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Drift Inn

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Irish, Bar, Pub
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Railway Road, Buncrana Eire, Ireland
+353 74 936 1999
12:00 - 00:30
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Mon - Thu 12:30 - 23:30
Fri 12:30 - 00:30
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 00:30
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Quality food, and service!! This is a lovely restaurant, with a great relaxed ambience. The food is full of flavours, and the staff are very courteous, and helpful. One of my favourite restaurants as the food is always consistently scrumptious 😊

Thank doloresboyle08
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So the night after the wedding we all met up here and there was kids entertainment on fir an hour, we had finger food chicken wings, potatoe wedges etc was nice.

Thank Flo D
Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did not eat here but had a real nice pint of Guinness in old world surroundings, reminds me of pubs from the 60s.

Thank harrybyrne1957
Belfast, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have not been back to this place in many years but after a day of typical Donegal weather of misty rain and soaked whilst walking our dog. It was great to be told dogs were welcome in the bar area. There was a large open fire and great atmosphere, cosy and warm after a day out.We had the fish and... More 

Thank navigator
Leeds, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Car park was very dark... but once finally the restaurant we had a very nice. A sign to the main door would be handy. The service and food was good, had to ask for the music to be turned down as it was too loud. But nice place and good irish welcome.

Thank Yorkydan
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Very quaint bar with good food and great craic....traditional Irish music and fabulous Guinness. The staff are friendly and helpful.

1 Thank Jim W
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We walk into these premises with extremely high expectations, hearing from former customers telling you that you will be in for a surprise. Walking into a buzzing bar filled of customers, expectations grew further, the interior was delivering the wow factor. We were told a busy night was expected, and advised that our table would be needed for a reset.... More 

4 Thank Sean D
Frank-Aran M, General Manager at Drift Inn, responded to this review

This review is the a fine example of why we don't participate in Tripadvisor reviews but we felt this review needed a response for a number of reasons. Firstly the person writing the review is Sean D but on the night you dined with us it was a lady who had the spring roll and burger and the gentleman who... More 

Denver, Colorado
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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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$8 - US$36
Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
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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