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.

Christmas hours

Day Date Hours
Sunday 24 Dec 9am - 2pm
Monday 25 Dec CLOSED
Tuesday 26 Dec CLOSED
Wednesday 27 Dec 8:30am - 3:00pm
Thursday 28 Dec 8:30am - late
Friday 29 Dec 8:30am - late
Saturday 30 Dec 7am – late
Sunday 31 Dec 9am - 2:00pm
Monday 1 Jan CLOSED
Tuesday 2 Jan CLOSED


Open hours

Day Hours
Monday 9am – 3:00pm
Tuesday 9am – 3:00pm
Wednesday 9am – 3:00pm
Thursday* 9am - late (evening dining)
Friday* 9am - late (evening dining)
Saturday* 7am - late (evening dining)
Sunday 9am – 3:00pm

* Open for Dinner from 5pm – Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Easter hours: Open Saturday and Sunday as normal.
Closed: Good Friday and Easter Monday and Anzac Day

We trust you understand the need for us to alter our hours currently at this time. Thank you for continuing to support Ironic Cafe and Bar.

Phone 64 3 477 9988


Please phone for booking (64 3 477 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: