National Mechanics

National Mechanics

American Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
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    Has a stamp of approval from Men's Health Mag and visitPA
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    • visitPA
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    ZAIRE D.
    "Good place to dance and knock back an Obama Bomb!"(7 Tips)
    Amy S.
    "MYO Bloody Mary bar = awesome."(7 Tips)
    "You can't go wrong with their veggie burger!"(15 Tips)
    Lynn L.
    "F - National Burger (4)"(3 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon155 Tips and reviews
  • obama bomb
  • karaoke
  • good for groups
  • happy hour
  • bar
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  • Rachel B.heart icon on user image
    Rachel BrownAugust 13, 2014
    Any type of absinthe drink! The creme brulee is delicious. Awesome place, sweet decorations. Good place to hang with all types of people! Friendly staff. Love the decor!!
  • Krystal H.heart icon on user image
    Krystal H.October 14, 2018
    Love that they accommodate Meetup groups for science on tap. It has to be a giant pain for the wait staff but nearly all of them maintains friendly and helpful demeanor anyway.
  • Chelsea C.
    Chelsea C ☀November 1, 2013
    Try the Obama bomb. If you have good taste, you won't be disappointed. If you were an 80's or 90's kid, you'll also dig the music selection. Some old mixed with the new and loooud!
  • Lauren S.heart icon on user image
    Lauren SmithSeptember 17, 2017
    Cool old building with a darkened but relaxed interior. Bloody Mary bar is a little kitschy but still good and reasonably priced ($10 for pick your own rim, liquor and accoutrements)
  • Krystal H.heart icon on user image
    Krystal H.October 14, 2018
    Love that they accommodate Meetup groups for science on tap. It has to be a giant pain for the wait staff but nearly all of them maintains friendly and helpful demeanor anyway.
  • Krystal H.heart icon on user image
    Krystal H.October 14, 2018
    Love that they accommodate Meetup groups for science on tap. It has to be a giant pain for the wait staff but nearly all of them maintains friendly and helpful demeanor anyway.
  • Annieheart icon on user image
    AnnieOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    $6 burgers/veggie burgers during happy hour. Perpetual happy hour on Yuenglings ($3). You can easily spend very little or live like a hip king here. Awesome brunch, too.
  • Vivek V.
    Vivek VenkatramJune 30, 2017
    Set in the former Mechanics National Bank building in Old City, this bar/restaurant looks great from the outside and sports an eccentric but warm atmosphere inside.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 8, 2011
    They built this bar inside the walls of the old National Mechanics Bank. 18 taps. A great whiskey list. Most adventurous, but crazy good, things to order? Bacon vodka or jalapeno tequila, straight up.
  • Jeremy F.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy FergusonJuly 14, 2014
    Amazing cocktails, delicious food, and very friendly servers. Loved this place! Try the veggie burger, even if you aren't vegetarian!
  • Robert H.heart icon on user image
    Robert HeilJanuary 29, 2018
    Brussel Sprouts... Amazing. Also enjoyed an amazing Salmon dish.
  • David R.heart icon on user image
    David RosenbloomNovember 24, 2014
    Awesome plantain chips and pretty solid selection of beers on tap. Fish & chips is pretty freaking rad as well.
  • Meg F.heart icon on user image
    Meg FeganJune 11, 2015
    Frito pie (limited edition) was fabulous!!! Both of my kids loved their meals and the crab cake sandwich was great too!
  • Reinhold Residential
    Reinhold ResidentialAugust 31, 2012
    Enjoy quizzo and karaoke during the week and an amazing DIY bloody mary station & brunch on the weekends in a former bank building from 1837.
  • Melissa V.
    Melissa VMay 18, 2013
    I expected something different....its a large room with 2 single coed bathrooms tucked in a corner that you need to fight your way to through the crowd. its dark and very Edgar Allen poe in there.
  • Theodore P.heart icon on user image
    Nice place for a drink or a dinner. Great area. Very interesting and cozy environment.
  • Amy S.
    Amy ShellhammerJanuary 19, 2012
    If you're in the area on a weekend, stop here for Sunday brunch. MYO Bloody Mary bar = awesome. Also, try the skillets or the Eggs Maryland.
  • Allie I.
    Allie IlaganJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Visit this historic Old City bar, which the techie community loves so much it's like a modern day Cheers -- where everyone knows your Twitter name!
  • richard s.heart icon on user image
    richard sheppardMay 13, 2018
    The pretzels 👍Was there last year and it was a 10/10, now it’s a 4/10,, or just a bad day? Mooshy gooey veggie burger, oddly dry sawdust French fries!!! Beer was cold!! Burlesque show was Hilarious
  • Ro J.heart icon on user image
    Ro JAugust 5, 2014
    Must do if you're in Philly. Great beer selection and their cheese platter is amazing!
