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The Reel Inn

Bridge Street, Donegal Town, Ireland
+353 86 251 2004
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Spent a great evening here listening to music played by local artists very lively and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gavin K
via mobile
Date night with my lassie

Currently on a seven day tour of Ireland on a motorcycle and recently spent two nights in Donegal... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Richard S
mahwah, United States
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The Reel Inn is Donegals No.1 venue for live Irish Traditional Music. A family run business providing live Irish music and entertainment 7 nights a week.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Bridge Street, Donegal Town, Ireland
+353 86 251 2004
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Spent a great evening here listening to music played by local artists very lively and atmospheric great beer

Thank Gavin K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Currently on a seven day tour of Ireland on a motorcycle and recently spent two nights in Donegal. Listening to a friends recommendation we paid a visit to the Reel Inn for a few pints and live music. We arrived at 8:30 pm to learn...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the recommendation of our host at our B&B we went to the Reel Inn in search of traditional music and were not disappointed. Very homey and humble pub. Got there early enough to get a seat in the back room (about 8:15 or 8:30)....More

Thank Nancy O
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

On our first night staying in Donegal Town, we were advised that the place to be for a real Irish music evening would be the Reel Inn, it was a fantastic evening, I had my first drink of Guinness whilst watching two locals singing and...More

Thank ILoveMyCommunity
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Quaint but very busy little pub with traditional Irish music. Everyone friendly and welcoming. Deceiving from the main road as only a door and a window but like a tardis as lots of locals attend the sing-a-longs!

Thank silwill
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We were looking forward to this evening as we had read good reviews and love Trad / Folk music. Unfortunately we were slightly disappointed. The bar was busy - which we expected - but by 10.45 there had only been one tune played. I know...More

Thank BusterMum
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We stopped in on a Sunday night in the off season and still enjoyed great traditional music. The pub is well maintained, clean, seating is great in the back room with the music (but don't wait too long, it filled up fast!), staff and musicians...More

Thank Four_Points_Travel
Reviewed 24 July 2017

What a wonderful place to meet and hear local people, as well as imbibe in a pint! This small pub located in downtown Donegal Town provided us with a memorable evening listening to outstanding music and songs. Not scripted. No planned "program", they decide what...More

Thank SE8492013
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

We sat outside and enjoyed our pints on the porch. Everyone was exceptionally friendly and we had a great time. The music was well-played and very engaging. I loved listening to the river while I enjoyed my pint.

Thank Cait and Dito P
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Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

John & Denise totally deserve the award of 'Pub of the Year'. The hospitality & entertainment is fantastic in the 'Reel Inn'. My sister had an unplanned after wedding party there on the June bank holiday Monday, but you'd have thought Denise was expecting us;...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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26 May 2016|
Response from Angelo G | Reviewed this property |
Hi Warrus, sorry for the delay in answering your query I just called the Reel Inn and they told me they will most definitely be open on New Year's Day. Their phone number is +353 87 411 9994
Verian T
6 July 2015|
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Response from Angelo G | Reviewed this property |
Hi Verian T, sorry it took so long to answer you.... I have been on holiday in San Sebastian, Spain ! I lived in Donegal and know the town well. Personally I would stay at the Mill Park Hotel and either drive the short... More