RAISE A GLASS

About Drink Atlantic

Drink Atlantic Cocktail Festival is a premier event celebrating and supporting the cocktail industry here in Halifax.  Our city punches above its weight in the food and beverage industry with world-class cocktails being crafted right here! Featuring bottomless educational opportunities, unfathomable experiences, and showcasing the best of Nova Scotia product and talent, Drink Atlantic brings together the drinker, the maker, and the crafter, to concoct a holistic beverage experience and entice Halifax to drink better. 
Produced by The Coast and Clever Barkeep.  
All Drink Halifax events are for ages 19+.

When​

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Friday, June 7, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Where​

The Port NSLC, 5485 Clyde St, Halifax, Nova Scotia, is Drink Atlantic's seminar venue.

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THAT'S THE SPIRIT

Tall Sips is back

The whole city can get into the Drink Atlantic mood thanks to the return of Tall Sips—the popular cocktail promotion in participating restaurants and bars around Halifax. It kicks off with Drink Atlantic on Thursday, June 7, and will run until June 30. Pick up a Tall Sips passport at finer watering holes starting June 5, or get your hands on the June 7 issue of The Coast, to find locations offering $8 cocktails.

Tall Sips 2018  is presented by Southern Glazer's brands: Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Aviation Gin & Bacardi Gran Reserve 8 Años Rum

Join us as a Drink Atlantic Deckhand

Drink Atlantic 2019 is right around the corner and we are looking for some experienced helpers to join the team and make the festival a success! This unique opportunity is for emerging bartenders looking to break into the food and beverage industry.

Get unparalleled access to visiting bartenders and local organizers while prioritizing your education.

Deckhand in action

 

 

SHAKIN’

Special guests 

2019 guests to be announced soon!

2018 guests 

SABRINA MAILHOT

Coldroom
MONTREAL

GN
CHAN

Angel's Share, Double Chicken | NYC

SHANE
BEEHAN

Lot Six
HALIFAX

LINDSAY
JONES

The Middle Spoon
HALIFAX

ALVIN RAMCHURN

Hendrick's Gin National Brand Ambassador | TORONTO

EVAN
MCNEIL

Lot Six | Sovereign Wine and Spirits
HALIFAX

MORGAN LECREUX

Lot Six
HALIFAX

MARIKA
BOUCHARD

The Black Sheep
HALIFAX

EZRA
EDELSTEIN

Compass Distillers
HALIFAX

SHANNON-BLUE NANIBUSH

The Barrington
HALIFAX

HAPPIEST HOURS

Drink Atlantic schedule of events

2019 schedule to be announced soon!

2018 Schedule of events

Day 1

Thursday, June 7

5:00 PM

THE COCKTAIL BUS

Your own private bar crawl with Halifax's Best Bartender, Shane Beehan. More info and tickets


7:00 PM

COCKTAIL CRUISE ON THE HARBOUR QUEEN

A sunset tour with guest bartenders,  Gn Chan (NYC) and Sabrina Mailhot (Montreal). Music with DJ Fadzwa. Presented by Bacardi. More info and tickets


Day 2

Friday, June 8

9:00 AM

WELLNESS ON THE WATERFRONT

Join instructors from Rio & Rouge at the Bishop's Landing harbourside helipad (1475 Lower Water Street). Free for DA ticket holders.


11:00 AM

COCKTAIL ACADEMY WITH GN CHAN AND SHANE BEEHAN

Join award winning bartenders Gn Chan (NYC) and Shane Beehan (Halifax) in a bartending 101 seminar. More info and tickets


2:00 PM

COCKTAIL ACADEMY WITH ALVIN RAMCHURN

Hendrick's Gin national ambassador will lead a master class in gin. More info and tickets


4:00 PM

COCKTAIL ACADEMY WITH SARAH AMYOTTE, MARIKA BOUCHARD, LINDSAY JONES, MORGAN LECREUX & SABRINA MAILHOT

Join us for a round table seminar on women in the bar industry. With more and more women breaking into what has traditionally been a male dominated industry, these female bartenders have been winning awards and challenging stereotypes as they build new paths for women in the world of cocktails. More info and tickets


