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The Burren

Irish Pub · Davis Square
247 Elm St (at Chester St.), Somerville, MA 02144, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM Wednesday (Show more)
  • Wed
    • 11:00 AM–1:00 AM
  • Fri
    • 2:00 AM–11:30 AM
  • Sat
    • 2:00 AM–1:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–1:00 AM
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 274 votes

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    Derek P.
    "skip the Guinness and try a Belhaven instead!"(3 Tips)
    William H.
    "Early weekdays the patio is wide open n live music all the time"(14 Tips)
    Allison M.
    "They have Killkenny on tap!"(3 Tips)
    Mike N.
    "fish n chips and tartar sauce with a harpoon ipa"(3 Tips)
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  • live music
  • belhaven
  • good for a late night
  • lively
  • outdoor seating
  • french fries
  • Irish pubs
  • fish & chips
  • casual
  • great value
  • beef stew
  • chowder
  • Irish breakfast
  • cozy
  • mac & cheese
  • cocktails
  • authentic
  • comedy
  • open mic night
  • crowded
  • Steph K.

    Great Thursday night spot. Live music. Great bartenders. Outdoor seating for dinner

    Steph Katrina · February 21
  • Michael "Bass Man" M.

    Food was good, stick to your ribs comfort food, generous portions, but a little pricey (not outrageous, but on the high end). Live music was great but made conversation difficult.

    Michael "Bass Man" M. · February 19
  • Alex D.

    Do yourself a favor and skip Thursday nights when it's mobbed for Scattershot - not worth it to see a middling 80s cover band.

    Alex Dobyan · January 2
  • Nick S.

    Excellent neighborhood pub. Go for the Beatles Brunch Sundays 12-3

    Nick Scott · October 26, 2015
  • Brian M.

    Late night live music with nostalgic classics.

    Brian Manning · September 15, 2015
  • Cristina R.

    The Somerville Road Runners host a 3-mile run starting from here every Monday evening at 6:45. Good route and free food (beef stew & veggie pasta) afterward!

    Cristina Ruiz · June 23, 2015
  • Patricia

    Come for the cover band on Saturday nights to relive all of the worst parts of college.

    Patricia · May 13, 2015
  • Joe C.

    I freaking love coming here when I'm in town. The chowder is some of the best I've ever had, and the fish & chips are great. I know everyone says to get a Guinness, but go Harpoon here

    Joe C · May 13, 2015
  • George L.

    Fun place! Live music in one room and open mic in the other! And beer!

    George Lee · March 25, 2015
  • Dan F.

    Doesn't look like a place you can trust the salmon. But the salmon was really good! Four smiley emojis out of 5 😊😊😊😊

    Dan Fogarty · March 11, 2015
  • Dimitris S.

    Friendly service, tasty pints and live music make this neighborhoodsy pub a cozy escape.

    Dimitris Spiliakos · March 6, 2015
  • Alexandra M.

    get the mac n cheese!

    Alexandra Mottern · November 20, 2014
  • Jeremy K.

    One of the best places to get a pint of Guinness in the Boston area. Also has live music 7 nights a week. Great pub.

    Jeremy Krantz · September 27, 2014
  • Marcus L.

    Best Irish pub in Davis square. Live Irish music on Sunday and cover bands in the back room. Great Guinness pour.

    Marcus LaBrecque · August 23, 2014
  • Pia T.

    Scattershot (Live Cover Band) on Thursdays!

    Pia Tserkonis · April 20, 2014
  • Kevin M.

    A lot of fun.

    Kevin McCurdy · April 12, 2014
  • Zopaipilla M.

    Good for beer maybe but the good way terrible. Mahi Mahi was completely flavorless and the pulled pork was dry and was mostly bread. Wouldn't go again.

    Zopaipilla Marielle · January 22, 2014
  • Chadwick K.

    Classy Irish pub but when I say classy, imagine yourself next to rough hewn benches, no-name musicians, draught beer they pour the head off unto slats, and delectable food.

    Chadwick K · December 19, 2013
  • Jeff T.

    Cool spot to grab a pint of Harpoon!

    Jeff Tucker · September 27, 2013
  • Stephanie M.

    To echo what's been said before - skip the Guinness, get the Belhaven.

    Stephanie Miceli · September 11, 2013
  • Joni C.

