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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” (28 reviews)
“shepherd's pie” (17 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 6 days ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I had an excellent dinner at Irish Lion on a recent Friday night in Bloomington. I had the prime rib, which was excellent. My wife had the Chicken Kiev, which she also thought was wonderful. The salads as well as the soda...More

Thank jnbxu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Irish Lion is a very old school restaurant! Lots of history! Beautiful building! Staff were very friendly. I LOVE their oysters! YUM!

Thank kelley_lb17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent authentic irish and british fare. Warm up with a hot toddy or enjoy sipping a local stout ale. The 'pub fare' menu items are especially prepared as if you were across the pond and closer to the Blarney stone. Sit/stand at the bar or...More

Thank teamsnardy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This Irish pub is a old staple place in Bloomington. The decor is unique. Love the poitin ! Distilled Irish liquor with over 40% alcohol. Great digestive drink... also recommend the blarney balls.

Thank TrWorldTraveler
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Great history at this restaurant and pub. First time In Bloomington Indiana. Reasonable prices. Friendly staff. Good comfort food and drinks

Thank Teresa M
Reviewed 23 December 2017

Not my favorite place, but unique Irish restaurant. Blarney Puffs are decent (mashed potatoes and cheese) fried and you dip in sour cream. Celtic Stew is enjoyed by many if you like lamb. Fish and chips are good.

Thank Coz C
Reviewed 29 November 2017

We enjoyed our meal at The Irish Lion. We were seated upstairs, which had a nice atmosphere. The food was good, not fantastic, but a good meal. We were waited on right away, but it did take a long time to get our food. The...More

Thank rbwildcat
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Thanks Nick for awesome service!!!...Great fish and chips!!!...The atmosphere at the time I was there ( 2:00p) was very relaxing!...Last time I was there, it was very tense and embarrassing...A man was berating the hostess in a very loud voice...Come to find out it was...More

Thank Fran F
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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
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
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 - 3:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 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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