I will say that I've run into my share of inexperienced bartenders, but have always tried to be good natured in explaining what I wanted.
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I agree that my expectations from a bartender are much lower at the types of bars that were mentioned above, however, I don't think that it is unreasonable to expect minimal competence.
A quick glance at the bottles behind a bar will almost always tell me whether I should just play it safe and order a beer. Just as I never order cajun or creole dishes outside of south Louisiana, I never order a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned at a bar that has less than a dozen whiskeys (and even then, I will inquire as to how they mix those drinks).
I would expect a bartender of any (legal) age to know what a brandy snifter is. Just like I would expect them to know what a tumbler or pint glass is.
Edit: ...even it they didn't have any of those glasses on hand.
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We have three whiskey bars in the Raleigh/Durham area. Two of them don't have whiskey glassware (Glencarin or similar). The other does, but I have to ask for it. If I am going to pay $20 for an oz of great juice, I want a glass I can nose.
I gave feed back to one of the places and they told me they wanted to have them, but due to their small place, they didn't have room for them. The other place, I didn't bother giving feedback. Their pours were 1.5 oz and I didn't feel like spending $30 for it. Fortunately, its specialty is cocktails, so I just ordered a Manhattan. It was excellent.
A man's got to know his limitations.
-Harry Callahan, Magnum Force
Maybe I'm just a newb... But I have never specified the glass type when I've ordered a glass of whiskey, even at some pretty nice places. And I know I said this earlier but seriously it is Carrabbas! The bartenders there aren't bartenders. I barely trust them to get a beer and wine order right.
If you want a nice pour in a specific glass...go somewhere else.