The Burren
Today 11:30AM–2AM
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247 Elm St Somerville, MA 02144
247 Elm StreetUSMassachusettsSomerville02144
$$Pub, Live Music VenueToday 11:30AM–2AM
Friday 11:30AM–2AMSaturday 10AM–2AMSunday 10AM–1AMMonday 11:30AM–1AMTuesday 11:30AM–1AMWednesday 11:30AM–1AMThursday 11:30AM–1AM
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Friendly, down-to-earth Irish pub offering live music, dancing & an ample menu of beer & pub eats.- Google
"We ordered the eggs benedict and the french toast."
"Two main rooms - one has live irish music and the other has other live music."
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Gregory Marton
a month ago
I've loved coming here for a long time because of the down-to-earth friendly nature of the place, and how accessible the musicians are, and how wonderful the choice of folk musicians that choose to gather here. I finally write today because a month ago, my wife and I, expecting, came in and commented to ourselves that, well, it'll be a while before we're back. Not so! Our one-month-old was warmly welcomed and was highly entertained tonight by the music of the Bag Boys, and we had a similarly good time bringing my mom and her new grandson here a week ago, too. The food, it's pub food, but pretty good for that. We've stuck to Smithwick's for beer. She orders the half, has a sip or two if the kid's not due to eat soon, and then I finish it. You really don't have to drink to have a good time here, either. It's a fun (if loud!) place to sit and catch up with a friend or two, too. Basically, I wanted to express my appreciation for this wonderful neighborhood pub that has the feel of a multigenerational, warm, friendly Public House, and not so much that of your average sports bar. Oh, and the holiday decorations were pretty thick and lovely. So thanks for being awesome, Burren!
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Marcus LaBrecque
2 months ago
Plenty of memories made and lost here. Certified Guinness pours. Live cover bands in the evening in the back room Fantastic live Irish music up front during the daytime. This place is a must if you're looking for a good point in the area.
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Chris Campbell
2 months ago
Authentic Irish food and a well poured Guinness. The cooked Irish breakfast on weekends tastes just like in Ireland. There is often traditional music from a rotating collection of musicians.
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Peter McCullagh
a month ago
Authentic Irish bar. Come here for a Guinness and great live music. Skip the back stage for a seat up front where the fiddlers play.
Rohit Ahuja
4 months ago
Friday, October 2, 2015. The bar was packed to the brim and I was waiting to get a drink for a while. Someone stepped in front of me and asked for two drinks. He realized that I was waiting before him and he said "hey he's next." The bartender scolded him and came to me to take my order. I gave her my order and she yanked my credit card away and threw the bill at me. I told her that I didn't not appreciate how she was acting. She swore at me a few times and I responded saying, "listen, you are in the service industry, I don't appreciate the service in getting and I don't feel like you deserve a tip. She then took back the drinks I ordered and called the bouncer to throw me out. I was able to demand a refund and the bouncer escorted me out. I asked the bouncers outside if I could speak with a manger and they told me she is the manager. I truly don't believe that, and I don't appreciate the lie. i don't think someone who takes a job in the service industry should treat their patrons with such little regard. It was a bad experience.
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Patti Anastasia
3 weeks ago
I felt like I was back in Doblin! Truly authentic with the generous, kind, and fun loving people I would expect. A must see, do, experience!
Taylor Ahern
4 months ago
Pretty much my favorite and most preferred Irish pub/restaurant in the whole Boston area (and there are dozens upon dozens). Always a Great experience in The Burren, always a Great and superbly poured pint of Guinness, Great food, Great service, this Great and relaxing atmosphere all while featuring Great and spiritually uplifting music that can often be heard percolating throughout the Old Country styled interior. Love it! Ireland in a nutshell! Yes, this slice of Ireland in the heart of Davis Square, in Somerville, yet always drawing this thoroughly diverse and eclectic crowd, with this fine array of various elements, Bohemian, college aged, artists, urban professionals, tourists, locals and even the occasional celebrity (such as Bono from U.2.). Also, the inside ambiance is just perfect, just dark enough without being too dark, while the usually fantastically diverse and amazingly mixed crowd helps to keep generating such positive and feel good vibes that seem to be this perpetual presence. More-over, I've experienced many fascinating intellectual discussions and debates while guzzling pints of Guinness inside that beloved neighborhood watering hole, often while there was this soothing, pleasant and traditional Irish session being played, usually poignant enough to transport one, even if only temporarily, right back to the green fields of the Old Country. Can't say enough about this famed and popular Irish establishment, while it's always ranked as one of the finest and most genuine Irish pubs in the whole United States (no surprise there!). I would highly recommend The Burren to anyone, as it truly is one of the best, most enjoyable and most thoroughly Irish pubs to be found this side of the Atlantic. Check it out!
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Jesi Mac Leod
3 months ago
i love this tavern with 2 big rooms, on mondays you can dance on the back room or listen to some live music and enjoy a seasonal beer, like the pumpkin options and the Samuel Adams for oktoberfest