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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

₱₱ - ₱₱₱American, Irish,
212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
+1 812-336-9076
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish and chips” (47 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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 November 1, 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 October 28, 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 October 28, 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 October 27, 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
Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

The Irish Lion is always a joy to visit. The dishes are always flavorful and cooked expertly. Lots of good things on the menu. 2 surprises are the chicken wings and the oysters. An added bonus is extraordinarily knowledgeable bartenders. I always come away with...More

Thank 970JimW
Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

We started with steamed mussels and oysters Rockefeller. Yummy. Prime rib, lamb chops and beef medallions were our dinner choices. The prime rib is crazy good and enough for an entire family. The lamb chops were ok as was the beef. In all a good...More

Thank IndyGuyontheGo
Reviewed October 19, 2017

I first visited The Irish Lion about 3 years ago. Recently My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with a weekend at Lake Monroe and returned to The Irish Lion. The ambiance is wonderful, the woodwork is exquisite and the Chicken Kiev is simply perfection....More

Thank ssisk20
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Kathy Y
February 22, 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
August 5, 2016|
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Response from theirishlion | Property representative |
yes! GF menu items are marked, see menu on our website. Sláinte!
Peggy H
January 14, 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
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
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
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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