If you're searching for gameday atmosphere in Federal Hill but looking to avoid the foot traffic of the Mother's Purple Patio, check out its relatively new neighbor, Cowboys & Rednecks Pub.
Unattractive name aside, the C&R Pub wears its country-western theme lightly, at least compared to the over-the-top yee-hawing of other "down-home" establishments. (There is no mechanical bull.) And it's a hit: Walk by C&R on a Friday or Saturday night and prepare to wait in line.
Most important for Sundays, C&R Pub has more than enough flat-screen TVs to satisfy any die-hard Ravens fan. Whether you're in a booth or standing in front of the long bar, you likely won't miss an interception by Ed Reed or a flex-a-thon by Ray Rice.
Drinks: Keeping it simple, C&R offers buckets of Bud Light for $15 during games. There are also free Purple Passion shots for each touchdown.
Food: C&R offers a gameday menu of pub food. There's Rowdy Shrimp ($8.95), covered in a spicy chili sauce, and nachos ($10.95), topped with chili con queso, Texas chili, black beans, pico de gallo, roasted jalapenos, sour cream and guacamole. Bring your appetite and order the bistro steak special ($15.95), which is topped with blue cheese crumbles, smoked bacon and an onion haystack.
Atmosphere: The bar happily embraces its country-western theme, with pop-country playing over the speakers and antlers lining the wall. It's also a typical Federal Hill hot spot, with a normally steady crowd of young patrons drinking cheap beer.
Parking: C&R has its own lot. There's also metered parking on the street, if you're lucky.
If you go
Cowboys & Rednecks Pub, at 1117 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill, is open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Call 410-223-2269 or go to cnrpub.com.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun