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An American-Irish establishment that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and has an awesome bar scene. Live music every night of the week!

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Cody Grodzki


Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, as well as offering two separate bar rooms, the Burren has become a staple of the Davis Square scene.  Irish culture dominates the atmosphere here, but the food dishes are multi-cultural. Omelets, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and even some Asian cuisine are found at the Burren.

What Makes it Great  Open throughout the day, the Burren offers a full food and drink menu, serving up great meals in a fairly relaxed and laid back atmosphere. For folks looking to take a load off and enjoy conversation, this is the best time visit.

For many people, the main reason to come here, however,  is the beer and the music. Both bar rooms offer a multitude of music options every night of the week, from Irish Step Dancing and Bluegrass to "L80's Night" and various cover bands. Their front room tends be a bit more mellow, while the back is a touch more lively, but the assumption of a low-key night has the potential to fly right out of the window when a popular local band is around.

Who is Going to Love It<  Davis Square is known for being a hipster hotspot, filled with flannels, beanies, cuffed jeans, and fixed-gear bikes galore. With the ever popular Diesel Cafe right next door, the Burren certainly helps propagate this culture. That being said, folks of all styles and walks of life can be found enjoying the music and brews of the Burren. Businessmen, university students, and even older generations of locals regularly frequent the bar on any given night. 

Folks who enjoy the music of Appalachia will certainly enjoy the Burren’s front room, which regularly plays host to multi-pieced string bands.  People who would rather drink and dance can cruise right through this room and into the bar and stage in the back room. If you find yourself it this part of the bar, its time to get your groove on.

Directions, Parking & Fees  For public transportation, take the Red Line to the Davis Square stop. Hop off here and walk one block south.

From Route 93, take Exit 29 towards Somerville/ Medford. From there, take a left onto Temple St. and then a right onto Broadway. Drive a mile until you hit the rotary and take the 5th Exit onto College Ave. Continue down College Ave. until you hit Elm St. Take a left on Elm and the Burren will come up on your left.

There are numerous metered parking spots throughout the area, as well as many pay-for-use public parking lots. After 8PM, all parking is free of charge. It can get exceptionally busy in Davis around this time, especially on weekends, so give yourself a little extra commute time to find a spot.

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The Burren

247 Elm St
Somerville, MA, 02144
42.395364, -71.121744

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