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Somerville Travel Guide: 69 reviews and 71 photos

Welcome to Somerville, Massachusetts (a.k.a. Slummerville) a fine working class Boston neighborhood. Somverville's most recent claim to national fame is playing host to the Winter Hill Gang whose organized crime ring reached it's zenith in the 1980s under the direction of James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "the Rifleman" Flemmi. These two dudes burned both ends of rope so to speak by serving as FBI informants while they continued their usual gangster type activities...ha-ha, very clever...

With those days behind it, Somerville is on the move again getting groovier each year. Primarily an Irish and Portuguese neighborhood, more and more college students and new arrivals to Boston's dot.com boom (and subsequent bust) have relocated to Somerville in search of cheaper rents (relatively speaking compared to other Boston neighborhoods). In turn, this has brought renewed attention and investment to Somerville in terms of new pubs, restaurants and shops. As a result, the various city squares in Somerville are booming.

Despite all of this, Somerville still has some connections to the extreme past. The photo above is what's left of the Citadel built in 1775 after the American Colonial Army withdrew from Bunker Hill during the American Revolutionary War to a hill in what is now present day Somerville.

But enough history...Check out my "General" sections for the coolest Squares in Somerville and then the "restaurant" and "nightlife" sections for all the places to eat, drink and hangout in each square.

  • Last visit to Somerville: Oct 2002
  • Intro Updated Oct 13, 2003
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  • KarenandCory's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2005 at 1:16 PM

    Great tips! Will try some of your restaurant recommendations.

  • amapola66's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2005 at 9:56 AM

    Dali's Tapas Bar was my favourite place to eat while I lived in MA. Their goats cheese and tomato tapas was something else!

  • gilescorey's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2004 at 12:52 AM

    Slummerville is out of control! Great hood, but my sis lives on Teele Square and pays a mint. The changes make my head spin. "Savannah Cafe" is great...

  • diver-x's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2003 at 7:13 PM

    Can you believe it? There's a Starbucks in Davis now... Thank god for Redbones!

  • Nov 7, 2003 at 11:09 AM

    thanks for mentioning the burren! one of my friends plays there often - by far it has some of the best irish music to be had in the states.

  • May 6, 2003 at 2:10 PM

    I just move to this area and can't wait to try some of the restaurants you mentioned!

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2002 at 3:46 AM

    Sounds like it's putting its infamous past behind it. The Thirsty Scholar is a good name for a pub here!

  • dinhyen's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2002 at 1:53 PM

    Ah, Somerville, the second best town after Cambridge :)

  • Jul 16, 2002 at 4:49 AM

    Sounds like it`s becoming a lively place!


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