THE BURREN – BEST LATE-NIGHT HAUNT
247 ELM ST.
From first dates to casual business lunches to catching last call after a movie, the Burren has been a popular hangout for any occasion since its opening in 1996. Davis Square’s most iconic Irish pub has a food menu that features bar favorites ranging from typical American fare like burgers and wings to more traditional Irish-style Guinness beef stew and shepherd’s pie.
For almost 25 years, the Burren has provided Somervillians with a place to take in a show or just have a nice Irish whisky while waiting for the bus to Lechmere on a rainy day.
Separated into two distinct rooms (three if you count the outdoor seating area), the Burren can host up to five musical acts in a single day. In the front room, you’ll often find a quartet or a trio playing Irish or bluegrass music in the corner. In the back room (which is also available for private parties), you’ll find a proper stage for louder acts. And, of course, the bar’s popular Wednesday night comedy show, usually starting around 10 p.m., features all kinds of acts from first-time comics to those with decades of TV credits.
And if you’re on a budget? The traditional Irish bar features some of Davis Square’s cheaper beers on tap. And cover charges are always a affordable, too. In fact, next time you stop by, take note of the flyers lining the walls, which commemorate the venue’s years of hosting local and international acts in its familiar neighborhood setting.
This story appears in the Scout’s Honored print issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout Somerville (and just beyond its borders) or by subscription.
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