Taps Mooloolaba bartender John Coumessos. Photo: John McCutcheon
Taps Mooloolaba bartender John Coumessos. Photo: John McCutcheon

Bartending angels here to help patrons in distress

WOMEN who visit the popular Taps Mooloolaba can now have a night out knowing they’re being looked after with the introduction of “angel shots”.

The special drink is actually a code that lets bartenders know the customer is looking to escape a potentially dangerous situation.

Bartender John Coumessos pitched the idea to the team after seeing it on social media, and said they’d had nothing but good feedback since it was implemented.

“I have heard of a few issues happening … across the Coast,” Mr Coumessos said.

“I thought well why not jump onto this, it’s a great idea.”

Anyone who feels threatened can order the angel shots in three different forms to let staff know what they need.

  • An angel shot neat means staff will escort you safely from the bar.
  • An angel shot on the rocks means staff will order you a taxi or Uber.
  • An angel shot with lime means staff will call the police.

Mr Coumessos said the initiative should be put in place in bars across the Coast to combat dangerous or suspicious behaviour.

“There’s no reason why any venue shouldn’t be a safe environment for someone to sit and have a beer — male or female,” he said.

Signs with information about the angel shots are displayed in the women’s bathrooms at Taps.



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