Bub City

4.7
1205 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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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 1205 People Are Saying
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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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OT
New York Area
3 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
1 review
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
8 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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OT
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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New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable. Simple. Will continue to frequent. Consistent. Big fan!

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M
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

No está mal Música country El problema es que cuando llegamos a cenar ya no ofrecían el menú completo, tan solo el de bar, con poca variedad

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was not very attentive.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, but the service a little slow.
Will come back again.

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R
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osgood and Adam were so amazing. FOR SURE coming back to see their beautiful faces. I can't decide what was better - the buffalo bites or the Boyz.

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N
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Good food, terrible service.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lately the food here comes out Luke warm.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to take a date. He live music was fun, but we could still have a conversation

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LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food and vibes are great, but the last two times I've gone the service has been terrible. The first time they forgot about my appetizer and brought it out after my meal which took longer than usual, especially for lunch. The second time we watched our server hangout at the bar as we continuously tried to get her attention before having to get up and get her to come back to the table. Otherwise, great scene at night...

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MO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Live guitarist/singer was great! Brunch food was alright, it is definitely not geared towards sober us, but rather groups wanting to drink at brunch.

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

So delicious I could eat here every weekend!

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c
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bub City is always excellent! The chicken is killer and those fried brussel sprouts...FAB!!

Love this place AND country music!

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Chicken and waffles bomb!

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OT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Superb whiskey selection. Service was good enough.

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CF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere. Always a great experience.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 4

Bub city was very accommodating to my growing group of friends who gathered to celebrate my birthday.

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M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was average, but reasonably priced so I was okay with that. one thing I really did not like about the food, was how quickly it came out after we ordered. We ordered, and 5 minutes later the food was at our table. Too quick.

Drinks were great, and so was the wait staff. The atmosphere of the restaurant was fun, and energetic too! I will go back, but will ask for my food not to be rushed out next time.

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JO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The waitress wasn’t exactly kind. She snapped at me when I asked for a chair. I did not hear her say yes cause it was so loud in there so she said I told you I would get it
Also we asked for two bills and she couldn’t seem to get it right

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good drinks. Decent pricing. Will definitely be back!

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CF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great country restaurant right in the middle of the city. Food is always good and the staff is very friendly.

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RM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team was great. Service was top notch. I was there during a very busy concert and I always had a fresh beer. Highly recommend

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G
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tuesday night live karaoke is incredible! So much fun to watch

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a
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very good experience at Bub City. The food was great, and the waitress and staff were attentive. I would recommend!

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AM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and maybe best ribs ever. Great selection of beer and bourbon. Well priced. Great interior and friendly staff. Worth a visit or two. We will return.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for a crowd, fun, and great value for the prices

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