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)
    Reinhold Residential
    "Enjoy quizzo and karaoke during the week"(4 Tips)
    Amy S.
    "MYO Bloody Mary bar = awesome."(6 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.
  • Rita M.
    Rita MishkinJanuary 15, 2012
    They have really sweet and delicious corn on the cob and their sweet potato fries..best I've had anywhere! They go great dipped in the sherry wine sauce for the pork chop
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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!)
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Travelzoo
    TravelzooApril 14
    Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food" calls the veggie burger "legendary." With this Travelzoo offer, get lunch for 2 starting at $29. Purchase by 8/25/16. 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.
  • 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
  • John P.
    John PennerFebruary 16, 2015
    Cool bar in a beautiful old building. Unpretentious place to have a beer in a very touristy area.
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanAugust 5, 2014
    Must do if you're in Philly. Great beer selection and their cheese platter is amazing!
  • 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
    I highly recommend the vegetarian tortellini! The drinks are great too!
  • 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.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrownMay 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try our World Famous Veggie Burger! Great with bacon!
  • 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
  • Rita M.
    Rita MishkinJanuary 15, 2012
    Their beet salad is huge and so unworldly tasty! Sooooo amazing!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BlessingJune 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Order the mac and cheese with a side of veggies. YUM!
  • 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.
  • Kara L.
    Kara LaFleurMay 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Peach Bellini the perfect spring punch, especially with brunch!
  • Jenni R.
    Jenni RussellJuly 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pulled BBQ Flank Steak Sliders are DELISH! Plus the $2.50 Yuenglung drafts = awesome drinks and noms.
  • 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.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McCormickApril 4, 2015
    Great place. Wish they would book more live music. !!
  • Kyle
    KyleApril 7, 2012
    Love the karaoke here on tuesday night. Nick is the man!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Concierge
    ConciergeNovember 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    You can't go wrong with their veggie burger! ( I'm a meat eater =)
  • J M.
    J McGeeMarch 12, 2015
    Neat old building. Nice barkeep. Quirky decor.
  • Melisandre A.
    Brunch bloody Mary bar kicks ass and the service is always on point!
  • Lynn L.
    7//27/15 L - Crispy Chicken Salad (4). F - National Burger (4)
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