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The Burren

The BurrenThe Burren

Taps: 20 / Bottles: 24
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
86
very good

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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neophilus

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$

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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YonderWanderer

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$

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
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albern

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

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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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$

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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bkett01

Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$

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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sinistrsam

Maryland

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

It doesn't get more Irish than this; a wonderful large Irish bar right off Davis square, which features live music every night of the week. Upon walking in on say, a Thursday night, you notice the place is already jammed; traditional Irish music comes from a booth crammed with 4 or 5 people playing fiddles and guitars, which seems comical until you really listen and stop looking at them packed in there like sardines.
Pretty typical British/Irish/local beer fare, and it isn't terribly cheap but its Boston, you'll have that.
The back opens up around 10:30 and damned if there isn't a larger area complete with stage and back bar for a live band. This is more over-band kind of stuff, but Tuffs University is right there and they need somewhere to hear Journey covers. Good times, regardless. Its tough to get a beer sometimes and the place gets absolutely jammed, despite a cover to just get in the door.
Overall a great place to check out evrey once in a while, but being a regular might get expensive.

06-30-2006 14:23:33 | More by sinistrsam
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$

If you love traditional Irish music and great Irish food, this is the place to go. They have great music in the front room on weekdays after 10. The food is awesome (Bangers and Mash is my favorite choice), but the service lacks a bit. Granted it is a pretty large place, but the wait staff sometimes give off the impression that they just don't want to be there. Although I say I'm not a big fan of Guiness, the Burren is the place that I love knockin them back. It is always packed on the weekends so get there early so as to not pay the cover for the band in the back room!

09-28-2005 14:13:16 | More by bjohnson
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LPorter33

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$

From what I've been told from a couple of authentic sources originally from Ireland, this is as real an Irish pub as you'll find in Boston. Great atmosphere. I adore the Irish music they play up front. Food is above average bar grub which I can't complain about in the least. Service is OK, nothing spectacular although adequate enough. I wasn't very impressed with the beer selection to be honest. When I went in early March 05 they didn't have much better than a Smithwicks, Harpoon IPA, and a Hoegaarden. Not a place I'd go to specifically for the beer, but most certainly a place I'd return to for a social gathering or party.

06-21-2005 03:54:21 | More by LPorter33
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taez555

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$

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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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

Decided to stop by The Burren on a rainy weekend afternoon. I have been here a few times over the years. Since I had a little time to kill before NERAX in Davis Square, this seemed like a great place to have a pint.

A cozy Irish pub feel provides the atmosphere. A welcoming bar located to the right of a huge room with various tables and chairs. The wood floors and panels add to the charm of this bar. I also didn't notice a TV, which is refreshing in this day of flat screen TV's. This place feels authentic with Irish waitstaff, Celtic music playing and mainly Irish dishes centered menu. The menu offers solid Euro pub food. They even offer the Irish breakfast in all its glory.

Around 12 taps or so with some highlights that included Harpoon 100 Barrel Series (Smoked Porter), Harpoon IPA, Harpoon UFO, Magic Hat Fat Angel, Sam Adams, Sam Adams White Ale, Amstel Light, Guinness, and Bass. Service was friendly and attentive. This is a great place if you find yourself bar hopping in Davis Square. It can get crowded here on the weekends.

05-02-2005 01:34:46 | More by Hibernator
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The Burren in Somerville, MA
86 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.