A Cocktail Tour of Nova Scotia

Four colourful craft cocktails in martini glasses
Nova Scotia has developed quite a reputation as a foodie’s dream and that includes hand-crafted cocktails, concocted by local bartenders. So what better way to get inspired for hosting your own summer mixer than to get out and sample some of these creative cocktails, many of which include NS spirits and other local ingredients.

Lot Six Bar 
Halifax’s Lot Six Bar is known for their intricate and exciting cocktail menu. Their knowledgeable bartenders layer flavours like chefs, creating an unexpected mix of classic and modern cocktails. Don’t know what you’re in the mood for? Ask your server to recommend something based on your tastes. 

Suggested cocktail: 
Red Sky at Night
Stirred cocktail with: Gin, Lemon, Orgeat, Avondale Sky Rose, Orange Blossom, Egg White

Lincoln Street Food 
This Lunenburg restaurant has a small but classic cocktail menu. All of their cocktails are made with sprits from local distillery, Ironworks, which you can stop into on your visit to Lunenburg.  

Suggested cocktail:
Rhubarb Sling
Ironworks Gin, rhubarb compote, orange juice, lime

Little Oak 
A new addition to the Halifax Waterfront, Little Oak is a small wine bar with an impressive and highly unique craft cocktail menu. 

Suggested cocktail:
Blood Line 
Reposado tequila, Campari, Aperol, blood orange, beet, ancho chilli, lime

The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery 
It may seem like an unlikely place to get a cocktail—a brewpub in Antigonish—but the Townhouse is known for their tasty cocktails almost as much as their beer.

Suggested cocktail: 
Irish Coffee with Steinhart Maple


This 40-seat addition to downtown Halifax may be small, but it serves up big flavour with its Spanish- inspired dishes and, in their words, “the highest quality spirits, wine and beer we can get our hands on.”

Suggested cocktail:
Clockwork Orange
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Aperol, Cynar, orange blossom water

Field Guide
This small restaurant in the North End of Halifax has earned a reputation for serving up some of the best cocktails around.

Suggested cocktail:
The Blue Hawaii
Stirred cocktail with vodka, blue curacao and pineapple.  

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