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 6, 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 6 issue of The Coast, to find locations offering $8 cocktails.

Tall Sips 2019  is presented by Southern Glazer's brands: Aviation Gin & Sombra Mezcal

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

HAPPIEST HOURS

Drink Atlantic schedule of events

LEAD UP EVENTS:

CHARITY POP-UP: THE TRAP BAR

Serving seafaring cocktails to thirsty Haligonians in a decked out setting fit for our hip, harbour town. Proceeds from each drink purchased will go to a local charity working to keep our ocean clean and our marine animals safe!
PROCEEDS FROM BAR SALES WILL BE DONATED TO M.A.R.S
Tuesday: Invite only media night
Wednesday-Friday: open to the public
LOCATION TBA SOON

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

Day 1

Thursday, June 6

10:30 - 11:30 AM

SEMINAR:
Functional Flair Workshop with Will & Moe Isaza

Add some pizzazz to your service with functional flair. Presented by Bacardi. More info and tickets


12:00 - 1:15 PM

SEMINAR:
Wine in Cocktails: Educational look into the importance of wine and fortified wine in cocktails.

Fortified wines are a key component to a complex cocktail. This seminar will dive into the history, production and best uses by smelling and tasting your way through this broad category. Presented by Benjamin Bridge and Martini Vermouth. More info and tickets


2:00 - 3:15 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION:
Digital Drinking: The Future of Food & Drink Media

Join Jessica Emin (@eatwithjessie) & Dave Culligan (owner of 365 media), to talk about the importance and future of social media in the food & beverage industry. More info and tickets


3:45 - 5:00 PM

SEMINAR:
86 Mocktails

The rise of non-alcoholic drinks! Taking a break from alcohol doesn't mean you need to lose the complexity and flavours of craft cocktails. Join Evelyn Chick Bar Manager of Pretty Ugly in Toronto, Christina Viera Bar Manager at Globe and Mail as they speak about elevated Non-Alcoholic beverage programs from creating Non-Alcoholic ingredients to using new products from Seedlip and the future of these concoctions. More info and tickets


7:00 - 8:15 PM

SEMINAR:
Rum - Hopping Islands!

An in-depth Rum cruise through the islands that were once colonized by the French, English and Spanish. More info and tickets


6:30 - 9:30 PM

PAIRED DINNER:
A CANADIAN WHISKY DINNER

Join us for a guided whisky and dining experience featuring premium Canadian whiskies from Hiram Walker & Sons Limited.  Chef Bryan Corkery has created a Canadian inspired menu that will compliment a flight of carefully curated Canadian Whiskies. Hosted by Spencer Gooderham. More info and tickets


CHARITY POP-UP:
THE TRAP BAR

Serving seafaring cocktails to thirsty Haligonians in a decked out setting fit for our hip, harbour town. Proceeds from each drink purchased will go to a local charity working to keep our ocean clean and our marine animals safe! 
TICKETS COMING SOON


Day 2

Friday, June 7

10:30 - 11:30 AM

PANEL DISCUSSION:
FERMENTATION WORKSHOP

Fermentation the beginning process of all alcohol. This is an in-depth panel explaining the science behind fermentation from three separate experts from Benjamin Bridge, Goodmore Kombucha and Compass Distilling. More info and tickets


2:00 - 3:15 PM

SEMINAR:
FROM BARTENDER TO BARMANAGER

You have worked hard put in the time and are now ready to take over the bar program. What now? More info and tickets


5:30 - 6:30 PM

SEMINAR:
NOBODY GIVES A **** ABOUT BARLEY

Reed Pettit leads you in a seminar all about Bruichladdich whisky! More info and tickets


7:00 - 8:15 PM

SEMINAR:
WHAT IS MEZCAL?

