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Bub City, Chicago, IL
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Bub City

4.7
4.7
1443 Reviews
$31 to $50
Barbecue
Bub City is the destination for barbecue, whiskey and live country music and is open for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and late night dining. The Southern spot offers house-smoked BBQ, more than 125 different whiskeys from well-known and independent distilleries throughout the country and live country music.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Wed–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am
  • Phone number
    (312) 610-4200
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Bub City offers event and party options from corporate dinners to bachelorette parties to private whiskey tastings, we offer a wide variety of entertainment for groups. Bub City also provides off-site catering and rents out “The Rig,” a mobile barbecue trailer that brings the barbecue experience right to guests’ doors.
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Cross street
    Clark Street & Hubbard
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Grand (Red Line)
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,443 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

1,443 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Munich

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bub City is my favorite bar of all time. A back porch tea and a giddy up fry hits EVERY time

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  2. DrinksAfterWork

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Killer Bourbon whiskey selection. Fun and friendly staff. We were helped by Manny and Emma, both were great! really fun and energetic vibe for after work or after dinner drinks. Solid BBQ. Would definitely come back! Thanks Bub City!

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  3. Ruthie

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Bub city was too noisy and the food was only fair. Lettuce places are not what they used to be!! We won’t be rushing back.

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  4. RicardoM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place! Food, atmosphere and service are great! The live music show was my favorite part of the experience

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  5. luv2dine

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was awesome, and chopped brisket sandwich was very good. The burnt ends in the Benedict dish were fatty and somewhat undercooked and not very good. Probably will not order that again.

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  6. PiotrJ

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    it was really great. Definitely coming back. Good time great food. 

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  7. MarkT

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food at this location was bland and just not good bbq to out table. We asked for the fatty portion of the brisket and literally just got gobs of fat no meat.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Bub City!! So fun especially on a Friday night to wind down from a crazy work week. The back porch tea is my favorite.

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  9. AdamA

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Total Nashville vibes. Great live music and delicious barbecue.

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  10. Evan

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best damn barbecue in chicago! Killer whiskey selection and single barrel selections, great place for whiskey fans. Our server Layla was fantastic. This place was BUSY, and we still had great service and food! Try the RIBS *Yummm*

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  11. GillianS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Great bbq and atmosphere. Always hit it when I visit Chi town.

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  12. LisaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was darling and very helpful when I asked her to suggest a couple of options for my kids. She was attentive and consistent.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bub City is so much fun!! A great way to spend New Year’s Eve! Molly is a great great server and Mgr Tobias is so kind and helpful too. The food is excellent, especially the ribs. Great bourbon selection and they even sell bottle bundles at very fair prices. 

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  14. LukeC

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Our server apparently hadn't arrived yet when we were seated for our reservation? That and it was $30 for Woodford...

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  15. Brett

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent Service and Management! Huge Shout out to Tobias for giving us Special Attention!!!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    160 reviews

    5.0

    160 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    good food, good service, Merry Christmas, thank you

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing time here. The food was fantastic. Amazing selection of beers and whisky. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Next time we visit we will stay for the live band.

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  18. Corey

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I will never come here again. The host staff was very rude. I came in with a party of 5 and we ordered apps and drinks. After spending 300+, our polite server came over and said her shift was ending. She mentioned that we can stay as long as we would like but she would have to close our tab. We closed it and she thanked us and let us know that the new server would come by. 20 minutes had gone by and nothing (Not the issue). The host then comes by and rudely tells us that they need our table and we need to leave in 10 minutes (Issue begins). The original server then came over and said that she is sorry that the other server has not come by by they will and there is no rush for us to leave. The host then comes back and tell us that we must leave NOW. I let them know that I didn't understand the rush and there is a better way to communicate. There was clearly a disconnect but there is no reason to be rude. We were kind, spent money, & tipped well. I will not go back to a place that is rude and has communication issues when thee are tons of places downtown to choose from. It's simply not worth it.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fun, great place to hang with great food and service. Molly is an excellent excellent responsive helpful and kind/fun server. The ribs fall off the bone and are so tangy and sweet. The wedge salad is refreshing and delicious. They also have great prices on hard to get Bourbon. Meagan at the bar is also great. She recommended a Rock Hill Farms single barrel bourbon - which I loved. Such great service!

