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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

) #5 of 276 Restaurants in Bloomington $$ - $$$ Irish, ,
212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
+1 812-336-9076
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:00 - 23:59All hours
Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Service was outstanding. The Shepherds Pie was excellent. My wife had the lamb burger and she said it was outstanding. Very relaxing.

Thank Pvh16
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Neat place to meet up with friends. Interesting place for newcomers. Walking distance to downtown Btown.

Thank diamondddb99
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the Irish Lion for an early dinner (4:30 pm) with a group of 14 people. With people arriving at slightly different times, some chose to wait in a sitting area and others chose to sit at the long bar and order drinks. The...More

Thank JonInIndy
theirishlion, Public Relations Manager at The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello JonIndy, There is free 3-hour parking one block north at the Morton Street Garage, between 6th & 7th Streets. Thank you for your patronage and taking the time to leave a review of your experience at the Irish Lion. We hope you can join...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for lunch. They do have a brunch selection, but we decided on the Reuben sandwich. Finished off with Irish whiskey pie for dessert. Both were excellent choices.

Thank K284ITrichardc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Irish Lion is a Bloomington classic. The have a great selection of whiskeys and good Irish food. Fish & Chips, Coddle, Blarney Balls, and the soda bread are all great.

Thank wamzie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another TripAdvisor hit! While we're not beer drinkers, it was clear that anyone who loves beer would have a great time selecting a brew. The food was outstanding, and we enjoyed the old pub-type atmosphere. Go!

Thank summersailor1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The fillet was outstanding almost fork tender and was cooked perfectly. This place has a great atmosphere and a very neat bar, we will definitely go back again. Really felt sorry for the servers with all the stairs though.

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very nice pub-style restaurant located conveniently right across the street from the Hyatt Place hotel should you happen to be staying there. They have a menu that ranges from typical pub food to full entrees. And of course there are many good...More

Thank Loki_and_Odin
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Irish Lion has been a Bloomington fixture for decades. it is in a wonderful old building with warm traditional decor with excellent pub food and yards of Guinness.

Thank Guy H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food here is fabulous, lots of choices from traditional Irish pub food to steak. There is a solid lunch crowd that is business people, locals, and travelers, and the dinner/evening crowd is more of a pub crowd. Not a college bar at all, more...More

Thank SportsMoose
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Kathy Y
I would like to visit this week with some elderly patrons. Is there a lot of stairs? They would also be more comfortable with table and chair instead of booth seating. Is that available?
22 February 2017|
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Response from theirishlion | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for your inquiry! There are 4-5 steps (loft) for table and chair seating and the patio is open (warmer weather) with no steps. Please call ahead 812-336-9076 for reservation and we'll be happy to... More
Do you have gluten free options?
5 August 2016|
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Response from clerk22 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Please call.
Peggy H
Do you need reservations?
14 January 2016|
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Response from Rob C | Reviewed this property |
Nope. I have never needed reservations to get a table. I would suggest if you had a large party to call in advance, but they have lots of room upstairs to accomodate most folks.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
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
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
  • E-mail
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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