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Set The Bar Cocktail Competitors 2022


Now in it’s sixth year, the 2022 Set The Bar Cocktail Competition will highlight 25 accomplished mixologists representing establishments from the northern tip of Anna Maria Island to the southern shores of Venice Beach. 

The Set The Bar Cocktail Competition will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 1 to 4 pm at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL 34237. SMO has partnered with Children First to host the 2022 Set the Bar and tickets are now on sale.

The twenty-five contenders will present innovative concoctions in five spirit categories featuring Papa’s Pilar Rum, Cathead Vodka, Dark Door Spirits Spirit of Oak Bourbon Whiskey, Big Storm Distillery London Dry Gin and Cuervo Tradicional Tequila Cristalino. The field of competitors is fierce, with last year’s top winners ALL returning and determined to defend their coveted designation.

“The Best” libations will be decided by an expert panel as well as event attendees who will be tasked with sampling and savoring the contenders' creations before judging the competitors on Flavor, Appearance, Bartender Presentation and Imagination.

If you’ve been wondering what Sarasota-Manatee Originals Members you will see competing at Set The Bar 2022, look no further!



Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

Sandbar Seafood & Spirits


GROVE • Restaurant • Patio • Ballroom

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub



State Street Eating House + Cocktails

Euphemia Haye


Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi

mi Pueblo el Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina



El Melvin Cocina Mexicana

Bijou Garden Café

MADE Restaurant

Harry's Continental Kitchens

Overture Restaurant & Gallery Lounge



Clasico Italian Chophouse

Brick's Smoked Meats

Fins at Sharky's

Michael's On East

Mattison’s Restaurants & Catering



Pop’s Sunset Grill

Jack Dusty

Café Gabbiano

JPAN Sushi & Grill

PIER 22 • Restaurant • Patio • Catering




In addition to exclusive access to the most skilled beverage innovators in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, guests at the Set the Bar Cocktail Competition will enjoy raffles, DJ entertainment and delicious lite bites presented by Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ Member Restaurants. “The Lounge” will offer beer, sangria and nolo-alcohol beverages. 

Tickets for Set the Bar Cocktail Competition are now on sale and available to purchase online at www.eatlikealocal.com/setthebar. Tickets are priced at $75 per person plus a small ticketing fee. Space is limited so there is no guarantee that tickets will be available “at the door.” Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event.


The 2022 Set The Bar Cocktail Competition is supported by its sponsors including BMW of Sarasota, Sarasota Magazine, Gold Coast Eagle and The Scout Guide Sarasota, Anna Maria to Boca Grande.

WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE! The Set The Bar Cocktail Competition helps to support our organization's mission of promoting and sustaining our area's locally-owned independent restaurants. Gathering those you love and having a fun day out at STB is the easiest and most fun way to support small businesses, and to eat like a local!


Find out more information on our website and grab your tickets here.


For our entire list of our 60+ member’s, click here!


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