Bub City

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1371 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue

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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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DS
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Four of us went for dinner on a Saturday night before going to a show. Had a reservation and were seated right away. It is loud, so if you have a soft voice, be prepared to step it up a notch or two. Service was good, but a little slow, but considering it was full, very acceptable. One of us had the combo platter and the other two ordered individual sandwiches. Prices were river North, so OK. Not much of a wine selection, but we don't go for BBQ for the wine!

All of our food was very good, except for the brussel sprouts. on our platter. They were baked and we couldn't finish them. would go back

A
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quality of food and level of service were both above expectations. A little pricy, but good value (quantity, quality) for your money. Adult beverages were also quite good...made to order and very refreshing!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Bub City is by all means, my definition of a honky-tonk. However, as defined by Google, it’s a cheap or disreputable bar, club, or dance hall, typically where country music is played. Well, Bub City ain’t cheap or disreputable, but country music is played and it’s played well! The BBQ is pretty good, too!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A group of us got together to celebrate my birthday. We had great food and conversation!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place! Great food and great service!

PF
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Usually good food, the green Chile scramble is literally disgusting and I definitely wouldn’t order again. You can’t go wrong with chicken here so I’ll go back to my old fave next time.

KZ
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was some of the best BBQ I've had and that is including when I lived in Dallas.

C
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been here once before for a live performance and this was my first time dining in. I honestly did not know they had a full menu. It was definitely worth the return. The entire staff not just our server were overly friendly and courteous. I ordered a half rack and they easily fell off the ribs. Their sauces were amazing and their Texas toast was mediocre nothing to special about it. We also learned they offer whiskey flights so we will definitely bring our whiskey-lover friends in.

WG
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Some of the best food I’ve ever had. The waiter was educated on the food , nice, attentive and did everything with a smile. The live music was a wonderful bonus. I would eat here all the time if I lived in Chicago. A must stop when in the area.

BH
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Bub city! The food is so tasty and we always have impeccable service! The Choose Two meat meal is perfect for sharing!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibes at Bub City

BS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waitress was amazing. Took large group of customers for fun night out. Bub city is a regular visit when I come to Chicago. Highly recommended it!

F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food is really good, especially if you had a few drinks the night before. We were there for Sunday brunch and it was crowded and a little noisy - no problem for us, but they have live music and talking at the table can be a little hard. The music was pretty good too, if your a country music fan.

YY
Chicago
117 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful evening and got to sit outside. We had the two meat platter and two sides. Wonderful.

KN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The biscuits and the cinnamon buns were delicious. I liked my cocktail which was the lawbreaker but my friend's sangria was terrible. The fried chicken sandwich was ok. very basic nothing else on it other than coleslaw. I would go and stick with breakfast options if I went again.

D
Naples
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great server who added a lot to our experience.

OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a great place to eat and enjoy ourselves

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great live music! Service and food fantastic as always.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Sunday morning destination in Chicago thanks to the world class Bloody Mary Bar!

T
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and decent live music and always plenty of beer to choose from

S
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

The food was average at best. The chicken and brisket were dry. No sauce at all. The ribs were average. It's listed as one of the best bar b q spots in the city and it definitely isn't. It was overpriced for what we got.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious ! We made our reservation later cause we wanted to stay for the band. Second time we have been to bub city and both times very impressed. Service is friendly and amazing. 32 below rocked the house! Had a wonderful evening we will be back!

k
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Slow service. Waited 12 minutes from the time my platter was picked up to the time server came and presented the bill. Yes, I had timed it.

TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was super friendly and wonderful! Always great place for live music!

N
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fun brunch on Saturday with lively atmosphere and live music. The brunch is pretty good but recommend to stick to the bbq meats menu. Bloody Mary bar is a must if you like to make your own and is a meal in itself. Service is excellent.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an amazing evening. The music was as awesome as the food.

MO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great place for bbq and the lunch menu with 3 side options is awesome.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Terrible bbq. Burnt ribs that were dry.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The server was outstanding - very friendly and knowledgeable and offered great recommendations!

CD
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My colleagues and I needed an after work / happy Friday and Bub City delivered. We were all very pleased with the service food and drinks.
Thank you. We will visit again.

BH
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my very favorite brunch spots! Love the Bloody Mary bar and my breakfast tacos! Try the chicken biscuit with cheese!

LS
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

First time back in a while and the food quality and value have definitely gone down. The ribs used to be the best. These were a very small half slab with little meat and very dry. Then $18.95 for a few slices of brisket with no sides other than a piece of plain white bread that they call Texas Toast? Def won’t be back for the food - maybe the drinks and some live music. There are much better barbecue places in the area.

AS
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great and the employees went out of their way to take care of us.

KK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Great food options for gluten free

y
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Very bad food and surprisingly small potion for BBQ place.

A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome place, very cool performances, great food. Will definitely come back

DL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We are here during our stay in Chicago. It was close to the hotel and we were tired of walking/Lyfting... we had Classic Mac & Cheese for an app... a couple of tiny weak homemade whiskey shots... ordered a dull rack of ribs and 2 baked potatoes. The Mac & Cheese was the best out of the dinner! Ribs were sparse and kinda dry... but service was outstanding and it’s a fun place. Just not 5 stars.

OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Music was waaaaay too loud. Couldn’t hear anyone at the table.

KJ
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Not only did we enjoy a delicious dinner, but we had an enjoyable visit and bourbon tasting with a knowledgable bartender. We will definitely return here the next time we're in Chicago.

BC
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good BBQ. Great Brisket. Would be nice to have the full menu for lunch.

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