Where to Get Food and Booze-a Near Comicpalooza
Chuck Cook Photography 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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