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Bub City

4.5
4.5
1443 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
RJ, Jerrod and Molly Melman have created their own destination for country music lovers to enjoy a cocktail, grab a bite and have some fun.

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.

Bub City boasts a bar offering more than 125 selections.

Not bookable

Online reservations at Bub City can only be made directly on their website.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, American

  • Hours of operation

    M-Fri 11:00AM - 2:00AM Sat 10:00AM - 3:00AM Sun 10:00AM - 12:00AM

  • Phone number

    (312) 610-4200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Neighborhood

    Chicago

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

What 1,443 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. JK

    JamieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made a reservation on a Saturday night. We ended up waiting about 20 minutes for a table, but didn't think anything of it. It was a busy night and we just grabbed a drink at the bar while we waited. Once our table was ready, the server sat us and we were immediately brought a round of drinks and fried pickles on the house for our wait. We weren't upset and never asked for this, but were completely impressed by this gesture. It was excellent customer service. We will definitely be going back.
  2. KI

    KellyI

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic vibe, great service and superb food. You gotta check this place out when you are in town!
  3. PB

    PatrickB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    the food should be hotter and the beer should be colder and turn the country music down so you can have a conversation
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Always delicious food and great service! Just very disappointed to see that they don’t have live music on Sundays anymore and they also took away their Bloody Mary bar. 👎🏼👎🏼 those were my favorite reasons to go there for Sunday brunch!!
  5. 1

    11111111111111

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, and delicious food. The portion sizes are pretty large!
  6. C

    Coco

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We were a table of 8 out for a birthday. The location we were sat at was horrible. Stage was not very visible and it was directly off the kitchen. I cannot say how many times we were almost knocked over by staff and guests. When we complained we were yelled at by THE STAFF. The staff should have cleared the crowd standing and blocking the route to the back instead of shoving up against us to get by. It WAS NOT worth the $500 bill.
  7. L

    Linz

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great location for BBQ and having fun with friends.
  8. AM

    AndreaM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We gave us our table 15 min late which is mothing and they offered us several appetizers at no cost. Outstanding service. Very professional and polite.
  9. k

    kristenw

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    My only problem was that we sat right next to the door and people who were waiting for a table kept leaning on our table while we ate...like even resting their arm and leaning back on the high top. We were there for my husband's birthday and he had never been before so this was his first experience. We tried to let it go but then another group of people came in and almost circled around our table making it seem like we were being watched. We didn't feel like we could talk or relax because we were rushed to get out of there so other people could take our seat. The food was great and our waitress was not bad but I think they should make the people waiting stand closer to the door and not allow them to roam the restaurant and walk around. We almost decided not to order and leave but we tried to stick it out.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My roommate and I went here because we wanted a place with a fun atmosphere for dinner and drinks! we compared it to a country version of Buffalo Wild Wings. We got the buffalo chicken strips with waffles fries and a pitcher of the pomegranate (or some other fruit flavor) margaritas and everything was amazing!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Nachos that were rated great by the Tribune were awful. Mostly BBQ sauce on chips & meat was scarce & not good quality.
  12. CV

    ChelseaV

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Our server was great, love the bloody Mary’s and the food was amazing.
  13. CR

    ChrisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Gave it a shot on Valentine's Day and was not disappointed. Service was great and the food was outstanding. Our kids liked it so much they begged to come back the next night. Will definitely be going back on my next trip to Chicago.
  14. GG

    GusGussie

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Got there on time for reserved seating and was seated right away. Wait staff was incredible. The place was packed but didn't have to flag anyone down for another drink or to place food order. Had the BBQ Bristket Nachos and they were really good. Smokey meat, plenty of cheese and the spice was due to jalapanos that could be avoided if not desired. The Band was engaging and talented. Great night!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best brisket in town hands down
  16. EC

    EmilyC

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Great atmosphere for a group dinner. Food was good and selection of beer was great!
  17. GD

    GemmaD

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it was an awesome experience
  18. MF

    MichaelF

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The amazing bloody bar that is the main reason I go is not there anymore? Super sad and disappointing.
  19. D

    Dustin

    Minneapolis

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and fabulous drinks! Always a great option!!
  20. R