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

TASTING ROOM

Sample the best spirits from Nova Scotian distillers at The Halifax Club. More info and tickets


5:00 PM

THE COCKTAIL BUS

Friday night's alright for a private bar crawl with Halifax's Best Bartender, Shane Beehan. More info and tickets


8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

THE BITTER BASH

Experience the bitter side of cocktails. Join a Halifax All-Star bartending team pouring four different Apertivo cocktails. Entertainment with crowd favourite Alfie. Partial proceeds of the evening will be given to Sick Wish. More info and tickets

Day 3

Saturday, June 9

9:00 AM​

WELLNESS ON THE WATERFRONT

Join instructors from Rio & Rouge at the Bishop's Landing harbourside helipad (1475 Lower Water Street). Free for DA ticket holders.


11:00 AM​

COCKTAIL ACADEMY WITH THE CLEVER BARKEEP

Amateur mixologists, up your game with a seminar we're calling "A Punch Above." More info and tickets


11:00 AM​ to 4:00 PM

TASTING ROOM

Sample the best spirits from Nova Scotian distillers at The Halifax Club. More info and tickets


12:30 PM​

COCKTAIL ACADEMY FROM GRAIN TO GIN

Join head distiller Ezra Edelstein from Compass Distillers for a seminar on everything you will ever want to know about making gin. He will cover the process of turning grain into alcohol, that alcohol into gin, and finally botanicals, aging, and a tasting flight. More info and tickets


2:00 PM​

COCKTAIL ACADEMY WITH EVAN MCNEIL

Get up to speed on the trendiest drinks in this "Mezcal and Agave-based Spirits" seminar. More info and tickets


4:00 PM​

COCKTAIL ACADEMY WITH LINDSAY JONES AND SHANNON-BLUE NANIBUSH.

Mason jar mixology—tips for the at-home bartender.


5:00 PM​

THE COCKTAIL BUS

Your own private bar crawl with Halifax's Best Bartender, Shane Beehan. More info and tickets


6:30 PM​

CROQUET & COCKTAILS

Enjoy fun and games on the grass with "the world's most unusual gin." Presented by Hendrick's Gin. More info and tickets

photo by Mike Hall
  • FESTIVAL BRANDS

    Authentic Seacoast (NS)

    Aviation Gin

    Bacardi Ocho Años Gran Reserve Rum

    Campari

    Coldstream Clear Distillery (NS)

    CövenHöven Distillery (NS)

    Compass Distilleries (NS)

    Halifax Distilling Company (NS)

    Hendrick's Gin

    Ironworks Distillery (NS)

    Nova Scotia Spirit Co. (NS)

    Rebel Yell Kentucky Bourbon

    Seedlip 

    Still Fired Distilleries (NS)

photo by Mike Hall

MEET YOUR HOSTS

About the festival organizer​s

THE COAST
Renowned for its support of the Halifax food and drink scene, The Coast is Halifax’s weekly community newspaper, covering politics, art and culture since 1993. The Coast’s event team is responsible for some of the city’s biggest events and festivals including Halifax Burger Week, Best of Halifax and Halifax Oyster Festival. This year The Coast will celebrate 25 years of serving and promoting Halifax.

THE CLEVER BARKEEP
The Clever Barkeep was founded on a desire to entertain and provide outstanding hospitality. Our focus is on total guest experience, which starts by welcoming each person with a premium beverage and continues throughout with imaginative tastes and warm, engaging interactions.

The Clever Barkeep creates eloquent and luxurious beverage experiences, crafted specifically to meet the needs of your special event. We give your guests a memorable experience through our attention to every detail and our belief in individualized and professional hospitality. The Clever Barkeep was established in 2016 by Halifax-born bartenders Jeffrey Van Horne and Matthew Boyle and has been operating ever since; helping execute successful bar programs for events on a small and large scale. With over 80 events worked in the past year, we are very familiar with the nuances and details of event planning and execution.

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Coast Best of Halifax party

2018

FESTIVAL PARTNERS

Get your tickets now!​

If you are interested in volunteering with the festival, email events@thecoast.ca.

Alcohol may be hazardous to your health. Drink responsibly. 19+.

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