The Burren is a (really) Irish pub in Davis Square. It gets crowded and loud thanks to live music almost every night and, while the food is pub stuff you won’t find particularly memorable, it’s a really fun, comfortable spot to grab a beer, especially if you can sit outside on a summer night.
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