Party Earth Review Named for a rocky stretch of land in Ireland, The Burren is an authentic old-world pub featuring music from the homeland, hearty eats, and lively dancing. A worn wood bar and display of black-and-white photos create a... ... read full review
247 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144
Red Line: Davis Square
M–Th, Su 11:30am–1am, F–Sa 10am–2am
Cambridge / Somerville, Boston –
Named for a rocky stretch of land in Ireland, The Burren is an authentic old-world pub featuring music from the homeland, hearty eats, and lively dancing.
A worn wood bar and display of black-and-white photos create a homey atmosphere for the alternative types and hipster musicians who slide onto the benches around the tables to relax over pints of Smithwicks, Boddingtons, and Harpoon IPA as Irish musicians and open mic amateurs take to the stage.
The heat gets turned up later in the week as lively groups of grad students and flirty young professionals learn some Irish step-dancing moves and swing the night away to high-energy cover bands.
Early evening revelers dig into their beer-battered fish and chips before being displaced by the boisterous packs of weekend warriors who show up later to enjoy the bar’s various theme nights, especially the much-loved L80’s Night on Thursdays, when tipsy coeds turn the place into a high-spirited meat market.
Though it may look cozy and ooze authentic charm, The Burren loves a good tune and a good time, and offers its patrons a buzzing hangout equally perfect for socializing or rocking out.
Eclectic mix of alternative types, musicians, artists, young professionals, and grad students, mid-20s to late 30s+.
Live music most nights. Mondays feature the Bur-Run at 6:45pm, a 5K road race followed by dancing at 8pm. Open mic on Tuesdays, comedy and trivia on Wednesdays, L80’s Night on Thursdays with drink specials for the ladies, and a variety of music from acoustic singer/songwriters to rock and roll cover bands Fridays through Sundays.
Craft marketplace Sundays. Free Wi-Fi.
Pub fare with an Irish flare, including Guinness beef stew, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash.
Cover charge $5. Brunch $6.95–$10.95, appetizers $3.50–$10.95, entrées $7.95–$15.95. Beer $3.50–$6.50, wine $9–$12, cocktails $9.
Casual: vintage t-shirts, button-downs, and jeans.
Friday and Saturday nights for the best boozy scene.
Johnny D’s (17 Holland Street) is a restaurant and club offering live jazz, blues, folk, and rock music.