Bub City

4.7
1291 reviews
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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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OT
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great spot to meet for some good BBQ, country music, and fun/friendly atmosphere.

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KK
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fried pickles were tough as nails- I never knew you could over cook them. They were like hockey pucks. I didn’t finish my entree and my server asked if I was finished and simply took it away. No box, no offer to take it home. I had the chicken - it was tender and juicy. I highly recommend. My brother had the brisket. It as good, but nothing to rave about - presentation was below average. Atmosphere was great and service was super friendly. Overall- it’s not on my list as a recommendation.

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food. Family of 4 and we all enjoyed our menu choices. Would return again.

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a
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch/lunch in Sunday (cinco de mayo) and it was our first time! They had a delicious bloody mary bar as well as live music playing and it was a really cool experience. The brisket is a must have, it was phenomenal. All in all, would definitely go again, and glad we made a reservation cause we were seated right away.

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M
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good brunch deal!

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DP
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is phenomenal. Service was great and it’s an overall fun place to eat and hang out.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was excellent. Giddy up fries and the Bloody Mary Bar never disappoint!

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AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted and seated right away. The service was great and the food was absolutely delicious!

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TY
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The waffles and biscuits were dry and virtually unedible, atmosphere is great, food was terrible

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was pretty good. Standard Chicago expense for food so pretty high up there. Overall pretty good would go again but not in any hurry.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great experience just wish the music could start earlier

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food kind of a small portion for the price but it was delicious.

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SR
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, tasty food!! Would definitely recommend!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brother moving away lunch. It was 11:15am so no one really there but perfect level of noise, ambiance, food and service. I will return.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was very good! It was way too noisy in there to enjoy dinner. The music could be turned down a notch. Also, our server gave me the wrong beer, and I couldn’t hear anything she said and she barely cared to repeat herself either. She seemed very disinterested. The Mac and Cheese was amazing though!!!!

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k
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun casual messy dining. Lol. The food is yummy! They give you wet wipes after you’ve downed the ribs. So good. Plus the music and vibe is fun!

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PC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was a fun place to meet a friend for dinner. It got louder as the night went on and a little hard to keep up a conversation. The service was a little disjointed but was really fine and pleasant overall. They comped our desert since they were slow to tell us they were out of peanut butter pie. We weren’t rushed in the least even though the place was packed. The brisket was awesome and I’d go back just to have more of it.

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MC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a fun place for brunch! Love the Bloody Mary bar and the music is so great!

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J
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

the portions were a little small, but good. we had a good time while we were there. Our waiter, Ozzie, was fun and knowledgeable and answered all our questions regarding the menu

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great BBQ brunch. Our eyes were much bigger than our stomachs but everything was delicious with plenty to take home!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was good but portions are smaller than I expected. Our server was great! I was upset that I asked for a booth when I placed my reservation and when we arrived they told me that no booths were available. When they sat us down I saw two empty booths. I was lied to and that was upsetting.
We were first time customers and I’m not sure I would go back. Maybe give them a second chance in the far future.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for accommodating our party of four in a booth! We had a great view of the games and enjoyed the evening!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Total tourist theme restaurant. Not a Lettuce Entertain You gem. Actually a trap restaurant if you ask me. Portions small and just not that good. We got the 3 meat plate and expected so much more. The best part was the Pimento cheese spread and that's sad. The Lettuce App never works for me in the restaurant so it's a pain to get points. I have missed out on two dining opportunities to get points. This time I was able to but it's a pain to have the waitress search for the number etc. Extremely disappointed in this place.

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TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here three times. Food is always delicious. The nachos with chicken were fantastic.

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OT
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Not what I expected in terms of BBQ. It certainly wasn't that. Taste, however, wasnt bad. Will not return.

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SM
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular place! The staff, music, liquor selection- everything is awesome!

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HH
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St Patrick’s Day weekend celebrating

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KJ
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I came for the fish but it was only on Fridays not Saturday so I ended up getting hot wings and waffle fries which I absolutely loved but the price was a bit much.

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DD
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cool. Had reservations but decided to sit to at the bar to eat/drink because we wanted to socialize & the bartender was super sweet! We ordered most of what she suggested to us & it was delicious. The live band came on a little too late for us & the place gets crazy packed around 10pm. We will definitely be back for more.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great value for what you got. Service was Excellent!

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar, good BBQ food and if you like beer or whiskey great bar!

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OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, really enjoyed band

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great, management was awesome and the food we had was phenomenal! We went to see the band and they rocked the house!! All around great experience!

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DS
Cleveland
53 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming to Chicago and going to Bub City!!! Weekends are our favorite, but really we go whenever we can because the food is amazing. The weekend band are great after we eat. Cannot wait to go back again.

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A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can't really go wrong with your meal choice here! It was ha rd d yo decide what I wanted to eat. Amazing drink selection! Love that you can get the Nashville vibe right in the heart of Chicago!

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CV
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was some of the best BBQ I have ever had, the brisket melted in your mouth!! HUGE selection of whiskey!! Amazing atmosphere with some rocking country music. Definitely a great break from the fancy restaurant scene and better food!!! Will be back the next time in Chicago!!

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DS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

two thumbs up! excellent food only exceeded by the quality of the service.

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n
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Bloody Mary bar was amazing & reasonably priced!

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DL
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun and lively BBQ joint. Our chicken was a bit over-cooked, but my daughter loved her ribs. The prices were good for the River North area. The whiskey selection was impressive.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Second time I’ve been there. Got the wild fries as an appetizer this last time which was great, but both times I’ve been there the ribs didn’t blow me away. Not very much meat on them

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