Glittering fairy lights, a tranquil low-lit setting and the deep tones of live saxophone music were what originally enticed me up the stairs and into the sensory Epernay.
Busier at the weekends than weeknights, this is a beautiful spot for atmosphere and impressing someone special without a huge hit to your funds and the need for over-dressing.
Epernay does quality cocktails in a glitzy but ambient setting. Located next to the Great Northern complex, its floor-to-ceiling windows might not be as dizzying as the Hilton’s nearby Cloud 23, but its views of Peter Street’s historic buildings are a lower-key alternative.
The balcony is perfect as the sun sets in the summer, while the champagne bottle-flecked back room will keep you warm in winter time.
You can’t visit Epernay without trying one of its cocktails and it does classics and innovative in-house drinks equally well.
The ‘Quirky cocktail’ list is my recommendation, they’re a tonne of fun (fancy a Roots Manuva anyone?) with top-notch fresh ingredients and come in between £ 6.50 and £ 9. On the classics front, martinis and bellinis are always a good bet and cost between £6.50 and £ 9.50.
Epernay works well as an intimate evening out for two or with friends for pre-or-post-dinner cocktails – if you’re looking for something special but welcoming, it won’t let you down.