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Bull’s Eye

A neighborhood pub with great neighborhood music

Bull McCabes

Photo: Brooke Russi


nion Square has long been a popular refuge for local musicians, even some famous ones. Bull McCabe’s (formerly Tir Na nOg) is one of the more popular hangs. There’s only a light cover for music (generally $5), and the talent is always well worth it. This family-owned pub offers three of the finest dub/reggae nights, and live music six nights per week, which is remarkable considering the size of its stage. On Thursdays, the legendary Dub Down always reaches a rowdy pre-weekend climax and the Ghetto People Band sets up the week on Tuesdays with roots/rock-style reggae. Then the group that closes out the weekend (or starts the new week, depending on how you look at it) is as all star as all star gets around here. Dub Apocalypse, as it’s called, is a coming-together of the best jazz, reggae, and rock talent from the past two decades of local (mostly Berklee-bred) music. Anchored by the rhythm section of John Brown’s Body and guitarist Johnny Trama of Ghosts of Jupiter, rotating players include members of Morphine, Fully Celebrated Orchestra, and G. Love and the Special Sauce (sometimes G. Love himself). Show up early to enjoy some of the freshest pub food around. The burgers and steak tips are top-notch. Wallace


Only 4.2 square miles, Somerville has a population of 77,478, making it the most densely populated municipality in New England and 17th-most-crowded in the United States.


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