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  20. VinodB

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was not good. We enjoyed the place but the food was not up-to the mark. Our server was awesome.

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  21. Happy

    Chicago

    109 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had great burnt tips and ribs in a homey atmosphere. Music started at 10, but we didn’t stay.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my grandfathers 83rd and he was ecstatic, bub city is his favorite and everything was perfect

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again, we are always completely thankful for the amazing service that we get. Tobias was an absolute blast talking over bourbon with us. We truly enjoyed it. It was incredibly wonderful to see Brad he always remembers us, and all our favorite stuff that is truly one of the reasons we keep coming back to the lettuce, entertain your family people make us feel so special! Maddie & Bree where are servers and boy did they take great care of us. Also, Erwin was our food runner and really what above and beyond I have never had anyone explain the food to me in such a delicious way. Once again, thank you for the outstanding service and unbelievable food!!!

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  24. BethR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten here several times. Every time we are so glad we returned. The BBQ sandwiches are very good. The staff is always friendly and is just enough of the beaten path.

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  25. MathieuB

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, nice food for the buck and live music was awesome!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. BBQ sauce is a big wow. Friendly staff. Visiting from New Jersey but will come back.

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  27. BJWSS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It sounded much better than it was. Very loud music and distracting lights you were facing made it impossible to converse - and it was my family reunion. Plus my ribs were black - yes, black! Just a bit over done. I wouldn't go back nor recommend it!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server and food were terrific! Great place. We were still drinking beer, some had just got dessert and the hostess came over and told us to wrap it up they needed our table. We had been there an hour and 45 minutes, and we had a table of 13 people. We spent over $600 and she was literally standing there, waiting for us to leave. It’s really unfortunate because it was a great evening and a great place until that.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it here. Great customer service, tasty food, good music!

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  30. JoeC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tater tot appetizer was delicious, very tasty. The brisket (both lean and fatty) was very well done and delicious. The BBQ was good. The beer was cold. The server was very attentive. Will definitely do this place again when I’m in town.

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  31. Actuary2468

    Chicago

    55 reviews

    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was ok, service was a little lacking-I think the server had too many tables to cover.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love it here!! Great service, food, and music

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  33. Howard

    Chicago

    154 reviews

    3.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and the service was fine except for one omission. The reason for the rating downgrade is that there wasn't any acknowledgement of my guest's birthday, even though I specifically noted on the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday. I had hoped for something, even just a friendly "Happy Birthday" greeting, to make my friend feel special. But we got nothing.

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  34. CharlottaH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service. A really energetic and fun vibe!

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  35. BillyC

    Chicago

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Nice to eat outside because the weather was great. The cowboy dip was a great sandwich.

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  36. RhettL

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a 10 person lunch for my work team. Service was friendly and efficient. Very accommodating.

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  37. JoshL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Larger parties should be prepared to be squished around a table that isn't big enough for your party. Some people make like that, but once the food would've arrived, there wouldn't be enough space to even eat. And no, they wouldn't put two tables together, which I thought was weird. HOWEVER, we were able to switch to a booth option and put a chair in the front of it, so that helped with some elbow room. The wings were the best wings I've ever had (Buffalo style), the ribs melted in your mouth, the coleslaw was so creamy. Overall, 9/10.

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  38. AChicago

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun environment. Festive. Classic BBQ. Nice signature drinks.

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  39. NicolaC

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic atmosphere, ribs to die for, huge portions too

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, even allowed us to add to our reservation at last minute. Food was awesome. Highly recommend!!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Bub City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 610-4200.

Bub City is rated 4.7 stars by 1443 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bub City

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Clark Street & Hubbard
  • Neighborhood
    River North (Chicago)
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am Wed–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Barbecue, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Grand (Red Line)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 610-4200
  • Catering
    Bub City offers event and party options from corporate dinners to bachelorette parties to private whiskey tastings, we offer a wide variety of entertainment for groups. Bub City also provides off-site catering and rents out “The Rig,” a mobile barbecue trailer that brings the barbecue experience right to guests’ doors.
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