Perk Coffee & Donuts is opening an espresso martini bar in Inverness

Perk Coffee & Donuts in Inverness unveiled its unique business concept for customers last night.

The cafe, located on Church Street, will transform into a trendy espresso martini bar four evenings a week from 4pm to 11pm, Thursday to Sunday.

The concept, dubbed Perk by Night, was developed by owner Nicole McLennan, who opened the cafe in October 2018.

Biscoff martini topped with toasted marshmallows.

Nicole, from Inverness, has been in the food and drink industry for nearly 14 years and has been keen to bring the concept to life since opening her cafe.


“I’ve had the idea for a late-night espresso martini bar since the beginning of Perk,” the 29-year-old said.

“We were baking the donuts here, which meant there was no place to sit.

“When I managed to buy out the kitchen, we renovated the bar with the bar in mind so we could operate as a cafe during the day and a bar at night.”

Perk by Night:

Perk Coffee & Donuts will continue to operate as a cafe from 8.30am to 3pm daily and has 16 – 12 seats inside and four outside, and boasts a team of eight.

During cafe hours, customers will be able to sample six donuts, two of which are vegan and dairy-free, as well as a selection of toasts, sandwiches and creative pastries.

Inside Perk Coffee & Doughnuts.

Perk Coffee & Donuts’ donut flavors change regularly and include everything from the classic cinnamon sugar ring to donuts featuring Nutella, lemon, Kinder Bueno, peanut butter and jelly, jam, Milkybar and more.

Perk by Night, on the other hand, will have the team serving up espresso martinis made with coffee from Scotland’s Dear Green, which is already brewed daily at Perk.

Mini donuts, dessert-like cocktails including Biscoff martini, affogato, It’s Caffeinated and All I Ever Almond, and mini donut bites will also be available.

Nikol added. “For those who aren’t into coffee, we also have a small selection of wine, beer, cider, mocktails and soft drinks.

“Perk by Night brings my worlds together and makes the most of our great location.

“I had to teach myself how to make donuts and learn the Perky trade, but making cocktails in the evenings is what I know. that’s what I was doing before Perk was created.

“I also love an espresso martini, so that helps too.

Nicole with one of the martinis patrons can expect to sip at Perk by Night.

“We open at 4 p.m., so you can visit before your dinner or go after dinner.”

The menu was created by bartender Olivia Jagiello, while the concept and some flavor ideas came from Nicole herself.

Cocktails range in price from £8.50 to £11.50.

Mini donuts cost £2.50 each or £7 for three.

Nicole said: “There was really no need for training.

“We all discussed how we wanted the night bar to work and what spirits we wanted to use, but Olivia knows her way around a cocktail bar, so it was an easy fit for us.”

Soft start

Last weekend, Nicole hosted a soft launch that she described as “incredible and overwhelming.”

“This has really been in the big plan for years, so to finally be serving drinks was a bit surreal,” he added. “People liked the atmosphere.

“I’m so excited to be able to create an intimate, friendly and happy place to come and have a drink with friends.

Another Perk interior shot.

“We have more plans in the works which may include renting out space for parties, so there is plenty of room for growth. Watch this space.”

Tables for Perk by Night at Perk Coffee & Donuts are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will not be available for reservations.

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