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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

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212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
+1 812-336-9076
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun 11:00 - 23:59
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Irish Lion has been a Bloomington fixture for decades. it is in a wonderful old building with warm traditional decor with excellent pub food and yards of Guinness.

Thank Guy H
Indianapolis, Indiana
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food here is fabulous, lots of choices from traditional Irish pub food to steak. There is a solid lunch crowd that is business people, locals, and travelers, and the dinner/evening crowd is more of a pub crowd. Not a college bar at all, more of a local hang out. Can be spendy, so if you're local check out the... More 

Thank SportsMoose
Indianapolis, Indiana
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The atmosphere in the restaurant was really unique and quirky. Lots of different levels offered the possibility to feel like you were off on your own. The food was good but it seemed a little more "homestyle". And thus it left little to entice us to make a return trip.

Thank chG9383LF
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quintessential Irish Pub. Interior is cool with lots of adult beverages. Surprised by the food. I had a Reuben sandwich and the corned beef was great. Very lean and tasty. Next time the Cincy kid gets back to Bloomington I shall return! Highly recommend.

Thank CincyTC1
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like Prime Rib, it doesn't get any better. Also, the Irish Pub food is ALL VERY good! Unless ding lunch specials, you'll SPEND, but it's great food, good atmosphere for the very casual, as well as a very special occasion.

Thank RamblinMan_69
Terre Haute, Indiana
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101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here because we looked at the menu online and it looked different than others. It was amazing! We had the chicken Kiev and the lobster and both were fantastic. As an appetizer we also had the onion rings and they were so crispy yet really light and not drenched in grease. Not only was the food top... More 

Thank c22hubb
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went there for a third time last week with my wife and we both had the Filet and again, best in town for the money and best in town period. This might become a weekly thing ! For Filet that's the place you want to go in Bloomington Indiana 😀😀😀

Thank steven h
Bloomington, Indiana
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Great servers with good stories to fit the ambiance of the historic location. An incredibly wide range of scotches and beers (including a "yard" of beer if you arte dexterous enough). Good Irish fare including all the traditional and few extras. Absolutely worth a trip and great for a group after work. One MAJOR caveat.... older folks will have to... More 

Thank Carroll K
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A real English (OK, it's Irish, but that's close) pub. It's also pub food at its best. Beer by the yard or half-yard too, plus all kinds of ales.

Thank Jeremiahjj
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Had drinks and dinner. Had the coddle in a bread bowl along with beer. Service was great, food was good, and reasonably priced and the service was very good.

Thank Gary H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:59
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
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
Cead mile failte! Established in 1982, the Irish Lion is an independently-owned restaurant and pub located in downtown Bloomington, Indiana. An authentically restored historic 1882 tavern with stained glass windows, cast iron columns, an original Brunswick back bar and Civil War vintage front bar. In its 32nd year serving authentic ​​Irish ​​​fare​, daily specials, fresh seafood, steaks, lamb, salads, soups, Dublin pub stews, poultry, pasta and Pub Grub. Offering an extensive wine list, full bar, 100+ Whiskeys, 116+ Single Malt Scotches and pouring the finest Irish & European imports on draught. Hosting banquets, rehearsal dinners, corporate and special events in the Celtic Room and in our outdoor venue, The Glen. Large groups and all ages welcome. Sainte/Cheers!

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