We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Drift Inn

$$ - $$$Irish, ,
Railway Road, Buncrana Eire, Ireland
+353 74 936 1999
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“steak” (23 reviews)
“soup” (10 reviews)
Open Now
12:30 pm - 11:30 pmAll hours
Irish, Bar, Pub, European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Railway Road, Buncrana Eire, Ireland
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (252)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 247 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank mikeBelfastTripper
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 August 12, 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 August 11, 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 August 9, 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
Reviewed July 20, 2017

......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

1  Thank kathy s
Reviewed July 18, 2017 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 July 14, 2017 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 July 10, 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Ann K
Nearby Restaurants
Ubiquitous Restaurant and Bar
227 reviews
.63 miles away
The Lily Rose
145 reviews
.58 miles away
Beach House
369 reviews
.27 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Swan Park
129 reviews
.90 miles away
Buncrana Beach
115 reviews
.50 miles away
Buncrana Tourist Office
64 reviews
.00 miles away
Wains World
42 reviews
.52 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
June 12, 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
May 3, 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!
February 17, 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $39
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
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
  • 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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing