About Bub City

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.

435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, American

Hours of Operation:
M-Fri 11:00AM - 2:00AM
Sat 10:00AM - 3:00AM
Sun 10:00AM - 12:00AM

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 610-4200

Website:
http://www.bubcitychicago.com/

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.

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.

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

Executive Chef:
Doug Psaltis

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch

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.

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!

Bub City Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
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Great for Lunch (13)
People Watching (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Happy Hour (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Live Sports (8)
Spicy (8)
Great Beer (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Cozy (6)
Authentic (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Seasonal (2)
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Business Meals (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

liz was fantastic! Came here with my brother who was visiting from out of town, and she made him feel very welcomed and gave him a great experience to remember. I work for lettuce, and appreciate how personable and sweet she was.

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·Dined 3 days ago

I was promised local barbecue favorite with a country atmosphere. What I got was the loudest, most bs tourist trap I’ve ever seen. The food was just fine, the service was few and far between, the food and drinks were very overpriced, and to top it all off we had to listen to too loud “bro country” the whole time. We would have left if it wasn’t 25 degrees out and we hadn’t walked a mile to get there.

Looks like they’re making money hand over fist, but save yourself the experience and go somewhere else. Take an Uber out of downtown. The money you save will more than make up for it, and you’ll have a much better time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We were quickly seated when we arrived. Obviously a BBQ restaurant but only had one non meat option which was salmon. They also had two salads, besides that everything was full of dairy and meat! They did not have a kids menu which seemed very odd for a place like this. So they split the macaroni and cheese. The sides were amazing!!! Ordered the spoonbread, tots and my son got the brisket beans. Among the table we ordered Grilled salmon, Chicago ribs, spare ribs, hot wings and macaroni and cheese. Everything was very good. Server was very nice but INCREDIBLY slow!! Would return for the sides alone!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Live Music
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was good, our server was great! It was very loud though, and the band was only just doing a sound check.

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving. The price of the food was great. Drinks were overpriced, the pitcher of margarita was mostly crushed ice (wouldn't recommended it).

Tags: Live Sports, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, People Watching, Live Music, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Lots of good food and service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for thanksgiving and everything was phenomenal the amount of food for the price was perfect. We had leftovers. The meat was all juicy and well prepared. Will definitely be back for a date night.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was really good, since it was late they only had fatty brisket. Which we did not like but they gave us chicken to replace it.

Apps are amazing, and the live country music was a plus.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

First time dining at BUB City. Food good had ribs and chicken platter meals. Beer taste and many choices for whiskey. Server prompt, friendly. Management very friendly and delivered us a piece of cake new to menu for desert, very tasty! Will definitely return.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Really great chicken and waffles. Especially love the syrup

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Waitress was awesome. Food was amazing. The bloody Mary bar was to die for.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We took my husband's parents here for brunch and we all loved it! We had a riot with the bloody mary bar and my in-laws were raving about the food. Great service and a great time! Thank you!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We come here all the time for special occasions brisket is great service is awesome - great time all around.
I have to say th baked beans we not so great - watery n a ton of sugar - Tasted
Like canned beans doctored up. I would not order these again as I was a bit disappointed but maybe it was an off night- oh well everything else was exceptional

