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Drift Inn

) #2 of 23 Restaurants in Buncrana $$ - $$$ Irish, ,
Railway Road, Buncrana Eire, Ireland
+353 74 936 1999
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“open fire” (10 reviews)
“old railway” (6 reviews)
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Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Railway Road, Buncrana Eire, Ireland
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1 - 10 of 239 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food here is simple, made of local incredients and very tasty. My sirloin steak was 32 days dry aged local beef . It was one of the best I've ever eaten. Cooked to perfection. 3 times fried potato wedges, cooked wedges and peppercorn sauce. Perfect...More

Thank Jamo1962
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for Sunday lunch after being told so much about it and it did not disappoint!! The food and service were both outstanding and we will definitely be returning.

Thank clairecarlin28
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff were friendly, obliging and attentive. Nothing is a problem. The food was tasty with ample portions and the presentation was excellent. The complementary soup was a nice gesture, a lovely surprise and tasted delicious. No other local restaurants give anything for free! We...More

Thank Donegaltourist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice place to meet people. The food is quite good, but if you simply want the bar experience, you will not want for friends. The locals are very friendly.

Thank Terence B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to this restaurant once before and had a fantastic experience. We were not disappointed this time either. One of the best squid starters I have ever had and the fillet steak was cooked to perfection. Staff friendly and attentive. Great pub too.

1  Thank Andrea M
Reviewed May 15, 2017

Booked this restaurant on a recommendation and we were not disappointed. Our table was ready on arrival. Staff were attentive and friendly without being intrusive, the food was excellent, I would have to say this is an excellent restaurant, one of the best I've eaten...More

Thank Gerard H
Reviewed May 14, 2017

Today myself and my daughter had Sunday dinner at Drift Inn.Special occasion so we decided to spend a wee bit above the norm. The location, table service, and food were first class. Would really recommend and hope to go back. However when I went to...More

2  Thank GerardM479
Reviewed May 14, 2017

Five of us visited here on a busy Saturday night, staff where very welcoming and could not do enough. Menu needs a little help, no mussels, crab claws or pasta dishes. They just need a little variance on the menu. The food that we did...More

Thank shaz3466
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Nearby Attractions
Buncrana Beach
107 reviews
.50 miles away
Buncrana Tourist Office
60 reviews
.00 miles away
Wains World
42 reviews
.51 miles away
St Mary's Church, Buncrana
16 reviews
.44 miles away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What time does the early bird menu stop? Thanks.
June 12, 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
Any entertainment on su re night
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!
I would like to see menu please
February 17, 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
$8 - $37
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, Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic, 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.
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