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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

₱₱ - ₱₱₱American, Irish,
212 W Kirkwood Ave, 1/2 Block West of the Square, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
+1 812-336-9076
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish and chips” (48 reviews)
“soda bread” (27 reviews)
“walnut cake” (18 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, International, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
₱₱ - ₱₱₱
212 W Kirkwood Ave, 1/2 Block West of the Square, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
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Reviewed 1 week ago

the Irish Lion is always a must when we are in Bloomington! I had the Blarney Burger and my husband had the Stew. Both were amazing

Thank cheisey2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to the Irish Lion a couple times during the week I spent in Bloomington. The first time, I ordered the Medallions. The plate was overwhelmed with potatoes. The second time, I ordered the corn beef and cabbage. The plate, again, had more potatoes...More

Thank Townsend_Flash
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to undergrad in Bloomington and return several times a year. Each time I do, I always stop in the Irish Lion. I love the food, but always have a pint. Thankfully, nothing has changed since I came here nearly nightly in college and...More

Thank Matthew G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are a number of excellent times on the menu including their Coddle and Irish Stew. The Lamb Burger and soda bread are also quite good. Atmosphere is very casual and friendly.

Thank geo-travel-rocks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located across the street from the Hyatt Place, makes the Lion an ideal place to grab something to eat, have a couple of drinks and enjoy yourself if you are a traveler. If you're not a traveler, the Lion is a perfect place to meet...More

Thank Cegis360Playground
theirishlion, Guest Relations Manager at The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and patronage! We look forward to serving you at The Irish Lion next time you are in town! Sláinte (Cheers)!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not a good experience tonight! I've been coming to the Irish Lion since the late 90's. I don't currently live in Bloomington but come back twice a year and always stop in the Irish Lion for a meal. I was very disappointed tonight, not necessarily...More

Thank jbutler172018
theirishlion, Guest Relations Manager at The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

JButler, thank you for continued patronage and feedback regarding the service you received at The Irish Lion. The incident was not brought to the manager's attention until later. Your server is no longer with The Irish Lion. We apologize for the inconvenience it caused you...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was the first time going there for my husband and I. The atmosphere is super cute and the servers were incredibly friendly. The place was pretty full but we still got our food quickly. I had the chicken Kiev and my husband had the...More

Thank adC8882CI
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

The food is good and the service was just alright. For an ethnic based restaurant I expected a better selection.

Thank Tom E
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I ate here twice while attending a workshop at the university. It's in a neat old building a short walk west from campus. The food is great, service friendly and professional, atmosphere fantastic. The first time I went I had the coddle and an Irish...More

Thank bryncannon
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Great atmosphere, food and service! This is a beautiful pub featuring a long, polished wood bar. There is an extensive beer menu featuring both interesting draft beer and bottled beer from the old country. The pub-style food is comforting. You can’t miss with the shepherd’s...More

Thank raharvey9
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26 May 2018|
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Response from jellyrulestheworld | Reviewed this property |
They're usually really good. Pretty standard fish and chips, but better than, say, O'Charley's version. Someone in the kitchen understands how to bread and fry stuff.
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!
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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
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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 - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 212 W Kirkwood Ave, 1/2 Block West of the Square, 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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