Glitz. Glamour. Gallons of pink wine. These are the calling cards of The Emerson Bar, the new tenant at the old Carnegies site in the CBD.
While the decor of this Hollywood Regency Bar is the polar opposite of its predecessor, parts of the building are still haunted by the ghosts of Carnegies past. The two-storey, mirrored bar remains. That infamous dancing-Elvis statue has been shuffled upstairs.
For directors Brian Godfrey, Andrew Teasdale and Greg Harding, the opportunity to revive a landmark Perth pub was too good to pass up.
“We respect the heritage of Carnegies and its reputation for being such a fun pub, so we wanted to keep this alive while bringing with it a fresh and modern twist,” says Godfrey. “We also love the building itself, so wanted to retain the integrity of the architecture and enhance its beauty by adding a sense of space, light and unique design. The bottom level is a more casual, breezy public bar and the mid floor is distinctly glamorous. The top-level bar has incredible views of the city.”
Although the three-tier bar stays open until 3am on weekends, Godfrey stresses the venue isn’t a club, but a “fun pub” where city workers can eat, drink, dance and hear live music.
Renee Coleman, the designer behind the look of Sweetwater Bar, is responsible for the interiors. Plush, green velvet chairs, hints of gold and rich blue tones and textures create a look that’s equal parts old-world and modern oasis.
The modern Australian menu is unpretentious and the drinks menu features fresh cocktails by the glass and pitchers. Best of all, the rooftop bar serves “Frosé All Day”: frozen rosé that is exclusive to the top level.
The Emerson Bar
356 Murray Street, Perth
(08) 9481 3222
Mon to Thu 11am–1am
Fri & Sat 11am–3am