The Emerson

143-145 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
(03) 9825 0900 or

A $12 million, two year transformation of the heritage-listed Market-Hotel has produced The Emerson. It’s inspired by 19th Century American essayist and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson. He believed life was to be lived, that parties were to be held and if you were going to do something great then you had better have fun while doing it!

The interior is a sophisticated mix of superb finishes and bespoke features. It was designed by M-Use, the New York
firm behind superstar venues China Grill (New York, Las Vegas, Miami) with local support from Prahran-based DC Group. The result is a series of intimate spaces lending a boutique feel and allowing guests to choose their level of involvement over three levels.

The ground floor is home to a bar and nightclub. A more relaxed and chilled lounge area awaits on the first floor, complete with private VIP booths, European bottle service and, for those who need discretion – a private entrance. The largest outside the CBD, the rooftop terrace is a casual and relaxed space with 360 degree views from South Yarra to the city skyline. Head Chef Jeff Trotter (ex-Royal Mail Dunkeld) has crafted a seasonal produce-driven menu with a selection of dishes designed to be shared.

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