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TimkenAugust 3, 2012
    Go at night to get the cool experience. Best Tom Collins - love watching the big screen especially during the Olympics. London 2012!!!
  • Netta P.
    Netta PJanuary 1, 2012
    veggie burger is made with fresh veggies & is delish with the egg on top. (and I eat meat, too! prefer their veggie burger!)
  • John P.heart icon on user image
    John PennerFebruary 16, 2015
    Cool bar in a beautiful old building. Unpretentious place to have a beer in a very touristy area.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyJanuary 12, 2012
    If you're not easily offended... head to National Mechanics on Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. for Pub Quiz hosted by a foul-mouthed Irishman. Filthy team names are strongly encouraged. Read more
  • Rachel S.heart icon on user image
    Rachel ShifmanMarch 21, 2017
    One of the best bars in Philly. Cool atmosphere and awesome drink list
  • Sonny K.heart icon on user image
    Sonny KwokSeptember 7, 2018
    Nice bar, nice staff, and they have a happy hour from 5-7.
  • Joia M.
    Joia MFebruary 4, 2016
    I highly recommend the vegetarian tortellini! The drinks are great too!
  • Brendan R.heart icon on user image
    Brendan RastetterAugust 23, 2014
    Great beer selection! Only place I know that regularly has La Fin Du Monde.
  • Philadelphia Science Festival
    Science on Tap presents its third annual PSF Science Quizzo. Teams square off to answer tidbits of science trivia in this all-out battle for top scientific prowess. Mon. April 22, 6-8pm. Free Read more
  • Francesca K.
    Francesca KrihelyApril 10, 2012
    Please host your event here! Paul is awesome and the food is superb. Ask for the filet mignion skewers.
  • John K.heart icon on user image
    John KrogmanDecember 6, 2019
    Great place and good vibe. Had the roast pork sandwich. It was awesome!
  • Steph P.
    Steph ParkerJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for a round of Apple Whiskey shots - I've been told it's made in-house. It's full of cinnamon goodness that will definitely warm you up on a cold night.
  • Thomasheart icon on user image
    ThomasMay 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for the off-menu sausage, egg and cheese (American) breakfast sandwich at brunch.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SearlOctober 17, 2010
    Great atmosphere and unofficial "tech" crowd hangout. Inside a really cool old bank building. Download the iPhone "Remote" app and control their jukebox without leaving your seat!
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrownMay 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try our World Famous Veggie Burger! Great with bacon!
  • JP V.
    JP VSeptember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Planet Hollywood for Hipsters. Decent food. Appetizers and salads are better than entrees. Beware the 8 ounce beers.
  • Daniel T.heart icon on user image
    Daniel TewfikJune 24, 2015
    Fruit salad was surprisingly good. Tons of yogurt and fruit.
  • Marissa L.
    Marissa LuciferoJuly 15, 2012
    French toast with bananas and fresh berries is yum!!
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    RCJune 12, 2015
    Good burger and good place to discuss the finer points of science.
  • Dutch U.
    Dutch UmbrellaOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Being a Texan, I love the Frito Pie! Great tasting, fun to eat, and brings back memories of summer days as a kid at the pool and my brothers little league games.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McCormickApril 4, 2015
    Great place. Wish they would book more live music. !!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyNovember 29, 2010
    Try throwback menu items like corn dogs or the “Frito Taco Extravaganza” — a split-open bag of Frito’s topped with a heavenly medley of chili and cheddar cheese.
  • Melisandre A.heart icon on user image
    Melisandre AnimatorAugust 21, 2016
    Brunch bloody Mary bar kicks ass and the service is always on point!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineAugust 15, 2012
    During the week from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. get $6 National burgers, veggie burgers and drink specials. Read more
  • Foodie & The Beastheart icon on user image
    Foodie & The BeastAugust 1, 2015
    Great atmosphere and decent menu and drinks.
  • J M.heart icon on user image
    J McGeeMarch 12, 2015
    Neat old building. Nice barkeep. Quirky decor.
  • Gary N.heart icon on user image
    Gary NoeSeptember 17, 2014
    What a place! Great beers and awesome chicken nachos
  • Jon D.heart icon on user image
    Jon DiggsSeptember 18, 2016
    Obama Bomb tastes like a vanilla milkshake highly recommend!
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BlessingJune 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Order the mac and cheese with a side of veggies. YUM!
  • Erin M.
    Erin MulrooneySeptember 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The chocolate tuxedo cake is amazing! Great selection of local beers also. Love the atmosphere here.
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