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Thank you, Bloomington. It has been a privilege serving you for 42 years.

-The Irish Lion Clan 


The owner has retired.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our amazing team, loyal guests, and valued business and community partners for their unwavering support, which has been instrumental in the ongoing success of the Irish Lion.

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Cead Mile Fáilte

A True Public House Experience

A Bloomington Tradition Since 1882 | 1982

Located in the heart of downtown Bloomington, 1/2 block west of the square. The locally owned Irish Lion Restaurant & Pub offers a true taste of Ireland. Where friends & family gather to dine on traditional Irish spirits & fare — seafood, steaks, lamb, Dublin pub stews, and pub grub. 


A restored historic 1882 vintage brick tavern, with cast iron columns, stained glass windows, an original Brunswick back bar, Civil War vintage front bar, 1900's mahogany & 1915 oak back bars, it will be sure to remind you of the Victorian pubs in the old country.

For the whisk{e}y connoisseur, an extensive collection of single malt scotch whiskies, Irish whiskeys, and American Rye & Bourbons. Full bar, classic & 1800s cocktails, wine list, and pouring the finest Irish & European imports on draught. Sláinte (cheers)!

Join Us for Ól, Bia agus Craic!

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If you can't make it to Ireland, do the next best thing.

The Irish Lion Food
An rud nach leigheasann im ná uisce beatha níl aon leigheas air.

What butter or whiskey does not cure cannot be cured

-Irish Proverb

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