Bub City
Bub City

Bub City

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bubcitychicago.com/
  • Phone: 312-610-4200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    M-Fri 11:00AM - 2:00AM
    Sat 10:00AM - 3:00AM
    Sun 10:00AM - 12:00AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Doug Psaltis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night
  • Catering: Set with high top tables and bar seating, Bub City's semi-private Whiskey Bar is perfect for a cocktail reception (up to 40 guests) and with the added Corral, accommodates 60. Both are available prior to 7:30 p.m. daily. Arrangements for large groups of up to 20 guests can also be made in the main dining room.
  • Entertainment: Guests can expect to see live performances on the venue’s 16-foot stage by some of country music’s emerging talent throughout the week, take in acoustic performances on Mondays, and get behind the mic during live band karaoke on Tuesdays.
  • Special Events: On Sunday, March 2nd, head to Bub City and appropriately celebrate the one and only Texas Independence Day. Start your day early with a round of $4 ice cold Shiner Bock pints ($16/pitchers) while enjoying a taste of the South with Bub City’s signature homemade Texas Torpedoes for a cool $5. Visit bubcitychicago.com for additional details.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: CTA #22 Bus at Clark and Hubbard St
    Close to CTA Brown/Purple Line stop at Merchandise Mart
    Close to CTA Red Line stop at Grand and State St
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Bub City
RJ, Jerrod and Molly, in conjunction with partners chef Doug Psaltis and mixologist Paul McGee, have created their own destination for country music lovers to enjoy a cocktail, grab a bite and have some fun.

Chef Psaltis created Bub City’s new menu with a focus on authentic barbecue. Signature items include Burnt Ends, Baby Back Ribs, Carolina Style Pulled Pork and 18 hr. Beef Brisket. Large groups can enjoy the “Whole Pork Picnic” featuring Slow-Smoked Pork Shoulder served with four sides.

Nationally-acclaimed mixologist and partner Paul McGee has brought innovation to the cocktail menu at Bub City. McGee spent months finding a collection of whiskey, and now Bub City boasts a bar offering more than 125 selections.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Bub City reviews from OpenTable diners
210 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (113)vibrant bar scene (99)hot spot (80)great for lunch (77)neighborhood gem (52)great for brunch (50)late-night find (39)great for outdoor dining (38)fit for foodies (32)kid-friendly (23)special occasion (17)scenic view (2)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • YUM
    MellenVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Just fun and good food! Go. It's a vibrant and fun atmosphere, really extensive cocktail menu. Good eats.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary
    mudball
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Have been here several other times. LOVE the place!!Great prices. GREAT food. We had a unique problem with our food. HOWEVER, the manager (Anthony) provided such exemplary customer service, that this meal probably ranks as one of the most amazing dining out experiences we have had in Chicago since moving here four years ago. We don't dine out that often, so going out is always special for us. Go here to enjoy an all around wonderful establishment.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bub is Best
    nbc173VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great decor...great food! Phenomenal mac and cheese with poblanos and ribs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bAD SERVICE
    wfb42VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    tHE SERVIE WAS HORRIBLE, GOT OUR FOOD IN GROUPS NOT ALL AT ONCE. gET SOME HELP FOR TH STAFF ESPECIALLY ON A SUNDAY, the place was crowded and there was no help
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lettuce Entertain You does it again
    LindseyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    You can't go wrong with a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, and Bub City is no exception. The food is delicious. The service is quick and friendly, and the ambiance is fun and energetic. I will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out
    YumYum
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Came for dinner and stayed the rest of the evening. Great place to hang out with a big group. Obviously, the playlist is all country music, but even as a non-fan, still had an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Countrystop
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This was our first time at Bub City and had a great time. Our waitress was great. Food was good, but kinda pricey. Atmosphere is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what i expected
    nancyinchicago
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    i love good bbq. it was ok. like other places in the city for real bbq. however, the sweet potato fluff was deemed excellent by my companions. the spoon bread was tasty. I don't think I'd go back, but it was fun.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service!
