Bub City

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$30 and under
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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.
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SL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food and love the live music.
Excellent coleslaw

LM
Chicago
7 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.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pastrami was godly!

OT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

s
Yorkshire
8 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.

PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 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.

J
1 review
Dined on December 26, 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.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good. Kids and adults alike enjoyed their meals.

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Staff was very unfriendly, took over 20 minutes to get waited on. She only came when I asked who our waitress was. Did not greet us, just asked what we wanted. Food took another 25 minutes to come out. We were on lunch break. Got there at 1:05 and left at 2:25. Too long

N
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

If you are in the area. Then it’s a cool spot. The food is to die for but the portions are almost nonexistent. Extremely small for the price. Drinks are good but overpriced as well.

HB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

No more Bloody Mary bar. So sad. Always brought guests here fo that experience.

MO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I love taking my team here for fun outings. The lunch deals are awesome and everyone leaves stuffed! I know it's a country-western theme, but the only downside, and this is extremely personal, is that I'm not a fan of country music and it gets played pretty loudly. But that doesn't keep me from coming back again and again.

KS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love the atmosphere at Bub City in Chicago! Such a great place to enjoy dinner and a drink along with some music!!

J
Chicago
161 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Large open space which is fairly noisy.
Food is slanted towards BBQ which is pretty good but not great.
Plenty of beer selections on tap and by the bottle or can.
Service is friendly and efficient.

AM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

They were super flexible holding out reservation for 30 mins due to traffic!

P
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Great ribs but service a bit slow for not being so busy. Couldn’t decide on a beer so server referred us to the manager as she wasn’t very knowledgeable so when the manager took over, it was a very big help. We appreciated her referral

RS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Constant loud country twang music in the middle of an urban restaurant. Didn't expect that. Reservation for 3:30pm. Not seated until 20 mins later.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I saw a feature about the Thanksgiving special on tv and decided to check it out. Food was really good except the side dishes were warm but not hot. Service was outstanding which includes hostess servers busboys etc. Value was great!. I'll be back. Restrooms were nice and clean but down stairs. Dont wait till last minute!

JK
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very thankful to eat at Bub City on Thanksgiving! There was great food and plenty of it! In addition to the usual, fabulous BBQ meats and side dishes, the roasted and fried turkey was delicious. The server was very pleasant and fun, adding to the experiences.

My wife and out-of-town guest were very pleased we chose Bub City for our holiday feast. We'll be back!

LR
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit was for their Thanksgiving Day feast. It was a little crowded and noisy, but the staff was very attentive and upbeat and the restaurant was brightly decorated for the holiday season. We enjoyed the turkey, bbq, pie and unlimited sides.

MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great way for us to spend Thanksgiving. No clean up and our server was awesome. Well done.

r
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smoke turkey was outstanding! Great vibe. It was our second Thanksgiving here. Since last year they improved a lot the buffet menu.

h
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good and the band was great!!

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Food was dry and the service sucked

F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Music at 1:00 was way too loud! Live band and I felt like it was 11:00pm music volume. We couldn’t even talk when leaning into the middle of the table. Terrible volume! Probably won’t return to this location because of this.

MF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic environment! I would warn people that the live music on Sundays does get above a conversation level.

SM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Very loud and energetic on a Saturday evening.... the band was awesome...great lead guitar!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere! Good for all occasions!

CA
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic!! Waitress was amazing, totally took care of me. Explained drink specials and items on my plate. Really helpful. Made me feel at home! $5 old fashioned on Friday. Yum.

MF
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

great food, great atmosphere, loved the drinks too. will def be back again!

A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wednesday fried chicken night was amazing! The wings, fried chicken, and tenders were all delicious, and a solid value

LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I’ve always loved Bub city, and have been there several times. The service is always great but this past time our server was not great. He didn’t check on us much and took a long time to bring us our check.

A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was wonderful, love the music and bloody mary bar

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Saturday brunch and really enjoyed it. Tons of food/large portions so go hungry!

DL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Staff was VERY accommodating in finding us a more comfortable table on a busy Friday night. (I'm a big guy. Booths don't work!) Wait-crew were friendly and attentive. Everyone in our group seemed happy with their meal selections. Only issue was volume. Happy crowd plus accompanying background music made table conversation difficult for our party of six. Maybe a good thing! Be back soon. I mean... "BE BACK SOON!!!"

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great; service was outstanding. Music is too loud to have a conversation; it would be OK if it was a bar but this is more of a restaurant than a place to go for a drink.

D
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Bloody Mary bar. The menu is reasonably priced and the portions are larger than you would expect.

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