Upscale Bartending Services in Halifax & Atlantic Canada

We’ll make you feel like you’re a guest at your own party! The Clever Barkeep specializes in mobile cocktail catering services for weddings, corporate events and private parties in Atlantic Canada.

What our clients have to say

Premium bartending services for any occasion


Charity balls, auction nights, donor appreciation events, gala dinners, walkathons, bake sales, crowdfunding events, benefit concerts, silent auctions or themed fundraisers. We’ll ensure your fundraisers are both meaningful and memorable.


Music festivals, food & wine festivals, arts & crafts fairs, cultural celebrations, film festivals, literary festivals, beer festivals, street parades, dance festivals or historical reenactments. The Clever Barkeep is the heartbeat of every festival.

… and more!

Seasonal parties, themed nights, pop-up events, launch parties, community gatherings, sports viewings, outdoor picnics, beach parties, rooftop events or masquerade balls, whatever the occasion, The Clever Barkeep ensures it’s an event to remember.

Mobile bartending at it's finest: The Clever Barkeep

The Clever Barkeep was founded on a desire to 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. 

Our team of award-winning mixologists are constantly creating innovative and exciting cocktails. Our menus are seasonal and constantly evolving. Whether it is a refreshing, shaken cocktail or a spirit-forward stirred libation, we have the cocktail for you. 

Can’t find what you are looking for? We will create something to fit your occasion. Do you want a certain colour or flavour? Let us guide you towards your own unique serve.

Our clients

Marika Bouchard

Event Coordinator, Mixologist

Marika Bouchard is the newest member of our Core Team here at the Clever Barkeep. Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Marika is a proud Maritimer. It was only after moving with her family to Montreal when she started working at her first restaurant at only 16 years old bussing tables, that she had her first taste of the service industry and has since never looked back. After many years of working in the big city she finally decided to make her way back to the coast. Now residing in Halifax, she has worked in and managed some of the restaurants we all know and love and also has competed and won prestigious national bartending competitions including Made With Love and Bombay’s Most Imaginative Bartender. Her attention to the small details puts her in another category of great hospitality and she is very excited to bring all she has to offer to make your next event the best it can be.

Jeff Van Horne

Owner, Catering Manager & Mixologist

Jeff is credited as one of the founding bartenders of the current cocktail renaissance in Halifax. As one of the first bartenders in the city to experiment with fresh juices and integrated, layered, classic cocktails – Jeff has helped revolutionize the city’s taste buds. He is the quintessential bartender: someone who is happy to serve. His adventurous and experimental outlook on cocktail creation has helped elevate many of the city’s most prestigious bars to hospitality excellence. His creativity and attention to detail are central to the quality associated with cocktails from The Clever Barkeep. Jeff manages the catering wing of the Clever Barkeep and is the lead consultant on restaurant projects.


Matt Boyle

Owner, Business Manager & Mixologist

Matt started his hospitality career at the age of 16 at a small resort in Western Nova Scotia. He fell in love with bartending a few years later, the same time he met his current business partner and co-owner of the Clever Barkeep, Jeff. An accomplished competition-circuit bartender, the 2016 Canadian Winner of Bacardi Legacy has gained the reputation as a polished performer and skilled bartender. He has an affinity for stirred cocktails, interesting stories and good old-fashioned hospitality. Armed with a Business Degree from Dalhousie University, Matt manages the business endeavours of The Clever Barkeep when not behind the bar.


We also offer bar consulting services

Whether you’re launching a new venue, revamping your drink menu, or aiming for operational efficiency, The Clever Barkeep brings expertise to the table.

Benefit from our proven playbook of strategies, innovative solutions, and hands-on training that drive results and set you apart. Don’t just run a bar—make it the place everyone talks about.

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