Bar-Top Rinsers and Why You Want Bartenders to Blast Your Glass Before Pouring a Pint

Bar-Top Glass Rinser and Drip Tray

Bar-top glass rinser and drip tray

Earlier this summer, while vacationing—and drinking—in beautiful, scenic Plymouth, Mass., I saw something at a bar that I’d never seen before: a built-in bar-top glass rinser. The bar was the New World Tavern in downtown Plymouth, and I’ve since seen these odd glass-rinser-thingies at a number of craft beer bars, so I thought I’d do a little investigating.

The first thing I learned about the strange water-blasting mechanisms is that they’re not new. They are apparently quite popular in some European locales, but they’re just now starting to catch on in Boston and other American cities, as far as I can tell.

Standalone bar-top glass rinser

Standalone bar-top glass rinser

The idea is simple: Bartenders flip a glass upside before filling it, hold the glass over the rinser, press down on the appropriate area with the glass’s rim and then water automatically shoots up and rinses the glass of dust, debris or any dishwashing soap that may have not have been washed clean.

The makers of these bar-top rinsers also say they result in a better pour, because beer pours better into a wet glass. This results in less friction when the liquid slides down the inside of the glass. And the rinsers also “encourage head retention, and the cold temperature of the water helps to cool the glass,” according to

Frankly, the glass rinsers look damn cool too, and they’ll not only grab customer attention and draw a lot of questions, but also lead annoying curious bloggers to write silly blog posts about them.

The rinsers can be purchase as standalone units or as part of a larger “drip tray.” Standalone “undercounter mount glass rinsers” cost $200 on, but interested bar owners will likely have to drop significantly more scratch to install the required in-line water supply system.


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10 thoughts on “Bar-Top Rinsers and Why You Want Bartenders to Blast Your Glass Before Pouring a Pint

  1. […] House opened relatively recently, and the atmosphere could use a little work. But it does have the cool, bar-top glass rinsers I wrote about recently. The bartenders are cool. It serves delicious sausage from local Bay-Area butchers and gourmet […]

  2. These are quite common up here in the Pacific NW. Many (but certainly not all) of the best beer bars have these. My favorite is the one at The Yard, which was modded from an old ’50s-style drinking fountain (which, shockingly, I can’t find a photo of anywhere.)

    • Cool. The rinsers are still rare in the North East, at least in my experience. But I’m starting to see more and more of them. I’m in Cali fairly frequently, and I’ve seen quite a few of them there. They definitely add something to the bar experience. Share a pic of the rinser in the Yard that you mentioned if you do find one.


  3. Generik says:

    I was just at a brewery in the Chicago area this weekend that uses one of these in their tap room. I decided I’d like to get one for home as I have a kegerator and I stumbled on your blog post. Thought I would point out that sells them for about $90. Cheers!

  4. Laurie Revers says:

    is it recommended to use a chilled glass and then rinse.

  5. Can you explain what you meant by

    “but interested bar owners will likely have to drop significantly more scratch to install the required in-line water supply system.”

    I am installed a custom built drip tray with glass rinser attached and am finding that the fitting sizes are very tricky to find. Stumped my plumber too. Maybe we are over thinking it. One thing I came across was mention of the pressure regulator and check valve. Not terribly sure how that all works. Will have to do some reading. Did you find anything useful about it?

  6. If you don’t want to run a designated water line to your rinser, you can always use a Cornelius Keg (soda keg) filled with water and then driven by CO2 tank. Great for portable applications or if you don’t have the scratch for a designated plumbing line.

  7. Me says:

    Diy hack. Rinse your glass in the sink with cold water before you pour a drink. It is cool. But shit we all have cold water that comes out of a. Spout in at least two room in your house.

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