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.

7/26 Bell's Brewery Dinner


Chef Pairings:


Chicken Wings (8)

Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, or BBQ Honey Mustard

With Blue Cheese Dip $9



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Habanero Pepper Relish & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Rare Seared Tuna Salad

Fresh Peach Slices, Bluebird Meadows Cherry Tomatoes,

Pickled Funny Girl Farm Egg, Arugula, Toasted Walnuts,

Bell’s Oatsmobile Ale Vinaigrette $14

Bell’s Oatsmobile Ale


Lamb Gyro

Indian Curry Rubbed Lamb, Arugula, House Tzatziki,

Pickled Red Onions, Roasted Red Peppers on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $12

Bell’s Two Hearted IPA


Fish N’ Chips

Bell’s Quinnan Falls Battered Cod, Fed Fries,

Brussels Sprouts & Red Cabbage Slaw $14

Bell’s Quinnanan Falls Lager


Kalamazoo Stout Braised Brisket

Coffee & Chocolate Braised Brisket, Bell Peppers,

 NC Sweet Corn, Beer Battered Woodfruit Portabellas,

Braised Cabbage with Bell’s Two Hearted $15

Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout