Don't Say Cup of Beer...

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While not a big deal, in English we don't use the noun "cup" with alcohol. Asking for a cup of beer or a cup of wine sounds a little bit strange.

Instead of using "cup", ask for a glass, pint, or bottle of beer, depending on what your preference is.


"I want a cup of beer please."

"I will have a cup of wine please."

"I'll have a cup of draft beer please."


"I'll have a glass of beer please."

I'll have a glass of wine please."

I'll have a pint of draft beer please."


1.) Use 'cup' for tea or coffee. Use glass for everything else (juice, milk, water).

2.) A pint is 16 ounces of beer. We usually order a "pint of draft" from the bar. "Draft beer" is not from a bottle but from a keg and is poured directly into a pint glass from the tap.

Daily Expressions & Idioms:

1.) "Let's go out for a drink": Is a common phrase to invite someone to have a drink with you. "Let's go out for a beer" is much more natural than saying: "Let's drink a beer in a bar tonight."

"Hey, if you're not busy tonight, how about we go out for a drink tonight?"

2.) "This place is dead.": Is an expression used to describe a bar, restaurant, or club that is empty and has no people.

"Let's go to the bar after midnight. It's usually dead until around midnight anyways."