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Nicholson's Tavern & Pub Restaurant Review: It would be easy to write this place off as just another pub. But it's more than that. It's theater in the city's theater district, where the servers wear kilts and the menu has everything from a Scotch egg to duck-fat fries. The drinks list is impressive, and the atmosphere is warm, with wood paneling and cozy nook booths. The Scottish-flavored tavern faces the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and it lures theatergoers in search of a nightcap or single-malt scotch. The menu roves far beyond updated British classics, with appetizers and tavern fare excelling. For starters, try the aforementioned Scotch egg, a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage and breadcrumbs presented in a nest of fried pasta with Scottish pub mustard. Entrées include traditional favorites like shepherd's pie or bangers and mash, comfort foods such as buttermilk fried chicken, and fish or a steak. For dessert, try the sticky toffee pudding with vanilla custard, a cobbler or the house-made cheesecake. Service is welcoming, and the happy hour has good deals. Boutique beers and spirits are available. The owners have gone to great lengths to create an inviting atmosphere, including front and back patios that are open seasonally.