The Federal Bar

In a shocking turn of events, I tried a new restaurant/bar! I know, I know. Who knew there were more than 2 bars in Los Angeles?

Wednesday, 9/16/2015

With Rosh Hashana behind me, it is time to ring in a new year with some fun times with friends! I have some exciting plans in the mix for the upcoming weeks, but I decided to kick back and relax this past Wednesday night. I hadn’t hung out with my friend Chelsea since her birthday (which is absolutely ridiculous), so we decided we’d meet up for dinner and a movie after work. After some tricky scheduling, we ended up at “The Federal Bar” in North Hollywood.

It was about 6:45 on Wednesday evening, so we had no trouble getting into this classic place. The bar had an old-timey, speakeasy-like feel, particularly when we were brought into the back room. It was very dark, with curtained booths lining the walls. We were sat a normal table near the bar. The service was a bit slow. It took about 10 minutes for our waitress just to come to our table to take our orders, and 20 minutes for the food to come out. However, it was worth the wait! I ordered their “Federal Burger,” whose black peppercorn aioli was amazing, while Chelsea ordered their “Falafel Vegan Burger” with a side of garlic parmesan fries (which were great…I snagged a few). My burger was absolutely excellent! Chelsea enjoyed hers, but felt they were a bit light-handed on the sauce, so she asked for some more on the side. Neither of us were in the mood for a drink, but they have a very extensive menu. Overall, it was a good place, even though the service was slow. I would definitely go back!

After our dinner adventures, we walked across the street to the Laemmle NoHo 7 theater. Chelsea is obsessed with movie trailers (and movies themselves, obviously), so she immediately had a movie she wanted to see: “Diary of a Teenage Girl.” I hadn’t seen the trailer, but like I’ve done a few times with Chelsea, I went along anyway and joined her in this indie flick. Not going to give any spoilers, but it was very weird. I’m still trying to decide if I actually enjoyed it or not. While not my typical genre, there were a few good laughs, but mostly I felt strange after watching it. Since I’m no movie critic, I’ll end it there.

Another short yet sweet post! I’m enjoying exploring new places around L.A. and getting a feel for my city. Hopefully there will be many more posts like this in the future!

-Girl in Los Angeles 🙂

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