Despite it’s name, the angel shot isn’t a shot at all, but actually a code to alert bar staff that help is required to end an unsafe date.
“We have come across this idea, and we’re looking at possibly implementing it in the future if we can properly execute it for both female and male patrons,” Kiera Savoie, senior manager of food and beverage at The Gateway, said in a recent e-mail interview.
The angel shot is thought to have originated in Florida, where bar patrons could ask to see Angela if they were in trouble.
The idea quickly gained so much attention that the shot is now popping up at bars around the world.
The “shot” can be ordered in a variety of ways, for example on the rocks, to indicate the level of danger an individual is in.
A restaurant or bar will advertise, often in the women’s washroom, that they offer the ‘shot,’ as well as explaining the ways in which it can be ordered and what each variation will indicate to the bartender or server.
The degree of help you will receive when ordering the shot ranges from the bar staff escorting you to your car, calling a cab, or even calling the police.
“[The Angel Shot] is a good idea as long as patrons feel safe enough to use the term,” said Savoie.
Jordyn Cross, a first-year architectural technologies student at SAIT, said the angel shot has helped make her feel more comfortable meeting people from dating websites, and that when planning future dates, she’ll be sure to choose bars that offer the angel shot.
I always hate meeting people from the Internet. It can be so creepy. – Jordyn Cross
“I always hate meeting people from the Internet. It can be so creepy,” said Cross.
“It’s just so hard to meet people in person, [so] this is the only option we’re left with.”
Cross says she’s glad to see the campus bar is taking the initiative to keep students safe.