The Federal

Celebrating 15 Years In Durham’s Historic Brightleaf District

The Federal first opened in March of 2004, after three guys got together and saw a need for a solid neighborhood bar that celebrated Durham. But not just any neighborhood bar, one that served simple but fantastic food, that would exceed expectations. And with this good food came good beer – 14 micros from around the country and a solid bottle selection.

10/23 Dinner


Chef’s Beer Pairings



Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Melon Salad

Ellerbe Creek Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Shaved Radish, Roasted Walnuts,

Arugula, Goat Cheese, Granny Smith Apple Vinaigrette $11



Wild Boar Sandwich

Wild Boar & Cranberry Sausage, Spinach, Tomatoes, Pickled Red Onion,

Smoked Gouda, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $13

Great Lakes Nosferatu


Fried Chicken Sandwich

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss, Dijon Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13

Bell’s Two Hearted IPA


Vegetable Paella

Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Red Pepper, Tomatoes, Shiitake,

Carrots, Red Onion, Parmesan, Burgundy Truffles, Saffron Risotto $15

Prairie Tulsa Rugby Ale


Sea Scallops

Pan Seared Scallops, Roasted Brussels Sprouts,

 Maitake & Lobster Mushrooms, Okinawan Sweet Potato Butter,

Lemon Pesto Béchamel $16

Victory Vitol IPA