Nicholson's Tavern & Pub
Taps: 21 / Bottles: 28
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Atmosphere was awesome. Has the traditional Irish pub feel with a more contemporary flair. They had a band play who was good. Beer selection was great. Lots of nice one-offs and a wide variety to choose from. Lots of great food options, I had the Lobster Mac & Cheese. It was alright. For the price, I expected rainbows to shoot out of this stuff, but it was pretty normal mac & cheese. I'd still like to try something else. Beyond the pricey menu, everything else was spot on. Overall, great.
02-20-2012 02:18:20 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
4.6/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Was up in the Queen City for a residency interview and decided to grab lunch at this 'gastropub' that caught my eye.
In all fairness, lunch isn't the best time to go to a place for a feel of the atmosphere so I am willing to re-assess that aspect in the future (provided I match or pre-match at CCHMC), because all other aspects were very, very nice.
Old style pub-like, very nice and spacious with a central bar. Few patrons there at lunch at the time I went, and decided to sit at the bar. This in turn was very favourable because the bartender appointed a considerable attention to me, although based on his whole demeanor that would've probably been the case had I been there on a friday evening as well. Kind enough to let me taste the cask available at that moment, advised me on drinking a two-hearted and even gave me some pointers on pouring a proper black-and-tan.
The selection is nice, if not a bit restricted. Some 20 taps I'd guess right now, but it's nice to see they have plenty unusual beers and cask-conditioned ales. Some 15 craft bottles as well but this is including some very, very nice stuff right there. It's not fully specialised but I'd say it's far from short for a good few nights' worth.
Food is sublime. I came from NY having a very skewed concept about reubens outside of the apple but it turns out Nicholson's makes their own corned beef (and I assume their own sauerkraut too) which were beautifully blended between two slices of bread. very, very tasty.
Overall I wish I can go back to Nicholson's soon to try some other deals (namely, their corned beef hash) and have a beer in a more laid back atmosphere. But the place is brilliant day round.
12-13-2011 03:39:43 | More by Andreji
3.73/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
(Visited 07/2011): Nicholson's Tavern & Pub is located in the heard of downtown Cincinnati on Walnut between 6th and 7th. Street parking is the best bet in the surrounding area.
The inside features a lot of dark wood with the bar area in the center and table seating elsewhere. Lots of windows looking out to the street.
The bar itself features around 20 taps, primarily from the UK. Brands like Boddington's, Fuller's, Harp, Belhaven, Young's and the like are the focus. There are a few domestic options from Goose Island and Kentucky Brewing for example. As for bottles there are maybe 40, again the focus being on UK brews like Brew Dog and Samuel Smith's. Domestic craft brewers like 21st Amendment and Dogfish Head are also options. Of course they do the whole layered thing too. In addition they have sample paddles.
Service at Nicholson's is pretty good. Not everyone working here is going to be a beer expert but it should not be expected.
We did not try any food on our visit.
Overall this is a good spot to grab a beer and perhaps some fish & chips in downtown Cincy.
12-06-2011 22:15:06 | More by Dogbrick
4.9/5 rDev +15%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I went here prior to talking my wife to see the Nutcracker for lunch and a couple of beers. It has a wonderful selection of both European and American beer-impressed that they even had a beer from Dark Horse (Michigan brewery) on tap. The food was very good (although a little pricey) and both myself and my wife found many things on the menu that looked great. Her fish and chips were out of this world! Great atmosphere and gave the feeling of a true English/Scottish tavern. The wait staff and bartenders were very friendly and knowledgable. Would reccomend to anyone who happens to be in the area.
12-31-2009 01:20:12 | More by gobucks1
4.85/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Nicholson's is a frequent Lunch and Happy Hour spot of mine. The only thing better than their beer/scotch selection is their Bartenders; knowledgeable and friendly. The food is great (killer Fish-n-Chips) and either the front or back patio are an excellent downtown outdoor location.
One notable experience at the bar was when I met two gentleman in town from Wales. They commented that Nicholson's had the best beer selection they've encountered in the states. To them, it felt like a bar back home.
09-28-2009 01:17:17 | More by Hat
4.63/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went here for the first time the other day to get some sweet brewdog on tap. Nice place.. Looks like waiting room for heaven. Wood everywhere, nice scotch collection, and some decent beers on tap. Most the beers I saw in my brief trip were fairly popular macros, but also had some other stuff on tap, and in bottles. The service was nice, and the waitress, was certainly helpful in making sure the plethora of questions I had got answered.
