Bub City

4.7
1142 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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  • Fun
  • Comfort Food
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, American
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Hours of operation
M-Fri 11:00AM - 2:00AM
Sat 10:00AM - 3:00AM
Sun 10:00AM - 12:00AM
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Phone number
(312) 610-4200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Doug Psaltis
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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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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
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Fridays just got a whole lot better. We're now celebrating the end of the workweek with a Build-Your-Own-Margarita Bar. For just $9, customize your marg just the way you like it: Start with Casamigos Blanco tequila and choose frozen or on-the-rocks, then the rest is up to you. Pick from salt rims like lime, smoke and spicy salts, then decide on a mixer—classic lime, grapefruit, coconut, cucumber, spicy strawberry or pineapple. As the bartender mixes away, choose from a variety of garnishes, including herbs, fruit, vegetable spears, blackened shrimp and more. Added bonus: There may just be some salty snacks (think pork rinds, chips and guacamole) and an ice-cold beer waiting for you at the end of the line. To reserve a table, please visit bubcitychicago.com or call 312-610-4200.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch

Private Dining

Host your next private event at Bub City and treat your guests to an authentic barbecue experience. Our unique atmosphere, delicious food, and attentive service will ensure your gathering is one to remember!

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What 1142 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 5 days ago

1st time as a dine in guest; food and ambiance was good. But, I thought the waitress could have been a bit more friendly. She wasn't rude, just underwhelming ; perfunctory.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Had a great time with good food & service!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food was great. Service even better, even on a busy night. We split nachos and a platter. Platter had the brisket (so tender and flavorful) and pulled pork with beans and Brussel sprouts. Nice long beer list with some unusuals so it was nice to try something new.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

It’s a good place to go grab a bite and a beer

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Only disappointment was live music doesn’t start until 11PM on Saturday.....why not have a set for dinner, as well? Excellent service and management, though.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food was wonderful. The brisket is a must have. It's a busy place,loud but not too much. You can have a conversation. Multiple T.V. what ever your sport. Staff friendly and efficient.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great time, fast service!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great food and area!

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We had a very nice family dinner, our waitress was very attentive, food was delicious as usual!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Very good food, very tasty and fresh. Reasonable Price points

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1.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Absolutely horrible. My wallet was stolen out of my purse while we were dining. Management had it all on camera and was extremely rude and uncooperative when we asked for help. The security does not care about customers safety at all. Terrible food, awful experience & I would never go back.

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2.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The service was terrible.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Awesome evening at Bub City! Sitting outside listening to a live band, drinking really good beers and beverages, eating killer BBQ, appetizers, and ridiculously delicious desserts. The place itself has a warm vibe and our server, busboy, and manager all had beautiful energy. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great experience. Great live band.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Had a fantastic server, pleasant and funny on top of things!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Fun dinner with great food and amazing entertainment. Perfect after a long day to sit back and just enjoy the band while eating.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's Day brunch was perfect at Bub City. I would definitely recommend Bub City for brunch on the weekends, usually on Sunday they have live music which was perfect!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our server wasn’t the best. She was fairly rude, however we did not let her ruin our experience. The restaurant was so unique and a great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great Bloody Mary bar

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Amazing wings as always and the Brussel sprouts were Killer good. I love this place!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Nice brunch with live music on Sunday

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Bub City is okay. Drinks were a little on the high side compared to other places in the city. Food was good but nothing special. Appetizer plates were dirty.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

I went there after work with a friend. The vibes were nice, the food great, and the service fantastic. When we got there, the valet attendant was friendly and very careful with my car. We started off with the wings and the Strawberry Lemonade. Our main dish was the ribs and pork shoulder. Such a great time. I would highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

It was a beautiful day and we sat outside. The Mac and cheese is awesome

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Great place

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Had a great experience last night of this barbecue place. I ordered a sampler platter which way more food than one human should possibly eat. However, I managed. The barbecue was tasty and the sides were very good I have baked beans which were very flavorful the cornbread is wonderful and the Buffalo tats do not disappoint. Overall I would come back here for good barbecue and Shiner Bock. My only disappointment of the night was that the menu on OpenTable says they have burnt ends and the menu at the restaurant does not have them. Waitress informed me they have been discontinued. If in River North and in the mood for barbecue, this is a solid place to stop

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

They didn’t have a menu item that I usually get for a hour but otherwise a great experience

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We went here for a group meal (7 diners). The food was great, delicious and authentic BBQ. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. Before dinner we sat at the bar for a couple of drinks. The bar staff were more than happy to go through their selection of beers and whiskey. Overall a great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Perfect place to unwind, hang out with friends, eat great food and enjoy live music. Love this place — always a great vibe with really friendly service!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We were in town from Ohio, celebrating 2 birthdays and meeting up with a Chicago friend. It was a first time for all of us. The food was phenomenal and prices were fair. Meals are definitely shareable! Our server was helpful and fairly fast but also seemed to be a bit curt and short with us; not overly friendly. I would definitely recommend it and go there again.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Laid back fun with great adult beverage options and swanky honky tonk music

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

consistently great food and good vibes. awesome customer service. always a great time! highly recommend for friends and family getting together. also, great place to have the kids tag along! highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Love the pulled pork with Mac and cheese!

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Service was okay, the waitress seemed a little rude and didn’t check on us often enough. I ordered the Chipotle Mac & Cheese and it was way too spicy to eat (and I like spicy food). Their food is usually very good. The service has never been the best but the food usually makes it worth it.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

One of the best BBQ restaurants we've been to! Will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was good smoked barbeque! My chicken was perfectly smoked, tender and juicy. Sometimes hard to achieve in good ole bbq. The live music was awesome.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was great and so was service no long wait for food

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Had read about this place in Chicago magazine and wanted a casual but delicious dinner. This place is casual, but the food is just not good. You'd get a better meal at a chain in a suburb. The bbq meat tasted blah and the sauces were not good. Bathrooms are in the basement and not clean. We couldn't get out of hear fast enough.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Good live music & good service. I liked the valet service and the front staff made it seem safe.

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