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2024 Set The Bar Cocktail Competition - Sunday April 14, 4-7PM
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

    About Set the Bar

    Designed to showcase the creative beverage talents behind the area’s locally-owned, independent restaurants, Set The Bar's cocktail contention will highlight accomplished mixologists representing establishments from the northern tip of Anna Maria Island to the southern shores of Venice Beach. “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. 

    In addition to exclusive access to the most skilled beverage innovators in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, guests at Set The Bar enjoy live entertainment, a chance drawing, and light bites presented by fellow Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ Member Restaurants.

    Like the Chefs in the kitchen, our local bartenders are an integral part of today’s service industry, playing a vital role in creating an exciting atmosphere and enjoyable guest experience. 

    Set The Bar will take place April 14, 2024 from 4 to 7PM at Ed Smith Stadium.

    Ed Smith Stadium is located at 2700 12th St, Sarasota, FL 34237

    Please check back for more Set The Bar details as they become available. 

    Tickets

    SET THE BAR TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!

    At $85 per person (plus tax and ticketing fee), your Set The Bar ticket provides you with a "Punch Card" which allows a sample tasting at the Cocktail Stations.  Set The Bar also features a silent auction, live musical entertainment, photobooth, beer garden and delicious lite btes from Sarasota-Manatee Originals Member Restaurants.  

    Guests must be 21 and up to attend. Those under 21 will NOT be permitted entry to the event (this includes infants and children as well.) Photo identification for proof of age will be requested of guests upon arrival to the event. 

    Scroll Down for Frequently Asked Questions & Answers.

    Set The Bar 2024 Charity Partner

    Children First is honored to serve children and strengthen families. Founded in 1961 and ranked in the top 1% out of over 1,800 Head Starts nationwide, Children First strengthens children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health, and well-being. At 15 sites throughout Sarasota County, Children First offers full-day preschool, infant and toddler care, and nutrition and health care assistance to children ages birth to five years old from low-income families. Through Children First, the children receive the social and cognitive skills needed to enter kindergarten and elementary school on track. Parents also receive the support necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and success. For more information, call (941) 953-3877 or go to childrenfirst.net.

    Pictures from the 2022 Set The Bar 😍

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                                          Cocktail Competition FAQs

                                          Is there an age restriction for those attending the Set the Bar Cocktail Competition event?

                                          Guests must be 21 and up to attend. Those under 21 will NOT be permitted entry to the event (this includes infants and children as well.) Photo identification for proof of age will be requested of ALL GUESTS upon arrival to the event. 

                                          How can I buy tickets?

                                          Early Bird Set The Bar tickets will be available on Sunday January 28 during a one-day flash sale offering tickets for $75 each. After that, regular price tickets will be offered at $85 per person.  

                                          This event is 21 and up only and proof of age will be required for all ticket holders (NO exceptions, this applies to children and infants as well.)

                                          Is there a limit on the number of tickets I can purchase?

                                          No, you may purchase as many tickets as you would like! Please note, your guests will be asked to provide photo ID (to verify their age) before being admitted to the event.

                                          Is there a discounted ticket for those not partaking in the cocktail samplings?

                                          There is one ticket type available for the Set the Bar Cocktail Competition, which is the General Admission ticket. No additional ticket types will be avaialble.

                                          Do I need to bring my tickets to the Set the Bar Cocktail Competition?
                                          Please bring your tickets in either printed or mobile format. If you have misplaced your event tickets, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request new copies. Set the Bar guests must be 21 and up. Those under 21 will not be permitted entry to the event (this includes infants and children as well.) Photo identification will be requested of EVERY guest upon arrival to the event. 
                                          Will I be able to sample each of the cocktails in the competition?

                                          Yes! All guests will be able to sample each of the cocktails submitted into the competition and will have the opportunity to vote for the "People's Choice" winner! Guests will receive a "Sip Card" to be punched at each Cocktail station to ensure that each drink is sampled only once. Each cocktail sample is 1oz in size.

                                          Please drink responsibly.

                                          Will food be served at the event?

                                          Complimentary light bites will be provided by several Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant members during the event. For many people, it might makes sense to eat a meal before you come to the event.

                                          What is the parking situation at Ed Smith Stadium?

                                          We encourage all event attendees who intend to sample the cocktail offerings to use ride sharing services (such as Uber or Lyft) or travel with a designated driver! The use of ride share services will expedite the arrival experience. For those planning to drive, parking is available in Ed Smith Stadium's East Lot, at the corner of 12th Street and North Tuttle Avenue.

                                          How does the voting work?

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

                                          Each guest will vote for his or her favorite bartender and cocktail by "tipping" them during the event. The top cocktails and bartenders will be announced at the end of the event!

                                          Will there be seating at the event?

                                          Several areas offer shaded picnic-style seating for guests to utilize. The event is a cocktail style, grazing event where guests will be visiting stations to sample cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The event is handicap accessible. This event takes place outdoors so there is no air-conditioned areas.

                                          What is the Inclement Weather Policy?

                                          Set the Bar is a rain or shine event. 

                                          What should I wear?

                                          The suggested attire is comfortable and casual.

                                          Can I purchase tickets through a third-party seller?

                                          To have 100% confidence in the validity of your ticket purchase, you should only purchase your tickets through the Squad Up ticket system. The validity of tickets purchased through other websites or resellers cannot be verified by The Sarasota-Manatee Originals prior to event day.

                                          I have a question that wasn't answered here. Now what?

                                          Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any remaining event questions.