Bull McCabe’s in Union Square, Somerville, a tiny Irish pub, is one of the coziest spots to spend a chilly winter evening. Draft Guinness and great reggae, funk, and jazz bands are the main draw, but it’s worth arriving before the show for a bite to eat.
Five years ago, it replaced the popular Tir na Nog pub. The space is narrow and warm, with a bar that runs the length of the railroad layout with a pocket of space for performers in front of a boarded up fireplace. Adjacent to the bar are half a dozen high tables that line a row of bookshelves filled with dusty volumes and old board games. Tucked in one corner, behind the bar, is a closet of a kitchen that turns out tasty pub fare. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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