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Business Meals, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I was very impressed with my recent trip to Bub City. My sister and I were meeting for lunch as we both work in the loop and were craving burgers. I absolutely love their BBQ cheeseburger as the patties are not too thick (hockey puck patties are a huge hangup of mine) and the bun is on point. I also forgot they serve waffle fries - bonus! Our waitress was very friendly and attentive and at the end of the meal, she even surprised us with adorable FREE cupcakes. They were frosted in pink icing and made to look like a pig's snout! As I have a tree nut allergy, I asked about the cupcakes and the manager personally came over and assured me with absolute certainty there were no nuts. Talk about great service!! Great food and great service - a rare combination nowadays!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fun, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I brought some out of town family and friends here on a Saturday afternoon. Even though we arrived about an hour prior to our reservation, the staff was quick to seat us, which was appreciated.
I enjoyed the food, and I love the whiskey selection. I would eat here again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Spicy, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a large group and everyone enjoyed their brunch. The service was very prompt and the Bloody Mary bar was awesome! You really don’t need to order off the menu if you get a Bloody Mary. You can fill your glass with enough for a breakfast/lunch. Don’t forget to grab the mini miller beer that is on the Bloody Mary bar!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Bloody Mary bar is fantastic! FOOD WAS great. Women's bathroom has a fun surprise when you enter! Love the decor and feel of the whole place. We'll be back next time we're in town.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was my 2nd visit, the first time we only indulged in appetizers. This evening we had the BBQ baby back ribs, and they were simply outstanding!
Our server was exceptional, even though she was busy with many tables, we felt very well attended to. The food came out fast and hot, and it was all very very good.
My only negative comment, is that for me, it was a bit loud, and I felt I had to shout to my wife and son across the table. But that is the only negative thing about this place. If you're into a more loud vibe, then this place is for you.
Will definitely be back, the food was just amazing.

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing music, great food and really fun atmosphere.

Tags: Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good atmosphere in the Centre of Chicago. Quick and efficient service. Burgers were excellent, trio was good but pricy and the ribs were ok. Interior is clean and trendy. Booked on line and the table was ready when we arrived. Overall great place for a burger with friends.

Tags: Comfort Food, Spicy, Live Sports
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Went with 8 people from work. Food and service were outstanding.
Brisket was one of the best I and ever had.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was very loud. There was live music in a small space which I didn't expect. Conversation was difficult. I asked for a stand or an upside down high chair to put my baby in car seat. The waitress said they don't have them and just to put the baby (in car seat) on a regular chair. Restaurants are always able to give us something to put the car seat on, so I was surprised.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love this place for dinner, brunch, and late night dancing. Best biscuits in town!

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food and great service as always. Love the Bloody Mary bar.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Casual, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I was disappointed in my experience, when I arrived and was seated the hostess did not tell me that they were no longer serving dinner. It took the waiter a while to come to our table to take our drink orders, and he did not tell us either that they were no longer serving dinner. We did not know until our drinks came. We tried ordering food from the server and then he told us only then that we couldn't order food, it was a little disappointing because we came there for the meal.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Waitress forgot to put in our app order, we were sat next to the bar and kept getting bumped and pushed

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Food was nasty. Best part was pickled onions and pickles. Brussel sprouts were drenched in oil. Portion for tray was scarce. Fries cold and hard. Waiter was nice.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We met there after half marathon and we're pleased with food and entertainment.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Fun weekend brunch and I Love the chicken and waffles!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 18, 2017

THIS PLACE IS INCREDIBLE.

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

This place was not bad. The food was way over priced. Canned beer. Bleh. I'm not a hipster. Way too loud.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Loved the Bloody Mary Bar. Mini grilled cheese, pickled brussel sprouts, and a deviled egg are some of the offering to put in your drink. The Ham and Cheese omelet was really good too! All of our portions were large, so go hungry. During brunch they have live country music and it is just the right volume, so you can still talk without yelling.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great service and food ... brunch and lunch

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

A country BBQ place in River North. Service is always flaky and gets my orders incorrect. Prices are reasonable and the fried chicken and burgers are decent if they happen to bring you what you ordered

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Did a late brunch there. Brisket sandwich was good but too messy to eat with hands (not a bad thing). Bacon was a Fred flinstone size piece of meat, mostly fat but delicious nonetheless

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Our waitress was awesome! Food was delicious also!

Tags: Live Music, People Watching, Fun
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Food was very good, just expensive for BBQ. The BBQ sauces weren't very good and could definitely be improved. The bathrooms have been moved to the basement, so not sure if a person with disability would be able to enjoy the place. But overall, good place and think you'd like it too.

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Casual, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Our server was fantastic and the hostesses helped me deal with the seating since my attendees were late and non-committal from the start. Thanks again!

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 (London)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Delicious BBQ and Chicken - but the real stars of the show were the sides! Creamy Mac n cheese, crispy tater tots, smoky beans and fresh corn. Yum!

It was a little noisier than we'd like but not horrendous.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Live Music, Live Sports
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Incredible food and service

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