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