About Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

Located in downtown Cincinnati across from the Aronoff Center, Nicholson’s is a restaurant and bar serving fine food and drink in a genuine Scottish tavern setting. Taking inspiration from the public houses found throughout Great Britain, our goal is to provide our guests with authentic hospitality and a brilliant dining experience. In addition to high-quality food, we offer a wide variety of beer, wine, and spirits featuring one of the best selections of single malt scotch whiskies in the area. Our family of restaurants has grown in recent years to include two new concepts: Horse & Barrel Bourbon House and the Backstage Event Center located next door from Nicholson's Pub. Horse & Barrel is an award-winning whiskey bar with 100+ whiskeys and bourbons, specialty cocktails, craft beers, small bites and a friendly bourbon-loving staff. The Backstage Event Center is a private event venue hosting rehearsal dinners, weddings, cocktail parties, corporate events and more.

625 Walnut St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10am-9pm



Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 1am
Sunday: 11am - 9pm

Cross Street:
Between 6th and 7th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 564-9111

Website:
http://www.nicholsonspub.com/

Entertainment:
Bourbon & Blues - Live music every Thursday 6pm-9pm

Parking Details:
The valet is available every Friday and Saturday night at 6:00pm and Tuesday through Sunday on Aronoff Theater event nights. Price is $8.00.

Executive Chef:
Jeff Poore

Private Party Facilities:
Nicholson’s is located directly across from the Aronoff Center for Arts. Our 7500 square foot restaurant houses a series of individually decorated dining rooms. The expansive pub with its 16 ft ceiling is a great place for your next Happy Hour. The Hearth Room with its own working fireplace seats 32 or reception style 40.The Garden Room is bright and airy and has an attached patio, seats 50 or reception style 70. You can reserve our entire restaurant, 150 seated or 250 reception style. Some of our specialties are the Fish and Chips, Center Cut Pork Chops, Grilled Steak and Duck Fat Fries, Pan Seared Scottish Salmon with Caramelized Brussel Sprouts. Detailed mahogany and brass, antique glass and light fixtures from Scotland create an impressive and inviting atmosphere. Nicholson’s has the largest selection of Single Malt Scotch in the region and over 25 imported beers on tap. We are a great destination for your next rehearsal dinner, graduation, business dinner or birthday party.

Private Party Contact:
Kelly Schneider: (513) 550-1869

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join us for our 20th Anniversary Burns Night celebration on Thursday, January 25th @ 7pm. Call 513-564-9111 for reservations or email events@dinetrg.com to inquire about our premium ticketed event!

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Nicholson's Tavern & Pub Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.3

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (54)
Casual (41)
Happy Hour (41)
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Bar Seating (35)
Good for a Date (31)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Special Occasion (29)
Fun (29)
Great Beer (28)
Comfort Food (27)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Great for Lunch (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Cozy (16)
People Watching (16)
Authentic (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Late-night Find (12)
Quick Bite (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Business Meals (8)
Romantic (8)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Sports (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

My first time ordering the Fish & Chips. I've heard they were so good. Won't do that again.
Everything was cold. Two guests at our table had to send the fish back and ask for hot fish. The fries were cold. We didn't bother to ask for new fries. WE were cold. Apparently they were experiencing problems with the heat. They really should not have opened that day. We had reservations but would have gone somewhere else had they informed us. I don't think we'll be back. For the price and the recommended fish and chips item - our food should have been fresh and hot. All tasted as if they had been sitting around a while.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food and servive, but it was very cold-wear layers!

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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was excellent but the restaurant could be a little bit warmer...noticed many people along with us kept their coats on during dining.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Typically we love Nicholson’s but Sunday we had an 1130 reservation before a 1pm curtain- at 1220 I asked our waiter about how long and he gave no eta. We finally talked to the manager who said everyone had come in at once before the musical and bengals game and they were behind. We had about 10minutes to eat. My son is autistic and doesn’t rush well. I guess the moral is don’t go during busy times.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

We were seated in the back room and it was so cold. Our table was extremely uneven and nothing we could do kept it from rocking when touched. One of our bourbon glasses had a streak of something gross on it. And one of our appetizers was delivered to another table. Having said all that, our waiter, Cory, was fantastic and so accommodating given all the obstacles we incurred. The food was very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

Waiter was good and tried to make good of a bad situation. No heat in the restaurant, cold food and no apology from the manager.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Was very disappointed in our visit to Nicholsons ...as the temperature in the restaurant was extremely cold. The wait staff informed us that the manager/owner was there earlier that same day and knew the heat was not working properly. It was too cold to enjoy our meal...and the waiter kept bringing us hot chocolate and warm cups of water to warm our hands.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

The food and service was nicely done, but the restaurant's heating system was not functioning well. Most people kept their coats on during their visit.

Tags: Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

We usually love Nicholson’s before every play. However, this Saturday we were freezing, wearing coats, in the back room! It truly was ridiculously cold. We couldn’t get out fast enough. Hope this is fixed soon!

