National Mechanics

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National MechanicsNational Mechanics

Type: Bar, Eatery

22 South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
United States

(215) 701-4883 | map

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Added by rfgetz on 03-30-2010

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Gavage:
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3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here for a quick beer before heading out to dinner. Located in Old City area, it is a historic old building that has nice stone steps and columns on the outside and a huge spacious space inside.The bar on the right can seat about 20 people. When we arrived there was a nice sized crowd.

There is a chalkboard on the side of the bar that listed about 15 beers on tap. Nothing over the top here as there are typical Flying Fish, Stoudts, PBC, and Yards beers with some more standard Stella and Boddingtons. I settled on a Great Lakes Winter Ale that was good.

I didn't try any food, and service was prompt despite the good sized crowd. Just another place in Philly that has a decent number of taps with a pretty good selection of beers to choose from.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Was able to score a communal table on an early Saturday evening in August. The architecture is the star of the show at this bar. Nice place to stop for a pint or two but the beer menu isnt exactly overwhelming. The usual crappy suspects were on the menu along with about 8 craft tap lines.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Robjvoorhees
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

We were walking around Old City and I was thinking of stopping at Khyber Pass, but we happened to stroll by Nat Mech and decided to give it a try. If it’s on BA, it’s got to have something, right?

The building is gorgeous, inside and out. Neoclassical facade, beautiful interior with copper ceilings, wood, booths straight out of an Edward Hopper painting.

I was told they have 20 taps, but looking at the chalkboard menu I saw no more than eight craft names: PBC, Flying Fish, Flying Dog, Bell’s, Great Lakes and Evil Genius IPA. Lots of crapola, such as Blue Moon, Boddingtons, Strongbow and Stella.

Service was very good. The bartender was also in charge of a bunch of tables and she did a good job. My least favorite part of this place was the crowd: preppy white kids from the suburbs and the hot, shallow chicks who follow them. Old City is overrun with them.

With so many good beer bars in Philly (Khyber Pass and Eulogy around the corner) I see no reason to stop here, except to enjoy the beautiful architecture of National Mechanics.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Old City Philadelphia has been traditionaly filled with loud, overcrowded college hookup destinations and wanna be trendy nightspots. Ocassionally you will stumble upon an average Joe bar, but when you stumble upon a bar like this, it is truly something cool.

Easily noticible by its multi-story exterior columns and stone steps, National Mechanics is in an old bank building, built in the early 1800s. The interior is filled with dark wood and brick exposed walls. The decors is a quirky blend of industrial and artsy, but minimal. The atmosphere is one of the best in the city and worth a visit just for that reason alone.

The beer menu lists about 18 drafts, no fancy tap handles here as you will have to review the chalkboard or a menu for whats on tap. They range from standard hipster fare (PBR, BMC) to unique local crafts from Yards, Dock Street etc. What makes it nice is that this place doenst just get the plane Jane local stuff, but also some seasonals and rarities. The bottle menu has about a dozen or so beers available, ranging from low level Mexican lagers to Belgian imports like St Bernardus 12.

The food is very good, mostly standard bar fair with just enough of a twist to make it thier own. The service from the bar is usually top notch, while the servers are sometimes lacking in friendliness. The place can get very crowded on Fri and Sat night with seating hard to come by and the DJ and crowd can be loud. The crowd is always a diverse blend but leans towards hipster.

Overall a very unique looking spot which offers enough unique brews and good food that makes it a worthy destination.

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National Mechanics in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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