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. It has always provided a warm friendly atmosphere, good food and great craic. Now the family, who are also owners of the old palace cinema next door to the inn, has decided to extend the bar into the old cinema and create a new complex of bars incorporating The Cellar bar, The Snug and a brand new bar called after the original name of Shipquay Street, 'Silver St'. A fresh and creative food menu will be available seven days a week. At night there will be regular, local live entertainment.

Fronting the new ‘Silver St’ bar will be The Cafe bar. A place to watch the world go by while sampling a selection of teas, coffees and home-made fare

Enjoy the experience!


The River Inn is split up into 4 areas. To have a closer look just click below.

Originally the cinema, refurbished in 2015 to its present warm and welcoming interior, providing the ideal environment to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself in style. Serving a fresh and creative food menu, seven days a week with brunch at the weekends. Regular, local, love entertainment at night.

The Café Bar celebrates the tradition of European café culture, offering a selection of teas, coffees and home-made fare. A relaxing space for a catch up with friends or to watch the world go by in the central location of Derry's Shipquay Street.

Perfectly located in the heart of the city. The Cellar Bar is a versatile space ideal for private parties or larger functions such as charity nights. Buffet packages and music provided on request. At the weekend The Cellar provides an intimate nightclub atmosphere in this unique setting


Enjoyed by the locals for a quiet pint and a bit of craic. However, lots of atmosphere and banter during televised sporting events.