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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

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$$ - $$$
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212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
+1 812-336-9076
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Closed now
All hours
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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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food was delicious, the menu had a million choices that were all very Irish, all in all an enjoyable visit and a lovely atmosphere

Thank Elizabeth P
Granger, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

After having trouble finding a good restaurant opened for dinner on a Monday in Nashville, we headed to Bloomington and used TripAdvisor to find a place. The Irish Lion has an extensive menu from simple to gourmet, a nice selection of beers, and a wonderful outdoor area. The only negative is the restrooms are up stairs and a hike to... More 

Thank bill767
Noblesville, Indiana
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to eat and had no problems finding a table at 8pm on a Saturday night. Very friendly staff, great service, terrific food.

Thank Rosalie S
Bloomington, Indiana
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

order the chicken cordem blu. there is no other way to do it. Everything on the menu is amazing, and I love the sode bread

Thank csisken
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went in for dinner. I ordered the shrimp dinner. It had zero taste. I left most of it. My husband had the Shepard's Pie. It came out in a very small bowl. Not good. Bob Evans is better and that is sad. $60 meal. What a waste of money. Never again.

Thank jctucker
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the Irish Lion - I have been going to the Lion off and on since 1983. I love the Celtic Stew. They have an eclectic and interesting menu which includes some higher end dishes (lobster, duck, and chicken Kiev, among other things) as well as pub grub (Blarney puff balls are a favourity). Guiness on tap, by the... More 

Thank Kurt M
Madison, Indiana
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Close to downtown square in excellent location. Decor traditional Irish pub in fascinating historic building. Traditional and well-prepared fare (corned beef & cabbage, coddle, Celtic Stew, lamb, soda bread, etc.). Wonderful fresh oysters and mussels. Attentive and knowledgeable helpful wait staff with engaging but not intrusive manner. Overall, and pleasant, interesting, and delicious dining experience.

Thank cordoc
Hagerstown, Indiana, USA
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great beer. Great food. You will feel perfectly comfortable at the Irish Lion dressed in any attire.

Thank Dan D
Bloomington, Indiana
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went with my wife's family to the Irish Lion for dinner yesterday. I'm afraid I did not get the name of our waitress, but she was terrific. I had the Shepard's Pie which was delicious and the rest of the group enjoyed their meals as well. It was a top notch experience and I'm looking forward to eating their... More 

Thank Husong812
Denver, Colorado
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife found this place - ridiculous! Lamb chops, coddle, Celtic stew - incredible scotch selection - I rarely get this excited about a restaurant, but will be back here next time we visit.

Thank SKYMAN65

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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
Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?