An exploration of Agave based spirits including tastings of mezcal, tequila, tasty cocktails and tacos. More info and tickets


7:00 - 11:30 PM

CHARITY POP-UP:
THE TRAP BAR

Serving seafaring cocktails to thirsty Haligonians in a decked out setting fit for our hip, harbour town. Proceeds from each drink purchased will go to a local charity working to keep our ocean clean.
Tuesday: Invite only media night
Wednesday-Friday: open to the public
LOCATION TBA SOON

Day 3

Saturday, June 8

10:30 - 11:30 AM

SEMINAR: BRUNCH COCKTAILS

Let's brunch - Drink Atlantic style! Sip on various brunch cocktails and punches while enjoying pastries from LF Bakery. Presented by Benjamin Bridge, Juicy Fruit, LF Bakery, Walter's Ceasar and Tia Maria. More info and tickets


12:00 - 1:15 PM

SEMINAR: READY TO DRINK COCKTAILS

A ready-to-drink partnership between a local brewery and local bartenders. Tips on how to carbonate cocktails, in bottles or in kegs. Branding and marketing - what did we learn from putting a cocktail in a can? Opportunity for bartenders in attendance to enter a recipe for Propeller’s Fall Canned Cocktail Series! Presented by Windmill Craft Cocktails. More info and tickets 


2:00 - 3:15 PM

SEMINAR: LIFEBLOOD - COFFEE, WHAT MAKES GREAT COFFEE; HOW TO MAKE IT, HOW TO USE IT IN COCKTAILS

Dean Petty (owner, Anchored Coffee) teaches you about what makes the best 'cuppa'! Presented by Anchored Coffee, Disaronno and Tia Maria. More info and tickets 


2:00 - 3:15 PM

SEMINAR: THE SCIENCE OF FLAVOUR - BITTERS, TINCTURES and SHRUBS

This class will cover how to utilize the flavour of bitters, tinctures, and shrubs, what they are, and the science of how the elevate your drinking. Presented by Bittermens. More info and tickets


5:30 - 6:30 PM

SEMINAR: CANADIAN VS. AMERICAN WHISKEY

Join Taylor Corrigan and chat about whisk(e)y! Presented by Woodford's Reserve and Lot 40. More info and tickets


7:00 - 8:15 PM

SEMINAR: SCOTCH - CHEMISTRY OF PEAT

Come join Johanne McInnis for a deconstruction of peat and virtual tour through peat bogs of the UK through six very different whiskies. More info and tickets


4:00 - 8:00 PM

DRINK ATLANTIC COCKTAIL BUS

Hosted by Shane Beehan (Halifax's Best Bartender), visit 4 secret locations for a cocktail, served with stories of Halifax's past. Designated driving provided by Taste Halifax.
TICKETS COMING SOON


8:00 - 11:00 PM

MAIN EVENT:
Hook, Line & Drinker: A Blender Bender

The party to end all parties! All blended drinks, all night! 14 teams compete to win a Vitamix blender based on your votes! More info and tickets

EXCLUSIVE: Click here for a Hotel + Ticket Package for our main event!

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  • FESTIVAL BRANDS

    NSLC

    Bacardi

    Aviation Gin

    Compass Distillers

    Bacardi Ocho Años Gran Reserve Rum

    Coldstream Clear Distillery (NS)

    Compass Distilleries (NS)

    Ironworks Distillery (NS)

    Seedlip 

    Iceberg Vodka

    Remy Martin
     
    Jack Daniels
     
    Tia Maria 
     
    Disaronno
     
    Bombay Sapphire
     
    Patron Tequila
     
    Agua Santa Mezcal
     
    Sovereign Wine & Spirits 
     
    Ungava Gin
     
    Lot 40 Whisky 
     
    Havana Club Rum
     
    Anchored Coffee
     
    Two If By Sea
     
    Cazadores Tequila
     
    Windmill Cocktails
     
    Propeller Brewery
     
    Benjamin Bridge 
     
    Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
     
    Goodmore Kombucha

    MADE WITH LOVE

    Bartender Atlas

    CDANS

    Spirited Away Cocktail Festival

    Taste Halifax

    Clever Barkeep

    The Coast

    Southern Glazers

    Corby

    Lot Six

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. It was established in 2016 by Halifax-born, and nationally and internationally known bartenders Jeffrey Van Horne and Matthew Boyle.

The Clever Barkeep creates eloquent and luxurious beverage experiences, paired with individualized hospitality and warm, engaging interactions. Since it's inception, The Clever Barkeep has helped implement successful bar programs for events of all scales. Executing over 200 events since 2016, The Clever Barkeep brings expertise to navigating the nuances of event planning and their involvement in any occasion means that guaranteed, no one will leave thirsty.  
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Coast Best of Halifax party

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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