Best new restaurants, cafes and bars in Dublin to open in 2021

In a year that has been simply difficult for all of us, there have been some good times. New openings were more than welcome in the city in 2021, softening the blows of the latest Covid news.

Restaurants, bars and cafes have sprung up all over the city this year, serving great food, coffee and delicious pints. As the year draws to a close and we reflect on what has been a truly unique 12 month, you will find that there are times to celebrate.

The talented foodies and business people really made us smile and provided us with wonderful spaces to meet our friends and relatives, while enjoying a pretty decent rate.

Hynes Bar

Stoneybatter has hosted, or should we say hosted, a wonderful Irish pub with a twist in the form of Hynes Bar on Prussia Street.

Serving up excellent bites and bar pints, it was once the local haunt of internet legend Paddy Losty, aka the Pintman.

Since opening, the venue has hosted markets, trad sessions and open mic nights, and we’re excited with what they have to offer in 2022.

Drinks at Hyne’s Bar, Stoneybatter

Little cactus

While we’re at Stoneybatter it’s worth mentioning Little Cactus, a cafe that’s also a vintage clothing and plant store.

Created by a duo from Dublin inspired by the ‘concept cafes’ they experienced while living in Vancouver, Little Cactus aims to bring something truly different to Dubs who love coffee, vintage clothing and clothing. plants.

Plants at the corner of the Petit Cactus
Le Petit Cactus has a wide range of plants available in store


A children’s dream of the 90s, Jackies recently opened at The Liberties, serving food and drink with non-stop nostalgic vibes, with vintage arcade games, 90s-inspired cocktails and a decor that screams childhood memories.

Chestnut Bazaar

Is it a cinema? Is it a food court? It’s both. Chestnut Bazaar opened on Clanbrassil Street a few weeks ago with the aim of providing the city “an oasis for an eclectic mix of art, food and community”.

In addition to food trucks, cafes and an outdoor cinema area, there is also The Barrel Sauna to relax, recuperate and reconnect.

Empty chestnut bazaar with wooden benches and a small cinema screen on stones in a courtyard
Chestnut bazaar combining art and gastronomy for a unique outdoor experience

Six by Nico

Dublin Live sampled Six by Nico in Belfast before arriving in the city and the verdict was: unique, surprising and full of delicious flavors.

Six by Nico already has restaurants across the UK and the new location opened on Molesworth Street in Dublin in November, offering Dubs a six-course tasting menu that reinvented what we knew about chipper food. .

Food at Six by Nico before it's served
Six by Nico will open in Dublin on November 30

House of Bubbles

With endless style and a carefully crafted aesthetic, House of Bubbles combines delicious food pairings, champagne and nostalgic disco music for a night like no other.

Described as a glam slam of champagne and sparkling wine, House of Bubbles is inspired by celebrities who visited the city in the 70s, 80s and 90s and is located on Crow Street in Temple Bar.

Decorations, records and disco ball on a table inside House of Bubbles in Temple Bar
House of Bubbles opens in Temple Bar on November 20

Glove box

It’s a cocktail bar in a parking lot. It doesn’t get more creative than that.

Glove Box has transformed the fifth floor of Trinity Car Park on Trinity Street in Dublin into an immersive cocktail experience that exudes style, complete with an art gallery, snacks and, of course, cocktails.

Glovebox furniture and art in the Trinity car park in Dublin city center
Glove Box is a brand new cocktail and art experience that opened in a parking lot

Cave bar

Wren Bar is a pop-up cocktail on Nassau brought to you by Dingle Distillery. Visitors can look forward to handcrafted cocktails in an intimate setting inspired by the dramatic scenery of County Kerry.

Blue light bar at Wren Bar on Nassau Street
Anyone wishing to visit The Wren Bar can book two hour slots through their website

Ebb and flow

A new brunch spot opened on Camden Street in October when husband and wife duo from Dublin, Dave and Louise, decided to open a cafe that served specialty coffee, brunch favorites and a sweet space for that people meet and relax.

They previously told Dublin Live: “We aim for quality. We use local produce and have worked really hard on the menu.

“We use coffee from our own roast, Full Circle.”

Husband and wife Dave and Louise outside their new Ebb & Flow cafe on Camden Street in Dublin
Ebb & Flow is the newest addition to Camden Street, promising great coffee and brunch

Pink restaurant

Pink Restaurant does what it says on the box. Literally everything is rosy.

Located on South William Street, the restaurant diminishes the idea of ​​”guilty pleasure” to allow diners to enjoy the unashamedly Insta-worthy food and decor.

Chef Jennifer Walsh told Dublin Live: “Pink is all we do. Pink is not just a color. Our food is pink and glamorous. Pink is a feeling.”

tables, chairs and glasses at the Pink Restaurant on South William Street
Pink Restaurant recently opened on South William Street


This month, Walkinstown was treated to a brand new burger joint featuring original dishes such as The Lap Dance, The French Kiss, and The Smoking Tease.

Striptease is open Thursday through Sunday, serving burgers, beef croquettes and “sexy” milkshakes.

The naughty piglet

Cheeky Piglet, a tapas cafe located at Fumbally Lane in Dublin 8, opened earlier this year to serve locals in the region with Brazilian bean coffee, matcha lattes and a delicious tapas menu.


Gursha is an Ethiopian restaurant on Poolbeg Street that occasionally hosts dinner clubs, giving Dubs the chance to sample this incredibly diverse and rich cuisine.

What makes this place exciting for foodies is the opportunity to try a whole range of bites at a pretty good price, with the Mix Dishes (made up of five items chosen from the menu) priced at € 21.

Soren & Sons

Another great cafe that opened in 2021 is Soren & Son on Dean Street. Describing itself as “uber-stylish,” Soren & Son serves specialty coffee as well as pastries such as cruffins and croissants with Nutella cream.


Pearl tea is a drink that has really started to gain traction in Dublin, especially with the addition of places like Charap in Temple Bar.

Charap is a Filipino-owned bubble tea store that serves delicious flavors such as brown sugar, watermelon milk tea, chewing gum milk tea, and mango swirl.

Copper alley

Copper Lane is a cafe and grocery store that thrills downtown Dubs looking for a treat.

Located on Thomas Street, Copper Lane opened in the summer and has been serving great coffee, mouthwatering sandwiches and delicious pastries ever since.

Trendy cafe

The treats at Hip Key Cafe are quite appealing with baked goods such as peanut butter jelly and almond croissants, dark chocolate soleros and their millionaire Twix.


In April, MacDaddy opened in Temple Bar to offer the refined folks of Dublin the ultimate comfort food.

Serving things like loaded Mac N Cheese, waffle fries, popcorn chicken, and even fried oreos, it’s a treat and we expect this place to be there for a while.

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