Holiday season is officially upon us in the United States. With the holiday season comes a slew of office parties, ugly sweater competitions, and endless opportunities for bar festivities. Not to mention all the blind dates in search of that special someone to cozy up with during the cold winter months. As women, it’s important to know how to know how to keep safe while partying. That’s why some bars have created secret drink codes women can tell the bartenders to let them know they need help.
With so much mingling underneath the mistletoe, ordering an “angel shot” ensures the creep in the corner doesn’t follow you home. A bar by the name of Iberian Rooster in St. Petersburg, Florida went viral a year ago for a sign they have hanging in their women’s restroom.
The sign says, “Are you on a date that isn’t going well?” By ordering an “angel shot” you can signal to your bartender that you’re in trouble and need some help. Depending on how you order your drink determines how far your bartender will intervene to help you out and keep you safe.
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- Neat: the bartender will accompany you to your vehicle
- With Ice: the bartender will call a taxi, Uber, or Lyft for you
- With Lime: the bartender will call the police to immediately assist you
With two thirds of college students reporting experiencing sexual harassment, having clubs and bars with safety plans for their patrons is not just good for business, but also good for the community. Does your local hot spot not serve “angel shots”? Don’t worry!
Three great apps that connect women to support quickly
- bSafe allows you to set up a network that can follow your GPS trace using your location services on your phone. You can press the alarm when you’re feeling scared or unsafe and the app will send a message to the people you’ve placed in your network with your exact location. The app will also record video and voice in case you need it for a police report later. For iOS users, you can download the app here. For android users, you can download the app here.
- Chilla is a safety app that is only available for android users. You can activate an SOS message to be sent to your identified support system by screaming loudly. The app will recognize your scream and send a text message to your support system with our location, an email with a voice recording from your phone, and automatically calls for back up. If you’re an android user, you can download the app here.
- My Safetipin is another safety app that is only available to android users. This app translates to English, Hindi, Bahasa, and Spanish. While it tracks your GPS location to send to your emergency contacts with a text message when the alert button is activated, it also sends you locations in your area that have been identified as safe places for you to go to get help. Other users can place “pins” on the app’s map feature to identify unsafe place for other app users. If you’re an android user, you can download the app here.
Having a safety plan in place can help ease your mind while you get cozy with the new guy in marketing at the office party or have a debate with the cutie at the bar over which Christmas song is obviously the best (“Baby It’s Cold Outside” gets my vote). Whether it’s the angel shots or other secret drink codes, or one of these awesome apps, or a plan you’ve set up with your friends, remember first and foremost to always trust your instinct. If you’re not comfortable with the situation, it is A-OK to make your night a solo sleigh ride home.