Bub City
Bub City

Bub City

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bubcitychicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 610-4200
  • 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
178 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (106)vibrant bar scene (102)hot spot (79)great for lunch (55)neighborhood gem (42)great for brunch (41)fit for foodies (37)late-night find (32)great for outdoor dining (23)special occasion (16)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Bad Brisket
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The brisket was so fatty that slices were in eatable. When I told this to the waiter he said Brisket is fatty. Having eaten Brisket my entire life I know the difference between fatty brisket and regular brisket. He then brought me some additional pieces that not fatty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best brunches in city
    MeaghanVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    From live band, mimosa bar, food, ambiance, etc -- would 100% take friends visiting out of town here for brunch for a unique experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A fun southern style atmosphere
    LoweCountry
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We had a group of 8 for Sunday brunch-prices are good and portions are plentiful. Surprised by the live band, playing country & southern rock hits, they were excellent. Go for the chicken & waffles, but skip the biscuits & gravy...gravy was too bland. Try the tater tots from the lunch menu, outside of a burger at the Billy Goat Tavern, they're the best deal in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Good time as always! Great food, service and atmosphere. It was a little crowded but still lots of fun.
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  • Pretty good
    Eatingismyjob
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Make sure you either have a reservations or get there early as the place gets packed. We had reservations and were able to avoid the long wait in line. There was plenty of choices for whiskey but beware as they are expensive, even for the area. The food was good, the atmosphere was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for all ages!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Bub City was a fun and energetic spot to celebrate my husband's birthday! Great country decor and music, my in laws loved all the humorous signs and decorations- especially the Santa and reindeers in the center of the room! Really good comfort food- the spoon bread- cornbread topped with cheddar cheese in a ramekin that you spoon out was to die for! Ribs, pulled pork and gluten free salmon meals were enjoyed by all. Best of all was our server Jessie. She went above and beyond to make it a great birthday dinner for my husband.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bub City
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Went there to see a country group - The Mantz Brothers. Decided to go early for dinner. Service and food were great; the band was great. A great time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing impressive
    Schatzy
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Bub city was fine for a low key lunch to watch some football. The food was good but not great. We had the fried chicken biscuit, the sticky buns and the burnt ends hash browns. I read so much about the hash browns but they we my least favorite. I was expecting something more crispy but they were more like shaved, potatoes au gratin. Not bad, again not great. The best thing here was by far the bloody Mary bar. With added shrimp cocktail, oysters, pepperoni sticks, jalapeños, bacon and a small bottle of MGD to add in when the glass capacity permitted...it was awesome. The servers were friendly but ours seemed to be having a rough day. I'd go back for a couple bloody Marys and skip the rest.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as expected
    SuburbanDebbie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had high expectations for this restaurant, but were disappointed. We found the bbq just average. Smokey flavor but not much else. The sides were great and the dessert nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Country bar in River North
    chitownhunger
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I love this place. Their Mac & Cheese is dangerously good. Live music every night.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch1017
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The Tater Tots were excellent. The rest of the food mediocre. Service staff very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Staff
    BirthdayMan
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I am so pleased that I made the decision to have my 32nd birthday celebration there. I made a reservation through open table for 6 with a time that I did not want. I called the staff and they were able to not only accommodate my time request but also my interest in sitting in a booth. I felt like a king! It didnt hurt that the complimentary bday dessert included pumpkin ice cream. Thanks for everything!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yumy BBQ
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Really cool 'country bar' vibe in the heart of Chicago. Serves really good BBQ and great service. Just go there, you'll see!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Post Marathon Munch-Fest!
    WeLikeToEat
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    After running my first marathon at age 50, my family was looking for a fun place to celebrate. I'd had my fill of pasta and wanted MEAT! I wanted affordable, family friendly and a upbeat atmosphere. Bub City was the spot. Food was great. We sat outside under the headed awning. Our family of four ate it up for under $70 w/ a 20% tip. Serve was great. It's a taste of Nashville just off Michigan Ave. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • return brunch trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    delicious food and good drinks, wait staff was great as usual.. Lots of big TVs that are good for watching football on the weekends..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Country at its finest!
    Chicountry
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Chicago isn't know for its love of country music or "southern" cuisine...but Bub City doesn't know that! From the delicious bbq to the ROCKIN country karaoke on Tuesday nights, you'll feel like you're in Nashville for a hot minute. Such a great time, and the staff is kind and hard working. Can't wait to head on back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Zillyzil
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had the greatest time at Bub City with friends. The staff was super accommodating when our group was bigger than we anticipated and the service was amazing. Loved the live music as well!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not the best BBQ
    JamaicajoVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I really wouldn't return here unless invited for a group outing or something. food was so so, service not good at all. Loud, loud, loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was right on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Waitress was prompt and pleasant and took care of here customers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrib53
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a nice time. The people were nice and friendly. Women need to use restroom! If you like a a little country and BBQ , go have a nice time
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time
    jbridgeVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service was on point and food was perfect as always. My only comment is that I thought they usually have live bands on Fridays and did not this time, but I may also be wrong about that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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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
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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
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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 fun!
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Started going to Bub City on Clark Street about 3 months ago. Tuesday nights are a lot of fun, as there is a fun crowd, a great karaoke back-up band, and some decent singers in Chicago! Service staff very friendly and helpful, and good, good food! Haven't had this much fun in years. Great job, Bub City!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outside - excellent!
    Mr6Iron
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Sitting outside with BBQ watching the traffic and the people - what could be better. The City Combo and Salmon were great as well as the spoon bread and PB&J ice cream. The bartender did a great job with the Hurricane and Reny was a fantastic server. His suggestions were spot-on and greatly appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    GretahovVIP
    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
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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
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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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  • 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
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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
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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
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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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.