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THAT'S THE SPIRIT

We're Moving Online for 2020!

This year we are happy to announce that the show must go on! Drink Atlantic will be coming to you live via video-conference this year. Leaders from the hospitality community will be offering their expertise on drinking better and will be free to attend every weekend from June 13th until July 5th, 2020! 

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 in beautiful Nova Scotia! 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 friendly folks at The Clever Barkeep.
All content is intended for those of Legal Drinking Age. 

When​

Saturday, June 13
Sunday, June 14
Saturday, June 20
Sunday, June 21
Saturday, June 27
Sunday, June 28
Saturday, July 4
Sunday, July 5

Where​

Zoom Conference
Link TBA

Join us as a Drink Atlantic Deckhand in 2021

Drink Atlantic 2021 is looking for some experienced helpers to join the team and make the in-person festival even more of 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

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

Week 1

Saturday, June 13

Time: 12pm EST

SEMINAR:
TIKI: THE RISE, THE FALL, THE RESURRECTION, THE REDEMPTION

The history starts in 1898 and continues right up until today. Brother Cleve and Shannon Mustipher will take on you an 80 minute journey through all things TIKI! From how it got its beginnings, to modern applications and some fun modern Tiki Cocktails! You don't want to miss this.


Sunday, June 14

Time: 12pm EST

SEMINAR:
Bar Manager Bootcamp #1

Christina Veira & Kevin Brownlee discuss what opening post-COVID may look like for bars and restaurants. With a focus on best practises, opening safely and inclusively, as well as what opening has looked like so far in BC, this panel will help you gain some insight on what the "new normal" will look like for bars.

Week 2

Saturday, June 20

Time: TBA

COMING SOON! Check back soon for more information.

Week 3

Saturday, June 27

Time: TBA

COMING SOON!

Week 4

Saturday, July 4

Time: TBA

COMING SOON!

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  • PRESENTING SPONSORS

    NSLC

    The Clever Barkeep

    Sovereign Wine & Spirits 

    Avuá Cachaça

    Ford's Gin

    Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails by Shannon Mustipher 

SHAKIN'

SPECIAL GUESTS

MEET YOUR HOSTS

About the festival organizer​s

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 300 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.  
 
JONATHAN SMOLENSKY
Jon has been an avid member of the hospitality industry in Canada since 2003. A career bartender at heart, Jon started off working with wine and later moved into senior bartending positions at some of Canada’s most prestigious fine dining settings, gathering his CSS and Bar-5 Day Distinction status along the way.Driven by a clear industry desire to create free-flowing, unabated connections between brands and bartenders, Jonathan created Sovereign Canada in 2011, a by-the-bartender/sommelier for-the-bartender/sommelier liquor agency.
 
Jonathan is also one of the executive directors for the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association.  As their Corporate Liaison, he is always finding new initiatives to help advance the Canadian hospitality sector alongside his fellow industry colleagues.
 
STÉPHANE DUVAL
Stéphane has been bartending in a series of bars across Canada for upwards of seven years. He is extremely keen on sharing knowledge and being involved in events that advance the hospitality. Outside of work, Stéphane is an avid rock-climber and is always chasing the next adventure.
 
EVAN MCNEIL
Evan is a passionate bar professional residing in Dartmouth, NS who began his career behind the bar at an Earls in Calgary and cut his teeth with cocktails in bars such as The Middle Spoon/Noble and Lot Six, in Halifax.
 
Evan is now the Atlantic Territory Manager for Sovereign Canada, an independent liquor agency working to bring quality spirits to our shores.Finding his love for cocktail festivals by participating in the Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP) in July 2019 at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, Evan has a great desire to push the drink scene in Atlantic Canada to new levels and believes Drink Atlantic is the perfect vessel to do so.
 
EZRA EDELSTEIN
 
CHRISTINA VEIRA 
The Clever Barkeep
The Clever Barkeep
Jon Smolensky
Jon Smolensky
Stephane Duval
Stephane Duval
Evan McNeil
Evan McNeil
photo Jessica Emin
Ezra Edelstein
Christina Veira (Toronto)
Christina Veira (Toronto)

FESTIVAL PARTNERS

TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE E-MAIL INFO@CLEVERBARKEEP.COM