The Federal Bar
BY: JAZMIN ARREOLA
The Federal Bar is here! This is not an organization of lawyers we're talking about, it’s the new gastropub in Downtown Long Beach. The 1920s themed gastro pub features live jazz music and a menu of gourmet angus burgers with an array of draft beers options and specialty drinks.
“Instead of pouring Coors Light or Bud Light, we pour better quality microbrew beers that have really been more popular in the past seven to eight years,” Knopper said.
Federal Bar Head Chef Anthony Overton shared his favorite appetizer with DIG.
“The Michelada Mussels is an outstanding dish,” he said. “The combination of chilli, cilantro, garlic and heff beer makes a pleasing experience to the palate.”
According to Overton, aggressive and hands-on technique is key for the food quality The Federal Bar has to offer.
“I inspect and taste everything”, he said. “Professional chefs carry tasting spoons with them...and it's just about dipping the spoon in what you’re making, what you’re preparing.”
Chef Overton said The Federal Bar is a new gastropub revelation to the Long Beach community.
“There is no other establishment down here in Long Beach that is the caliber that I believe we are as a gastropub,” Overton said.
The Federal Burger drips meat juice as you indulge into a wonderland of brioche bun, hot-gooey smokey cheddar cheese, juicy angus beef, and black-peppercorn aioli sauce. This burger is so big one can barely grasp the bite without making a happy mess.
While the food is sublime, what make the restaurant unique is its design.
There are huge pillars at the entrance, long windows and wood fixtures, art surrounding the high ceilings, and glass chandeliers that give it a dark elegant style.
Contemporary flapper staff peruse tables wearing red lipstick, pearls around their necks and chiffon-lace dresses with dangling mesh.
There is also a lounging area in the back of the venue with a second bar. Black deep-leather booths allow lovebirds to sink in and forget about the others, and can easily become private with a quick slide of a wood wall.
Shhh speakeasy! Word is, the downstairs area, also known as the vault, is under construction and will open for more entertainment and possibly burlesque girls.
Director of West Coast operations and general manager, Ed Levy, said the downstairs area should be complete by the end of October.
“Construction is still ongoing,” he said. “The rooms are separated into two. One will be a speakeasy and the other a stage with live performances.”
According to Levy, each room will have its own bar. The stage will feature such performances like burlesque girls, jazz, blues and many different genres of live music that will have everyone in the Downtown Long Beach area dancing the night away.