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The Burren

Irish Pub$$$$
Davis Square, Somerville
  • Derek P.
    "skip the Guinness and try a Belhaven instead!"(3 Tips)
    Dimitris S.
    "live music make this neighborhoodsy pub"(14 Tips)
    Allison M.
    "They have Killkenny on tap!"(4 Tips)
    Mike N.
    "fish n chips and tartar sauce with a harpoon ipa"(3 Tips)
68 Tips and reviews
  • live music
  • belhaven
  • good for a late night
  • Irish pubs
  • lively
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  • Nick H.
    Nick HolroydApril 7
    Been here 10+ times
    Free (and hysterical) stand up comedy show on wednesdays in the back room.
  • Brendan S.
    Brendan SullivanFebruary 24
    Been here 10+ times
    Classic feel of an Irish pub with several UK beers on tap (Guinness, Belhaven, Harp, O'Hara's, Smithwick's). Live events in both front and back rooms. Also, very vegetarian-friendly menu!
  • Filiz M.
    Filiz MNovember 12, 2016
    Go and enjoy!
  • Steph K.
    Steph KatrinaFebruary 21, 2016
    Great Thursday night spot. Live music. Great bartenders. Outdoor seating for dinner
  • Michael "Bass Man" M.
    Michael "Bass Man" M.February 19, 2016
    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.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanJanuary 2, 2016
    Do yourself a favor and skip Thursday nights when it's mobbed for Scattershot - not worth it to see a middling 80s cover band.
  • Nick S.
    Nick ScottOctober 26, 2015
    Excellent neighborhood pub. Go for the Beatles Brunch Sundays 12-3
  • Brian M.
    Brian ManningSeptember 15, 2015
    Late night live music with nostalgic classics.
  • Cristina R.
    Cristina RuizJune 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Patricia
    PatriciaMay 13, 2015
    Come for the cover band on Saturday nights to relive all of the worst parts of college.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CMay 13, 2015
    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
  • George L.
    George LeeMarch 25, 2015
    Fun place! Live music in one room and open mic in the other! And beer!
  • Dan F.
    Dan FogartyMarch 11, 2015
    Doesn't look like a place you can trust the salmon. But the salmon was really good! Four smiley emojis out of 5 😊😊😊😊
  • Dimitris S.
    Dimitris SpiliakosMarch 6, 2015
    Friendly service, tasty pints and live music make this neighborhoodsy pub a cozy escape.
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra MotternNovember 20, 2014
    get the mac n cheese!
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzSeptember 27, 2014
    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.
  • Marcus L.
    Marcus LaBrecqueAugust 23, 2014
    Best Irish pub in Davis square. Live Irish music on Sunday and cover bands in the back room. Great Guinness pour.
  • Pia T.
    Pia TserkonisApril 20, 2014
    Scattershot (Live Cover Band) on Thursdays!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McCurdyApril 12, 2014
    A lot of fun.
  • Zopaipilla M.
    Zopaipilla MarielleJanuary 22, 2014
    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.
  • Chadwick K.
    Chadwick KDecember 19, 2013
    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.
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff TuckerSeptember 27, 2013
    Cool spot to grab a pint of Harpoon!
  • Joni C.
    Joni CamposAugust 16, 2013
    Rude yuppies gather here. Staff was ok. Drinks... Meh. Ok.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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 =)
  • Jackiez G.
    Jackiez GonzalezMay 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best 80s cover band ever. Thursday nights, no cover, starts around 10:30p. So good!
  • Peter H.
    Peter HimlerMay 18, 2013
    Fresh mussels, bread, not do. 1970s prices.
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon StanleyMay 4, 2013
    Don't go there too late or you can't get a beer to save your life!!!
  • Carla D.
    Carla D'AvanzoApril 22, 2013
    One of my favourite place in somerville with good live music and nice crowd ;)
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SpetkaMarch 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Start your weekend right with Thursday Burrsday. Or, go for beers or brunch any other time.
  • James M.
    James MartinMarch 2, 2013
    The best Guinness in town.
  • Jenni R.
    Jenni RussellFebruary 25, 2013
    There's a Mediterranean sampler on the menu. It may not be traditional Irish fare, but it is delicious.
  • Kimberly M.
    Kimberly MeadFebruary 17, 2013
    Per the bartender - the apple head shipyard is crap.
  • Nelson J.
    Nelson JoyceSeptember 22, 2012
    Get a Guinness and listen to the shitty bands in back. Can't go wrong.
  • Derek
    DerekJuly 1, 2012
    Glasses were dirty. Overall friendly staff GREAT PLACE!
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 5, 2012
    A few doors down from Sligo is the Burren, offering traditional Irish music 7 nights a week. Read more
  • William H.
    William HallJune 1, 2012
    Early weekdays the patio is wide open n live music all the time
  • Mike N.
    Mike NickersonMay 21, 2012
    The fish n chips and tartar sauce with a harpoon ipa outside on a warm summer night...can't get any better than that
  • Rob R.
    Rob RichMay 5, 2012
    When you ask for a pint at an Irish Pub they should know to bring you a Guinness.
  • Shannon V.
    Shannon VosslerApril 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
    Boston.comMarch 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
  • 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.
    Jenni RussellJanuary 17, 2012
    One of the best places anywhere to get a Guinness.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KobzikDecember 18, 2011
    God I hate the burren.
  • Matt A.
    Matt AromandoDecember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Stand-up comedy show on most Wednesdays at 10pm.
  • Cara P.
    Cara PerroneDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Scatter shot
  • Guy
    GuyDecember 5, 2011
    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.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PiresOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Just go with a $3 pabst
  • OurStage
    OurStageJuly 8, 2011
    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 @
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 7, 2011
    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.
  • penguin
    penguinApril 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    per bartender. THEY no longer have kilkenny;(
  • Andy B.
    Andy BillsMarch 23, 2011
    Guinness Guinness everywhere. Grab a glass and listen to Irish music
  • GoNowGo
    GoNowGoFebruary 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LyonsJanuary 30, 2011
    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.
  • Jess P.
    Jess PengNovember 28, 2010
    lacking enough hooks to hang your coat, but there are a few under the bar.
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 5, 2010
    A geniune "Irish Pub" with live music, quality Guinness, and pub food.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HammeckerOctober 24, 2010
    Scouse house.
  • Stef S.
    Stef SpitalnickOctober 9, 2010
    You should probably dance
  • Mike H.
    Mike HuberSeptember 15, 2010
    Yessir, the Belhaven on open Mic night!
  • BostonTweet
    BostonTweetJuly 29, 2010
    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.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PattiApril 23, 2010
    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 :)
  • Paul D.
    Paul DemersApril 18, 2010
    A great alternative for brunch when Johnny D's has too long of a wait.
  • Kat P.
    Kat PowersMarch 31, 2010
    The beer's nice and all, but do yourself a favor and order a basket of fries with curry on the side.
  • Allison M.
    Allison MacLeayMarch 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    They have Killkenny on tap! My favorite!
  • Nathaniel D.
    Nathaniel DeanFebruary 7, 2010
    Bellhaven on tap is a blessing, try one.
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher ScottJanuary 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Camp out here on a snowy weeknight, preferably one w/ an Irish folk band playing!
  • Shelley C.
    Shelley Coughlin PorterDecember 14, 2009
    The only place I've seen with Harpoon Winter Warmer. Yay!
  • Derek P.
    Derek PeplauSeptember 10, 2009
    want a Dark & Stormy? The Burren has Gosling Ginger Beer!
  • Derek P.
    Derek PeplauSeptember 10, 2009
    skip the Guinness and try a Belhaven instead!
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