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The Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub

) #5 of 275 Restaurants in Bloomington $$ - $$$ 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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Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
212 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-5144
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Irish Lion is one of the quaint downtown restaurants that makes Bloomington popular. The atmosphere is outstanding, very old, grand pub. The food is excellent and the bar is plentiful.

Thank kilhill
Reviewed 5 days ago

The wife and I had dinner here with another couple on a Sunday. We were from out of town to attend the Boogie Woogie jazz fest and chose this place because it had beer by the yard and was within easy walking distance. The building...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

For a pub-type venue, this place is great. They have a menu of restaurant entrees that go well beyond the burgers and grease of the usual college town pub. And the entrees are nicely done but a bit formulaic and not exceptional. There don't seem...More

Thank Loki_and_Odin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with a group from work and sat outside on a nice summer evening. Had some nice cold brews and good meals, especially the fish & chips and the beef medalions.

1  Thank scottbradford1961
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate lunch here twice. I sat at the bar the first day since I was by myself and the nice bar tender was so friendly and the food was so good that I returned the next day and was welcomed back. A couple sitting...More

1  Thank NewOrleansSwimmer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had delicious fish & chips, sausage soup & kids meal for dinner. Sat outside, nice ambience. Service was good.

1  Thank Queenwondergirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely charming historical Irish charms. Unique menu items and drinks. The staff was very attentive as well as suggestive.

1  Thank steve26969
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great "American" Irish food! Lots of dishes made in house! Be sure to ask if you aren't sure... The apple walnut cake is phenomenal... Again made in house.. If you want a great waiter please ask for roger! He is amazing and cares for people...More

2  Thank matmeljade
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came to Bloomington for my birthday and decided to try the Irish Lion for dinner. It took awhile to get a table on a Saturday night - about a 20 minute wait. Actually, once we got inside there were lots of empty tables -...More

1  Thank jjillmomma
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the Irish Lion for some appetizers and a nightcap while visiting Bloomington. Our server Maddy was a doll, very sweet, helpful & friendly! We had Blarney Puffs which were different and good, never had them in Ireland. Drinks were good the other appetizers,...More

1  Thank tagent22
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Questions & Answers
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 clerk22 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Please call.
Peggy H
15 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
USD 7 - USD 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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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