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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 1 week ago 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 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Stopped here for beer and snack. Both were excellent. We were seated at a comfortable booth in bar area. Soft Irish music was in background. Service was excellent and pleasant. Lunch and dinner menus looked interesting. Would like to return.

Thank mfsinmo
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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

We had excellent service and delicious food—pickled herring, entrees of salmon with dill cream sauce and chicken cordon blue and for dessert Bailey’s Irish cream cake—yum! Reasonably priced and consistently well prepared food.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Nice place. Staff good. Food was mixed. The escargot was surprising great. Lamb chops were really good. I had the lamb burger and it was really dry. My daughter had the stew and it was bland. Neat place.

Thank Christy T
Reviewed 15 February 2018

First time visit on Valentine's Day. Very quiet and cozy before the evening crowd. Midway through our dinner, my husband and I were already planning what we would have on our next visit. They serve traditional Irish fare along with other tempting dishes. My husband...More

Thank Jessie S
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Had dinner before an IU game. My son and I enjoyed half yards of beer . Food was ok. I had the fish and chips (recommended by the server) . My son had the beef medallions. Fish was pretty good. Very much enjoyed the beer...More

Thank Ken K
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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!
Peggy H
14 January 2016|
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Response from Rob C | Reviewed this property |
Nope. I have never needed reservations to get a table. I would suggest if you had a large party to call in advance, but they have lots of room upstairs to accomodate most folks.
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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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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