Bub City

4.7
1231 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
RJ, Jerrod and Molly, in conjunction with Chef / Partner Doug Psaltis 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.

Bub City boasts a bar offering more than 125 selections.
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CM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. I will definitely be back soon.

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T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super good brunch. Great prices! Great service. Best Bloody Mary bar.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, great food, excellent service. This Bloody Mary bar was the most amazing I’ve ever seen.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son 13 birthday

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P
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Ribs were over cooked and dry. Disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I wish I remembered my servers name next restaurant I enjoy the service I had there I will keep the customer copy of the receipt I'm in the industry and if you do there he had a beard and was amazing at explaining the whole menu

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R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bub City never disappoints! Went for an early NYE dinner with our 9 year old son. Service was excellent!! Waitress even brought our guy a free dessert!! My son had the ribs and said they were amazing. Hubby had the brisket special and said it was great. I LOVE the Nashville chicken sandwich!! Fried pickles too!!!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food - top notch!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very quick service.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Our server went out of her way to give me treats for my birthday. She was beyond generous.

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J
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch while watching the Bears game. Service (Katie) was excellent, food delicious. Many screens and games.

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c
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good and they have a Great whiskey selection!!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great venue for a group of friends info chicago! Great food, great ambiance ander service!! A must see in Chi-town!!

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ED
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites. The food is delicious and the drinks are fantastic!

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CA
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, sandwiches a little small but great flavors. Sides are expensive. Would love to have a little of each of them but that could really rack up the dollars. Our waitress was outstanding, really took care of us!! Love the atmosphere.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was great. Unfortunately our table was overtaken by the party next to us who

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was satisfactory

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CK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Thematic restaurant that was blasting football the day we went. It was insanely loud. At least during the commercial breaks, they played music and not the ads. The food was fine, though most of it we ordered was not seasoned at all...not even salt, and pretty pricey for what you get. The drinks were great, though. I ordered salmon and it was under cooked.; to their credit they cooked a brand new piece for me instead of reheating the piece I was originally served. The manager was very polite and accommodating, and that was a pleasant surprise. One thing I really did appreciate, is they have a gluten free fryer, so I was able to have tater tots - which is a rare treat and I enjoyed them.

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M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoy a 21st Birthday at Bub City. Usually on a Sunday a live band is playing, but the Chicago Bears were on, so that worked. Food was delivered quick, service was accommodating, great over all.

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon was great. Sides are really outstanding.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great people!

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AK
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here for Thanksgiving! It was delicious and we had so much meat that we were able to bring some home for an additional meal!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving Buffet was fabulous

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TV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

This year me and my cousin opted to do thanksgiving at a restaurant. We chose to come to Bub City Chicago bc neither of us had been before and we love BBQ. Upon our arrival we found out we couldn’t order off of the regular menu. That was the first issue bc my cousin is a pescatarian and was looking fwd to the Salmon. We stayed anyway and she ate just the sides which was her ONLY option and I chose the brisket. The sides were all barely warm, the brussel sprouts seemed somewhat burnt and looked as if they had been under the lights forever. The gravy for the mashed potatoes came out with the meat, which was around 20 minutes AFTER we got our side dishes. There was some kind of salad but there wasn’t any dressing and the macaroni was al dented times 2.

Once my meat came out I was shocked. There were only 3 small chicken nugget sized pieces of fried turkey, a few slices of turkey breast that was drier than the Sahara Desert, and 2 under seasoned, fatty, leatherlike, pieces of brisket. Oh and randomly placed pickles...go figure! We were never offered a drink other the lukewarm plant water but bc we were we took one more leap of faith and tried the apple crumble...another disappointment. Shocking...but not really. Because it was apparent it had been cook in the mix matched stoneware it was presented on, o had trouble prying it loose from the sides. Who was the chef yesterday? Clearly he wanted to be home with his and took it out on ours. Bland food Thankful For a sense of humor and the Cheetos I had in the car

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PS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bub City was great! My daughter has a dairy allergy and they were careful that no cross-contamination occurred and we were able to enjoy some great food! Both the manager and server paid attention to detail.

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Bloody Mary Bar with lots of fresh options! Food was great, portion size is definitely sharable. Fun atmosphere and friendly staff.

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SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was great, food was delicious, and service was top notch! Absolutely would recommend!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were here for a Congress and had dinner. Good food and service and super ambiance during the karaoke. I highly recommend it.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bears brunch

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SD
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spot! If you like southern food and beer, this is the place to go. The biscuits are huge!

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O
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it. It's my second time going and I will be back

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C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great BBQ, definitely get the brisket and the back porch iced tea! It was a warm fall night and we got one of the booths by the window which is perfect for getting outside air, a bit of inside AC and music, and great views. Had 2 kids (2 and under 2months) and the dinner was smooth with them in tow. Liked our server a lot, he knew to fill the toddler cup halfway! Best of all, lettuce entertain you points!

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New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Say is by the speakers blasting country music making it difficult to have conversations - Mac and cheese was watery ribs and fried chicken very good

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JC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

Bub City always features pretty incredible musical talent. Even if you're not a huge country fan, it is worth a visit. The atmosphere is fun and inviting. While it can often be crowded, you can make a reservation to secure seating. I'm also not a huge fan of the food - just a personal preference - but it is a great spot for beer/cocktails and live music.

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t
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great night and amazing service. Ashley our server was great most of the night. I am not sure if someone in my party upset her but after she gave everyone's card back after the bill was split her energy shifted as if she was upset. Other than that extremely small thing we had an amazing time and will surely be coming back.

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HA
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good vibe, nice service - highly recommend the brussels sprouts. Live music can make bar get crowded but great for dinner on the early side.

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MS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were glad to get reservations at Bub City before Saturday night theater at the Oriental Theater. Valet parking made it super easy for us to dine and retrieve our car to get to the theater. Atmosphere was fun and great people watching as the doors were open to the sidewalk and street scene. Service was friendly and teamwork was efficient. After our meals were served it seemed as though our server was less available to the floor. Not sure why but we ended up having to ask for our check. Aside from that little quirk we were pleased with the other aspects of Bub City.

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MR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved the food and live music. The energy was great and both bands were great.

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TS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Music was great. Party of 2 without reservations were seated before our party of 2 with. Pork sandwich had a lot of fat that I couldn’t chew and cheese on the nachos tasted like powder cheese. Drinks were good and priced well. Service from waitresses was great.

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