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Nicholson's Tavern & Pub Restaurant Review: Nicholson's, with its warm wood paneling and cozy nook booths, dubs itself Cincinnati's first and finest gastropub. The Scottish-flavored tavern faces the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and it lures theatergoers in search of a nightcap or single-malt scotch. Owners have gone to great lengths to create an inviting atmosphere, including front and back patios that are open seasonally. The menu roves far beyond updated British classics, with appetizers and tavern fare winning the best of show. For starters, try the Scotch egg, a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage and bread crumbs 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 with a side of duck fat fries. For dessert, try the sticky toffee pudding with vanilla custard, a seasonal cobbler or the house-made cheesecake. Service is welcoming, and the happy hour has good deals. Boutique beers and spirits are available.