Liquid pourers—also known as pour spouts, speed pourers, and bottle pourers—are an essential tool that every bar should have. By placing them on top of bottles, they streamline and direct the liquid from the bottle to the targeted jigger or shot glass, ensuring consistent, precise, and quick pours.   

Using liquor pourers helps bartenders prevent over-pouring or spillage, minimize liquor wastage, and optimize their time. With the right liquor pourer, bar owners can even get more cocktails per liquor bottle, which means saving money and increasing profit.

Different Types of Liquor Pourer

  • Free Flow/Standard Pourer. This pourer is the most commonly used liquor pourer. The standard pourer is slightly curved to reduce spills and features a rubber stopper on the bottom. It allows a high flow rate of pouring, making it ideal for advanced free pouring. However, due to its open end, it can collect dust, dirt, and other contaminants.
  • Angled/Tapered Pourer. The tapered pourer is a popular choice for many bartenders and bar owners. It is similar to the standard pourer, but the spout tapers to a smaller opening. With a slimmer spout, it pours at a medium flow rate. It also doesn’t close and is susceptible to dirt and bacteria. This pourer is the best option for beginners.
  • Screened Pourer. If you are worried about fruit flies or other contaminants entering your liquor bottles, screened pourer is an excellent choice. It comes with a small built-in screen on its end to keep off unwanted particles from your liquors, making it ideal for outdoor bars. With a much lower flow rate than standard and tapered pourers, this pourer is not suitable for thicker or high-viscosity liquors as it may impede their flow.
  • Measured Pourers. With a mechanical ball-bearing system, measured pourers allow bartenders to pour a specific amount of alcohol and shut the pourer off to avoid over-pouring. This pourer is perfect for busy and high-volume venues to ensure consistent pouring. However, it may limit the creativity of your bartenders.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Liquor Pourer

  • Precision. One of the main reasons for using liquor pourers is to ensure that bartenders deliver accurate pours, minimizing liquor wastage. Most mixologists prefer measured pourers when it comes to precision.
  • Pour Speed. Different pourers come in different pour rates to meet various bartending needs and preferences. Choose from low, moderate, and high flow rates to achieve that perfect pour your customers will come back to again and again.
  • Susceptibility to Contaminants. Even with a pourer on, your liquor is still susceptible to contaminants. Screened pourers can eliminate the risk of unwanted materials getting into your liquor bottles.
  • Durability. It is vital to check the pourer’s material to ensure that it is durable and will last for a long time.
  • Aesthetic. Your liquor pourers’ appearance can add character to your bar, so make sure to buy one that is pleasant in the eye.

Advanced Mixology carries a wide selection of liquor pourers to meet all your cocktail needs. Shop today!