Where to Get Food and Booze-a Near Comicpalooza

Batanga

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Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp with garlic, lemon, chili, mild red pepper) at Batanga

Batanga loves cosplayers so much, it's offering a 20% discount off your meal if you dine there in costume. Batanga specializes in Spanish tapas and cocktails.

El Big Bad

This funky, two-story joint features infused tequilas (and cocktails made with said tequilas), Tex-Mex and interior Mexican food. They heartily welcome Comicpalooza attendees and are extending their happy hour just for those in costume. Normally it runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., but if you're in costume, Comicpalooza time IS your happy hour. That's right; happy hour pricing applies for those in costume during the entire run of the convention. That's worth getting dressed up for.

To top it off, the extremely talented and fun Jonathan Jones just took over as chef there, so we expect the menu will include comforting, filling and flavorful dishes.

Goro & Gun

Goro & Gun is an izakaya, which means it has casual, fun, Japanese-inspired dishes. We'd like to see the place filled with anime characters. Cosplayers are welcome, and over the next few days, Goro & Gun is featuring its crawfish ramen. That's right; it's like Cajun-Japanese fusion. That's the way we do it in Houston.

Also, happy hour runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day and features a range of beers and truly excellent cocktails from $3 to $6. We love the "Line Cook" cocktail, with bourbon, house tamarind bitters and ginger beer.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Hot convention? How about a cold beer? The Flying Saucer has dozens both in the bottle and on tap as well as a hearty, bar-friendly menu. They're still deciding what it will be, but you should keep an eye on their Twitter feed for a potential Comicpalooza special on Saturday.

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

Feeling fancy? Vic & Anthony's might be an upper-scale steakhouse, but they don't turn their noses up at costumed characters. They're normally only open for dinner, but they do offer lunch on Friday, so you can both eat some great food and take advantage of lunchtime pricing.

It's also a known haunt of celebrities, so you might get a glimpse of some of Comicpalooza's special guests while you're there. But don't bug them while they're eating, OK? Be nice. Celebs are people, too.

Quattro and Vinoteca at The Four Seasons

You might spy a few celebs if you chill out in the bars or restaurants at The Four Seasons. We don't know if costumes are allowed at this upscale hotel, but we do know that a glass of wine near a window that overlooks downtown is a great way to relax. At Vinoteca Wine Bar, the "All 4 You" happy hour from means that everything on the bar menu is a mere $4 between 4 and 7 pm.

Reserve 101

Reserve 101 is a whiskey bar near The Four Seasons hotel and they serve light bites (mostly in the form of flatbreads). You and your costume are welcome to come drink some of the 300+ whiskey selection, the biggest collection in Houston.

The Pastry War

You just aren't living right if you haven't had a margarita in Houston and The Pastry War serves some of the best in town. Or, explore a selection of hard-to-find, small batch mezcals and tequilas. Happy hour is available weekdays (that's today and Monday, for you Comicpalooza attendees) and runs from 4 to 6:30 pm. During happy hour, Mexican beer is $3, margaritas are $5 and games of pool are free.

The Original OKRA Charity Saloon

If you feel guilty about drinking, The Original OKRA Charity Saloon can help. You see, when you buy a drink here, you get a ticket that you can cast as a vote for one of four different charities. At the end of the month, the charity with the most tickets gets a donation of the bar's profits. These donations are not chump change; the charities often receive $10,000 and more. So, rub shoulders with the upwardly-mobile crowd of young professionals and drink for a cause. Try not to get stage makeup on anyone.


Location Info

Batanga

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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7 comments
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!

eudemonist
eudemonist

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.

phaedra.cook
phaedra.cook

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!

phaedra.cook
phaedra.cook

@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!

phaedra.cook
phaedra.cook

@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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