About Set the Bar Cocktail Week

    The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are setting the bar in celebration of the area's unique cocktail scene (with a twist!) replacing the annual Set the Bar Cocktail Competition for this year due to event restrictions related to COVID-19, with Set the Bar Cocktail Week.

    Sip like a local during the region’s most “spirited” week from Sunday, October 12 to Monday, October 18 with featured drinks, special offers, virtual and in-person events and food and beverage pairings available to-go or while dining in Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants! Set the Bar Cocktail Week is a chance for locals and visitors to experience the flavors of the Suncoast. A line up of offerings from each restaurant can be found below.

    Join us to celebrate Sarasota & Manatee’s unique hospitality industry community by participating in the Set the Bar Cocktail Week to support local restaurants and ensure that our region remains a culinary destination.

    Countdown to Cocktail Week


    Participating Restaurants

    Check out the participating restaurants, special offers and exciting events happening across Sarasota and Manatee counties during the 2020 Set the Bar Cocktail Week. Additional restaurants will be added daily! Please check back for updates.

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    Are you interested specifically in Cocktail Week Events? Exclusive Discounts? Or all of the Above? Check out the options using the links below!


    • Crow's Nest - Special Discount ($3)
      • Key West Lemonade with Absolut Citron Vodka, Lemon Sour, Cranberry Juice
    • Duval's - Buy One Drink, Get One Free Happy Hour Extended All Night
      • $5 Glass Of Wine
      • $7 Cocktails (Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Manhattan, Martini & Duval's Season Cocktail)
    • Euphemia Haye - Special Discount (2 for 1 or a Double for $12)
      • Christy's Cosmo: Euphemia Haye's Twist on the Classic Cosmo

    Limited Time Offerings

    • 1592 Wood Fired Kitchen & Cocktails - Specialty Cocktail ($14)
      • SRQ Farniente with St Augustine Gin, Zucca, Passion Fruit, Mint, Grandial Brut
    • Café Venice Restaurant & Bar - Specialty Cocktail ($10)
      • Pumpkin Martini with Organic Pumpkin Vodka, Rumchata and Pumpkin Puree
    • Crow's Nest - Specialty Cocktail ($7)
      • Jetty Juice with Mango Rum, Spiced Rum, Blue Curacao, Orange & Pineapple Juices, Sour
    • Duval's - Speciality Cocktail ($10)
      • Ginger on the Run with Bacardi 4 Year Anejo, Cinnamon Syrup, Orange Bitters and Ginger Beer
    • Euphemia Haye - Specialty Cocktail ($12)
      • Mermaid Lemonade with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Blood Orange Bitters, House Infused Strawberry Basil Simple Syrup, and Fresh Lemon Juice
    • Fins at Sharky's - Specialty Cocktail ($)
      • Kentucky Cold Brew with Venetian Roasters Cold Brew, Woodford Reserve, Creme de Cocoa, Scrappy’s Orange Bitters, Brown Sugar Simple Syrup, Toasted Meringue, Candied Orange Wheel 
    • GROVE - Specialty Cocktail ($12)
      • Smashing Pumpkins with Pumpkin Spice Espuma, Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka, Borghetti Espresso Liqueur and Cold Brew
    • Gulf Drive Café & The Kokonut Hut - Specialty Cocktail ($5)
      • Island Breeze with Skyy Raspberry Vodka, Pineapple Juice, Cranberry Juice, & Sprite
    • Harry's Continental Kitchens - Specialty Cocktails ($5)
      • Harry Wallbanger with Sky Vodka, Galliano, Orange Juice, Pineapple, Lemon, Orange Bitters
      • The Pink House Martini with House Infused Pineapple Vodka, POM Juice
      • White Dog Margarita with Moonshine, Lemon, Lime, Dry Curacao, Vanilla Simple
    • Overture Restaurant & Gallery Lounge - Specialty Cocktail ($13)
      • Curtain Call with Tito's Vodka, Lemon Juice and Homemade Lavender Syrup
    • PIER 22 - Specialty Cocktail ($12)
      • Prickly Pier with Jalapeño Infused Corralejo Blanco, Prickly Pear Puree, Cointreau, Aperol, Fresh Orange and Lime, Shaken and Served in a Salt Rimmed Glass
    • Sage - Specialty Cocktail ($12)
      • Siesta Sunset: Sage's Take on a Tequila Sunrise, Using Only Fresh & Local Ingredients


