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The Burren

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25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.78%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 24
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

247 Elm St
Somerville, Massachusetts, 02144-2934
United States
phone: (617) 776-6896

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Reviews by taez555:
Photo of taez555


3/5  rDev -19.1%

The Burren in Davis Square is located right along the main strip on Elm Street.

Walking in off the street the bar is along the right side with tables and booths to the left. The back room/hallway has additional seating and there’s also a function room in the way back through a closed door. Dark and woody with lots of old “nostalgic” instruments, some other nic nack and photos cover almost every inch of the walls. It’s got that classic Irish/English bar sort of feel but at the same time has this Boston dive quality. It is interesting to note that there are no TV’s in this place.

Beer selection is basically a larger version of your standard Boston favorites. About 2 dozen taps and an equal number of bottles. A mixed bag of Sam Adams, Harpoon, Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada, Guinness, Bass, a whole bunch of macros, etc. Nothing to go crazy about, but enough. They’re famous for their Guinness pours and are noted as one of the best in the city.

Food is good as well. Standard American Pub grub (burgers etc) with some classic UK pub favorites as well. The fish and chips have a nice thick beer batter and are actually quite yummy.

Overall it’s a decent place. Although with Redbones and The Joshua Street across the street, both with far better beer and food, I find it hard to make myself come out here, unless maybe I’m on a pub-crawl. It’s a Boston area classic, featured in movies and whatnot, but honestly I’m not really crazy about it.

06-09-2005 07:16:55 | More by taez555
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Photo of richobrien

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +7.8%

08-11-2014 13:35:15 | More by richobrien
Photo of smcolw


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

I've been told by a friend (and self proclaimed expert of Irish Stouts) that the Burren pours the very finest pint of Guinness in the Boston area. My pint was indeed well poured and quite good.

There is nearly nightly, informal entertainment. I would say this is a bar for the experience of Irish authenticity. I say that it is far better, and certainly more local, than the offerings in the Faneuil Hall area.

The food is a cross between traditional Irish and typical American pub fare. It's different enough to be fun but mainstream enough to be non threatening.

There are not many drafts and they are of the large craft offerings. So you won't find anything new, but everything offered seems to be of the upper end of the industry.

If you are visiting Boston, Davis Square is often overlooked. It's a local place bordering Tufts University. There's definitely a Bohemian/San Francisco vibe. With Redbones BBQ down the street, you could definitely make a great afternoon out of your visit.

07-20-2014 17:31:44 | More by smcolw
Photo of bpfrush


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-24-2014 14:47:58 | More by bpfrush
Photo of seanchai


4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-31-2013 10:46:18 | More by seanchai
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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

True Irish Pub atmosphere, no TV's at the bar. Walls covered with eclectic mix of Irish memorabilia. Rough wooden bar, worn and well loved floor. Large room in the back with a stage for live music. The bar really has a sense of history. The tables are warm and inviting.

Beer selection is good enough, leans heavily on Sam Adams/Harpoon/Imports. Not a lot of outside-the-box craft offerings. Absolutely perfect pours of Guinness, so if you want a Guinness you want to be here. Decent Whiskey selection.

Most bartenders I've met are Irish, so they have that going for them as well. Food is decent pub fare. Overall good place, and really great when you feel the need to get away from trendy sports bar/bistro combos and you want to find a place that feels more down to earth.

12-16-2011 17:08:29 | More by neophilus
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3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

A nice, local Irish bar right in Davis Square. Great place to go for a beer after work, or to hit on a night out. The beer selection is average, but the Guinness is always fresh and tasty. If the front room is crowded, make your way into the back room. Except for weekend nights, the back room is usually less crowded and easier to get a beer in. Price is average for the type of bar and location. They typically have live music on the weekend, and sometimes during the week as well. If you're in Davis, it's worth a stop in.

07-31-2007 16:37:52 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of albern


3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

If you're in Davis Square, The Burren is a very cool place to poke your head in. It is often quite crowded, but if you hit it just right, you have a nice front room with a decent sized bar with a decent selection. I've always opted for the very fresh Guinness ... how could you not at an Irish bar. Maybe it's me, but I always think the Guinness tastes that much better in this type of ambience. If you want more selection, cross the street and go to Redbones. If you want to take something home, go to Elm Street liquors which has the best beer selection in MA. I've only had a limited selection of food here so my opinions are limited. This used to be a horribly smoky bar, but with the anti smoking ordinances, this is a delightful place to hang out.

07-28-2007 22:01:24 | More by albern
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3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

This was the last stop on our Sunday afternoon Sox pub crawl. Just came in for a quick one. It was pretty dark inside, no tvs anywhere. But there were some Irish musicians going at it with the fiddles, and some little girls step dancing, so that was pretty entertaining. The beer selection was average, nothing to write home about. I had a Fullers ESB bottle and the wife had a Leinie Sunset Wheat. Service was good and the crowd was pretty laid back. This is a cool place to hang out if you want the Irish pub feel, definitely. Just don't come looking for a knockout selection of beers.

04-30-2007 23:06:42 | More by morebeergood
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3.44/5  rDev -7.3%

This place get's two #1's from me:
-Best Irish Bar in and around Boston that I have been to
-Best Pint of Guinness

While this place is not a craft beer bar by any means, it's got a great atmosphere and the live entertainment is tough to beat. Seperated into two bars in one building with a large front bar with booths and a "back room" which boasts a stage for live performances along with a smaller bar. My visit was interesting in that there was a 5 year old girl dancing her own form of an irish jig in the front bar to the live music, while basically everyone was cheering her along all in good fun. Definitely a first, but entertaining, and all in good fun nonetheless.

I ventured into the back bar and got a seat at the bar where I watched three different bands perform throughout the night. Great entertainment, and while I'm not a huge Guinness fan, they truly taste better there than I've had them anywhere else. If you're looking a good Guinness, live music, and a true Irish Bar experience, look no further.

09-05-2006 04:37:31 | More by bkett01
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The Burren in Somerville, MA
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