Boasting an extensive whiskey selection, live country music, delicious Southern-inspired fare and kitschy decor, casual new eatery Bub City ticks all the boxes for a must-visit country diner. Opened last December by restaurateur siblings RJ, Jerrod and Molly Melman along with chef Doug Psaltis, this spacious tavern revives the concept of the much-loved 90s crab shack of the same name, attracting both the foodies and whiskey connoisseurs with its pairing of barbecue and the luscious brown liquid. Mixologist and co-partner Paul McGee spent months sourcing 115 globe-spanning whiskies for the menu – from Michter’s 25-year rye and double-oaked Woodford Reserve, to a 23-year bottle of Buffalo Trace Pappy Van Winkle – which also offers beer, wine and cocktails like the frozen Mexican Firing Squad of Corazon Blanco tequila, pomegranate, lime and angostura.
As for the food, menus include a late-night option (featuring fried chicken with Alabama white-lightening sauce) and take-out selection, while lunch and dinner begin with Texas Torpedo (fried-stuffed jalapenos) appetisers or griddled BBQ bacon, before mains like the pulled pork sandwich, Naked Cowboy oysters and slow-cooked brisket. Alternatively, opt for evening specialties such as the sharing slow-smoked pork shoulder with four sides (including crispy collards, onion strings and green beans) or grilled snow crab legs with lemon and drawn butter. Hubba, bubba!