Food was pretty good, though the prices are a little high!
Good place to have a cigar and scotch (or a beer) in the even that you could smoke inside in Cincinnati.
EDIT: I am really impressed with the staff here. The fiance and I went for a drink post show, and were greeted with excellent service all night. They were out of the beer the fiance wanted so the manager paid for a bomber of a similar beer. I have also been getting updates on availability of special releases from the manager directly by email. This personal touch really is something amazing in this day and age.
07-01-2009 20:46:20 | More by Beejay
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a nice spot in downtown Cincinnati. I've stopped in a few times before and after catching shows at the Aronoff (right across the street) and the Taft. This review is based on my most recent visit before the Wilco show on the 12th of June.
They are going for the feel of a Scottish-type pub here. When you walk in, there is a massive bar...like an island in the middle of the room. The bar is stocked with may varieties of Scotch, and then located around the entire oval of the bar are their many beer taps.
Their draught selection is quite good, with everything from Scottish to English to Belgian to American craft brew offerings. The first time I visited Nicholson's they ha Harvistoun's Old Engine Oil on tap...which was a real treat. They get this seasonally on tap. Their cask ale also rotates. In the past it has been an ESB brewed by Barrel House in Cincinnati...this time it was Red Sky at Night by Clipper City...and it was very good. The other beer I had was Goose Island's Demolition, served in a tall wine glass.
Their food is pretty good, too. It's a bit pricey, but check out the Scottish Egg. I've had their fish and chips, which is exceptional. They have some decent sandwiches and pub grub, but also some very fine entrees and specials...this night they had a salmon filet with roasted asparagus atop some type of basil or something risotto. Didn't try it, but our waitress said it was outstanding.
So, for beer selection...this place is great...and it's nice to see a place that has cask ale. Their pints are a bit pricey, as is the food, but I think it's relative to the area in which it is located. I don't get down to Cincinnati very often, but when I'm downtown for a concert, this is the first place I want to go.
06-16-2009 14:08:13 | More by movingtrain
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been here a number of times over the past three years and finally decided it's time to get a review in.
If you're in downtown Cincinnati and on foot, this is your best good beer option. Don't get too excited, because the "bar" is set pretty low.
It's a micro chain with about three locations in Cincinnati and one I know of in Louisville. The interiors are all very well done and some of the gents working there sport the kilt.
Why I like it...
The best fish and chips I've ever had.
Nice bar area atmosphere
Enough discreet TV's to distract you
Flights of Scotch...tempting even for the beer geek
Solid tap list. While it's mostly English beers, which I'm not a huge fan, they always have an interesting domestic craft on tap. This weekend they had the super rare Goose Island Night Stalker and a cask Heavy Seas IPA. Both big hits in my book. The prices are on the higher side for beer but nothing out of the realm of what you would expect to pay at a nice downtown location.
They also have a respectable bottle list.
04-06-2009 21:29:34 | More by Yetiman420
4.58/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped by on my typical trip home for Christmas. I was pleasantly surprised with some new beers from the last time I had visited. They had Matilda, Chimay Red, Frere Jaques, Great Lakes Xmas, and Rogue's Mocha Porter on Cask. These along with other UK favorites such as Boddington's and Fuller's ales. My choice for the day was the Rogue Mocha Porter on cask, which was excellent.
I had the fish and chips, which probably wasn't the best to pair with a mocha porter, but that's why I had a water to go along with my beer.
01-10-2009 00:55:17 | More by beerman20
3.93/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ok now this place seemed a little out of place downtown. From the outside it really did not look like much, but once I walked in I was literally blown away. This is probably as close to Scotland as I have ever been. The menu looked excellent and my sandwich was superb, the staff was very helpful and the service extremely efficient. Now the beer selection was not the greatest, but was true to the theme here, nice to see cask ale making a comeback as well. The scotch selection was insane, I really do not know much about all that, but I felt I had to try one since there were so many. I asked the bartender for a recommendation, which they were happy to oblige; I could see where people would like this, but not really for me. Overall this was a really cool place that I would love to visit again. Some themed places come off cheesy or corny; this did a great job at really just being a cool place to chill.
01-25-2008 00:35:40 | More by mikesgroove
Nicholson's Tavern & Pub in Cincinnati, OH
94 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.