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Drift Inn

) #4 of 24 Restaurants in Buncrana $$ - $$$ Irish, ,
Railway Road, Buncrana Eire, Ireland
+353 74 936 1999
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Railway Road, Buncrana Eire, Ireland
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1 - 10 of 242 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

......We made reservations in advance and were promptly seated.... the waitress took our drink order and we ordered our dinner at 8:15......we ordered a second round of drinks and everyone's came except mine! The waitress came around about an hour later....and we asked about our...More

Thank kathy s
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My whole family had one of the nicest meals we have had in a bar in a very long time the food in the drift inn is amazing and suitable for all tastes

Thank Kathryn O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were out for a walk and it started raining and we were drenched. We came in here and sat at a table by the fire and got drinks and chips. Its very cosy and the fire is amazing. The bartenders are very friendly

Thank Lippopa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food very good . Bar little dark old pub friendly run business would recommend this to anyone worth a visit

Thank Ann K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food first class in the eclectic surroundings of the old railway station. Fabulous outdoor seating area available. Staff very attentive and helpful.

Thank DVMCC1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in for a drink on way home from dinner around 9 as it looks unique from outside. Very dark inside so maybe that's why barman couldn't see me & another lady at the bar!! Eventually served the lady but continued not to even acknowledge...More

Thank Siobhan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here not knowing what to expect. We both had the John dory which was excellent. Washed down with a nice Chablis from a short wine list but how much choice do you want? Cauliflower a stilton soup to start was really tasty. All...More

Thank sandpLondon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I read such positive reviews of this place here that I decided to give it a go. Unfortunately when I went in, I was informed they only served food from Thursday to Sunday. I believe this should be noted in the reviews so travellers don't...More

Thank tomapar
Reviewed 15 June 2017

We tried to have dinner here on Sunday eve but the kitchen was unfortunately closed a few minutes earlier. The staff were helpful in giving us other recommendations in the area. We came back to the pub after eating elsewhere and it was a nice...More

1  Thank catarina25
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We went to the Drift Inn on Sunday evening at around 7.20 got a drink and some food, we were at it over Christmas and we were very disappointed but decided to give it another go, my husband went into the restaurant to ask for...More

Thank rosie2017116
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Questions & Answers
13 June 2017|
Response from Sean D | Reviewed this property |
Hey there fellow tripadviors ,hopefully you all are having a great day, i believe the answer to your question is 5 to 7
Paul F
4 May 2015|
Response from kayberDublin | Reviewed this property |
Yes...but I'm not sure that they have regular gigs . Some impromptu sessions I believe . Some people that came back to our hotel said they had a great nigh of trad but unfortunately we missed it!
17 February 2015|
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Response from Babsdbelfast | Reviewed this property |
We were there at the weekend. They also have 'specials'. Eat in the restaurant, rather than the bar just because there's more room. Disappointingly, they were not servo food on Monday evening. Check before you go if you're... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 38
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Railway Road, Buncrana Eire, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  County Donegal  >  Buncrana
  • Phone Number: +353 74 936 1999
  • E-mail
The Drift Inn bar and restaurant Buncrana is one like no other, set against the windswept banks of the Lough Swilly it stands out as a main vocal point on entrance to the town. The Drift Inn has a history which many will agree compares to no other bars in Buncrana, once a functioning railway station up until the mid 1900's it has kept this theme very close to the heart of the bar with original railway timetables still to be seen on the walls of the premises and the water tower once used to fill steam trains standing tall at the rear of the premises. The drift Inn also has a strong connection with the sea as our name would suggest, the connection is carried through the bar and restaurant with our boat shaped bar the "St.Jude" standing strong over these many years having many drinks crossing her deck. The has a wide variety of areas for each patron to enjoy a drink or a bit to eat, the more relaxed harness room is an old favourite of many patrons with the open fire always blazing, the main bar boasts an open brick fire which ha been know the burn full trees in one day (depending on the staff working), then we have the more private "wee room" with a piano incase anyone is feeling musical after a few stout (which many think is the best pint of stout in the town). There is also two tv's which play all major sporting events and can be split between two to meet everybodys needs.
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