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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

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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American, Irish, Bar, International, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
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Reviewed yesterday

Stopped in here on my last night in town for work. Nice place and very quiet for a Wednesday at 7pm. I was a little worried that I may not have found a great place to eat, but that was quickly put to rest as...More

Thank TravelsOfJack
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oh yes with ice cream please!! If you want just snack food, the potatoes balls and brie plate never disappoint. And it allows me to have space for the best dessert in town!!

Thank Priscilla B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were set up in the outdoor alleyway which is beautiful. Vines and lights hang from the tall narrow walls and 2 tables were set up down each side. We had 4 choices of meals. I chose the lamb, which was a little tough and...More

Thank sunlovinmama
Reviewed 1 week ago

We'd just eaten elsewhere but wanted to stop in one more old haunt (went to school year many years ago & so nice to see some of the same familiar places!). We sat outside & had delicious chocolate cake & Bailey's on the rocks... can't...More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been here many times and like to sit on the patio in nice weather. Food is good, although they haven't changed the menu in years. Fish and chips are my go to, but coddle is also good. Sometimes I just get Blarney puff balls,...More

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This has ALWAYS been our favorite place for almost 20 years!! You can't beat the friendliness, good service, ambience, and food. There has been a CHANGE. The quality for food has been excellent- even PEI oysters and mussels always good!! However two weeks ago we...More

1  Thank Hoosiers12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This pub/restaurant is the closest to a genuine Irish pub I have found in the USA. It has a very genuine atmosphere with a very good food menu. Worth a visit.

Thank glandsb500
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This pub was an exact copy like on our recent trip to Ireland! They just didn't have the Irish accent 😜

Thank Bigmo460
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

I told my son not to order fettuccini at an Irish pub. The fettuccini itself was quite good. But the shrimp were undercooked. Still grayish, from frozen. Fried garlic mashed potatoes were good. I had the Shepard pie and it was good, although meat was...More

Thank Larry Z
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

The Irish Lion is one of the quaint downtown restaurants that makes Bloomington popular. The atmosphere is outstanding, very old, grand pub. The food is excellent and the bar is plentiful.

Thank kilhill
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Kathy Y
21 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
4 August 2016|
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Response from clerk22 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Please call.
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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 00:00
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
  • E-mail
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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