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    Clueless (young) bartender...

    I met an old friend at the local Carrabba's for drinks. I ordered a "Knob Creek in a snifter". The bartender, who looked to be maybe mid to late 20's, but he was working as bartender, looked at me and said "excuse me"...I repeated exactly my order. He then said.."I don't know what you're saying...what is a snifter"? I think he was expecting that I was playing a joke of some sort on him. He later admitted that is was his first night behind the bar, but still, I'm pretty sure that even before I was old enough to drink out of a snifter.... I knew what a snifter was. Do I expect too much from society?

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    Yes, you should have told him a snifter is a large brandy glass. Some one has to educate the next generation, it may as well be you. [As a member of aforementioned society, you bear equal responsibility]
    Last edited by MauiSon; 10-18-2013 at 14:36.

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    Everybody starts new at some point. Make it an educational and collaborative experience. When it comes to training and putting well trained staff in positions within the service industries, well, it's not like it used to be!
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    I like the general sentiment of this thread, yeh there is a difference between not knowing and intentionally doing the wrong thing, and helping out the ones who dont know better, well its just good for everyone.

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    Re: Clueless (young) bartender...

    I also like to think it can go both ways.

    I was in a new bar the other day that had just opened. Noticed they had a pretty decent selection of bourbon for Oz and asked for GTS. The bartender gave me a bit of a look and asked how I wanted it. When I told him neat, he broke into the biggest smile and reached under the counter for a Glencairn and told me how good it was to finally serve someone that appreciates how a good whiskey should be drunk. Everyone else who he had served for the night wanted everything mixed with coke. Now maybe the the whiskey drinking is not as big in Oz as in the states, but I always like to think that while the bartenders should know how to pour what you ask, in this day and age where a lot of people do not appreciate what they are asking for, especially here in OZ where I would assume a lot of people just look at the menu and go by whats the most expensive on the list, its not going to be their fault if they dont know how get it right straight away. It just means you have to watch them like a hawk when they make the drink.

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    Re: Clueless (young) bartender...

    Quote Originally Posted by toddinjax View Post
    I met an old friend at the local Carrabba's for drinks. I ordered a "Knob Creek in a snifter". The bartender, who looked to be maybe mid to late 20's, but he was working as bartender, looked at me and said "excuse me"...I repeated exactly my order. He then said.."I don't know what you're saying...what is a snifter"? I think he was expecting that I was playing a joke of some sort on him. He later admitted that is was his first night behind the bar, but still, I'm pretty sure that even before I was old enough to drink out of a snifter.... I knew what a snifter was. Do I expect too much from society?
    You're expecting too much, especially from a place that doesn't cater to the enthusiast.

    Last night I got a Sazerac cocktail at the local pub, they were advertising it big time, top of the drink list. I was genuinely intrigued to see what would come out. I got a glass full of ice with some rye whiskey that had been made using angostura bitters instead of peychaud's bitters. A couple of weeks ago my wife ordered a Manhattan from a local chain and specifically asked for them to use rye whiskey to make it. The bartender mixed half makers mark and half knob creek in it then said he didn't have any rye, but it should be similar because of what he did to make it. She asked what bitters he used and he said they didn't have any.

    And never forget, most places when you ask, what bourbon do you have . . . the answer is Jack Daniels, followed by the face palm.

    Bottom line, if you're not in a cocktail place or a whiskey place, don't expect too much, you'll be grossly dissappointed.
    Last edited by petrel800; 10-18-2013 at 14:40.

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    Re: Clueless (young) bartender...

    I've had plenty of bartenders who had no idea what "neat" meant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luther.r View Post
    I've had plenty of bartenders who had no idea what "neat" meant.
    This. If not ordering somewhere in Ky., I have automatically taken to explaining what "neat" means after ordering. Some know, many don't. Most in Ky. do know.

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    Re: Clueless (young) bartender...

    There are beertenders and bartenders...you met up with the former.
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    I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?

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    Re: Clueless (young) bartender...

    Quote Originally Posted by luther.r View Post
    I've had plenty of bartenders who had no idea what "neat" meant.
    Yep. I got ice last week when I asked for "neat" last week; granted, it was at the New Orleans convention center during a trade show, not a "bar". I'm not a snob or a jerk, I took my free drink with ice and drank it.

 

 

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