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SIP LIKE A LOCAL

    About Set the Bar

    Set the Bar Cocktail Week encourages participants to “sip like a local” during the region’s most spirited event with featured drinks, special offers, and food and beverage pairings available from Sarasota-Manatee Originals Member Restaurants! Set the Bar Cocktail Week is a chance for locals and visitors to experience the flavors of the Suncoast from Friday, October 8 - Friday, October 15, 2021.

    On Tuesday, October 12, 2021 the Sarasota-Manatee Originals will host the October edition of The Blend which will take place in Downtown Sarasota during Set the Bar Cocktail Week! Guests will sip and stroll between restaurants, while enjoying a unique dish carefully paired with a craft cocktail reflecting the flavor of each local establishment. The Chef will guide you through the tasting experience before venturing to the next location. Tickets will be $125 per person and will be available to purchase soon!

    Set the Bar Cocktail Week will culminate in the 5th annual Cocktail Competition on Friday, October 15, 2021. Each year, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals bring together the area’s best bartenders, distillers and spirits professionals for the annual “Set The Bar” Cocktail Competition. Designed to showcase the creative beverage talents behind the area’s locally-owned, independent restaurants, this year’s 5th annual Set The Bar 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 each creation 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 will enjoy live entertainment, raffles, and delicious dishes presented by fellow Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ member restaurants. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are proud to partner with Embracing Our Differences to host Set the Bar. Event proceeds benefit Embracing Our Differences, whose mission is to use the power of art and education to expand consciousness and open the heart to celebrate the diversity of the human family.

    Tickets will start at $50 and will be available to purchase soon!

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    Set the Bar Cocktail Competition Tickets

    The Early Bird gets the cocktail! The first 100 Set The Bar tickets will be on sale August 8, 2021 at 7PM for $50 each! Be one of the first to purchase your ticket (with a discount) and you’ll also receive a souvenir “set the bar” cocktail glass! These special tickets won’t last long – once they sell out tickets increase to $60 each.

    To sign up to be notified when tickets are available, 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.)

    The Competition

    “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. You be the judge!

    Gin Category

    Powered by Waterloo Gin

    Tequila Category

    Powered by Hiatus Tequila

    Vodka Category

    Powered by New Amsterdam Vodka

    Whiskey Category

    Powered by Treaty Oak Bourbon Whiskey

    Rum Category

    Powered by Papa's Pilar Rum

    Judging Panel

    The Set the Bar expert panel of judges is responsible for selecting the top cocktail in each spirit category. Additional judges will be announced soon!

    Spencer Taliaferro

    Owner
    Mixology Kits

    Nikki Logan Curran

    Owner & Editor
    The Scout Guide Sarasota

    Joey Panek

    Creative Content Director
    One Eight Oh PR

    Local Bites

    Guests at the Set The Bar Cocktail Competition will enjoy delicious dishes presented by fellow Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ member restaurants. 

    About Embracing Our Differences

    Embracing Our Differences is a not-for-profit organization based in Sarasota, Florida, that uses the power of art and education to expand consciousness and open the heart to celebrate the diversity of the human family. It accomplishes this through an annual, large-scale, juried art exhibition and a comprehensive series of educational initiatives, programs and resources designed for teachers and students.

    Mission: Through the transformative power of the arts, we educate and inspire to create a better world.

    Vision: A world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice.

    Follow The Event

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

    Set the Bar is Presented By

    Liquor Sponsors

    Special Thanks To

    Media Partner of Set the Bar Cocktail Week 2021

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    Partner of Set the Bar Cocktail Week 2021

    Partner of Set the Bar Cocktail Week 2021

    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.

    FAQs

    When is Set the Bar Cocktail Week?

    The 2021 Set the Bar Cocktail Week will take place from Friday, October 8 through Friday, October 15, 2021. The Cocktail Competition will take place on Friday, October 15, 2021.

    Which restaurants are participating in Cocktail Week?

    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.

    Stay tuned for annoucements regarding the 2021 Set The Bar Cocktail Week. 

    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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    Sarasota, FL 34239
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