How a Local Bar is Fighting to Keep Women Safe< < Back to
Northend Kitchen+Bar is a relatively new establishment to the Athens community, specifically Court Street. The bar and restaurant had its grand opening in January 2021; since then, the Athens community has welcomed the establishment with open arms. Last school year, everybody was drawn to the bar because it was new to Court Street; when summer arrived, it was the perfect opportunity for all local community members to join in on the fun and try the new restaurant. As the new school year kicked off, Northend has been consistently busy. It is the perfect place to get a margarita after a stressful class or a quesadilla when you don’t feel like eating dining halls anymore.
Although the place has a warm and welcoming demeanor, not even the bar staff can fully control what goes on Thursday through Saturday nights. Like many college-town bars, there are countless situations where female patrons aren’t comfortable with the advances that male patrons in the bar are making towards them. Often these women don’t know exactly what to do, and if their friends are not nearby, there is no one to help them out of those situations. For that specific reason, the bartenders and staff at Northend created the Angel Shot. This promotional shot is a codeword upon ordering; the bartender will recognize the word angel and know that you might need some help from an uncomfortable situation. The Northend staff plans to create informative posters and hang them in the female restrooms. That way, only the women are informed.