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.

12/11 Bell's Brewery Dinner


Crab Rangoons (4)

Blue Crab, Cream Cheese,

Scallions, Sweet Chili Sauce $6

Bell’s Oarsman Ale



Chicken Liver & Maitake Pate

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam, Fig Preserves, & Sweet Habanero Relish,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

Bell’s Cherry Stout



Honeydew Melon Salad

Honeydew Melon, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers,

Red Onion, Peppered Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds,

Arugula, Honey Basil Vinaigrette $12

Bell’s Winter White



Lamb Gyros

Slow Roasted Lamb Leg, Roasted Red Peppers,

Pickled Red Onions, Arugula, Tzatziki Sauce on Warm Pita

Served with Fries or Salad $13

Bell’s Oarsman Ale



 Aged Prime Standing Rib Roast

 Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Sautéed Asparagus,

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes,

Orzo Pasta Salad $18

  Bell’s Two Hearted