Haute Dining: NoHo Flashes Back to the 1920s: The Federal Bar Is Now Officially Open

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What is it about HBO’s hit show Boardwalk Empire that makes us all wish we could go back in time and be gangsters and flappers? Sure, 2011 has legal alcohol, but in the grand scheme of things, it pales in comparison to the 1920s. Or at least that’s how Steve Buscemi makes it seem.

Cue The Federal Bar, LA’s newest  gastropub bringing us back to the times of the Prohibition era and speakeasy style. Originally a 1926 bank, the space was later turned into a club called Bank Heist, which was destroyed in 2008 by a fire. Today, it’s the brainchild of Knitting Factory Entertainment CEO, Morgan Margolis. “This project is very personal to me and has been on my mind for over 20 years,” said Margolis. “The building has an amazing historic significance, but we want the atmosphere comfortable enough, so you’ll kick back, have a pint, a great meal and watch a tremendous show or a ball game.”

The bar will feature 20 craft beers on tap including: Victory Prima Pills; Dogfish Head 60 Min. IPA; Allagash Black; Telegraph White Ale; as well as an extensive spirits and wine list and some of the finest bourbons and scotches made today. Chef Louis Fuentes and Executive Chef Shad Davis have prepared a simple yet inventive menu of new American cuisine that will include culinary creations including: wild turkey meatballs; IPA spare ribs with melted leeks; red wine poached halibut over roasted root vegetables and much more.

Doubling as a gastro pub and an event space, L.A.’s ’20s flashback bar has two floors. The ground floor is the gastropub and has two separate rooms, each with their own style featuring leather booths and antique overhanging style lamps. The upstairs is a live-music and event venue with expansive views across North Hollywood. Designer Rod Stellar of Montage Designs went to great lengths to preserve and enhance the original structure. With exposed brick, brassy Art Deco touches, white tile and amber lighting, Stellar was able to create a genuine Great Gatsby-esque feel.

The Federal Bar will be open 7 days a week to combine the best of both worlds- 1920’s style and 2011’s legal booze.

5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, 818.980.2555

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