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Drift Inn

$$ - $$$Irish, ,
Railway Road, Buncrana Eire, Ireland
+353 74 936 1999
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (23 reviews)
“chicken wings” (4 reviews)
“monkfish” (3 reviews)
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Irish, Bar, Pub, European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Railway Road, Buncrana Eire, Ireland
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1 - 10 of 251 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This bar is located 2 mins walk from the Inishowen Gateway Hotel. It has a traditional design with great atmosphere and runs Karaoke on Friday nights. Its approx. 15 mins walk to the centre of Buncrana.

Thank kpharrell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food well cooked. Slightly disappointed with timing of arrivals of side orders and one which did not arrive. Open kitchen so could see food being cooked all looked lovely.

Thank TLSM21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here for lunch, menu offers mostly dinner type options, all which sounded lovely but we were only after a light bite so had some starters instead. Food was nice, fresh and reasonable. Bar has nooks and cranny’s and even during the summer a great...More

Thank MissJen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is not often that you find a dog friendly bar but The Harbour Inn in Buncrana has no problems admitting your canine companion. The bar itself is welcoming with a huge log fire and excellent coffee. The staff are friendly but one expects that...More

Thank Tommy-Lamb1954
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Really top class food in lovely old surroundings. The service was excellent even on a busy friday night . We had monkfish and beef burger all presented and cooked to prefection. Highly recommended

Thank Nicolette H
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Great craic, good entertainment, food and drink + friendly service. Great wee place to spend some time if you are in Buncrana.

Thank mikeBelfastTripper
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We went to the Drift Inn Thur night food was very good tasty and well presented waitress very pleasant service bit slow but they were quite busy

Thank BelfastAardvark
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Chose venue via TripAdvisor reviews and was pleasantly surprised by interior, atmosphere and fact that restaurant was sold out! We opted to eat in the pub and we're assured we could access the same menu. Order went in at 6.35pm approx., appetizers served at 7.20pm...More

3  Thank Hals123
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

I had been planning a family reunion for over a year. I had eaten here three years prior with great success. But after being seated, drinks were ordered and our party ordered dinner at 7:30. We waited and waited and even after voicing our displeasure...More

2  Thank Kathleen S
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

After meeting up with family & deciding to eat some food, what a wise choice 2 chose the battered fish... wow the size of it was huge... So much so I couldndnt finish it but it was beautiful highly recommend you try here & give...More

Thank andymc59
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Questions & Answers
13 June 2017|
Response from BossManMe | 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
US$8 - US$39
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:30 AM
12:30 PM - 11:30 PM
12:30 PM - 11:30 PM
12:30 PM - 11:30 PM
12:30 PM - 11:30 PM
12:30 PM - 12:30 AM
12:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Railway Road, Buncrana Eire, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  County Donegal  >  Buncrana
  • Phone Number: +353 74 936 1999
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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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