Don't we all strive for a world where women can journey out into nightlife culture without the constant onslaught of creepy men pestering them? I know I do. One woman asks an internet discussion board the best tips to bar hop by themselves.
1. Monitor Your Drink
The first and most important rule of barhopping alone is never letting your drink out of sight. Unfortunately, no one can trust an unoccupied drink when others maintain ill intentions of spiking them with illicit substances. For extra safety, place a napkin over the top of your drink.
2. Bring a Book
Reading a book at a bar is a great way to avoid unwanted conversation. This may invite some interested people to spark conversation, but you can navigate this situation one of two ways. 1. Ignore the conversation and continue to read, or 2. Indulge in the conversation and scale how it affects your well-being.
3. Find Other Solo Travelers
When traveling alone, it may benefit you to find others strolling around the bar on their lonesome. You already have one thing in common, and you can stick together if bar patrons attempt to disrupt your peace. If you wish to keep to yourself, you can sit near other solo travelers and enjoy your own company, so it looks like you're with friends.
4. Go to a Dinner Instead
This jet setter suggests drinking alone at a fancy dinner rather than at a bar. This way, no one comes up to you to sit down and eat your five-course meal with you. If they do, getting staff involved will be much easier than at a bustling bar.
5. Attend Themed Events
My favorite themed events in Florida are 2000s dance parties and emo music nights. I tend to go to these alone because I know the audience, and I feel a higher sense of safety than when I go to random bars. You will likely run into other solo attendees looking to enjoy their night at these events.
6. Bring a Portable Charger
Nothing is worse than dipping into a new bar in a foreign country with a ten percent battery. Please bring a portable charger, and don't leave your hostel, hotel, Airbnb, etc., without a fully charged phone. If danger arises, you have direct communication with emergency services.
7. Don't Drink Much
Sadly, if you travel to bars alone as a female, you need to watch how you carry yourself, who you interact with, and how much you drink. You may hope to drink as much as you do with a large group of friends, but that's not a wise idea for personal safety. Pay attention to how much alcohol you imbibe and set a limit before setting out.
8. Do Your Research
A frequent flyer shares her advice.
“I generally stick to nice cocktail bars (check out the world's top 50 list and their 51-100 addendum for some ideas) and neighborhood pubs. I think clubbing solo is doable, but definitely do your research on the venue – I know in my city there are tons known for creeps/ incidents, and you can usually tell from their reviews online.”
9. Walk in a Group
A few years back, a strange man approached me in my hometown and pressured me to give him my number. I panned the street for any passerby, and luckily, a couple walked up to me and wrapped their arms around my shoulders as we trotted down the street away from the man. When you can, try to find a group (preferably female) and move with them.
10. Share Your Location With at Least One Person
Always make sure at least one person knows where you are. Share your location, send them the address, and give them the contact information for the establishment and your lodging, so if you don't respond for a prolonged period, they can contact the correct places and authorities.
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