Best of Boston

1997 Best Irish Pub

Tir Na Nog

Its name means “Land of Eternal Youth” in Gaelic, but this smallish bar in Union Square hosts both young and old. Proprietors Robert Elliot and Patsy Wheelan run a welcoming pub, where those with a brogue out-number those without. Patsy’s band Zozimus (starring Billy Bulger’s son Brendan, on fiddle) rocks the house on weekends, and during Sunday seisiunsan Irish gentleman can sing an old folk song to the respectful silence of the whole room. Tasty food is available; parking is easy.

366A Somerville Ave., Somerville, 617-628-4300,