom along with several other dedicated rooms to guide you towards the glassware that's best suited for you. The showroom tour is free and we provide expert guidance with absolutely no obligation to buy anything. Whatever your needs, we would be delighted to have you as our guest and share the full experience of Ireland's largest hospitality showrooms! To book a tour visit conatycatering.com/showrooms.
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