Bub City

4.7
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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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JamieK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 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.

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KellyI
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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PatrickB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
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!!

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11111111111111
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Coco
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 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.

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vipLinz
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great location for BBQ and having fun with friends.

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AndreaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 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.

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kristenw
1 review
Dined on February 21, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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

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ChelseaV
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ChrisR
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.

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GusGussie
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brisket in town hands down

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vipEmilyC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

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GemmaD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was an awesome experience

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vipMichaelF
Minneapolis
6 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.

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DustinT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and fabulous drinks! Always a great option!!

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vipRichardg
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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PATTYK
1 review
Dined on February 3, 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.

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AlexM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJSeaJay
Chicago
16 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 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.

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Josh
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 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.

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LonnieC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an awesome time! Get the big platter!

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SLfoodie
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food and love the live music.
Excellent coleslaw

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LM15
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.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pastrami was godly!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipSopranofortissima
Chicago
25 reviews