    mrstisinai
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our server Holly was fantastic. It was our first time and she was very helpful and friendly. We especially loved the ribs and mac and cheese. My husband is still talking about the ribs. Cannot say anything bad about our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Gretahov
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The BBQ is amazing but the Mac N Cheese varieties are worth the trip! I had the chipotle brisket mac that is served in a small skillet (plenty for 2 to share) or the original could be a great meatless option entree. Service timing was a little off as one of the people in our party got her side dish (Mac N Cheese) a good 5 minutes before her entree.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always A Good Time
    BigTen
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I visit Chicago 3-4x per year and will have a reservation at Bub City every time I visit. The bourbon/whisky list (while now lacking Pappy van Winkle) is the most extensive I've ever seen at any single establishment outside of KY. Their special "Bub City Barrels" varieties of bourbon are always a treat, and the food, while a little on the comfort food side, is nonetheless delicious and consistent (go with the "Giddy up fries", TX torpedoes, 8 Buck Cluck, Burnt Ends, or Ribs-- all of which are delicious). Unfortunately they don't offer a raw bar anymore and their prices on bourbon can be a little overpriced (hence why I give only 4 and not 5 stars) but otherwise, this place is nothing short of a GREAT, fun time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bloody Mary Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    BLoody mary bar was awesome!! They had a great selection of liquors, addins including shrimp, oysters, bacon, salami sticks and cheese curds! And they gave you a shooter of beer too, for a very reasonable price. Love this place, cant wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Not a good experience. BBQ Ribs were dry and had a lot of little bones.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Always a good time, but I was disappointed to see the 2 sides previously included with the BBQ platter no longer offered. Everything is now a la carte and the mac and cheese seems to only be available as an entrée now.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My party was running late for our reservation and I called to tell them. They were polite and completely understanding even though it was Sunday brunch over a holiday weekend. As soon as we arrived they sat us promptly without giving the usual- 'attitude' or making it clear they were bending over backward to accommodate us because we were late. Our waitress was amazing and we were able to enjoy DELICIOUS food and drink while listening to some fun music! I highly recommend this restaurant and will be sure to eat there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Lucy8438VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was great, service was bad for a lettuce entertain you restaurant. I expected more. The food was excellent, however.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ
    ChicagoMGVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Amazing food, great outdoor seating and friendly service. The fried chicken and macaroni is the best in the city.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time
    breadncheese
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have been to Bub City a few times and I enjoy myself each time. The food is great and if you like live music you can't beat this place! I love the giddy up fries- it is a meal in itself. Our waitress was super nice, food came out fast, drink refills were a little on the slow side (but it was crowded). I was there during dueling pianos (every Wednesday), they guys playing are fun and joke around a lot and will play any request. I definitely recommend trying Bub City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to Bub City. The chicken was moist and good. The sliced brisket was good. What they called "Texas Toast" was just a piece of thickly cut bread. It did not reach the level of satisfaction of our previous visits.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    FoodieChick
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Been waiting to try this restaurant and I'm glad I finally did. We had the giddy up fries to start and those were so good. I ended up having the baby back rib mac and cheese and it was delicious. I would definitely recommend this dish to anyone who loves mac and cheese with a little kick. I also had the spoonbread which was their version of cornbread. I wasn't sure what to expect but once again I was not disappointed. So delicious!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a Tasting Menu
    casualnommer
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    And by tasting menu, I mean Bub City needs to let you reserve a table for 8 hours to eat your way through everything. Twice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    carebear74
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Lobster roll, pulled pork, mac n cheese, and the spoon bread were INCREDIBLE. Thoroughly enjoyed our meals - made a note on Open Table that we were attending for a 40th birthday and they brought out a warm cookie/ice cream dessert no charge. Definitely a repeat!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome bbq
    fodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I love this restaurant! The menu is smaller then most bbq places but still has your traditional bbq finds at a decent price. Was a little disappointed this last time because it was not that busy and they sat us at a small 2 top attached to another 2 top - we were disturbed by the other half our tables conversation a d felt uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceeded expectations...
    Mick
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Fantastic!! I am already planning a return trip...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive for Southern comfort food
    TheBIGCVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Don't get me wrong -- the food was delicious. However, the food was not worth the money paid for it. It was fairly expensive, but that's expected given the location on River North. My girlfriend, who happens to be a Southern food aficionado, was not impressed with the quality to price ratio. The live band was a nice twist for brunch though.
