Best of Boston

2010 Best Davis Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

The Burren

When it comes to evaluating a neighborhood pub, there’s only one criterion: You want to hang out there every day. For 14 years, the Burren has been meeting this requirement for hundreds of regulars. They don’t return again and again for the standard Irish fare (bangers and mash, fish and chips), though this is as solid as it comes. They return because the back room features weekly music and comedy, because the bar isn’t dominated by flat-screens, and because the lived-in comfort feels like home, only better.

247 Elm St., Somerville, 617-776-6896,