About Ironic Café & Bar

About Ironic café

Wall photosIronic Café & Bar is the result of our long enduring search. We were looking for a location that was off the main street and had a sunny space for a wonderful open, outdoor dinning area.

We started looking in 2004 and by chance a conversation in 2006, with the landlord of a panel beating shop which also had a yard beside it, led to the location we had searched for and dreamed of.

Construction started June 2007 with instructions to develop a modern cafe with an industrial feel using steel and concrete and lots of natural light.

We wanted customers to be able to dine and enjoy the view of Dunedin's iconic Railway Station, sit outside in the evening sun while sipping some of our local wines and beers, or call in after a busy Saturday morning across the road at the Otago Farmers Market.

We finally opened on 10th December 2007 and are thoroughly enjoying hosting many locals, visitors, groups & families.


Opening hours

Monday 8am – 4pm
Tuesday – Friday 8am – late
Saturday 7am – late
Sunday 8am – 4pm



Please phone for booking (477 9988). We are also able to open for bookings at 7am if required.



Stephen Wilson and Sue Moller.

We feel very proud to host you in our sunny, modern, funky café.

Sue & Steve share a strong passion of food and wine. Since a very early age Steve was often found baking in his mother "Ellens" kitchen.

He studied at Otago Polytechnic for his ‘City & Guilds’ culinary qualifications and then took his love of chefing to the UK where he worked.

Steve has since had two very successful cafes in Dunedin, Café Cena & Vino Vina, both of which were very popular places to dine.



To view the transformation from Panelbeater to Cafe bar please visit the Ironic construction gallery page.


Have a look around

To have a look around Ironic please visit our interactive virtual tour pages of the inside and outside: