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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.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Gastro Pub, Steakhouse, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 1am
Sunday: 11am - 9pm
Between 6th and 7th
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bourbon & Blues - Live music every Thursday 6pm-9pm
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about our premium ticketed event!
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Nicholson's Tavern & Pub Ratings and Reviews
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!!
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!!!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We had reservations at Nicholson's before seeing something across the street at the Aronoff. The server was extremely nice and helped to make sure we had our food, drinks and bill as quickly as possible so we didn't miss our show. (Which was our fault for cutting it too close.) Everything we had was DELICIOUS. The lamb burger was unique and melted in my mouth. We will definitely be back when we have a little more time to slow-down and enjoy...and have more than one beer!
My mother and I went here for dinner before a show at the theater and only had a bit of trouble when we walked through the front door. The host stand was behind the bar which took a moment to find. We were seated right away due to the lovely reservation app they have online. Our waiter did an excellent job with his introduction of himself and the restaurant. He offered the typical start of alcohol and appetizers but was not too pushy when we wanted to jump strait to dinner. It took a little why to cook but it was worth it when it arrived. Mom got the pot roast and it was absolutely delicious. I got the lamb burger and asparagus and it was also fairly good although I have had better lamb. For dessert we had the chocolate pot we creme and it was heaven! I will definitly be back and will reccomend to my friends.
I have always loved Nicholson’s for their great food and location to the Aronoff. But on Friday's it is not as nice and relaxing as other times. Our food and drinks were great, but the pacing of the meal made our table look like a pile up on I75. We were still eating an appetizer when the salad came and a few minutes later our meals. I was never offered a refill on drinks. Everything seemed to be hurried along. They were busy, but we had made reservations and were rushed out in less than an hour. Just not the atmosphere we were looking for that night.
This restaurant has never let us down, great food, great scotch , great service. It was my older brothers 60th Birthday, we could not have chosen a better setting or a better place to eat. We could actually hear each other speak without yelling, we will return!!!
The food was pretty good. My daughter an I always go before a show because of the signature cocktails. There has ALWAYS been a non-alcoholic version for her. When we asked about that, our server said NO and was obviously annoyed that we dared to ask that question. So we ordered water and asked for a minute. When he came back he said “I can make a black berry sprite”. We were never offered refills on drinks or water. I ended up chewing my ice at the end of our meal. He gave me the wrong bill at the end and when I flagged him over he said “I’m coming!” Again, annoyed. Not a good experience. We will most likely go somewhere else for the next show. If I want this kind of service I’ll just go to Taco Bell instead.
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