Excess glass production during prohibition allowed for the bottling of many different items including ships, messages, and very tiny emotions. Set feelings free and enjoy a bottled brew with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of beer, sandwiches, and more at Mac's Tavern.
Formed by a group of friends that includes Rob and Kaitlin McElhenney of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Mac's Tavern serves fine bar fare and an extensive selection of draught and bottled beers inside a seventeenth-century brick building, located in historic Old City. Mac's chefs prepare The Works gravy fries by floating crispy french fries down gravy rivers filled with steak, bacon, onions, mushrooms, and mozzarella ($9.99). Peruse the mouthwatering menu to select sandwiched foods, choosing from bountiful bread dividers such as chicken cutlets, burgers, sausages, and seitan (from $6.99–$8.99). The stained wood bar and granite tables are held firmly to the floor under the weight of 99 different bottled beers and pints full of 17 draught brews ($2–$7.50). Bartenders can also pour glasses of red and white wine (from $6–$9 per glass) under the glow of four plasma TVs inside this warm and welcoming tavern.
- With 17 beers on draft, over 90 bottles to choose from ... this Old City spot has kept true to its roots. – Marilyn S. D'Angelo, Philly 2night
- everything about this place was amazing. Great service: the bartenders were friendly and quick with their service. Food and Drink: Great selection of beers and the food was delicious. – Jeff B., Yelp
Mac's Tavern may be far nicer than Paddy's Pub from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but they do have one thing in common—Mac's is owned by Rob and Kaitlin McElhenney, who play Mac and Dee Reynolds on the show, along with a small group of their friends.
The building's house-like façade has long been an Old City fixture. In the 1700s, it was the Skinner’s Dry Goods Store and served such famed customers as Benjamin Franklin, even though it refused to accept payment in the form of bills with his face on them. These days, more than 17 draft beers rotate through the taps behind the stained wood bar and a jukebox sets the background score.
Though the tavern itself is historic, Mac's dedicates itself to modernity, as evidenced by a seasonal menu that might list a roasted beet salad in a balsamic-caramel gastrique or buffalo chicken cheesesteak, a twist on the hometown staple. And every Sunday, the brunch burger arrogantly bestrides mealtimes with its topper of smoked bacon, a fried egg, and a seven-cheese sauce.
Center City East
226 Market St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106Get Directions