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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 #14 of 295 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
Indianapolis, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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Indianapolis, Indiana
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere was cool and laid back. The place wasn't busy at all for a Saturday afternoon which was surprising and nice. (there was a fair amount of student move-in going on outside) The beer prices were fair and we loved the oysters (I know, Indiana=oysters? but yes!) and the brie plate. The soda bread is exquisite. It's dense and... More

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Greenwood, Indiana
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217 reviews 217 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We don't get to Bloomington a lot these days but when we do, a stop at the Irish Lion is usually in the cards. There is a row of little booths just opposite the long polished wooden bar. They are up a couple of steps from bar level. These booths are where we liked to sit. Blarney Puffballs are deep... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

It was my first dining experience in Bloomington, In. The ambiance was pretty good. I sat at the bar and enjoyed a pint, apps and supper. The bartender really took her time pouring my pint of Guinness and even included a shamrock as the beer settled. The food was good, but have to say the best part of the soda... More

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Evansville, Indiana
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129 reviews 129 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We had great fish and chips. The restaurant does look like an authentic Irish Pub. Be advised that under 21 cannot sit in main area of the pub. Our waiter was great...service was fast...and food was amazing.

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Indianapolis, IN
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Every few years, my faculty group winds up at The Irish Lion for our faculty dinner. Last night, we enjoyed ourselves at this wonderful Bloomington restaurant. First, I have to explain that all faculty members begin enthusiastic whispers of "Blarney Puffballs" as soon as we realize The Irish Lion is in our future. These incredible fried mashed potato & cheese... More

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Chicago, IL
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Last time I was in the Irish Lion was 25 years ago. During a recent visit to Bloomington, I was happy to see that the Irish Lion has maintained and even improved its wonderful offerings! Just a great place to sit outside and have a drink or dinner. Prices are reasonable, wait staff is very friendly and professional. Food and... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The Irish Pub is unique to Bloomington and always has great food, beer and service. We go often and have never had a bad experience. The Fish and Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage and Prime Rib are exceptional and consistently good. The Potato Puff Balls appetizer is like nothing I have had anywhere else- a must try. They have specials... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I visited Irish Lion during the International Tuba & Euphonium conference at the University of Indiana in May, 2014. I wanted a quick meal in between the conference activities. The evening special was stuffed trout. It was cooked to perfection. The service was excellent, the meal outstanding. If I lived in the Bloomington area, I would go out of my... More

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Franklin, Indiana
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68 reviews 68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We met out-of-town friends here on a Monday evening. There were enough menu options that everyone easily found something they enjoyed - from traditional Irish pub food (fish and chips) to grilled halibut, chicken cordon bleu, chicken kiev and fettucine alfredo. Prices were reasonable. The best part was that we were able to visit for an extended time since we... More

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