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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

212 W Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
+1 812-336-9076
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Ranked #13 of 300 Restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Cuisines: Irish, Seafood, Steakhouse, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: 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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English first
Bloomington, Indiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I had a gift card (admittedly a few years old) with over $20 left. I just consistently forgot to use it (we are Irish Lion regulars) well I remembered it today and apparently they got a new computer last year and I am out of luck. Not even a complimentary offer for desert (which I would have refused) but essentially.... More 

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Bloomington Indiana Usa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you are fond of Irish food, Irish Beer and whiskey, or are just seeking something "Different", The Irish Lion is for you. I love Bloomington's food scene. It's a must-try City for foodies, and if you come here The Irish Lion is #1 on my must-try list. The Coddle Soup is fantastic!

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Hicksville, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We were seated promptly which was wonderful. The server was not unfriendly but had a fairly nonchalant attitude towards everything. The potato puff appetizers were tasteless without sour cream. My meal, however was pretty good! I got a salad with parm peppercorn ranch dressing and a traditional Irish soup with bacon which was wonderful! My husband's meal however left something... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. The Lamb Burger is not pre-made, but ground fresh in our kitchen and formed by hand with a patty mold for a consistent shape and size.The Lamb Burger, per the menu description is served with "fries" and not hand-cut. Linguistically, "chips" are the Irish equivalent to fries in the States. Slainte! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The Manager is very polite and makes me feel special. The bartender with the beard is also very nice. The guys they have behind the bar are always exceptional in addition to being very handsome! I like that. Much more than having a meanie woman who is monosylabic. The drinks are strong. I am not a big drinker. But for... More 

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Marion, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The food and service was excellent. Called on a Friday night for the wait time for 7 people, No wait at all, seated us right away. Great prices! Try the Whiskey Pie for dessert!

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Bloomington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Everything is simple, real and tasty. All apetizers are real food, no junk. Love herring and potato puffballs. Soda bread is great! Good choise for everything from eating, drinking to real 1920s atmosphere.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I've been a fan for over twenty years and still haven't found a local eatery I love this much. The atmosphere alone is amazing, but dishes like Chicken Kiev, Filet Mignon and the biggest, best lobster tail you've ever eaten in your life are what keep me coming back. Great soups, soda bread, apple walnut cake that is the singular... More 

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My hubby has family in Bloomington. We visit at least twice a year. The first thing we do is go to Irish Lion. We love EVERYTHING about it. The atmosphere, the service, the food, etc.

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Indianapolis
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86 reviews 86 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The two of us finally made it back to the Irish Lion after 20 years or so. It hasn't changed much. Still a barrel of fun, great beer and whiskys to choose from. Friendly and happy servers galore. And one of the few places around where you can still order a "yard" of beer. We visited on a Friday night... More 

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Pensacola Beach, Florida
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145 reviews 145 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Excellent Celtic stew and Shepard's Pie ! Authentic Irish cuisine with a wonderful assortment of Beers and Ales. Try the half-yard....at just $6.50, a veritable bargain !! You'll not be disappointed !!!

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Additional Information about The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

Address: 212 W Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
Phone Number: +1 812-336-9076
Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Cuisine: Irish, Seafood, Steakhouse, Pub

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