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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 - 03:00
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All hours
Sun 11:00 - 23:59
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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Evansville, Indiana
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank K444ATwilliamr
Porter, Indiana
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had to be seated up stairs as one of our group was under 21. This was not bad except our server split his time between both floors. As such the service was very slow. All 4 meals were unimpressive. 2 had the over cooked lamb burger. 1 had a very dry corned beef dinner. And I had the lamb stew... More 

Thank indianajoes2015
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family of 4 went in for lunch on Black Friday. The place was warm and inviting although a little 'dated' on decor even with Irish 'old world' theme. They do have some very reasonable lunch specials with a good variety. Their regular menu has a huge selection of food items along with beers, cocktails and wine. Our group started... More 

Thank Rhonda O
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for fish and chips. Can't complain about the service, it was really good. But, my fish and chips were served without mushy, or any sort of peas. And no lemon slice or tartare sauce!!!! My companions who ordered burgers enjoyed theirs though.

Thank Susan R
Rockford, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very cool environment, classic Irish pub décor, great draft beer selection, varied menu and price points. Good food.

Thank pipemajorbob
Bloomington, Indiana
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324 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love the pochin and beers. When it comes to food, it is very average. They need to do a better job with the menu. However, I like their deserts. The atmosphere and the service is nice.

Thank TrWorldTraveler
Lafayette IN
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Lots of items on menu but everything we had was just blah. Tried three appetizers. Mussels were bone dry and tasted like liver, served with greasy yellow liquid on the side (butter?). If they weren't spoiled they were just prepared horribly. Brie was okay and fruit nicely prepared. I had fish & chips, looked and tasted like thin catfish fillets... More 

Thank bryhof
theirishlion, Guest Relations Manager at The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub, responded to this review

Hello Bryhof, thank you for your feedback. The mussels are flown-in fresh from Prince Edward Island, Canada - certainly, they were not prepared correctly during your visit if they were dry. We are sorry for that experience and hope that you had an opportunity to bring the preparation of the mussels to your server’s attention. The “yellow liquid” served with... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is an older building, with lots of hard surfaces, but the noise level was such that our party of three literally could not hear one another. We were led (steep steps) to the upper level and should immediately have asked for downstairs as the noise was unacceptable. Food was good, beer was excellent, server was very nice but had... More 

Thank ozarkgal0829
Carmel, Indiana
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162 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We met with our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters here for lunch. With ample seating upstairs, we practically had the entire dining area to ourselves. Our server, a student at Indiana University, was very pleasant and informative. She mentioned that this place was built about 1872 -- or so -- and had been a house where men would come to relax,... More 

Thank Dave46033
Philadelphia, PA
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

History is good. Stay downstairs for best ambiance, but then all patrons have to be 21+. Great steaks!!

Thank Kochie414

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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, Delivery, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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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