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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

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212 W Kirkwood Avenue, 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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are so many little gems in Bloomington, Indiana and this is one of them. Unique menu items, chose Irish. There are better places in town to get a fabulous steak. But if you are a Scotch drinker, you will be able to chose something you've never had before.

Thank jenny v
Kokomo, Indiana
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I were in town for a wedding reception so we looked for restaurants within walking distance of our hotel. We narrowed down our options to 3 places and ultimately decided on The Irish Lion. We are so glad we did! The menu options were varied and different from what many restaurants offer. My husband started with a... More 

Thank Beth G
Bloomington, Indiana
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently visited here and ordered the traditional corned beef and cabbage. What a wonderful dish! I wasn't sure if I would even like it but it was delicious and I was most pleasantly surprised. I also ordered the hot toddy since it was a cold winter day but it wasn't to my liking. I can't say if it was authentic... More 

Thank Teresa K
Mitchell, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mixed review. My prime rib was good but not great. My wife had the New York strip. She could not cut it with a steak knife. Service was slow but friendly. Took forever to get the second beer 🍻. The whiskey pie was to die for.

Thank Jim R
O'Fallon, Missouri
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is near the town square and offers indoor and outdoor seating. The menu is varied and offers burgers/sandwiches all the way to outstanding main entrees. Our food was delicious and we recommend this restaurant.

Thank Franklyjan
Indianapolis, Indiana
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188 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

First trip to this restaurant and I ordered a Rueben sandwich with fries. The corned beef and sauerkraut on rye was great and the fries were well seasoned.

Thank Scuffy13
Vevay, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The food and service are always top notch! The coddle and soda bread are a must!!! They also have a very nice selection of adult beverages. It is our go to place in B-town!!!

Thank Julieperkins3462
Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Visited The Irish Lion after going to antique mall. Very neat atmosphere, lots of history. The server told us a little about the building and gave us a pamphlet with the history of the pub. Food was good, we went late afternoon and it wasn't busy on a Tuesday. It was an enjoyable experience.

Thank kathyToledo_Ohio
Chalmers, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We met two other couples here and were crammed into an uncomfortable wooden booth in the back of the restaurant. Even with that poor start to our experience we still had a good time. We had read about this place in a book about Indiana's Best Places to Eat. So we recommended it to our group (which another couple resoundingly... More 

Thank wetravelalot007
Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

we go there to shop an allways eat in this old irish bar dark beer to start potato puffs are great starter plenty for two then order the pork chop great an big enough to fill the biggest eater the ruben is real good to being down town you can walk off your dinner an look at the Christmas lights... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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
Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
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 Avenue, 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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