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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 #15 of 297 Restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Irish, Seafood, Steakhouse, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Established in 1982, the independently-owned Irish Lion is a full service restaurant and pub located in a historic 1882 tavern, in downtown Bloomington. 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, imported Meade & Potcheen and pouring the finest Irish & European imports on draught. Outdoor dining, banquets, corporate and special events. Large groups and families are welcome to Join Us for Good Food, Good Drink & Craic (friendly conversation) -Slainte/Cheers!
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
136 helpful votes 136 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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138 reviews 138 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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Bloomington, Indiana
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I've been to this restaurant many times, but I am careful about what I order. They do special dinners, such as Whiskey or Scotch or Bourbon tasting dinners where a guest distiller is brought in for tastings which are paired with 4 course dinners. These special dinners are very well done and the food is always meticulously prepared. The pub... More

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Denver, Colorado
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The Coddle was delicious (TRY IT). The Chicken was pretty good too. Overall this is your average Irish Pub. Nothing hugely notable, but it was comfortable, decent food, good Irish beers (Guinness). Cool block around the restaurant with other dining options and bars. There are probably better options for dining if this is your only night in Bloomington, but not... More

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Davis, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I solo dined here after a long day of travel. The server was helpful and professional. The corned beef and cabbage was both authentic and perfect on a cold evening.

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Calgary
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Found myself staying at The Biddle Hotel on the IU campus for a Sherlock Holmes conference and after a long day of travel was desperate for a Guinness so trotted over to the Irish Lion after Googling for a likely spot to find a decent pint of the black stuff. The Irish Lion was perfect, and quite frankly, for my... More

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I first ate here while attending Kelley School of Business direct admit weekend in March of 2014 with my son, and have been back two times since then. The food is excellent and there is a wide assortment on the menu to please any appetite. It is also fun to watch patrons try to drink a yard of ale.

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Conover, North Carolina
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152 reviews 152 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Outstanding traditional and modern food with great prices and huge beer/whiskey selections. A MUST GO in Bloomington!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The decor in this Irish pub / restaurant is authentic and reflects the menu choices. The furnishings and layout are inconveniently old world. Service and food quality was excellent. There are many good drink options, if you want to stay awhile and visit.

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