Now Open: EPIQ in Scottsdale, A "Futuristic" Vegas-Style Nightspot Meets British Polo Club
When British dance club impresario Joe Fournier first visited Scottsdale in 2007, he instantly fell in love with the city and its nightlife.
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman The flashy dance floor at EPIQ in Scottsdale.
"I was fascinated with the Scottsdale, with its contrast of old and new," he says. "I had one of the best nights of my life here and kept coming back."
The 29-year-old London native became so twitterpated with Scottsdale that he decided to give the city one of its flashiest nightspots ever, the newly opened EPIQ.
This past weekend, Fournier held the soft opening of the ultra-glitzy danceteria and libations haven, which is located in the Saddlebag Trail property that formerly housed Pussycat Lounge and - quite frankly - is one of the most unique-looking nightlife establishments in Old Town, if not the entire Valley.
Stand in the middle of its oft-crowded dance floor at EPIQ (pronounced "epic") and it feels like you're literally inside of a ginormous disco ball. Large mirrors cover every inch of the ceiling and all four walls, which are separated by a crisscrossing lattice of more than 3,000 LED lights that blaze away and accentuate the beats laid down by the DJ.
There are also three tiers of VIP booths that rise up on either side of the dance floor, which are typically packed with revelers popping bottles and partying away with hedonistic abandon.
Fournier, who is EPIQ's majority owner, sports a fairly impressive pedigree in London's bar and club scene, including co-owning such celebrity-friendly hotspots as The Rose Club and Whiskey Mist. He wanted to add something new and unique to Old Town's nightlife milieu, Fournier says, after becoming a regular visitor to Scottsdale.
"I used to come on vacation here a lot because I loved this city so much. I felt as though there was a gap in the market in Scottsdale to take something that's perhaps a bit higher quality, spend a bit more money, and create something special," he says. "I wanted to build a club that I would encounter in London or New York or L.A., but put it in Old Town. I felt like the people of Scottsdale deserved something really special."