Burren Front



Since our opening in January 1996, we have built reputation for serving up a truly authentic Irish experience. Being in the heart of Davis Square, we're only steps from the red line and Somerville Theatre and just a short walk to Tufts University.

In addition to a great menu and wide selection of drinks, we have become the hottest live music venue, with nightly shows featuring local, national and international acts. Shows include all genres from Irish Traditional, Folk, Americana, Bluegrass and Jazz, to Rock, Pop, Indie and everything in between.

Our Guinness beef stew, vegetarian shepherd's pie and Fish and Chips are guest favorites. We also boast a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options.

Enjoy one of our signature cocktails, a glass of wine or draft beer, while you enjoy the ambience, some good conversation and great live music.

247 Elm Street, Davis Square Somerville
MA 02144
Phone: (617) 776-6896
Fax: (617) 776-3466

General Inquiries: email

Band/Performance inquiries

Burren Backroom Series, Americana Sessions, Open Mic inquiries, contact: Tom Bianchi

All other band inquiries including our night time cover band bookings, contact: Joanne Conroy

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The Back Room is available for private parties & special events.

For parties of 30 or more, please call Joanne at: (617) 776-6896 for details.
HOURS (Summer 2020)

Mon-Thu: 11:30am-1:00am
Fri: 11:30am-2:00am
Sat: 10:00am-2:00am
Sun: 10:00am-1:00am

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Metered street parking available around the square as well as in 3 accessible public parking lots: Grove Street Lot; Rite Aid Lot; & Herbert Street Lot. Meters end at 8pm and are free on Sundays and holidays.


Davis Square T Stop (Red Line)
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At this time, T-shirts & gift certificates can only be purchased in-person at The Burren. CDs are available online and can also be purchased at The Burren.
Burren Backroom Series CD
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The Burren Backroom Series Volume 1

CD featuring some of the best tunes from The Burren Backroom Series so far.

These songs & tunes were recorded between October of 2011 & August of 2014. They represent the diversity of the traditional music performed at The Burren, which is known for its friendly, informal, & invitational sessions that celebrate not just traditional Irish music, but Bluegrass, Appalachian, Country, Blues, Jazz, & Rock.

In collaboration with WGBH, the public media powerhouse in Boston, a new series known as The Burren Backroom Series was launched in 2011.

Hosted by Brian O'Donovan, & broadcast on his weekly program, A Celtic Sojourn, the series features traditional & contemporary music from around Ireland & the rest of the Celtic world.

This CD represents just 14 tracks from an already extensive library of recordings that keeps building. That the collection is labeled Volume 1, clearly suggests there is a lot more to come!

Grace Bay
CD Release from The Burren owners, Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello, now available online or at the bar.

Grace Bay is the first & long overdue recording from this couple who need no introduction to lovers of Irish music, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Though fine soloists in their own right, Tommy & Louise display an intuitively sympathetic approach to duet playing, surely the hallmark of good players. They produce in Grace Bay, a perfect blend of the regional styles of West Clare & North Galway." ...If I walked into a session with music that sounded like "Grace Bay" I'd be absolutely delighted..." - Irish Echo

Grace Bay CD
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Burren T-shirts -100% heavy-weight cotton available in the following sizes:

S, M, L, XLPlease come on down for a pint and check availability - we have a limited quantity, and they're only $15!
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