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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

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212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
+1 812-336-9076
11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 am
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Mishawaka, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice for the occasion. Everyone enjoyed the food selections. There was something for everyone. I had the prime rib and it was cooked perfect for me and with great flavor. The party was seated upstairs in an area that was very cramped. I am not sure if the family went over the requested seating or if the restaurant did... More 

Thank cheriejwright
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great local restaurant with a lot of charm. Great Irish food! World's smallest bathroom stalls. Have been for several going away parties, friend's birthdays. Always a great time!

Thank Bri1313
Bloomington, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm saying reasonable lunch prices here because I did not look at the dinner menu. This is a really nice comfortable place. There is plenty of seating inside and a few tables outside. We had bangers and it was a large size serving of 2 sausages, potatoes and cabbage (they have lots of things but I'm an Irish food type... More 

Thank Kathy A
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a perfectly cooked lamb burger, and the coddle was a standout. Fun place, with a broad menu, I can't imagine not being able to find something to suit your tastes here. Good service, nice old woodwork (and a lot of stairs.) Check this place out, if you find yourself in downtown Bloomington.

Moorhead, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service and quality of food are both high. The cost is modest and the taxidermy interior is interesting.

Thank kawidd
Paducah, Kentucky
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139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How lovely to walk upon this at IU and it still be there with all of its stately elegance. Patio outside is terrific; inside is untouched. Most of the menu seemed untouched and everything was hot and tasty. I would say that if you're under 21 (one of us was), be prepared to be relegated upstairs. Not as pretty for... More 

Thank Tina W
Zionsville, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped to eat there after a day out on Lake Monroe. The building is very unique , with lots of nooks & crannies. It was a holiday weekend, and it seemed like some event in town, but we were seated right away. (We did prefer outdoor seating, but that was full) I am not a big fan of Irish... More 

Thank nancymk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We choose this restaurant and bar because of the reviews and because we have visited Ireland and love it. When you walk in this downtown bar the first thing you see is a beautiful wooden bar, then you hear the Irish music being tastefully played in the background. The Guinness was smooth and served warm.like in Ireland. The fish and... More 

Thank bigmamaok
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101 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After doing a 10 km walk, a group of us went there after recommendation and it was marvelous. They had a wide variety of Sunday brunch menus and beverages to ponder. Several of us got the smoke salmon eggs Benedict and it was just fabulous. And had good flavor, was cooked exactly correctly, and service was good. It did take... More 

Thank Artie44
Spencer, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have not yet traveled to Ireland, but I imagine that the Irish Lion nearly captures the look and feel of an Irish restaurant and pub. Our waitress, Cat, took excellent care of us. The ambiance is perfect and the food was wonderful. The corned beef and cabbage stew was a delightful appetizer and the leg of lamb was delicious.

Thank Jason K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $25
Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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, Delivery, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:59 pm
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 212 W Kirkwood Ave, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?