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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
+1 812-336-9076
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (48 reviews)
“soda bread” (28 reviews)
“shepherd's pie” (17 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, International, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This Irish pub is a old staple place in Bloomington. The decor is unique. Love the poitin ! Distilled Irish liquor with over 40% alcohol. Great digestive drink... also recommend the blarney balls.

Thank TrWorldTraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great history at this restaurant and pub. First time In Bloomington Indiana. Reasonable prices. Friendly staff. Good comfort food and drinks

Thank Teresa M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not my favorite place, but unique Irish restaurant. Blarney Puffs are decent (mashed potatoes and cheese) fried and you dip in sour cream. Celtic Stew is enjoyed by many if you like lamb. Fish and chips are good.

Thank Coz C
Reviewed 29 November 2017

We enjoyed our meal at The Irish Lion. We were seated upstairs, which had a nice atmosphere. The food was good, not fantastic, but a good meal. We were waited on right away, but it did take a long time to get our food. The...More

Thank rbwildcat
Reviewed 21 November 2017

Thanks Nick for awesome service!!!...Great fish and chips!!!...The atmosphere at the time I was there ( 2:00p) was very relaxing!...Last time I was there, it was very tense and embarrassing...A man was berating the hostess in a very loud voice...Come to find out it was...More

Thank Fran F
Reviewed 16 November 2017

The atmosphere is really nice. You get a feeling that you are in Cheers. It is a favorite of locals so in since it is a lot like cheers. The menu is very diverse and the service is very good. There is pretty much something...More

Thank Lorenzo1949
Reviewed 1 November 2017

I had the fish and chips. I have not eaten good fish and chips since I traveled to England. The service was excellent and inside of the restaurant was beautiful

Thank CarlosTopeca
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Great Irish atmosphere, and fantastic whisky selection... one of the best anywhere. Most everything on the menu that I have tried is good, but my last visit was disappointing in regards to service... After a lengthy wait, I was brought the wrong order. I tried...More

Thank Karl W
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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

I went in with my roommate to have an early dinner of stew at the Irish Lion. The "please seat yourself" sign was out, so we sat ourselves in the booths along the wall on the first floor as I am physically disabled and unable...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Always friendly knowledgeable about the many many whiskies behind the bar. Even if you don't know what you want they will lead you in the right direction. The fish and chips is spot on. The only slightly off thing is the mussels...no broth. But I...More

Thank Zak B
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Kathy Y
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
5 August 2016|
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Response from theirishlion | Property representative |
yes! GF menu items are marked, see menu on our website. Sláinte!
Peggy H
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
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 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
  • E-mail
If you can’t make it to Ireland, do the next best thing! A Bloomington tradition since 1982, The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub is in a restored historic 1882 tavern, a 1/2 block west of the square in the heart of downtown Bloomington. A true Public House experience where friends and family gather for traditional Irish fare, seafood, steaks, lamb, Dublin pub stews, pub grub, and more. Offering an extensive collection of single malt scotches, Irish and American whiskies, a full bar, wine list and pouring the finest Irish & European imports on draught. Outdoor dining, steps to hotels, free three-hour parking at the Morton Garage (one block north). Large groups and all ages welcome. Trip Advisor Award of Excellence 2012-present. Named “Indiana’s Best Irish Pub” and one of “the 10 Best Bars in Indiana” –Best Things Indiana.
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