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Bub City
Bub City

Bub City Details

  • 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 - 2:00AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American
  • 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 & Promotions: 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 WinnerBarbecue
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Very energetic and fun. A little difficult with big party because it was loud, but made it more fun to play musical chairs! Would definitely go again!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We had a lot of fun for my Aunt's 50th birthday celebration. Bub City had a great crowd of people of all ages. Their drinks and food were pretty good and the live music at 11pm was great! It would be nice to be able to continue to have the option to sit or put your drink down if possible even during the live music portion when it is not overly crowded, but overall the atmosphere was a lot of fun!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "As a frequent visitor to Texas, I have admittedly become somewhat of a BBQ snob. Chicago is a fantastic city for food, but not necessarily known for its BBQ. I have sampled a few of the new comers and have been pleasantly surprised. I had not been to Bub City and finally sampled their menu. The atmosphere was casual and energetic. In addition to the large bar on one side of the space the whiskey bar was a unique addition. If it wasn't for the urban environment out the front door I felt this place could have been anywhere in the south. You just feel relaxed and welcomed. I ordered a sample platter consisting of hot link, pulled pork and brisket and a side of Chipotle Brisket Mac and Cheese. Everything was outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The brunch here is my favorite time to go. The bloody mary bar is unreal - shrimp, grilled cheese, oysters - just incredible. And I could have eaten an entire order of those crazy good sticky buns to myself. Everyone loved what they ordered and it wasn't as crowded as it can be most nights so it made it really enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it and will absolutely be going back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our visit to the Bub City was very enjoyable. The service was very, very good and the food was very tasty!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Went here for a birthday lunch with my dad last week. The only thing I didn't love was the country music - but that's personal preference, not anything against the restaurant. We knew what we were signing up for. The pulled pork was delicious- mac and cheese was super good, too. Went around 3pm on a Thursday, no wait at all - place was relatively empty, actually. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I made a reservation for a friend's birthday, table for 8. When they confirmed the reservation with me that morning someone was supposed to tell me "a majority of your party must be at Bub City to be seated." Unfortunately no one did tell me that and since our group was coming from work at different times we did not have a majority for well over 45 minutes. I understand the policy but it should be more clearly stated in the OpenTable reservation and when they confirm. Also, once seated our waitress was not attentive and took a long time to turn around our orders. I appreciate how busy they are and enjoy Bub City but the service needs some work."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "If you like barbeque food and bourbon, you will love this place. The food is very good. The brisket is tender, the ribs meaty, and the side dishes tasty. They also have over 100 kinds of whiskey. The only issues I came across were the noise level and the fact that the menu is ala carte. But its got a cool vibe to it so the noise isn't too bad."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The St Louis style ribs are almost impossibly good! Bub City is a fun favorite, perfect for an out-of-the-ordinary date night. Great summer vibes (which can be a nice relief from the Chicago winters). Make a late reservation and stay for live music!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Yum! First of all, love the atmosphere. The decor reminds me of a roadhouse-American flag made of beer cans, country music, Christmas lights-really fun. I imagine the garage doors are open on a warm day. It is very loud so conversation is hard with anyone other than your neighbor. Food is delicious! The Brussels sprout salad was so good and a great option for a vegetarian or someone wanting to eat light. The giddy up fries are ridiculously good-basically nachos with waffle fries instead of chips, pulled pork, cheese, jalapeños-amazing! My son was very happy with the pulled pork sandwich. We also had the burnt ends. Did not finish those. Everything else was too good to leave on the plate. Ladies must check out the restroom! A+!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great comfort food, Chicken wings are the bomb! Great casual atmosphere with country music too!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The noise level was so terribly high, it precluded any normal conversation or enjoyment of the food -- unfortunately"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "While the food is decent and reasonably priced BBQ, the scene that they are trying to create for this place is just silly. The music level for a 5:30 Saturday night resi caused my table of four to be practically shouting at one another. We had to always flag down our waiter for a refill on our water, to order another round of drinks, and to ask where our appetizer was. When our appetizer showed up after the dinner we were comped the cost of the fried pickles. Big whoop. I live in the neighborhood and would order take-out from this place but have no intensions of returning to dine in. I’d skip this place and look for a better, more enjoyable spot, where they don’t blast the music and can actually remember my food order."