National Mechanics

National Mechanics

Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
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  • ZAIRE D.
    "Good place to dance and knock back an Obama Bomb!"(6 Tips)
    Amy S.
    "MYO Bloody Mary bar = awesome."(6 Tips)
    Reinhold Residential
    "former bank building"(3 Tips)
    Philadelphia Magazine
    "week from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. get $6 National burgers"(3 Tips)
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  • Rachel B.
    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!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Annie
    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 Venkatram3 weeks ago
    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.
  • 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.
  • Jeremy F.
    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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • David R.
    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.
    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!
  • 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!)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanAugust 5, 2014
    Must do if you're in Philly. Great beer selection and their cheese platter is amazing!
  • John P.
    John PennerFebruary 16, 2015
    Cool bar in a beautiful old building. Unpretentious place to have a beer in a very touristy area.
  • 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
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RastetterAugust 23, 2014
    Great beer selection! Only place I know that regularly has La Fin Du Monde.
  • Thomas
    ThomasMay 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask for the off-menu sausage, egg and cheese (American) breakfast sandwich at brunch.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Marissa L.
    Marissa LuciferoJuly 15, 2012
    French toast with bananas and fresh berries is yum!!
  • 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.
  • Joia M.
    Joia MFebruary 4, 2016
    I highly recommend the vegetarian tortellini! The drinks are great too!
  • Rachel S.
    One of the best bars in Philly. Cool atmosphere and awesome drink list
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrownMay 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try our World Famous Veggie Burger! Great with bacon!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Andy K.
    Andy KeithFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The steak sliders and Pinot Nior were awesome. The jalapeño margarita was interesting, but spicy.
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BlessingJune 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Order the mac and cheese with a side of veggies. YUM!
  • Kara L.
    Kara LaFleurMay 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Peach Bellini the perfect spring punch, especially with brunch!
  • RC
    RCJune 12, 2015
    Good burger and good place to discuss the finer points of science.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikJune 24, 2015
    Fruit salad was surprisingly good. Tons of yogurt and fruit.
  • Jenni R.
    Jenni RussellJuly 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Pulled BBQ Flank Steak Sliders are DELISH! Plus the $2.50 Yuenglung drafts = awesome drinks and noms.
  • Kristin U.
    Kristin UhligMay 28, 2011
    Very nice staff here. Refresh yourself with a "Lounh" Collins, it's light and delicious when it's hot out.
  • Kyle
    KyleApril 7, 2012
    Love the karaoke here on tuesday night. Nick is the man!
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McCormickApril 4, 2015
    Great place. Wish they would book more live music. !!
  • Jimmy F.
    Jimmy FrazierApril 3, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The National Skillet—all full of ham, cheese, fried potatoes, and egg—makes for a delicious brunch.
  • Thomas
    ThomasAugust 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The tuna melt is a great choice if you want comfort food.
  • Puja V.
    Puja VyasJanuary 5, 2012
    Favorite bar in Philly. Big, lots of character and good beer.
  • J M.
    J McGeeMarch 12, 2015
    Neat old building. Nice barkeep. Quirky decor.
  • Melisandre A.
    Melisandre AnimatorAugust 21, 2016
    Brunch bloody Mary bar kicks ass and the service is always on point!
  • Concierge
    ConciergeNovember 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    You can't go wrong with their veggie burger! ( I'm a meat eater =)
  • Lynn L.
    7//27/15 L - Crispy Chicken Salad (4). F - National Burger (4)
  • Gary A.
    Gary AlanSeptember 17, 2014
    What a place! Great beers and awesome chicken nachos
  • Foodie & The Beast
    Foodie & The BeastAugust 1, 2015
    Great atmosphere and decent menu and drinks.
  • David S.
    David SincavageSeptember 21, 2014
    Build your own Bloody Mary bar. 😜😄😄
  • Roseann L.
    Roseann LoSchiavoSeptember 7, 2013
    Juicy fall off the bone honey BBQ ribs.
  • Shawn M.
    Shawn MooreOctober 28, 2012
    Great spot for drinks & professional conversation
  • visitPA
    visitPAMay 22, 2010
    Welcome to the unofficial tech crowd hangout in Philly - hope you QR'd this check-in. Note the famous Philadelphians on their pint glasses: Edgar Allan Poe, Bill Cosby, and even Mayor Nutter. Read more
  • Marc G.
    Marc GravelOctober 4, 2012
    Montreal students are coming next weekends! What do you suggest and when is the best time to come this weekend?
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BurnsJuly 4, 2010
    Order a "dirty ho" (hoegaarden with framboise) to drink with nachos (add grilled chicken!) nom nom nom!
  • Monica C.
    Monica CubillosMay 17, 2011
    ++ spoke to the owner, the mayor here gets a round for themselves and two of their friends. Bet your ass I'll be haunting this place!
  • Jon D.
    Jon DiggsSeptember 18, 2016
    Obama Bomb tastes like a vanilla milkshake highly recommend!
