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.

9/14 Bell's Brewery Dinner

Fried Brussels Sprouts

Roasted & Fried Brussels Sprouts,

Pickled Red Onions, Fed Sauce $8

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale


Chicken Liver & Beech Mushroom Pate

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

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13

Bell’s 355 E. Coffee Stout


Kiwi Club Gose Salad

Fried Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots,

Cucumber, Red Radish, Mixed Greens,

Bell’s Kiwi Club Gose Vinaigrette $12

Bell’s Kiwi Club Gose


Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale


Pineapple Braised Pork Belly Tacos (3)

Pineapple & Onion Braised Pork Belly, Bell Peppers,

King Trumpet & Beech Mushrooms, Pineapple & Onion Chimichurri Sauce

On Flour Tortillas $13

Bell’s Mango Habanero Oberon


Best Brown Ale Roasted Chicken

Bell’s Best Brown Ale Slow Roasted Airline Chicken Breast,

King Trumpet Mushrooms, White Onions, Brown Ale Jus,

Over Jasmine Rice $15

Bell’s Best Brown Ale