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What’s not to love about a coupe? First of all, it offers practical benefits. Compared to a V-shaped martini glass, the bowl of a coupe is curved to prevent spillage. It’s also large enough to hold a rainbow of cocktails and generous pours of Champagne. Plus, these glasses look particularly dashing in photographs, as part of a dinner party spread, and atop bar carts.
From vintage-inspired and splurge-worthy picks to budget-friendly and ultra-durable options of all sizes, here are the best coupes for sipping, toasting, and serving.
Best Overall: Nude Coupe Glass
Retro art deco lines
Not a standard design
While these glasses pull design inspiration from the circus, they are in no way kitschy. The thick, fluted stem and shallow bowl feel more art deco than big top. Turkish-based Nude glassware does an excellent job of balancing unique design with practicality. The bowl is perfectly designed to showcase a cocktail, the stem is a statement, and the glassmaking techniques rival those of top wine glass makers.
While the aesthetics check off many boxes, the deep bowl is designed specifically to hold a drink without sloshing or spilling. Use it for bubbles or any drink shaken and served up. If this glass strays too far from classic for your taste, the brand offers more standardized coupes of similar quality.
Best Budget: JoyJolt Bloom Coupe
Curved lip to prevent spills
Durable, everyday design
Quite a large capacity
If you’re a glassware purist, you may opt for whisper-thin crystal coupes for special occasions, but everyone could use an excellent and extremely affordable everyday option—simple and sturdy for every and all occasions. These versatile glasses hold a hearty 9.2 ounces. Shake a martini and pour it in, mix up a Hemingway daiquiri, enjoy a coquito, or try something a bit more out of the box. When you’re done, simply pop these in the dishwasher to clean.
Note how the lip flares in, allowing the flavors to concentrate and flow right to your nose. These glasses can double as a tasting glass for sippable whiskeys, rums, or Scotch. The glasses come in a set of two, wrapped in a cushioned gift box.
Best Splurge: Riedel Veritas Coupe Glasses, Set of 2
These tall, stately glasses have the appeal of fine wine glasses: paper-thin, lightweight construction and a fine, almost 10-inch stem. Even the curving bowls mimic the shapes seen in some of Riedel’s signature wine stems. The shallow bowl and larger capacity (it holds an 8.5-ounce drink) are ideal for shaken cocktails, like Last Words and Clover Clubs.
Note that larger-capacity coupes like this will make a martini look scant. If you're a martini drinker, double up the recipe to fill the glass, opt for another cocktail, or perhaps skip the liquid libations and serve sorbet. Although they appear fragile, these glasses are dishwasher safe so long as you place them in carefully and keep them far from other glasses.
Best Plastic/Unbreakable: Drinique Drinkable Champagne Coupe
Can use where glass isn't allowed
Easy to transport
If you’ve ever had to clean up from a party, you know what a nuisance it is to throw out dozens of single-use plastic glasses. This Tritan stemware set is a way better alternative, as each reusable glass is stackable and durable. While they’re pricier than single-use plastic cups, these can simply be washed and stored for future gatherings. They are dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe.
Best yet, these coupe glasses are virtually unbreakable, making them ideal for poolside sipping or larger parties. Sub them in where glass cups aren’t ideal, such as pools, boats, beaches, or campsites. They are the perfect capacity for standard cocktails served up and look surprisingly chic considering they aren’t actually made of glass.
While the thought of doling out sparkling wine in a coupe may sound appealing, the wide bowl actually dissipates the bubbles too quickly, causing your Champagne to fall flat. Sip quickly, or opt for a flute.
Best Vintage: Food52 Vintage French Champagne Coupe
Eclectic and beautiful
Sizing isn't consistent
Searching for a set of vintage coupes, but lack the motivation to dig through a thrift shop to find the right one? While it’s always worth scoping out secondhand stores, Food52 has launched its own curated selection of vintage coupe glasses. Each piece is sourced from France by the site’s culinary team.
Since each glass is sourced vintage, they differ in shape and size, but that’s the draw. You’re buying curated, eclectic glasses with a bit of history. Though each one is a surprise, you can guide the team on your preferred design. There are simple coupes, classic coupes, or carefully etched ones with ornate designs. Each is approximately 3 to 4 inches high and wide, all are glass, and none are dishwasher safe.
Best Art Deco: Libbey Paneled Coupe
While these glasses aren’t vintage, a paneled glass design gives these glasses an old-school look. The ribbed lines reflect light through the cocktail and project a three-dimensional effect to the glass. Similarly dislike many vintage glasses, these are lead-free.
Despite the elegant design, these coupes are surprisingly durable. Libbey is known for crafting glasses preferred by high-volume bars, so these coupes were designed to withstand wear and tear. The set comes with four, 8.5-ounce coupe glasses.
What to Look for in Coupe Glasses
How hefty is your cocktail pour? Note that most of the options on this list are around 7 to 8 ounces. Now, consider the average martini is just under 4 ounces. If you’re a martini drinker, some of these options may overwhelm your drink unless, of course, you opt for a double. That said, you’re likely to use these glasses for a variety of cocktails, so capacity shouldn’t be a problem unless you’re a pious martini fan.
Most coupes are made of glass, but even in that realm, glass coupes can vary wildly. There are thin glasses, similar to high-end wine stems, and thicker, more vintage-looking glasses. The former is often pricier, but for that amount, you’re getting elegant, thin glasses that make a statement with each sip. On the contrary, they likely aren’t dishwasher safe.
When will you be sipping drinks from a coupe? Thin crystal or elegant glass may be ideal for making yourself a happy hour drink to sip from the comfort of your home. If you’re inviting a crowd over or have buttery fingers, perhaps look to a more durable option. To the latter point, if you would rather skip hand washing after happy hour, opt for a coupe that can be popped in the dishwasher.
How do you pronounce coupe?
Just like chicken coop.
What drinks can you serve in a coupe glass?
The best drink for a coupe is anything served up—a cocktail shaken or stirred and served without ice, such as martinis, Manhattans, daiquiris, and sidecars. You can serve sparkling wine in a coupe, as well, though bubbles will fall flat quicker.
How should you hold a coupe glass?
Hold a coupe glass by the stem. If you hold it by the bowl, your hand will warm up the drink.
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Kate Dingwall is a sommelier, seasoned wine and spirits writer, and martini lover. She has been writing about the bar and spirits world for years and loves a Gibson martini.