    • Fins at Sharky's - Virtual Cocktail Demonstrations (FREE)
      • Fins will be hosting several Facebook Live cocktail demonstrations during Set the Bar Cocktail Week
    • Sage - Virtual Cocktail Class (FREE)
      • Learn How to Craft with Tequila and Explore the History of The Popular "Tequila Sunrise"

    Food & Beverage Pairings

    • Miguel's - Cocktail & Appetizer Pairing Trio ($35)
      • Vesper (Lillet) - Paired with Baked Brie Roulades, French Bread Crostinis, Strawberry Preserves and Candied Bacon 
      • The Last Word (Chartreuse) - Paired with Bacon Wrapped Mini Filets, Stewed Mushrooms, Colbert Butter and Duck Fat Smashed Fingerling  Potatoes
      • Dubonnet Royal Cocktail (Dubonnet) - Dubonnet and Blackberry Sorbet, Angel Food Cake, Black Berry Coulis and Almond Lace Cookie
    • Sage - Cocktail & Appetizer Pairing ($20)
      • Siesta Sunset (Sage's Take on a Tequila Sunrise, Using Only Fresh & Local Ingredients) Paired with Adobo and Orange Shrimp with Crispy Yucca

    Tasting Flights

    • The Oasis Café - Mimosa Flight ($12)
      • Trio of Mimosas paired with Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice and Raspberry Ginger Juice
    • Paradise Grill - Fall Cocktail Flight ($)
      • Enjoy each of the following cocktails (sample portion size): Pumpkin Spiced White Russian, Apple Cider Mojito, Salted Carmel Cocktail and Campfire Peach Flame

    Large Format Cocktails To-Go

    • Euphemia Haye - Mermaid Lemonade ($40)
      • 4 Servings (1 liter)
      • Mermaid Lemonade with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Blood Orange Bitters, House Infused Strawberry Basil Simple Syrup, and Fresh Lemon Juice
    • Fins at Sharky's - Fins Smokey Blackberry Margarita ($)
      • Fins Smokey Blackberry Margarita with Monte Alban Mezcal, Fresh Lime & Lemon Juices, Smokey Simple Syrup, Cointreau, Blackberry Purée
    • GROVE - Barrel Smoked Old Fashioned ($25)
      • 8 Servings
      • Noble Oak Bourbon, demerara, house orange and vanilla bitters, Angostura bitters and Peychaud's bitters
    • Gulf Drive Café & The Kokonut Hut - Margarita Pitcher ($40)
      • 5 Servings
      • Gulf Drive Patron Margarita Pitcher with Barrel Select Anejo Patron (hand selected and hand made for Gulf Drive Café) paired with Grand Mariner, Lime Juice and the House Blend of Sour Mix
    • Paradise Grill - Fall Cocktail ($)
      • 4 Servings
      • Your choice from Paradise Grill's Fall Cocktail Options: Pumpkin Spiced White Russian, Apple Cider Mojito, Salted Carmel Cocktail or Campfire Peach Flame
    • PIER 22 - Sangria ($25)
      • 8 Servings
      • Red or White Housemade Sangria, Using Signature Ingredients

    Follow The Event

    Get social with the Sarasota-Manatee Originals and use the hashtags below to share your photos and experiences during the 2020 Set the Bar Cocktail Week.
    #SetTheBar941    #SetTheBarCocktailWeek941    #EatLikeaLocal941


    When is Set the Bar Cocktail Week?

    Cocktail Week will take place from Monday October 12 through Sunday October 18.

    Which restaurants are participating in Cocktail Week?

    You can view the list of Participating Restaurants above! All participants are members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community.

    If I don't feel comfortable dining out, can I still participate?

    Yes! Many offerings are available for dine-in AND to-go! Look for the "to-go" icon when browsing the participating restaurants and their offerings (listed above.) There are also virtual cocktail events for those who would prefer to participate from home.

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    Do I need a ticket to participate?

    Cocktail Week events that require tickets will be clearly indicated. If you plan to participate in Cocktail Week by visiting a restaurant and ordering their cocktail week offering, no ticket will be needed.

    Can I participate at more than one restaurant?

    YES! PLEASE DO! We encourage you to support and visit as many participating restaurants as you would like for the duration of Cocktail Week.

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