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“Drift Inn and stagger out, best bar/restaurant in North West by far!”
Review of Drift Inn

Drift Inn
Ranked #4 of 30 Restaurants in Buncrana
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$39
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 1 April 2014

Beautiful unique bar and restaurant with wonderful staff, a huge selection of wine, beers and spirits that never runs out, best log fires about that makes for an amazing ambiance and exquisite food that never fails to leave me wanting to come back for more.

The Drift Inn is the ideal place for anyone staying next door at the Gateway hotel as it is literally a 2 minute stroll away and everything you could possibly need is contained in this well preserved old railway station.

Great outdoor space at the rear of the building for parking up and chilling at the outdoor tables with a nice cold pint in the Summer! (Or a hot port more suitable for the weather!)
Always a place to meet an interesting character or two and one of them places once you get inside you don't want to leave!
They have the best Karaoke about on Friday night and on Saturday evenings they have only the best live bands playing till late!
I thoroughly love this place the food is amazing, especially the sell out specials that are available every weekend, its obvious the chefs know good food and its an added bonus as all the ingredients are sourced locally!!
This place is well known for the most amazing Seafood Chowder and my other favourites include the oatmeal and fennel crusted Tipperary goats cheese and the Drift Inn Famous half pound steak burger with Old Dubliner cheese and Ballymaloe relish, this food is the best of the best and not a place nearby comes close to the standards that the Drift Inn reaches.

I thoroughly love this place and make it my priority to take family and friends there anytime I'm in Buncrana or near the North West of Ireland at all. I don't often write many reviews but this is one I'll happily take a minute to do as this is thoroughly well deserved!

Its so great to see people putting thought and effort into making a great business successful and including the local businesses with it!

Keep it up guys!

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Thank gem101
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

This is a nice restaurant with delicious food. However we felt it was a little expensive, service was ok. The bar area was small but cosy. Somewhere we would go back to for a special treat.

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Thank RamblingTrio
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Been visiting regularly for years when I come back to the north west. Good food, good service, good atmosphere... ticks all the boxes and they have started to get some decent beer on tap! If only they would sell an IPA it would get the 5th star!

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Thank MrTron
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

great food and great atmosphere the beer is very good .it was lovely to sit in front of the open fire

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Had a few drinks in the bar both before and after dinner, and as ever great atmosphere, lovely staff, good drinks :)
Dinner was amazing, really good food, and again, the staff in the restaurant, were very attentive and friendly throughout.
This is the first time in a very long time that I had been in here (as I no longer live nearby) and I will certainly keep this place in mind next time I'm back and going to eat :D

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