Power Plant Live's new country-western bar/club, PBR Baltimore, is reviewed in today's paper.
If you'll remember, PBR is billed as the place where "cowboy cool meets urban chic."
But, upon inspection, PBR has as much cowboy cool as a bucket of KFC has real chicken.
It's not so much a country-western bar, as a mall-ified version of it. What Hot Topic is to punk, PBR is to country music.
The club's modest stabs at authenticity were seen on the walls - where they framed Jeff Foxworthy-isms - and on the waitstaff.
From the review:
The female bartenders' outfits were of the sexy Halloween variety. They wore Daisy Dukes and plaid shirts tied at the chest. There was another waitress, wearing leather chaps and red lycra gym shorts, who walked around with shots on a tray.
The hardest-working member of the staff is the mechanical bull, which must give more rides to incoherent drunks in one night than a Charlie Sheen goddess. The line to ride it went around the padded, plush red square where it's stationed.
On the club's music, there's this to say, which didn't make it for space reasons to the final edition: Of the few country songs I heard in the hours I was there - Jason Aldean's "Hicktown;" Dierks Bentley's great "Sideways" - none were by female vocalists. Here was a club with plenty of female customers, and a Carrie Underwood girl-power anthem couldn't even make an appearance? It was a missed opportunity.
The songs that did get played - Enrique Iglesias, the Black Eyed Peas, "Like a G6" - could have been listed from Jean-Ralphio's playlist on "Parks and Recreation."
The rest of the review is here.
For other country-western options, there's a short roundup here that includes The Friendly Inn, Pop's Tavern, and Cancun Cantina.
Photo: Stephaine Rollis (riding backwards) and Krysten Klipa ride the mechanical bull at PBR in Power Plant Live. Rodeo clown Clarance Cummings stands in the background. (Gene Sweeney Jr./Baltimore Sun)