The Burren

247 Elm St (at Chester St.), Somerville, MA 02144
Open until 1:00am (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
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People talk about:

  • "skip the Guinness and try a Belhaven instead!" (2 tips)
  • "... offering traditional Irish music 7 nights a week." (2 tips)
  • "... the Guinness and try a Belhaven instead!" (3 tips)
  • BostonTweet

    Burren has live Irish music 7 nights/week & fantabulous Guinness. While you're there chat with Java behind the bar - don't worry, you'll eventually be able to decipher his thick Irish accent.

    BostonTweet · July 29, 2010
  • Mazda

    A geniune "Irish Pub" with live music, quality Guinness, and pub food.

    Mazda · November 5, 2010

    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
  • Kat P.

    The beer's nice and all, but do yourself a favor and order a basket of fries with curry on the side.

    Kat P. · March 31, 2010
  • Nathaniel D.

    Bellhaven on tap is a blessing, try one.

    Nathaniel D. · February 7, 2010
  • Derek P.

    skip the Guinness and try a Belhaven instead!

    Derek P. · September 10, 2009
  • Chris P.

    The pick up Celtic folk bands that play here on weekend afternoons and at random other times are awesome if you can catch one! As others have said the curry fries rock too :)

    Chris P. · April 23, 2010
  • Melissa R.

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

    Melissa R. · June 1, 2012
  • Matt A.

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

    Matt A. · December 15, 2011
  • Allison M.

    They have Killkenny on tap! My favorite!

    Allison M. · March 19, 2010
  • 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 P. · October 20, 2011
  • Paul D.

    A great alternative for brunch when Johnny D's has too long of a wait.

    Paul D. · April 18, 2010
  • Ryan W.

    Get the Irish breakfast for weekend brunch.

    Ryan W. · January 30, 2010
  • Shelley C.

    The only place I've seen with Harpoon Winter Warmer. Yay!

    Shelley C. · December 14, 2009
  • 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 R. · January 17, 2012
  • 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
  • Andy B.

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

    Andy B. · March 23, 2011
  • GoNowGo

    Get this: the back room is full of tables and you can easily get a seat if you show up at happy hour, instead of peak hour.

    GoNowGo · February 11, 2011
  • Paul L.

    Great Trad Session in Front Room. Get there early. Back Room jammed for Rock Cover Band on Saturday Night. The Place was Rockin'. 26+6=1.

    Paul L. · January 30, 2011
  • Jess P.

    lacking enough hooks to hang your coat, but there are a few under the bar.

    Jess P. · November 28, 2010
  • Stef S.

    You should probably dance

    Stef S. · October 9, 2010
  • Mike H.

    Yessir, the Belhaven on open Mic night!

    Mike H. · September 15, 2010
  • Christopher S.

    Camp out here on a snowy weeknight, preferably one w/ an Irish folk band playing!

    Christopher S. · January 5, 2010
  • Derek P.

    want a Dark & Stormy? The Burren has Gosling Ginger Beer!

    Derek P. · September 10, 2009
  • Pia T.

    Scattershot (Live Cover Band) on Thursdays!

    Pia T. · 8 hours ago
  • Kevin M.

    A lot of fun.

    Kevin M. · 1 week ago
  • 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 M. · January 22
  • 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 T. · September 27, 2013
  • Stephanie M.

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

    Stephanie M. · September 11, 2013
  • Joni C.

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

    Joni C. · 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 S. · August 5, 2013
  • Jackiez G.

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

    Jackiez G. · May 24, 2013
  • Peter H.

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

    Peter H. · May 18, 2013
  • Shannon S.

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

    Shannon S. · May 4, 2013
  • homa T.

    The BURREN should be designated a MASS Heritage Site: great music, great atmosphere, "No Bud & No Pitchers" too ~

    homa T. · April 27, 2013
  • Carla D.

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

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

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

    Tracy S. · March 15, 2013
  • James M.

    The best Guinness in town.

    James M. · 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 R. · February 25, 2013
  • Kimberly M.

    Per the bartender - the apple head shipyard is crap.

    Kimberly M. · February 17, 2013
  • Nelson J.

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

    Nelson J. · 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 H. · 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 N. · May 21, 2012
  • Rob R.

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

    Rob R. · May 5, 2012

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