    Richardg

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Disappointed with menu changes -- No cobb salad+ other changes - Don't mess with a good forula
  21. PA

    PATTYK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Great FOOD!!! Nice amount ..well deserved..however the service was slow.. took well over 15 mins before we were even look at...work on the staff to be more attentive to your customers you never who is waiting.
  22. AM

    AlexM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The brisket and pulled pork were fantastic! Great atmosphere. Will be definitely returning!
  23. JS

    JSeaJay

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    We have been coming to bub city for years, and I’ve always enjoyed the experience. However, they recently made substantial changes on their menu which will limit our future visits. In an effort to simplify their menu, they have removed nearly everything that we eat. Including, their supposedly famous fried chicken. It was particularly weird since all of the staff members were wearing T-shirts promoting their fabulous fried chicken. If you want simply ribs or brisket, With minimal ability to customize or change sauces this is your place. Kind of breaks my heart, as the place still has a lot to offer.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The menu for rib specials on the table "hadn't started yet" and we ordered fried chicken sandwiches that came out luke warm. Fries seemed like they had been fried a while ago. Would not recommend to a friend.
  25. M

    Mattt

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Stuck in the city and miss the warmth and welcome smells and sounds of the suburbs? You’ve come to the right place. Normally LEY knocks it out of the park. This was a swing and a miss. Next!
  26. J

    Josh

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the live band playing that night and we had a great date night! The fried pickles were delicious and beers, well, they’re always good.
  27. LC

    LonnieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to Bub City, the food was amazing , on top of that our friends band was in town , Reckless Whiskey, so we felt right at home !!!! Service was amazing !!!! We will be back soon with friends
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    No meat and 3 for lunch was a disappointment considering that’s the main reason we come for lunch.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food and service was great. The only tip that I would give is to not have the bus boys troll and keep asking if they can clear your table. It was a little pushy and there were open tables.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an awesome time! Get the big platter!
  31. SL

    SLfoodie

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great food and love the live music. Excellent coleslaw
  32. LM

    LM15

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service is fantastic and the food is usually pretty good. Looks like they underwent a menu change and took off my favorite items so that was a bummer. Plus they got rid of the bloody mary bar and raised the mimosa prices. Still a good spot, but may not so much for brunch any more.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pastrami was godly!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    NYE at Bub City was so much fun! It wasn’t too crowded. We ate at 8:30pm and the band came on around 9:30pm. The service was excellent. I’d highly recommend for anyone who likes country.
  35. S

    Sopranofortissima

    Milwaukee

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We selected Bub City because it was one of the few locations in River North that still had open tables on New Years Eve at the 11th hour (well, more like 3 pm hour). At our table the food got high marks in terms of value and taste. It’s not the greatest bbq you’ve ever had in your life, but it’s very good, the service was fantastic, the vibe is awesome, and we had fun!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    They no longer offer their Bloody Mary bar and the menu has changed. Meh....
  37. S

    Smith

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always a terrific night - love this place! Recommended for a great night listening to county music
  38. s

    simon

    Yorkshire

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    The food we had was ok but for some bizarre reason the lunch menu has far more choice than the evening menu. Must admit I have never seen that in a restaurant before. Really disappointing as so many better options were not available to us. As a result we won’t be returning. Bonkers decision made by the restaurant management.
  39. PC

    PamelaC

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The menu was limited and centered on meat. Vegetarians had the option of one salad and a Brussels sprout side. In my opinion, fried pickles don’t count, although technically they are vegetarian. Our server was attentive. The space was inviting and decorated for the holidays with colorful string lights.
  40. J

    Jenesis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food was decent though I got the feeling that they get a crowd that likes to be out the door in under 30 minutes. I was told my chicken would take 15 minutes, as if that's a bad thing. For reference, this was a Friday night.

FAQs

Bub City does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now, Postmates and Uber Eats. Bub City also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 610-4200.

Bub City is rated 4.5 stars by 1443 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

Online reservations at Bub City can only be made directly on their website.

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Chicago

  • Hours of operation

    M-Fri 11:00AM - 2:00AM Sat 10:00AM - 3:00AM Sun 10:00AM - 12:00AM

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

  • Phone number

    (312) 610-4200

  • 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.

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