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  • BBQ brunch
    GA0619
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great place for brunch! Our food, service and overall experience was wonderful. We sat outside which was beautiful but the inside atmosphere was also fun. There are separate menus for brunch and lunch so I recommend asking for both menus to see all of the options. Portions are big so share food with the table. The back porch tea is amazing and it's the best Bloody Mary bar in the city.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Starved for BBQ
    raygunVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A BBQ starved Texan transplanted in New Jersey (where good BBQ is hard to find) goes to Chicago for a visit and finds an authentic BBQ joint half a block away from his hotel. I thought I was dreaming. I highly recommend a visit to Bub City. The food, the drink (they have Shiner Bock and Lone Star) and the atmosphere replicate an authentic Texas BBQ joint. I love chopped brisket. The greater surface area of the chopped meat (as opposed to the sliced meat) allows for more BBQ sauce to stick to the surface of the meat creating greater flavor. Bub pulls it off. Their chopped brisket sandwich is awesome. Take my word for it. Go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was fine
    NABluvtoeatVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    First time at Bub City. It was o.k., probably would not go back. I had the special for the day which was the Short Rib. It was a very big Rib but with a very big price. I wish the waiter would have told me how much but I didn't ask either. It was good but not fall off the bone tender like I prefer short ribs to be. My husband had the brunt ends and again they were good but not for the price that was paid and the amount served. The fried pickles were very good. Nice snap to them. Husband had the boneless wings and he wished he would have ordered two and had them as his entree. He said they were the best he ever had. It's all in the sauce. With all the options in the city, i don't see us coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BBQ
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The best BBQ ever. We love the brisket, ribs and pastrami!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good BBQ, service not quite there
    DailyDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Location has good BBQ including excellent burnt ends. Bleu Cheese and hot sauce tator tots and the corn are also excellent. Very good, if slightly overpriced, whiskey selection. Service is spotty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our first time here. Sat outside which was very nice. Service was very pleasant. The BBQ pulled pork and the chili were both wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time, As Usual!
    CS440VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Have dined at Bub City many times and as usual, this did not disappoint! It's one of my favorite places to bring out-of-town guests for the fun atmosphere and ridiculously good BBQ. I have to recommend the St Louis ribs, the mac, and the spoon bread. Great remarks from all guests at the table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • favorite
    jjlacy7
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We went for brunch/lunch and split a few different items with friends. The appetizer of loaded fries was excellent. The hash browns were disappointing-they were very watery and had way too much seasoning and sauce. The mac and cheese was great and the bacon (which is more like pork belly) was very flavorful. The bloody mary bar was fantastic! My first time for chicken and waffles and they were great. Live music at lunch was unexpected and very fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch Spot
    Ekoorb2002
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I've been wanted to try Bub for brunch after receiving a $10 Gift Certificate a while back. I'm glad I did as the experience was great! There was a band performing which we were skeptical about because we wanted to have conversation while dining but the noise level was just right. We still got to chat and enjoy the music even being right at the front by the stage! Great hearty food! Awesome brunch spot and I'll definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Funday!
    Sarawall
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This was a great spot to meet friends and begin our day drinking. Food and music were outstanding and the service was good- very attentive and accommodating. Thanks Bub City!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    StavangerMayor1
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    THis was my first time at Bub City and I would absolutely go back again. We went for the Sunday brunch and the food was great with a very good bloody mary bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for teenagers
    Barley
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I took my teen-aged daughters and their friends for dinner. They love country music, so I thought it might be a good fit. They LOVED it! They thought the atmosphere, food and even the restrooms were great! We had very good service and the portion size was good as well. I would definitely recommend it. If the weather is good, try to get a booth by the windows in the front.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent BBQ
    MemphisBBQluver
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went there with a group of co-workers for lunch. Pulled pork sandwich was pretty good, but the macaroni and cheese was really good. Overall a pretty good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • South to North
    TSASA
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I'm from SC and I never thought I would find BBQ in Chicago this good. The pulled pork was excellent and the ribs were fantastic. There also always seems to be something fun going on as well! Service was perfect! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This was way, way too loud-it was brunch at club level. Food was great-just wish I could have heard my brunch mates.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic