The Angel Shot Project
The Angel Shot is a program designed to help women who feel unsafe in bars seek help by ordering an "angel shot" from their bartender. The Angel Shot went viral on TikTok a few months ago but is a part of a larger, nationwide program called Ask for Angela. Starting in 2016 in London, bars and other venues sought to keep people safe by using a codeword to identify when they were in danger or felt uncomfortable in a situation.
The spirit behind this project is that bars should not be "high risk" environments for women. Women should not feel uncomfortable, frightened, or threatened in any way while participating in normal social activities. The program's goal is to make women feel like they can ask for help if they start to feel unsafe in any way. When we make our establishments safer places, we allow women to thrive and enjoy themselves in our communities.
How does it work?
The Angel Shot has three levels of intervention and you order based on what you need. These options correlate to actions taken by bar staff or servers. Here's how you order:
An Angel Shot Neat: bar staff will escort you to your car/ride.
An Angel Shot on the Rocks: bar staff will call you a taxi, Uber, or Lyft.
An Angel Shot with Lime: bar staff will call the police.
The Solano Commission for Women and Girls is working with bars around the county to encourage bartenders to be trained on this, so that bars have a plan in place to keep women safe in each scenarios. However, if your bartender does not know what the Angel Shot is, ask if they can Google the recipe for you.
Need additional help? Find resources in your area:
Greater Vallejo Fight Back Partnership, (707) 648-5230
Hazel's Tranquility Place, (707) 742-8277
Cleo Gordon Family Resource Center, (707) 679-0442
Fairfield Domestic Violence Response Team, (707) 428-7770
Travis Air Force Base Family Advocacy Office, (707) 423-5168
(707) 469- 6600
Rio Vista C.A.R.E.,
(707) 374- 5243
Find resources county and nationwide:
Victim Witness Assistance Program, (707) 784-6844 for Fairfield or (707) 553-5052 for Vallejo
SafeQuest, (707) 422-7345 or (866) 487-7233 for Crisis Hotline
Solano Family Justice Center, (707) 784-7635 or (707) 820-7288 for after hours crisis line
Solano County Rape Crisis Hotline, (866) 487-7233
Solano Advocates for Victims of Violence, (707) 820-7288
RAINN, (800) 656-4673
National Domestic Violence Hotline, (800) 799-7233
National Human Trafficking Resource Center, (888) 373-7888
Esperanza United, (651) 772-1611 for bilingual crisis line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-8255 or (888) 628-9454 for Spanish