Investment: October 2021
Website: federaleschicago.com

FEDERALES is a lofty, open-air tequila and taco concept with an energetic atmosphere.

A variety of wood-fired meats serve as the centerpiece of this lively, tongue-in-cheek take on a Mexican watering hole, where tequila flows like water and memories soon to be forgotten are made.

Flavorful tacos like the Brisket, Beer Battered Cod, Steak, Pork & Pineapple, Spicy Chicken, and Blackened Mahi Mahi served with house-made tortillas are fan favorites, while the Smoked Brisket Nachos, Queso Fundido, Brisket Burrito, and Shrimp & Avocado Ceviche are the go-to fiesta dishes. Federales’ house-made margaritas are strong, packed with flavor, and fuel the party with options like the Classic, Mezcal, Cadillac, or Mexican Bulldog with a Coronita floater.

The hand-selected beer list features a fully dressed Tecate served with a hot sauce-lined rim, garnished with a lime slice, and finished with Mexican salt. Guests looking for the full brand experience can order tequila in an ice shot glass and throw it at the famous bell that hangs over a fire pit on the massive patio to “Ring the Bell.”

The Federales space channels the laid-back, vibrant experience of Mexico and its road-side taco joints. The focal point, an expansive floor-to-ceiling mural by renowned street artist Jason Botkin of EN MASSE, conveys the Concept’s energetic nature. Upon entering the venue, guests are welcomed by an oversized bar, large garage door-style windows, and a fully retractable roof, creating an indoor oasis with an urban industrial-chic vibe.

With a hip, young, and dynamic crowd, Federales is the place where you want to grab a drink before you sit down, have a three-hour tequila and taco dinner, and then accidentally close down the bar. This is not a place you just casually drop by.

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