3/09/2012 04:29:00 PM
Is It Girly For a Man To Drink From a Stemmed Glass?
After hearing a particularly posh dude at a swanky cocktail lounge specify that he'd like his Manhattan "in a tumbler," we asked him what the deal was. Drinking from a typical martini glass is "just not masculine" he explained, as he threw back a few slugs of his bourbon. Mind you, this was one fashionable dude - he had no problem wearing skin-tight powder blue pants or rocking an almost-dainty pocket square, but martini glasses were a non-starter.
We thought this was a one-off fluke, until we started hearing other guys complaining about having to sip from a stem for the very same reason. Admittedly, there is an undeniable machismo to knocking back a tumbler that can fit fully in your paw, but we've seen Don Draper and co. drink plenty a' martini, and no one is knockin' him.
Final thought: most of the dudes who've brought this up were in LA, so maybe it's a West Coast thing? An informal survey of the bros in our NYC office seem to point in that direction. When asked about proper glassware for gents, one dude responded: "If it's a good drink, who cares?," pausing to add, "As long as it's not a chocolate martini..."
What do you think? Are stem glasses too girly? Let us know in the comments.