Comicpalooza runs from Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) and if you’re attending, there are restaurants in the area that want your business. Wearing a costume? No problem—the deals get even better. Here’s a list of places within walking distance of the George R. Brown Convention Center that want to see your face—even if it’s painted.
(If you’re a restaurant or bar and want to add your Comicpalooza specials to the list, leave a comment or shoot us an email.)
Updated 5/21/15, 8:39 a.m.
Dirt Bar, 1209 Caroline
Dirt Bar is one of the closest bars to the convention center in the district and will have a special Comicpalooza drink menu. It’s inspired by some of this year’s special guests: Goblin Queen, Captain America and Black Widow, to name a few.
El Big Bad, 419 Travis
El Big Bad is an easy stride down Travis Street from the convention center. Show up in costume or present your Comicpalooza badge for $5 house margaritas, $5 Don Julio frozen margaritas, $2 Tecate and Tecate Light beers and $3 Tullamore Dew whiskey shots every day of the convention.
MKT Bar at Phoenicia, 1001 Austin
This is possibly the closest restaurant to the convention center. Look for superhero-themed cookies in the bakery and if you’re seeking more savory food, there are $5 Sake Bloody Mary's on special at MKT BAR. Costumes are welcome.
Updated, 5/21/15 12:26 p.m.
Neil's Bahr, 2006 Walker
Neil's Bahr is the quintessential Comicpalooza hangout. Get there early, as during the con they will get crowded very quickly. What's the big draw? Old school video games, The Simpsons and Geek movies playing over the bar, and a former executive chef grilling on the patio. It's a great place to play board or card games, hang out with friends and sip on beers and cocktails.
The Pastry War, 310 Main
Yes, costumes are A-OK at Pastry War. There aren’t Comicpalooza-specific specials, but you can still take advantage of their regular happy hour from 4 to 6:30pm on Friday and Monday. There will be $5 house margaritas $3 Mexican beer and free games of pool. Mondays are Mezcal Mondays and the entire mezcal list is half-off. It sounds like a great way to end the convention.
Peli Peli Galleria, 5085 Westheimer
Make your way to the Galleria and be rewarded with a free dessert with an entrée purchase from South African restaurant Peli Peli. They're known for their stellar Sticky Toffee Pudding, by the way. You must present your Comicpalooza badge and the deal is good this Friday through Sunday only.
Prohibition Supperclub + Bar, 1008 Prairie
If you’re in costume, it’s happy hour for you all weekend at Prohibition! The happy hour menu features both creative and classic cocktails from $5 to $7 (you can never go wrong with a Daiquiri or an Old Fashioned), $4 Peroni beer, $2 Miller High Life, select $5 Cava, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay wine and $5 shots “Afternoon Delight” and “Brunette Eraser.” On the food side, there are snacks ranging from $4 to $7, including a half-dozen oysters on the half-shell and the cheekily-named, “There Will Be Naan Left,” with field pea hummus and marinated, smoked eggplant.
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Pax Americana, 4319 Montrose
Brooklyn Athletic Club, 601 Richmond
Glass Wall, 933 Studewood
Pax Americana, Brooklyn Athletic Club and Glass Wall are not within walking distance of the convention, but have a deal for costumed heroes worth driving for. It’s just for the heroes, though—sorry villains! Proprietor Shepard Ross, has worn a few costumes himself as an actor in some of the Star Trek series and movies, says, “Any costumed heroes get a free dessert with dinner purchase. "Costumed villains get nothing!" That especially applies if you’re a “Red Shirt” crew member from Star Trek. “Red Shirts get something for sure.,” Ross wrote. “It will, most likely, be their last meal."
Updated, 5/21/15, 12:01 p.m.: Ross has had a change of heart and says, "Okay, villains can have a dessert, too—if they eat all their vegetables!"
At Brooklyn Athletic Club and Pax Americana, a $30 dinnertime purchase is required while at Glass Wall a dinner entrée purchase is needed.