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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, Irish,
212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
+1 812-336-9076
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish and chips” (49 reviews)
“soda bread” (29 reviews)
“walnut cake” (18 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, International, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ordered a horrible old fashioned, sent it back and when the bill came the server talked to us like we were not educated is it because I’m Asian? We were told it’s illegal in Indiana to refund a beverage after “ you had a taste...More

Thank Circuitboy75
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is so hit and miss. We have eaten here a zillion times. Sometimes the food is great--I love the salads, the Misses likes the lepruchan wings (and I like to make fun of the name of it!) Fish and chip is reliable--always the...More

Thank jellyrulestheworld
theirishlion, Guest Relations Manager at The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Seafood is delivered fresh multiple times per week. Please email info@irishlion.com with details of your experience and your service received - it would be greatly appreciated and looked into. Thank you again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not a college town green beer joint. It is an authentic Irish pub right out of Dublin. I started with a Jameson Irish whiskey, then had delicious cream of spinach soup, My entree was leg of lamb and potatoes, with a glass of...More

Thank travel963
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little Irish bar that has a nice selection of lunch items and is always good for happy hour. Best Guinness pour in Bloomington!

Thank Bryan G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of my favorite restaurants. The food is really good and the atmosphere is good. I love their appetizer, cheese balls (could make a meal just out of them). The soups are also my favorite. Service has always been good.

Thank pattybiehl
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Haven't been there is years but just as fun as I remembered. Had the potato skins and a yard of Guinness, doesn't get much better than that!

Thank knightfun1765
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for a night cap on a Saturday night. The bar was not crowded. They have a large selection of spirits. The place has an authentic Irish pub feel. The bartender was very friendly and professional. We did not eat. It looked at the...More

Thank Sharon O
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

This pub has a little bit of everything. Shepherds pie to steaming hot coddle stew in a bread bowl. I’ve eaten here for years and never been dissatisfied. Would highly recommend the club sandwich.

Thank Joshua H
Reviewed 28 March 2018

Tucked away on one of the main streets in Bloomington, Irish Lion is a great pub to eat and drink with friends and family. The atmosphere is reminiscent of many pubs in Ireland. Of course, the beer comes in either a 1/2 yard or a...More

Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Service ok Food: very good Atmosphere: charming but dusty. Enjoyed irish music that was playing. Not handicap accessible. Bathroom up questionable stair case...and we were sober😀

Thank thed0negans
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Kathy Y
22 February 2017|
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Response from theirishlion | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your inquiry! There are 4-5 steps (loft) for table and chair seating and the patio is open (warmer weather) with no steps. Please call ahead 812-336-9076 for reservation and we'll be happy to... More
5 August 2016|
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Response from theirishlion | Property representative |
yes! GF menu items are marked, see menu on our website. Sláinte!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 25
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 812-336-9076
  • E-mail
If you can’t make it to Ireland, do the next best thing! A Bloomington tradition since 1982, The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub is in a restored historic 1882 tavern, a 1/2 block west of the square in the heart of downtown Bloomington. A true Public House experience where friends and family gather for traditional Irish fare, seafood, steaks, lamb, Dublin pub stews, pub grub, and more. Offering an extensive collection of single malt scotches, Irish and American whiskies, a full bar, wine list and pouring the finest Irish & European imports on draught. Outdoor dining, steps to hotels, free three-hour parking at the Morton Garage (one block north). Large groups and all ages welcome. Trip Advisor Award of Excellence 2012-present. Named “Indiana’s Best Irish Pub” and one of “the 10 Best Bars in Indiana” –Best Things Indiana.
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