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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 - 23:59
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Sun 11:00 - 23:59
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 03:00
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went there for a third time last week with my wife and we both had the Filet and again, best in town for the money and best in town period. This might become a weekly thing ! For Filet that's the place you want to go in Bloomington Indiana 😀😀😀

Thank steven h
Bloomington, Indiana
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great servers with good stories to fit the ambiance of the historic location. An incredibly wide range of scotches and beers (including a "yard" of beer if you arte dexterous enough). Good Irish fare including all the traditional and few extras. Absolutely worth a trip and great for a group after work. One MAJOR caveat.... older folks will have to... More 

Thank Carroll K
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A real English (OK, it's Irish, but that's close) pub. It's also pub food at its best. Beer by the yard or half-yard too, plus all kinds of ales.

Thank Jeremiahjj
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had drinks and dinner. Had the coddle in a bread bowl along with beer. Service was great, food was good, and reasonably priced and the service was very good.

Thank Gary H
Indianapolis, Indiana
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I won't claim to be an expert on Irish cuisine, but this little place will certainly draw me back in. It's got a cozy atmosphere, a variety of Irish beers at reasonable prices, and wonderful food. I ordered the shepherd's pie (the filling was a bit more tomatoey than others I've had) and my wife had the lamb stew (very... More 

Thank btindy
mooresville, in
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My fiancé and I had dinner here, coming home from a trip. I had the lamb stew which was wonderful and my guy had the fish and chips. The fish tasted so fresh and was cooked just right. The service was exceptional and the Guinness was perfect. All this was just the day after St. Patrick's Day. The ambience of... More 

Thank smir21
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

If you are in the Bloomington area this Irish pub is a must visit. Excellent fish and chips and plenty of Irish beer on tap. The staff was very friendly. You won't go wrong by picking this place to eat or drink.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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72 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

No doubt you will feel like you are in Ireland eating at a genuine Irish pub. Since we have visited Ireland a couple of times, it is indeed a treat to come to the Irish Lion. We have eaten here for Years!! And never had a poor meal. The menu with the soda bread,coddle, lamb and potato soup is very... More 

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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Was out with friends who bought us dinner😀😀😀😀😀. No longer on an expense account I hardly ever get a filet due to price and the fact that in my opinion it's hard to find one that us worth the price. Well guess what. It was a slow night and after going to the employee bath room by mistake I returned... More 

Thank steven h
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Charming breakfast spot. We enjoyed our brunch very much. We ate upstairs in a lovely old fashioned dining room with sun light pouring in the tall windows. Choice of Irish or American foods. More expensive then some Bloomington choices. Plan for a morning when you want to enjoy the company of family and friends as we were encouraged take our... More 

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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
US$7 - US$25
Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:59
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 03:00
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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