Bar #57: National Mechanics, 3rd and Market
After Sugar Mom’s, Brynn and I took a quick walk over to National Mechanics. Now THIS is what we were talking about: lights, columns, a big sign – this is a bar that wants you to notice it. Whether that’s a good or bad thing in terms of quality is a different story, but at least we didn’t feel like idiots trying to find it. Our first thought upon walking in was, “TOO LOUD.” Which was very true. We made our way to the bar to check out their drink list and couldn’t believe what we found: a specialty drink called the Obama Bomb. Mom Bomb, Obama bomb… we were beginning to see a theme. We decided we had to get them and made our way to a table where we promptly ordered two from a waitress ($8).
Our waitress told us we’d love them if we liked coffee, which we do, so this was the bomb drink for us! Also, after sitting for a bit, we realized that we were really enjoying the music. Sure, it was on the loud side, but the DJ was awesome – it was like Smoke’s gone right. National Mechanics had similarly silly white people on the dance floor, but the music made up for it. We weren’t entirely sure how to rate this on the classy scale because it had a rather classy decor, but a decidedly less classy clientele, with a solid number of Old City people (for definition, see our review of Eulogy). Overall, National Mechanics is definitely not for everyone, but if you’ve had a few drinks and are interested in listening to an actually good DJ, this is a pretty good place to go.
We were starting to think Old City wasn’t so bad after all. Did our opinion stay that way? Keep reading to find out!