    Rude yuppies gather here. Staff was ok. Drinks... Meh. Ok.

    Joni Campos · August 16, 2013
  • Rachel S.

    If you can... Get here on Sunday nights for Tom Bianchi and co, and Tuesday nights for open mic night hosted by the incredibly talented Hugh McGowan!!! Both in the back room =)

    Rachel Smith · August 5, 2013
  • Jackiez G.

    Best 80s cover band ever. Thursday nights, no cover, starts around 10:30p. So good!

    Jackiez Gonzalez · May 24, 2013
  • Peter H.

    Fresh mussels, bread, not do. 1970s prices.

    Peter Himler · May 18, 2013
  • Shannon S.

    Don't go there too late or you can't get a beer to save your life!!!

    Shannon Stanley · May 4, 2013
  • Carla D.

    One of my favourite place in somerville with good live music and nice crowd ;)

    Carla D'Avanzo · April 22, 2013
  • Tracy S.

    Start your weekend right with Thursday Burrsday. Or, go for beers or brunch any other time.

    Tracy Spetka · March 15, 2013
  • James M.

    The best Guinness in town.

    James Martin · March 2, 2013
  • Jenni R.

    There's a Mediterranean sampler on the menu. It may not be traditional Irish fare, but it is delicious.

    Jenni Russell · February 25, 2013
  • Kimberly M.

    Per the bartender - the apple head shipyard is crap.

    Kimberly Mead · February 17, 2013
  • Nelson J.

    Get a Guinness and listen to the shitty bands in back. Can't go wrong.

    Nelson Joyce · September 22, 2012
  • Derek

    Glasses were dirty. Overall friendly staff GREAT PLACE!

    Derek · July 1, 2012
  • BU Today

    A few doors down from Sligo is the Burren, offering traditional Irish music 7 nights a week. Read more

    BU Today · June 5, 2012
  • William H.

    Early weekdays the patio is wide open n live music all the time

    William Hall · June 1, 2012
  • Melissa R.

    Skellig in Waltham is owned by the same people! (Similar resemblance inside)

    Melissa Reohr · June 1, 2012
  • Mike N.

    The fish n chips and tartar sauce with a harpoon ipa outside on a warm summer night...can't get any better than that

    Mike Nickerson · May 21, 2012
  • Rob R.

    When you ask for a pint at an Irish Pub they should know to bring you a Guinness.

    Rob Rich · May 5, 2012
  • Shannon V.

    I don't know how or why, but they probably have the best tasting Smithwicks in all of Boston. Bartenders are also super charming and great to chat up!

    Shannon Vossler · April 15, 2012

    Irish music playing in the front room as well as live music in the back room. There will also be corned beef and cabbage and other Irish favorites served all day. Read more · March 15, 2012
  • The Next Great Generation (Boston)

    The best night to go is Tuesday for their long-standing open mic night, which showcases a lot of local talent in a variety of music genres. The Burren also occasionally has live bands on weekends. Read more

  • Jenni R.

    One of the best places anywhere to get a Guinness.

    Jenni Russell · January 17, 2012
  • Alex K.

    God I hate the burren.

    Alex Kobzik · December 18, 2011
  • Matt A.

    Stand-up comedy show on most Wednesdays at 10pm.

    Matt Aromando · December 15, 2011
  • Cara P.

    Scatter shot

    Cara Perrone · December 5, 2011
  • Guy

    Try and get a seat in the front if you want to avoid a busy atmosphere. Also, be sure to order an Otter Creek Black IPA, amazing blend between a Guinness and nice IPA.

    Guy · December 5, 2011
  • Matthew P.

    Just go with a $3 pabst

    Matthew Pires · October 20, 2011
  • OurStage

    Sign up at 6:30 p.m. to show off your new tunes at the low-key Tuesday night open mic. You won’t even have to worry about messing up that super tough guitar part! More venues @

    OurStage · July 8, 2011
  • The Feast

    Tuesday night is open mic and there's live music most evenings, but we suggest you go Wednesday at 10 for the Back Room comedy night.

    The Feast · June 7, 2011
  • penguin

    per bartender. THEY no longer have kilkenny;(

    penguin · April 6, 2011
  • Andy B.

    Guinness Guinness everywhere. Grab a glass and listen to Irish music

    Andy Bills · March 23, 2011

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