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Mer-tini Shakedown!

Various San Marcos Venues

Quench your thirst with some of San Marcos’ best tasting “Mer-tinis!” Back by popular demand, this highly anticipated Mer-tini Shakedown Competition is a friendly - yet fierce - contest among local mixologists.

This is event is open to the public! *PLEASE NOTE - Only the judges will participate in the tasting. Each location will have drink and food specials available at a charge. Pedi cabs will be available to the public. Tipping is highly encouraged!!


This is a high-spirited event to create the best Mermaid-inspired Martini or Mer-tini. Two teams of judges will travel from site to site, courtesy of Movemint Bike Cab sipping the tasty and creative concoctions while taking careful notes on the distinctive characteristics of the competing cocktails to determine a favorite. 

The evening ends with two semi-finalists who will go to the Shakedown Finals held on the rooftop of the Meadows Center during the Mermaid Society Art Ball on Friday September 21st. This competition is scored on taste, presentation and creativity with extra points earned from mer-inspired flare and fanfare.

Two awards are bestowed upon the 1st place and 2nd place.. Besides bragging rights, the 1st place winner receives an original trophy (designed by a different local artist every year), and a $300 cash award. 2nd Place winner receives a $200 cash prize.




What's Near Here?

Hays County Historic Courthouse

Downtown | Recently restored, the 1909 Hays County Courthouse is nestled in the center of the downtown square. Historic exhibits are now housed in it's lower floors.

San Marcos Downtown Square

Downtown | Among our treasures, locally-owned shops and restaurants, bistros and nightspots adorn every corner of historic downtown San Marcos, fueling American’s favorite vacation pastimes – shopping and eating!

Local Artist Exhibits

Local artist exhibits can be found around town at several spots including coffee shops, restaurants and local businesses.