We’ve long been wise to the appeal of vintage glassware, but it seems some of the country’s hottest restaurants and bars, like Undercote, the sister bar of NYC’s Cote, are getting in on the vintage game. Retro glasses are suddenly all the rage, with cheeky decals, cute critters, and nostalgic patterns being used to set signature cocktails apart. To help you get in on the trend we’ve gathered a few of our favorite vintage glassware sets, along with some ideas for how to make the most of these fun and funky finds.

Dial-Up Your Bar Display

Arranged in neat rows alongside bottles of booze and mixers, vintage glassware instantly ups the style ante of any bar setup. If your bar cart has a lower shelf, fill a tray with a set of colorful vintage tumblers to lend new purpose to any unused space.

Inside the home of designer Benjamin Dhong. Photo by John Merkl

Entertaining Alternative

Work a bit of the unexpected into your tablescape with glassware that threatens to steal the show. Consider a set of stunning water goblets, rendered in saturated hues. Or how about a seasonal themed tumbler moment for a tongue-in-cheek touch.

Photo by Lizzie Munro, Courtesy of PUNCH, Glassware by 2-b-Modern

Repurposing Personality

All-over decorative patterns or opaque finishes can help vintage tumblers look at-home in almost any room of the house. One can double as a desktop pencil holder with personality or even a charming vintage vase.

Lead photo courtesy of Chairish seller Make + Model


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April 10, 2019

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