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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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Fantastic!! I am already planning a return trip..."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The best BBQ ever. We love the brisket, ribs and pastrami!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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!"
    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
  • "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."
    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
  • "This was way, way too loud-it was brunch at club level. Food was great-just wish I could have heard my brunch mates."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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
  • "it was extremely loud, the food was just okay, and the drinks were subpar. with all of the fabulous bbq places in Chicago to go to, there is no need to go back to this one..."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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