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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

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Irish, Bar, Pub, American
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212 W Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
+1 812-336-9076
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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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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Bloomington, Indiana
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Been here several times. Experience is always great. Fantastic food, great atmosphere, friendly staff. A must try in Bloomington.

Thank SilverSpring812
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was one of my favorite hang-outs in college. Try the mutton pie for something delicious and unique! Great selection of beer and food, interesting historical building, and good service... highly recommended!

Thank Matthew K
Bloomington, Indiana
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Food is always wonderful. The atmosphere is perfect. Anytime I miss my second home in Ireland I can always stop by for some grub and feel comforted. Nice family dining up stairs that an also hold larger parties. I've been there for after show parties and seen wedding rehearsal dinners there. I always recommend The Irish Lion for travelers passing... More 

Thank Sara D
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Irish Lion is a pub atmosphere with a wide selection of unique beverages and the food is good. It is suitable for a business lunch as well as lunch or quick dinner with friends.

Bloomington, Indiana
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Those of us local Irish-Americans are very fortunate to have The Irish Lion close by. The pub grub is very good and the bar has a real authentic appeal (old mahogany polished wood) and appropriate signage and other appointments). The servers and staff have always been welcoming and efficient. I have traveled to Ireland many times and it warms the... More 

Thank Daniel B
Bloomington, Indiana
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of my favorites places in Bloomington! Great place for friends, business meeting or date. The menu is mostly Irish pub fare and always good. Full service bar but be sure to try the Dirty Nellie!

Thank kilhill
Sugar Land, Texas
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice dinner with granddaughter. Good food and service. Reasonably priced & busy but worth it. Would go back. Would not recommend too young children.

Thank Anita R
West Lafayette, Indiana
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147 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Irish Lion has a great Irish pub atmosphere. We've eaten here several times. Our most recent visit was a little disappointing; while my prime rib was tasty (although a little rarer than I'd normally enjoy) my wife thought her lamb was somewhat overcooked, and the service while friendly was rather slow. Nothing horrible but perhaps a notch below our... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was at Irish Lion with a group of people today for lunch. I've been here numerous times and have always enjoyed good Irish pub food. Today, I ordered the leg of lamb lunch special and it was amazing. The lamb was cook to a medium rare, which is how I like my meat, and of course it came with... More 

Thank getabite
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went there for a Sunday brunch in the absolute pouring rain. The building is really cool different levels. Which may make it challenging if you were in a wheel chair although I did see outside seating. The bar has been around for over a hundred years. In fact if you have ever seen the opening credits of the show... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $25
Irish, Bar, Pub, American
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, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, 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 Avenue, 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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