Lindsay Jones, The Middle Spoon Desserterie & Bar
BEST BAR GOLD Good Robot Brewing Co. SILVER Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub BRONZE Stillwell Good Robot Brewing Co. has shot up from last year’s bronze to take gold in this category. “It’s obviously humbling,” says co-owner Josh Counsil. “We never set out to be the best bar in Halifax.” With movie screenings, charity nights and D&D sessions, a trip to Good Robot usually involves a little more than sitting at a bar. If Halifax’s votes are any evidence, people are totally down with that. “We basically created the bar and the brewery we wanted to drink at, and it’s flattering that there’s other people who are like us weirdos.”
BEST BARISTA GOLD Jeremy Waterman, Low Point Coffee SILVER Dan Weir, Weird Harbour BRONZE Laura Arsenault, Java Blend Coffee Roasters It’s been eight years since Jeremy Waterman started his career in coffee at Starbucks, and he’s come a long way, baby. When he’s not pulling drinks at Dilly Dally, the winning barista is growing his cold brew company Low Point Coffee with his pals and, most recently, exploring the art and science of roasting—a skill he’ll hope to put to use at his own cafe someday. “We’re hitting what seems to be our limit and then pushing past it. We thought we’d maybe make a case of coffee every week, and we’ve grown to 40 or 50 stockists around the city,” Waterman says of how the ever-growing Low Point keeps him eating, sleeping and breathing beans. “It’s already gone so much farther than I expected; we thought it would be a fun little hobby to take on.”
BEST BARTENDER GOLD Lindsay Jones, The Middle Spoon SILVER Shane Beehan, Lot Six BRONZE Nicki Brown, Good Robot Brewing Co. After a year of slinging creative cocktails on the drink competition scene, Lindsay Jones knows a thing or two about what it takes to win over a panel of discerning palates—or, apparently, hundreds and hundreds of readers. A familiar face at The Middle Spoon and its secretive sibling bar, Noble, Jones started serving drinks to make an extra buck before realizing she totally loved it. Now, she’s working as hard as she can to be the best bartender possible—not only in your eyes, voters, but on the national scale. “I love competing. It’s such a great way to grow as a bartender,” she says of the many contests she’s taken part of in 2018. “It’s amazing to think there’s actually people out there voting for me, who know who I am. It makes me want to do my job even better.”
BEST BEER SELECTION GOLD Stillwell SILVER Battery Park Beer Bar BRONZE Good Robot Brewing Co. It’s been nearly five years since this Barrington Street beer bar opened its doors and wowed beer nerds and curious drinkers alike with their wide array of options. And coowner Chris Reynolds says thanks to that maturity, the sky is the limit when it comes to experiments and special events. “We’re ever-balancing blowing the locals’ minds with imports but having our own minds blown by our neighbours,” he says, calling a bit of a creative workshop for the staff. “I’m wondering when it’ll become less fun because it hasn’t at all yet.” Join in on the good times with the Stilly staff and regulars at anniversary festivities on November 17.
BEST BREW PUB GOLD Good Robot Brewing Co. SILVER Chain Yard Urban Cidery BRONZE Battery Park Beer Bar In the last year, Good Robot’s