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

It is an older building and it was a little colder than we would have liked it to be. However, everything else was wonderful

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

Very delicious meal, great service and beautiful setting.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Always good and perfect when going to Theater we enjoyed it

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Perfect spot for drinks after work or dinner before the theater. Great Pub atmosphere with extensive menu. LOVED the Ploughmans Bread board with jam, honey butter, whipped goat cheese, olive oil. Friends love the comfort food like Shepherds Pie and Fried Chicken! Bonus was half-price wine bottles on Wednesday!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We have been going here for years with our play series and must admit the service and food are finally excellent. We stopped going for awhile due to both food and service. Missing dinner completely since the play was about to start and no food was delivered. You’ve come a long way!!!

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 4, 2017

It was enjoyable. However, one of the party ordered Irish Coffee and it was not presented well. Instead of floating the cream on top the placed whipped cream suspended over the coffee on small straws.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We took our girls here before a musical and the atmosphere was great. A great place for kids or adults to enjoy. Food was great and the variety was good. Great cocktails and coffee. Great cheesecake and pricing was good. We sit in the back room with the fireplace and the girls loved feeling "Fancy". It added to a great day.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always a good choice with a good balance of good good service and atmosphere.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great Service, very good food and terrific setting. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Live Sports, Fun, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great atmosphere, good food but service was not all that good. Forgot our appetizer, was slow with drinks, check was wrong. All got corrected though so I’ll give them credit for that.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great night at Nicholson’s! We had our family in for a visit to the city with a stop at fountain square to enjoy the Christmas tree lighting. Then we had a short walk to Nicholson’s for good food, drink and atmosphere! Fun night in the city!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Service is friendly. Salads have too much dressing on them.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

I miss the male kilts on all servers. The girl's outfits aren't quite right.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Had a great time. Service was outstanding. Food was good. The roof was leaking from the heavy rain. Other than that we had a great time.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We waited at least 20 minutes for someone to come to our table. Once they did, the food and drink were great!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We had driven to Cincinnati from Indianapolis to attend a concert at the Taft Theatre, and we always try to find a moderately priced restaurant near a concert venue to enjoy before the show. We usually stick to Indy or Chicago for shows, and usually go to an English or Irish themed pub... both of us being part Scottish, we were delighted to find Nicholson's! The duck fat fries, housemade ketchup, and Scotch Egg were fantastic! (The Scot Brown and fried fish parts of our meal were fine, just not exceptional) Our waiter, Corey, was funny and attentive... we had a great time!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I guess I’m getting old, the music was too loud. The pork loin was absolutely delicious!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Both my daughters, both picky eaters, lived their meals... definitely be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always love coming to Nicholson's. it is one of my favorite places in Cincinnati. Service is always great, and the food is wonderful. We ordered two appetizers, and split the entrée. That was more than enough. We always like to go here before the Aronoff, and this just adds to enjoyment of the entire day. Highly recommend Nicholson's!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service BUT no heat. The cold was unbearable

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

we had an awesome ecperience. Deedee was a fabulous server, we drank a local micro brew porter that was fantastic. The Ruben sandwich...yum! and the fish and chips riveld those we had in England.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We were there before play and they were very accommodating and getting our food order out to us in a timely fashion

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

I was able to make a reservation online which was very convenient. My daughter and I are going to a show at the Aronoff. They seated us immediately, the waiter was knowledgeable and helped us make selections that we were interested in. It was awesome to be able to substitute side items that each of us wanted to try with our meal. The beer was excellent, the choices were excellent. We talked a little too much at the table and ended up having to get our check pretty quickly but the waiter didn't give us any bad attitude about that brought it immediately. I would highly recommend this place! It was an expensive dinner, but it was a special occasion.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great as always! this is a perfect place for pre-Aronoff dinner. Eat, drink, walk across street and you're set!

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food was great but service was slow and almost nonexistent.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went on a date night. Atmosphere was excellant in the back room by the fireplace. Food was great and the prices are very resonable. Great customer service. Waitress had great communication skills. Noise level was excellent. We could carry on a good conversation. Overall rating for this experience was excellent.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

The ploughmans bread board was amazing. It would be great to share before a meal or to eat just as a light meal. The Blood & sand cocktail was absolutely amazing. Very smooth, and just rolls over the tongue. And you cannot leave without dessert. The pot de creme is a must!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Would like to see new things added to menu periodically.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were seated in the very back room. The room was extremely noisy and dark. It was my first time for dinner. We had to scream to speak with each other. We couldn’t hear the server, and she had a hard time communicating with us. We had to ask for our drinks after 5-10 minutes. We were asked to order our dinner before we received our drinks or APP. The entrees came before we were finished with our salad.... table not big enough for all the plates. It was very disappointing. I wouldn’t seat guests in this room for dinner service. We should have asked to be moved.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a really great waitress. I believe her name was Kelsey. The food was awesome as usual,

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Visiting family member in Cincinnati and wanted a special venue for dinner. Have been to this location in the past and have enjoyed the food, the service, and the atmosphere. A good selection of beer/wine, in addition to favorite menu choices and ample serving portions. Will continue dining at Nicholson's and recommending to friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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