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was very good and came out hot and cooked to order. What we didn't appreciate was the table next to us where a table for four had about 10 people milling about and getting too close to us and making it difficult to eat an have a conversation. It took the restaurant a long time to finally get this large group to a larger table and it was only because they requested it. The waiter should have told the table that they couldn't have people around the table like that. Very unprofessional in a restaurant."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was good and menue wasn't too expansive. Staff was great. Good hip BBQ scene...watched the USA World Cup game, good viewing. Great crowd."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The service was prompt and friendly and the food came out fast and was very respectable. I can't say it was the best ever, but Overall I give it the thumbs up."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Food was delicious and the attention to our service needs was just right. Will be back."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was good, but the service we had was awful."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I am a Chicago native that has lived in Nashvegas for the last 8 years. I thought I was home, while at home. This was loud, country, Nashville like fun and great food. I could have been anywhere on 2nd or Broadway and the girls were almost as cute. Entre's were great. Sides great. Beer cold. Wine list small (but it is a country bar). I had been to the original Bub's over a decade ago and it was larger, by memory, but this smaller version is well done and I would recommend it to anyone missing the South, in need of some country or just wanting a good time. It will satisfy all of those needs, as well as a fully satisfied stomach."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Don't pass on this place. Awesome service, great food and a great bloody mary bar. The bloody mary bar had perhaps the most extensive selection of garnishes for your bloody mary that I have ever seen."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Very cool spot, a bachelor party there. Brisket was amazing. Very cool service and everyone was super helpful. Sound system is incredible."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were in the restaurant early (noon), it was a comfortable conversational volume. The good was good, my guests enjoyed their meals."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The restaurant is on the small side and we were packed in. The waitress did not seem to know what she was doing and had to bring back our food a couple of times for getting the order wrong. If you go and get the spicy fried chicken you can not go wrong."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food here was very good. I had the pulled pork sandwich with tater tots. There was so much meat I had to pull some off so I could actually eat the sandwich. The tater tots were crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside - perfect! They were served with a side of ranch which was good too."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "For a southern girl like me, it feels like going home to Texas or Nashville. Live music for Sunday Brunch, plus the Bloody Mary bar, is just what I needed."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "great service, great bloody mary bar (best in the city), great music"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We really liked food+the atmosphere. The one bad thing was the air conditioner was broken-so we were really hot! They should have more fans working as it was in the 80's...."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food was amazing and service was quick and friendly. Thanks again!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Some of the best ribs in town. Excellent barbeque and hefty drinks. Honky tonk atmosphere. But it's loud! Ear splitting loud. For the young or at the very least, young at heart."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "If you embrace country music & fun-loving crowds, head to Bub City. The crispy chicken wings were delicious. Unfortunately the baby back ribs were very dry. They have a side dish of sweet potato pie topped with melted marshmallows. Definately worth the calories & big enough to share. If you only went just for that dish, it's well worth it. The decorations are kinda Christmasy, but charming. Don't miss the American flag made out of beer cans. Went there to celebrate my birthday & was treated to a homemade peanut butter cream pie. It was excellent. For a noisy fun night out, this is the place to go."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Been before, good food. This time. Very greasy. Will not return"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Great last minute choice and Open Table helped us get a table. Great food, service and overall experience. Proved to be a gem even for a Chicago regular traveling with us."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Simply one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had in a long time...if you like BBQ and sports...its an absolute must. I took my wife and daughter (neither of who is a sports nut) and they absolutely loved it as well!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "LOVE Bub City! They're food is some of the best BBQ/southern style food in Chicago. But I have to say, don't go on a night when the Hawks are playing! We made this mistake the other night, brought friends from out-of-town and the experience is totally different from a standard night at Bub City. No country music, and the game is deafeningly loud. But, if you're looking to eat truly awesome food and watch a Hawks game then definitely go to Bub! "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Service was great! Food was just ok. It was so noisy I felt like I had to scream in order to have a conversation!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014