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YOU BE THE JUDGE

    About Set the Bar

    Each year, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals bring together the area’s best bartenders, distillers and other bar and spirits professionals for the annual “Set the Bar” Cocktail Competition.

    Designed to showcase the creative beverage talents behind our locally-owned, independent restaurants, the 2019 Set The Bar Cocktail Competition highlighted 20 accomplished mixologists representing establishments from the northern tip of Anna Maria Island to the southern shores of Venice beach, nearly double the 2018 field of competitors. The competition featured innovative concoctions blended with Plymouth Gin, Absolut Elyx Vodka, Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon and Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila. In addition to exclusive access to the most skilled beverage innovators in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, guests of Set The Bar enjoyed live entertainment, prizes, and delicious dishes presented by fellow Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ member restaurants, as well as a special appearance by American Honey Creamery. We were proud to partner with the Child Protection Center to host Set the Bar. Event proceeds benefitted the CPC, whose mission is the prevention, intervention & treatment of child abuse.

    Tickets

    2020 Event Tickets will be released for sale soon! To be notified, please subscribe here or check this page for updates.

    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.)

    About The Child Protection Center

    The Child Protection Center is a non-profit agency dedicated to the Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in our community. CPC envisions a community in which all children are safe from abuse and free to thrive. The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) was established in 1980. CPC initially provided only child abuse intervention services through the Child Protection Team (CPT). This program works together with the Department of Children and Families and Law Enforcement in the investigation of child abuse cases and also coordinates community-wide services for affected children. Since then, CPC has grown to encompass four core programs offered in four locations across Sarasota & DeSoto Counties.

    FAQs

    Is there an age restriction for this 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.) Age identification will be requested of ALL GUESTS upon arrival to the event. 

    How can I buy tickets?

    2020 Event Tickets will be released for sale soon! To be notified, please subscribe here or check this page for updates.

    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.

    Do I need to bring my tickets to Set the Bar?
    Please bring your Eventbrite 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.) Age 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 20 cocktails submitted into the competition and will have the opportunity to vote for the "People's Choice" winner! There will also be a cash bar if you'd prefer beer, wine or other cocktails.

    Will food be served at the event?

    Yes! Complimentary light bites will be provided by several Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant members.

    What is the parking situation?

    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. Complimentary valet parking will be available for those who choose to drive.

    What should I wear?

    The suggested attire is comfortable and casual.

    What else can I expect during Set the Bar?
    • DJ Entertainment
    • Interactive Games
    • Photobooth
    • Raffle & Prizes
    • Light Bites
    • Cash Bar
    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 be given a faux dollar bill which you will use to vote for your favorite bartender and cocktail by "tipping" them. The top cocktails and bartenders will be announced at the end of the event!

    What is the Inclement Weather Policy?

    Set the Bar is a rain or shine event. 

    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 Eventbrite ticket system. The validity of tickets purchased through other websites or resellers cannot be verified by The Sarasota-Manatee Originals prior to event day.

    Will there be seating at the event?

    A limited number of lounge seats will be available 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.

    How do I stay up to date on Set the Bar announcements?

    Follow our facebook page to receive all updates and announcements!

    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.

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    2019 Sponsors & Partners

    Interested in becoming a Set the Bar sponsor? Contact Veronica at (941) 365-2800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about the available opportunities.

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    Sarasota, FL 34239
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