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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 good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (50 reviews)
“soda bread” (29 reviews)
“walnut cake” (18 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Hours
American, Irish, Bar, International, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Irish Lion is a mainstay of Bloomington’s restaurant and pub scene. The atmosphere is very friendly and comfortable, as one would expect from an Irish pub. The decor is old-world inspired (and legitimately old), but the look of the place isn’t as important as...More

Thank Joshua T
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

On Friday 05.25 I stopped for a lite snack and a beverage on our way through Bloomington. The sever was polite and the food was ok but definitely a step down from what use to be good food. And here is where the Red Lion...More

Thank IndyGuyontheGo
Reviewed yesterday

The food here is top notch, the beer and adult beverages selection is outstanding (hello! they have Guinness on TAP!), the service if friendly and efficient and the atmosphere is relaxing and "old world" - felt like I was back in Ireland.

Thank Steve J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch with my family. We were the only ones in the upstairs. Worried about timing since we were the only ones upstairs ... Not an issue whatsoever. Waitress was very attentive to our needs. We ordered fish and chips ... great! Rueben ... great!...More

Thank Dustin W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cool setting/atmosphere. Our waitress was friendly and fun! Drinks were strong and delicious. Food was amazing. Pricing was average. Good menu choices for both vegetarians and non.

Thank SarahJo4110
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered a horrible old fashioned, sent it back and when the bill came the server talked to us like we were not educated is it because I’m Asian? We were told it’s illegal in Indiana to refund a beverage after “ you had a taste...More

Thank Circuitboy75
theirishlion, Guest Relations Manager at The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are baffled as to why a server would state this as well. Please contact us asap at info@irishlion.com so we may notify management, look into this matter promptly and issue you a refund and gift card....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is so hit and miss. We have eaten here a zillion times. Sometimes the food is great--I love the salads, the Misses likes the lepruchan wings (and I like to make fun of the name of it!) Fish and chip is reliable--always the...More

Thank jellyrulestheworld
Reviewed May 2, 2018

This is not a college town green beer joint. It is an authentic Irish pub right out of Dublin. I started with a Jameson Irish whiskey, then had delicious cream of spinach soup, My entree was leg of lamb and potatoes, with a glass of...More

Thank travel963
Reviewed April 29, 2018

Great little Irish bar that has a nice selection of lunch items and is always good for happy hour. Best Guinness pour in Bloomington!

Thank Bryan G
Reviewed April 25, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants. The food is really good and the atmosphere is good. I love their appetizer, cheese balls (could make a meal just out of them). The soups are also my favorite. Service has always been good.

Thank pattybiehl
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May 25, 2018|
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Response from jellyrulestheworld | Reviewed this property |
They're usually really good. Pretty standard fish and chips, but better than, say, O'Charley's version. Someone in the kitchen understands how to bread and fry stuff.
Kathy Y
February 21, 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
August 4, 2016|
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Response from theirishlion | Property representative |
yes! GF menu items are marked, see menu on our website. Sláinte!
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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, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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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