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.

9/4 Dinner




Fried Gator

Buttermilk Fried Alligator, Pickled Onions,

BBQ Honey Mustard $9




Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9



Pineapple Salad

Fresh Pineapple, Roasted Red Peppers, Red Onion,

Cucumber, Shaved Carrot, Feta, Arugula,

 Herbed Vinaigrette $12




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Havarti on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Beeler’s Bratwurst

Beeler’s Farm Brat, Whole Grain Mustard,

Sautéed Onions & Bell Peppers on a Pretzel Roll

Served with Fries or Salad $13



NC Rainbow Trout Sandwich

Buttermilk Fried Rainbow Trout, Arugula,

Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Sweet Curry Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15