Arts & Entertainment

Irish pub has winning trio: music, pints, and appealing fare

Among the offerings at Bull McCabe’s in Somerville are the fried shrimp po’boy (above) and the black and blue burger and fries.
Among the offerings at Bull McCabe’s in Somerville are the fried shrimp po’boy (above) and the black and blue burger and fries.Credit: photos by Catherine Smart for The Boston Globe

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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.

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