Cowboys & Rednecks

Bartender Kira Resnick slings beers at Cowboys & Rednecks in Federal Hill. (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun / January 19, 2012)

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.

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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.