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If you want a set of shot glasses for your place that isn’t a collection of random designs picked up from gas stations and tourist shops around the globe, we’ve got you covered. The best shot glasses these days include plenty of stylish, sophisticated options that won’t make your guests feel like they’re drinking at a pawn shop.
In our opinion, the best shot glasses keep it classy. We’re drawn to simple, modern designs that look good on your home bar cart whether you’re hosting a fancy scotch tasting or knocking back your favorite tequila (That said, we’ll make an exception once in a while for something kitschy).
Things to Consider When Buying Shot Glasses
Design: Do you prefer a modern or classic style? Are you planning a party and looking for a glass with a theme? Shot glasses come in more variations than you might think at first blush (and we’re not just talking about the ones shaped like female torsos).
Quality: As always, look for decent quality. Shot glasses should be made from lead-free glass that’s durable enough not to crack on arrival and can withstand long-term use. The best shot glasses are also dishwasher-safe, for easy clean up.
Quantity: Consider how many glasses you need and how many come in each set. We’ve found everything from a two-pack (great for couples) to a 12-pack that’s ready for your next party.
Capacity: It’s not a hard and fast rule, but a single shot is generally one ounce, and a double is two. Check how many ounces the shot glass can contain, as they often vary.
One more thing: Not all shot glasses are used to take shots. You can also use them to sip from an expensive bottle of whiskey, for example, or to enjoy a little sake. The best shot glasses are versatile enough to work for any drink, any drinking style, and any occasion.
1. JoyJolt Shot Glass Set
This set of two-ounce shot glasses is a winner in two categories: design and quality.
The square shape of the glass is modern and unfussy, a reliably attractive style. It also has a particularly heavy bottom, which is a nice design element, but also adds to the glass’ durability. You don’t have to worry about the glasses knocking over easily, and they’ll hold up to repeated use.
It’s not just us though – JoyJolt says these shot glasses are “virtually indestructible.”
This set gets you six, two-ounce shot glasses presented in a handsome gift box. The shot glasses are dishwasher-safe.
Pros: Sophisticated, striking design. Feels sturdy and heavy in the hand — no spilling here.
Cons: Because of the shape, they can’t be stacked when storing.
2. ELIVIA Shot Glass Set
For a smaller shot glass, we like these slim, 1.2 ounce glasses. They come in a pack of 12, which is great if you need a large quantity (say, for a party), and we also like the classic design of a tall, slender shot glass.
These shot glasses are made of high-quality, lead-free glass, and people find them easy to hold, making them a great practical choice. These are also dishwasher-safe.
We would caution that the glass is somewhat thin, which makes these glasses particularly delicate and slightly more prone to breakage.
Pros: Elegant design, practical for all purposes (even for desserts, individual salad dressings and sauces).
Cons: More delicate and fragile than larger glasses. The slender design may be harder to clean.
3. Cactus Shot Glasses
We’re not totally opposed to “fun” shot glasses, which is why we’re drawn to this set of five cactus-themed glasses. This set includes five different cactus prints on tall, sleek shot glasses.
They’re great for all purposes, with a two-ounce capacity and well-made, durable glass. A sturdy base keeps the shot glasses firmly planted on the table or bar counter.
An inspired decor piece, these also made terrific mini vases or party favors (say, filled with candy) as well. The design is also a fun theme without veering too far into tacky territory.
Pros: Fun design without being garish.
Cons: Not recommended for the dishwasher as the coloring could start to fade.
4. Measuring Cup Shot Glasses
Contrary to popular belief, shot glasses have more than one purpose.
With real measurement etchings printed on its exterior, these shot glasses are great for measuring out shots of espresso if you’re making coffee at home. You can even use these shot glasses as a measuring tool replacement for every day cooking. And if you really only need a shot glass for taking shots, we think the measurements add a cool design element.
These glasses come in a set of two, and are made of sturdy glass with a weighted bass. The etchings are easy to read for convenient measurements.
Pros: Good for multiple uses with both practical and stylish measurement etchings. Comes with gift box for easy gift-giving.
Cons: Overuse in the dishwasher can cause etchings to fade – probably best to hand wash.