Comic-Con Connoisseurs

Comic-Con is taking over San Diego July 21-24, so call on your inner superhero and join in on the festivities!  Grant GrillExperience Comic-Con 2016 in the heart of the Gaslamp District, where San Diego cocktail hotspot, Grant Grill is celebrating with its specialty handcrafted cocktail, The White Walker. Served in an old fashioned martini glass with banana peel infused rum, Cointreau, coconut and lemongrass, lime and Genuine Blue Curacao, The White Walker bursts tropical, chilling flavors, sure to satisfy. Enjoy this cocktail for $12, no humanoid ice creatures included.  Manchester Grand Hyatt Celebrate all things Comic-Con at the Manchester Grand Hyatt with a variety of character-themed cocktails inspired by iconic movie, TV show and comic book favorites! Enjoy top-notch crowd watching while sipping on The Assassin at the Grand Lobby Bar, a cocktail featuring Effin black cherry vodka, raspberry liqueur and sierra mist. As the sun goes down, join the Night’s Watch at the Top of the Hyatt and enjoy the Jon Snow, a cocktail featuring Absolut vanilla, Bailey’s, crème de cacao and peppermint schnapps. Other fan favorites include the Captain America (Stoli blueberri, grenadine, sierra mist and blue curacao) and The Hulk (Smirnoff vodka, midori, sweet and sour, topped with redbull and pop rocks). In addition, Sally’s Seafood will offer Star Wars-inspired sushi menu and light saber chopsticks for guests looking to experience the “force” of Comic Con.  The CommonsThe Commons, a San Diego favorite located in the heart of the Gaslamp District, is celebrating Comic-Con 2016 with a costume party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23. The costume party is open to the public and guests are encouraged to come in their best Comic-Con inspired costumes for a change to win raffle prizes including a Las Vegas getaway for two. There is no cover charge for this event.   Flour & Barley To get in the spirit of all things Comic-Con, Flour & Barley – Brick Oven Pizza Located at the Headquarters at Seaport District will offer two speciality cocktails inspired by mega-movies of 2016. The Dr. Strange Elixir, made with Midori liqueur, Stoli O, pineapple juice and a splash a lemon garnished with honeydew cubes, will remind you of a nuclear potion with its bright green color and the Suicide Squad Bomb, a muddled blackberry drink made with Pisco Kappa, Beefeater, Jose Cuervo Tradicional, Svedka and Triple Sec with a splash of Sprite is sure to leave taste buds with an explosion of flavor. Located less than a ten-minute drive from the San Diego Convention Center, Flour & Barley is the perfect place for convention goers to continue the festivities. A unique spin on a pizzeria eatery, Flour & Barley offers a creative menu featuring brick oven-style pizzas and fresh toppings. Cocktails are $12 each and will be offered between July 21– 24. Rustic RootLocated in the heart of San Diego’s lively downtown scene and just blocks away from the San Diego Convention Center, Rustic Root offers some of the best views of Comic-Con happenings from the only dedicated rooftop restaurant in the Gaslamp District. During Comic-Con, spend the day people-watching while enjoying signature Rustic Root dishes from the special Comic-Con menu including the brie and honey toast, house favorite mac ‘n’ cheese or the hearty RR Burger with bacon jam, fried egg and caramelized onions.  Don ChidoMere blocks away from the San Diego Convention Center, Don Chido will offer a delicious menu for Comic-Con to encourage leisurely people watching on the sunny outdoor patio. Sip on some fresh margaritas over the signature guacamole with chips or enjoy El Burrito made with pico, queso fresco, chili de arbol, Mexican rice, refritos, and a choice of polli, carne or carnitas, served wet.   CUCINA urbanaRecharge your superpowers and escape the Comic-Con crowds with CUCINA urbana’s topnotch happy hour menu. Each day of the convention boasts a different special of heroic proportions to fuel your fandom.Thursday: 1/2 price pizzaFriday: 1/2 price vasi (mini mason jars with mixed bread)Saturday: bar whim cocktail $6Sunday: no corkage fee on bottles purchased in wine shop Blue Point Coastal CuisineBlue Point is ready to party every day of Comic-Con from 5-6:30pm in the bar, lounge, and patio areas where you can get your bites and sips on to refuel before hitting the streets and taking the world by storm.Specials:Oysters – $1Jumbo Shrimp – $2Select Blut Point Signature Appetizers – $10Specialty Cocktails – $1-Featured Wines by the Glass – $5Select Draft Beers -$4  PuestoPuesto Located at the Headquarters at Seaport District has created a duo of special tacos including the El Heroé Taco made with Maine lobster, filet mignon, crispy melted cheese, avocado, crispy onions, chipotle heroé sauce; and the El Villain Taco made with duck carnitas, black bean purée, whipped avocado, habanero pickled onion. The perfect sidekick is the El Mezcalito cocktail, a combination of Vida mescal, Guanabana, tamarindo, lime leaf and charred orange. The final piece to this superhero themed menu is a sweet ending of Fresas Con Crema, with jamaica gel, cocoa cajeta, macerated raspberries & strawberries.  Eddie V’sLocated at the Headquarters at Seaport District. One complimentary Teaser from the happy hour menu to guests who show their 2016 Comic Con badge. Teaser selections include Blackened Fish Tacos, a Lobster and Crab Wonton, Lollipop Lamb Chops or Beef Banh Mi. Limit one per person.  San Pasqual Wine Tasting RoomLocated at Seaport Village. Offering “Super Hero Wine Slushies” throughout Comic Con (July 21-July 24). Passionfruit Wine Slushies will be served in an 18 oz Superhero or Star Trek logo travel tumblers for $20 each.  BASIC Urban Kitchen + BarBASIC Urban Kitchen + Bar in East Village is throwing two sponsored parties on Wednesday and Thursday of Comic Con. Both events are free are open to the public: !NX Date: Wednesday, July 20Time: 9:00 p.m.Event: A worldwide leader in clothing dedicated to gaming culture, J!nx will be bringing the games to life in East Village as comic fans and fellow revelers sip on cold drinks and dance to live DJ’s while surrounded by live art and colorful graphic displays.  MUNKY KINGDate: Thursday, July 21Time: 9:00 p.m.Event: Back for the 9th year, join Munky King as the Comic Con veterans deck the walls in speciality toys, unique graphics and live art for a night of flowing drinks, hot pies, and banging tunes. LA-based Munky King is an unique toy store that creates designer toys from collaborations between designers and artists.             

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