  • Thomas
    ThomasJune 15, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Order the "Double Standard", a veggie burger with bacon.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MartinJanuary 25, 2010
    Veggie burgers are delish. This upcoming Sunday should be a lot of fun - rub-a-dub Sunday (f*ck up ur Monday) ... $2 beers and great tunes - does it get better?
  • Justin S.
    Justin SimmonsDecember 15, 2012
    Great atmosphere for drinks with friends.
  • Melissa Fe' M.
    Melissa Fe' MyersNovember 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Veggie burger with fried egg add bacon. Sooo. Goood!
  • Nihal S.
    Nihal SolomonSeptember 22, 2013
    Try their Nachos Grande for sure!
  • Jess C.
    Jess ConnorsOctober 25, 2011
    The gremlin- best drink ever! Bacardi lemon n grapejuice.. Yum!
  • Thomas
    ThomasJune 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    At the brunch on Sat/Sun get the Eggs Benedict.
  • Thomas
    ThomasJuly 14, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the Eggs Benedict at brunch. Never look back.
  • Philly K.
    Philly KaraokeOctober 7, 2012
    Karaoke is every Tuesday at 9pm! Hosted by Nick's Xtreme Karaoke!
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 8, 2010
    They have a make your own bloody mary bar! And delicious veggie burgers.
  • Dylan D.
    Dylan DurrantJuly 13, 2010
    Apples remote app will let you control the jukebox (Mac Mini). Be careful not to ruin the mood. (the Golden Girls theme).
  • ZAIRE D.
    ZAIRE DURANT-YOUNGJuly 13, 2011
    Good place to dance and knock back an Obama Bomb! Read more
  • Dutch U.
    Dutch UmbrellaOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Need an outlet to recharge you phone or whatever? Look under the bar where the stars are along the edge and plug in
  • Jamal J.
    Jamal JohnsonMarch 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Best pub in the city! Try the jalapeno infused tequila if you're the brave type
  • Melanie J.
    Melanie JonesSeptember 7, 2014
    The brunch here is amazing!
  • Martel J.
    Martel JohnsonDecember 19, 2012
    Onions tomatoes Garden salad Mayonnaise
  • Colin W.
    Colin WeirDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Play with the jukebox using the Remote app on your iPhone
  • Inna S.
    Inna ShinginApril 1, 2012
    Harvest sangria is spicy and delicious.
  • Lawrence O.
    Lawrence O'TooleOctober 9, 2010
    Shuffling through the tunes on the jukebox with your iphone is great!
  • Scott T.
    Scott TillittJuly 27, 2010
    Monday nights = crazy open mic led by local celeb-transvestite Needles. Sure to entertain.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithDecember 12, 2011
    Try a Great Lakes seasonal or the Oatmeal Stout.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LegaleAugust 8, 2014
    Pimms & Sunshine
  • jj G.
    jj GrimmJune 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't drink and sing karoakee and say tinkle winkle
  • Manolis D.
    Manolis DaskalakisJanuary 29, 2015
    Really nice food and cocktail s!
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KrapfMay 30, 2012
    Karaoke Tuesdays and quizzo Wednesdays. 2.50 lagers.
  • Martel J.
    Martel JohnsonDecember 11, 2012
    One glass And a Time One can turn into many
  • Snehanshu S.
    Snehanshu ShahSeptember 27, 2012
    Try the Great Lakes Nosferatu Ale - Awesome!
  • heather
    heatherAugust 24, 2010
    Definitely try some Fruli strawberry beer - it's amazing!
  • Rover Mondays
    Rover MondaysAugust 31, 2011
    Look for the Rover Monday QR code for the parties DRINK SPECIAL... Scan/Save/ Swallow
  • Mikey I.
    Mikey IlaganApril 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    get: pineapple margarita w/ jalapeno-infused tequila. don't be a wuss. it's delicious
  • td2bd D.
    It was as if Tesla bitch slapped Edison and mad science was in fashion.
  • Cracken ..
    Cracken .November 30, 2011
    Carnivorous plants and frito burritos.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SantascoySeptember 7, 2014
    Great old building.
  • Denary
    DenaryAugust 22, 2011
    Game Night on Sundays, stop by and play! Read more
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChauAugust 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If the waitress suggest Apple Whiskey, DO NOT GET IT.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FatlowitzDecember 9, 2012
    The bathroom line is way too long. I've had to go across the street to another bar before!
  • Kandis K.
    Kandis KovalskySeptember 12, 2013
    Great bloody Mary's.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LevineMarch 25, 2010
    Strong Bow is yum if you like cider beer.
  • Al D.
    Al DuqueJune 27, 2015
    The National burger
  • Kara L.
    Kara LaFleurFebruary 15, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Weekend Brunch, Blueberry Pancakes are A-mazing!
  • Gwen
    GwenOctober 14, 2012
    Fried plantains rock!!!
  • DrinkPhilly.com
    DrinkPhilly.comAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    $2.50 Lagers 5-7 M-F; Read our review by tapping More Info! Read more
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