Overview: Nicholson’s was my last stop on my first (downtown) Cincy beer trip of walk-able destinations relative to the Duke Energy Convention Center. I didn’t plan on stopping by, but the reasonable beer & food prices got me through the door. Walking inside, I couldn’t believe this place was as inexpensive as it was- it’s really a beautifully done space. The bar area is quite large, and the seating beyond- in three separate distinct sections- is more than ample. I think I caught a glimpse of a patio beyond the back room. Somebody spent a lot of money to get this place right, down to the last detail. The result is impressive, if not a little put-on. Service was Alex, a kind and attentive lass (couldn’t resist) who seemed to appreciate Premier League just as much as the customer with whom she was conversing.
Selection included mostly UK imports (particularly Belhaven) with a fairly dull mix of American craft beer. I had a scotch egg that was well presented and pretty tasty; the other food coming out looked great, and at least one customer nearby expressed some pleasure with his meal. About five bucks for most pints, and some flights available as well (four in a flight); food was appropriately priced for the quality.
PROS: Beautifully done space with friendly service; seems like a good place to dine. CONS: Beer selection seems not to rotate, and is not a particularly creative lineup. OVERALL: Definitely not a beer destination in itself, but a nice enough setting for a good meal. Downtown, so lots of paid parking all around.
Overall, I enjoyed my time here, though that was driven more by the food than by the beer. They had a fairly wide tap list, focusing primarily on stuff from the UK along with a handful of craft taps, but most of the stuff is very common. Great service, but nothing that particularly excited me on the beer front. I did get a couple that I hadn’t had before, but nothing that I was overtly seeking. Cool place, lots of dark wood and a great pub vibe. Just not a great beer destination.
Nice Scottish themed restaurant. Full bar with lots of scotch and whiskey. The food is top notch and the beer selection is very nice with some ethnically appropriate beers to choose from . Worth the stop if you are looking for a nice restaurant downtown.
(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.
Nicholson’s Tavern and Pub is a large, classy UK-themed pub. The crowd here on a Monday was more on the yuppie side. The tap list is quite solid with mostly token UK beers but a few surprises like Bells Kalamazoo on cask, a rotating offering from Brewdog, and a few other craft offerings. The service was excellent. The food was interesting. Our spinach & artichoke dip appetizer was arguably the best of its kind I’ve ever had. The fish & chips was arguably the worst I’ve ever had at a restaurant such as this. The "chips" were precut steak fries like one might get in the frozen food aisle at the grocery store. The fish were densely breaded with a very crunchy and thick covering. Perhaps other items on the menu are preferable. I had a fantastic time with my beer, though.
While on vacation in Cincy with my wife, I scoped this place out because I heard they had a great selection of imported beers from Europe. I couldn’t have been happier with my decision. The place looks as if it is out of what I remember from my trip to England. Dark wood, unique seating, and great service. The food was outstanding. My wife had a burger with pineapple, pancetta, and other ingredients that was amazing and my lobster mac and cheese hit the spot. I was able to get a flight of any beers I wanted, which I don’t always get at beer bars, so I was happy. I received a Brewdog Smokehead Imperial Stout, Goose Island Pepe Nero, Kronenberg 1664, and Chimay. I was impressed with the selection and the knowledgeable staff. A great place to visit if you want to experience the joy that life can bring.