Dublin’s alternative brunch scene
Sundays are perfect for catching up, and what better way to do it than over brunch with friends. With the many cool places for brunch in Dublin, there’s more on offer than traditional Bloody Marys, Bellinis and eggs Hollandaise. We’ve got a thriving brunch scene, with plenty of alternative choices to suit any mood.
Here are some of our top pics, from an old-fashioned brunch to Sunday roast to the newest trend on to hit Dublin, Le Drunch.
Newcomers to the dining scene, Forest Avenue have quickly gained acclaim with critics and customers alike. Sit back in their picturesque, modern dining room and allow the afternoon to pass you by. For just €24 they start you off with coffee and pastries, followed by four more unique dishes including savouries and desserts. In Forest Avenue, brunch is a relaxed affair, giving you the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends. Brunch is available Sundays from 12 to 2:30pm.
01 667 8337 forestavenuerestaurant.ie
Whitefriar Grill serves one of Dublin’s most diverse brunch menus, with options like gambas benedict and ‘lobster’ hash, they’re offerings are truly unique. You’ll find a full selection of all things eggy as well as some serious comfort foods to nurse away any remnants of the last night’s events. Their brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 to 4:30, so you can take your time and enjoy it.
01 475 9003 whitefriargrill.ie
Bibi’s is a charming little neighbourhood café in Portobello. They change their menu constantly, using the freshest ingredients available. With choices like strawberries on French toast with vanilla crème fraiche, caramelised hazelnuts and apple syrup, as well as roast butternut squash, poached eggs and garlic yoghurt, it’s easy to see why this little foodie café is quickly becoming a brunch mecca for Dubliners. Bibi’s is open for brunch on the weekends from 10 to 5.
01 454 7421 bibis.ie
Coppinger Row is one of Dublin’s most well-loved little restaurants. They serve simple food, and they do it really well. They do brunch from 12:30 to 4 on Sundays, with plenty of the classics you love plus a few of their most popular dishes, like their open meatball sandwich and their grilled sausages. Once you finish, they’re perfectly located to have a stroll around town.
01 672 9884 coppingerrow.com
Fade Street Social
Fade Street Social is many things, a restaurant, a gastro bar and a cocktail bar all in one. On Sundays, they change things up with their Sunday baby roast menu. They’ve recreated a traditional Sunday roast, using tapas size portions and giving them a little twist. Add in a couple of cocktails from the bar upstairs, and you’re set for the afternoon. Sunday roast in Fade Street Social is available from 12:30 through dinner.
The Mexican restaurant might not seem like a typical brunch spot, but they do something special on Sundays. The Seventh Day menu, from 2 to 10pm boasts special Sunday cocktails and seven brunch dishes for €7.77. If you can survive it, the specials last into the night, with a further seven dinner dishes for the special price and 70’s disco music to keep you on your feet. They’re known for their margaritas, so Sunday might quickly become the booziest day of your week with them.
01 425 4052 777.ie
The Brasserie at the Marker Hotel
The Marker Hotel brings to Dublin the newest continental dining craze, Le Drunch. A combination of brunch and dinner, Le Drunch gives you the chance to sleep in and still enjoy a Sunday of eating. They encourage you to misbehave, just a little bit, with a tempting menu full of comfort foods and little irresistible bites, as well as plenty of drinks, from healthy smoothies to classic cocktails. They have private booths available to book and a DJ to keep it all going throughout the lazy afternoon, but we’d recommend that you book ahead of time. Le Drunch runs every Sunday from 2 to 5.
01 687 5193 markerhoteldublin.com