Now open for drinks and tapas. Our bright and spacious new beer garden is available for drinks without food but all customers must purchase food to sit inside the bar. Table service only. Please respect our staff and follow the rules. Home of Jazz, blues and damn fine booze.


The River Inn is Derry’s oldest sited bar, established in 1684, with its history stretching back to before the siege. At the time it fulfilled the three requirements to obtain an Inn’s licence; namely permission to sell punch, provide accommodation and to stable horses. Steeped in history, its cellars were used in 1798 to hold Wolfe Tone on his way to execution in Dublin after his capture in Donegal. The original cellars have been converted into the Cellar bar. The River Inn has been run by the Doherty Family for over 40 years.

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