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April 8, 2011

Review: Power Plant Live's country-western PBR Baltimore

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

Your thoughts?

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)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 11:06 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


What's the cover charge? Might be worth it to see skanks riding that bronco.

That's it Maza. You dog KFC and Hot topic one more time, I'm gonna tie you up in a vintage mountain dew t-shirt and beat you with my double down. Don't make me. Don't.

They definitely need to play more country songs if not all country songs. Their clientele will slowly go away if they don't play the music for the type of bar advertised.

If PBR sticks to the dance/pop music, it'll only get people in there one or two times then they'll go back to the places they're used to

this place sounds like it has no soul, and is generic....I don't plan on going anyway, but places that play the same music as every other generic place have no identity and its usually a good indicator that you be best to spend money elsewhere.

Although this will bring in the county crowd to baltimore so they can post their pictures on facebook on the cab ride home

Can we call it "Coyote Uglier" ?

Can we call it "Coyote Uglier" ?

This place is yet another Power Plant theme bar disaster.

It isn't country. It's a a caricture of country. It's what someone who knows nothing about country thinks when they think "country music" or "farm life".

I'm surprised there's no hay bails, General Lee, or John Deere tractors.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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