Federales

Bars, Cocktail bars West Loop
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Photograph: Courtesy of Federales
Photograph: Courtesy of Federales

Federales is the new West Loop hotspot to down a few margaritas with barbecue–style tacos. Hogsalt and Four Corners Tavern Group have teamed up to create this big open-air space seating 176 people, with a large part of that seating totally outside. There's TV's and a bit of indoor seating surrounding the large bar, but it's clear that the intention here is to drink. So throw a few back and expect a fun night.

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Venue name: Federales
Address: 180 N Morgan St
Chicago

Opening hours: Mon–Thurs 4pm–2am, Fri 11am–2am, Sat 11am–3am, Sun 11am–2am
Transport: El: Green, Pink to Morgan. Bus: 20.
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Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

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tastemaker

This West Loop / Fulton Market spot is a great hangout spot for young professionals looking to hang out after work, on the weekend or late night. They have plenty of TVs for sports viewing, however, it becomes really hard to hear because the music is SO loud. They also don't turn it down and the DJ also plays music so the TVs are on mute. They have an outdoor area, which is nice in the summer, but it can get quite crowded. They also have a bell where ice shots can be thrown. The drinks are a bit pricey for a neighborhood area and it's hit or miss if they come with an ample amount of alcohol, but the food is quite good - they have great nachos! 

tastemaker

This patio is amazing! A huge, lively spot that is perfect to hang out with a margarita on a sunny day. I made the mistake of not checking for vegetarian menu items before I arrived - oops, there are hardly any options. If you are a non meat eater prepare to have appetizers for dinner. To be fair the elotes was delicious and creamy and the guacamole was a huge portion. The drinks are the star of the show here. We enjoyed smoky mezcal and boozy Cadillac margaritas. Also the churros are fantastically sweet and crispy!

tastemaker

Come here to drink, not for the food. The boozy horchata is amazing and sometimes they have offered me a complementary coffee liqueur topper for it. The patio and interior are also really fun spaces, especially in the summer time (the roof slides off). However, the food is fairly disappointing, as others have pointed out here and elsewhere. The tacos (fish, barbacoa, pork) all left something to be desired. The fish was dry. I'd grab a drink here and eat somewhere better nearby. 

tastemaker

This place is fun! Great patio with fantastic people mingling & watching. The food here is ok. I was expecting delicious mex. not so much. Ceviche wasn't ceviche at all. It was sad shrimp drenched with a mango sauce that was coyingly sweet. Eeek. The tacos were mediocre. The best one was al pastor by far. The rest were unmemorable. Service was fine.


Great spot for drinks on the patio in the summer! Love the taco platters - enough for 2 to share. Complimentary chips and salsa are delicious. Very fun atmosphere with great margaritas. Can't wait to return!