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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

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$$ - $$$
Irish, Bar, 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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180 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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408 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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 

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 28 November 2016 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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 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 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

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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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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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336 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 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

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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
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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene
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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