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Drift Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Irish, Bar, Pub, European
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Railway Road, Buncrana Eire, Ireland
+353 74 936 1999
12:30 - 23:30
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 12:30 - 23:30
Fri 12:30 - 00:30
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 00:30
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Denver, Colorado
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stop by and grab a pint in this cozy pub! Gorgeous open fire and warm ambiance year round! The food is amazing too, so grab a bite while you enjoy the fire. Thursday is steak night and they do an great deal that can't be beat! All the food is gorgeous and the portions are so big we had enough... More 

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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow what a great pub and restaurant. They even have a GIN MENU! Really good menu. I had the venison. To finish, a superb Gaelic Coffee.

Thank mocarrollBelfast
County Londonderry, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The food here is so amazing! You can tell that they use good produce and know what their doing! Love this place 😊

Thank Teresa P
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Popped in here Friday night with friends. Karaoke on,great music, great atmosphere. Lively pub much bigger than it looks from the outside but lots of nooks and crannies.

Thank brenda b
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Visited on an early Saturday evening when it was pretty busy. In a group of friends - we were served Guiness and bar meals near to a cosy log fire by very helpful staff. Live music followed and the traditional feel to the place helped add to the atmosphere. The one downside was when got our bill and discovered a... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The food was great really enjoyed it . We were there on steak night had a T-bone steak that was cooked to perfection and this came with four different sides and sauce. The staff were really friendly and nothing was too much trouble.

Thank carole d
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Visited The Drift Inn during a stay in Buncrana. It was originally the old railway station and it has loads of character. Unfortunately we didn't dine on our visit, but it was highly recommended to us! The staff are fantastic and very good at what they do. Next time we visit Buncrana, we will definitely will be dining at the... More 

Thank John-Pat-Jessica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We've been a number of times to the Drift Inn and have always had amazing service, the staff are friendly and helpful, can't do enough for you. And the food is definitely the best in the area. Try the Sunday roast it's excellent!

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Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Happened upon the Drift Inn by chance. we had pulled in to Buncrana and I usually check Trip Advisor for a recommendation. But instead, we took a chance on this place. I'm so glad we did. The food was exceptional, the service was really good and the interior was fabulous, with a traditional nautical theme. The menu is stereotypical gastro-pub... More 

Thank Stephen B
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

So what can I say about the Drift Inn. My self and my partner had, what can only be described as the best day ever. Whe held our wedding here. Everything from the extremely friendly and helpful staff, to the spectacular food, made our day so special. There's a reason that this Gastropub has one so many awards. Thanks again... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$35
Irish, Bar, Pub, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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
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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