Where to Get Food and Booze-a Near Comicpalooza

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All the ladies love a Stormtrooper, expecially if he's buying. (Shot at The Pastry War.)

One of the best ways to guarantee you enjoy any convention is to remember to take breaks away from it. After hours of being on your feet among thousands of fellow fans, it's important to get away for an hour or two, sit down for a while and get some nourishment. Besides that, do you really want to spend your money on overpriced "con food" inside the convention hall when there are plenty of good places to eat and drink within half a mile? (Okay, maybe you do if you're waiting to meet Stan Lee...but after that...)

The following places have confirmed that they welcome your business during Comicpalooza, even if you are in costume. In fact, some of these places really want you to show up if you're in costume. In costume or not, remember your dining-out manners. Just because you're dressed like The Joker doesn't give you a license to try and act like him.

As far as cosplayers walking to restaurants and bars, Houston hasn't reached the level of San Diego, where cosplayers essentially take over the area of downtown near the convention center. However, we'll never get that kind of environment without a few of us brave ones starting the trend. Walking with a few companions will likely give you the most comfortable experience.

There is one place where you are specifically NOT welcome if you're in costume, and that's Bad News Bar. Unfortunately, it's a case where a prior group's over-the-top, disruptive behavior ruined it for the rest of us. Thanks, jerks. Now we'll never be able to get a photo of Harley Quinn on that lovely balcony there. Sigh.


All of these destinations are reachable on foot, but if you don't want to get sweaty or it's not feasible for you to walk to your destination (due to high-heeled boots, clunky Stormtrooper costumes, etc.), here are your options:

Get a cab. You're going such a short distance that your fare should be quite reasonable
Download the Lyft app to your smart phone and summon a rideshare driver
• Grab the free Greenlink bus that picks up right from the George R. Brown Convention Center. (You may still have to walk a few blocks from the closest dropoff point to your destination.)

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Location Info


908 Congress Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Goro & Gun - CLOSED

306 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Big Bad

419 Travis St, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

705 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Four Seasons Hotel

1300 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

1510 Texas St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Reserve 101

1201 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Pastry War

310 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Original OKRA Charity Saloon

924 Congress St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Clint Mendonça
Clint Mendonça

How is Neil's Bahr not on this list?! It's right behind GRB, reasonably priced, and caters perfectly to the Comicpalooza target audience!


Thanks for the article, but not too sure about the Greenlink recommendation.  I believe they only run during the week, and won't be running Monday due to Memorial Day.  Guess it's good for this afternoon, though.


Clint, see my answer to the same question below. Apparently it was full to capacity Saturday, otherwise I was going to try and stop by to check it out. Next time!


@MrBigBelly Ack! You know what, you are absolutely right. I haven't had time to check it out yet, but that is likely a good addition. Thanks for that!


@eudemonist Yes, specifically, it's running right now. It would be cool if it would run this weekend and the holiday, but you're right, it probably won't. Lyft and cabs are valid options for the weekend.

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