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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 #17 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
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 NEW

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
31 helpful votes 31 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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8 reviews 8 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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3 reviews 3 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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142 reviews 142 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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238 reviews 238 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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