Even the world’s greatest superheroes need to eat. No matter how strong, resilient and capable they are of saving the world, their kryptonite is and always will be an empty stomach. This year’s Comic-Con brings thousands of comic enthusiasts and future superheroes to San Diego, a ranging and eclectic blend of costumes, capes, and cartoons from July 21-24. The four days of colorful celebration provide more than enough entertainment for the masses.
For those traveling and visiting our fine city, the question of what to do is easily filled by the planning heads of Comic-Con. But if you’re starting to worry about meal-planning and the what, when, where of your edible consumptions, take heed. East Village, San Diego's largest downtown neighborhood anchored by Petco Park, offers a diverse selection of eateries with added discounts to Comic-Con attendees.
When you show off your Comic-Con badge or just show up in costume to these East Village businesses, you’ll be rewarded with multiple ways to save on your next meal, all while exploring some of the long-time favorites and newly opened spots on the scene. Entering in to the East Village is easier now than ever with the Pedestrian Bridge, connecting the San Diego Convention Center area to Petco Park. The 550-foot bridge gives you a straight-shot into the heart of the city, so you won’t be left elbowing the masses as you count numbers and letters through the blocks downtown.
Discover the East Village restaurants and businesses with savings for you during Comic-Con 2011…
Bootlegger - 8th & Market St.
At Bootlegger, the new addition to East Village, you won’t be there long before you’re devouring classic American food paired with fine craft beers for a summer day break worth uncovering. When you join the action with a Comic-Con Badge, you’ll receive a 19oz Mug of Miller High Life or Tecate for only $4. This prohibition themed American restaurant and bar was recently transformed from the former Bar Ninety space, and you can be one of the first to taste a new spot brewing on the scene.
Bub’s @ The Ballpark - 715 J Street
The dive bar brand can be found right within the East Village setting, with a chill party vibe, cheap prices, and irresistible menu staples on the edge of Petco Park. Bub’s is giving Comic-Con attendees free tots with the purchase of a drink when you check in on four-square. It’s as easy as a couple clicks on your phone, and you’ll be munching down on some of the in-demand Lunch Lady Tater Tots, or some hearty grub with the Steamy Steakums, as Bub's puts a good twist on a school cafeteria.
Dragon’s Den - 315 10th Ave.
Since our city rests about as oceanside as you can get, sushi is just one of the staple diets we cling to in San Diego. When you stop into Dragon’s Den, the seductive and mysterious Japanese haven offers an Asian-inspired bar with fine sake, craft beer and a full sushi menu with various authentic small dishes. Special for Comic-Con 2011, you can pick your favorite Super Hero shot for only $1 with the purchase of any sushi roll. Bottoms up!
East Village Tavern & Bowl - 930 Market St.
One of the most inimitable and popular spots on the block, EVT treats their guests with a fun-spirited spin on a classic, where you can eat authentically good food, drink, and bowl a few rounds in the company of good friends. With your Comic-Con badge, you’ll receive 15% off all food and beverage, as well as one free game of bowling. It’s a stop you can’t pass up, while you take a break from the land of pop culture, stretch those legs, and strike again and again in the lanes and off the menu.
Knotty Barrel - 844 Market St.
Knotty Barrel graces our city as a new hot spot in East Village, an extensive menu full of good food, killer drinks, and a key location. You’re invited to get a little knotty on the daily, with local brews and irresistible starters to warm up that palette. The gastropub provides a warm and inviting environment while the quality of food is unquestionably high. With your Comic-Con pass, receive 20% off your entire bill, good for one visit and one per table.
Lotus Thai - 906 Market St.
The modern Thai cuisine found at Lotus Thai honors regional recipes from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Southern Thailand, with a commitment to artistry and authenticity. Take 15% off your entire bill during Comic-Con, and enjoy some of the favorites including crispy spring rolls, lettuce wraps, and various stir fried selections. Each meal is adorned with intricate details, confirming the company's firm dedication to perfection.
Mission Brewery - 1441 L Street
The Mission Brewery is happily offering $1 off every pint or flight for any attendee in costume or displaying their convention badge. The ice-cold local brews and unique variations supply San Diego the fuel we need to boast our beer-snob tastes, including the triple-award-winning Dusseldorf-style Mission Amber and the heavily loaded Shipwrecked Double IPA. Flaunting all the essential makings of a craft beer hall, this is a refreshing pit-stop you won’t want to miss.
Proper Pub/Wine Steals - 793 and 795 J Street
When you pop into Proper Pub or Wine Steals throughout Comic-Con weekend, your great efforts will be rewarded with free curry and chips with any purchase. Wine Steals brings the simple act of wine tasting in San Diego to pair effortlessly with wine buying. The East Village Wine Steals is a two-story wine bar and lounge with an incredible location at Petco Park, as Proper Gastropub sits next door and offers signature gourmet dishes to pair with your wine.
Salad Style - 807 F Street
Dying to take a break from the junk you’ve been stuffing your face with on your Comic-Con vacation? Salad Style has a fresh and nutritious menu waiting for you, at 15% off your entire bill with the special powers of your Comic-Con pass. Eating healthy is easy at Salad Style, with the most succulent ingredient creatively prepared and topped with homemade dressings. Creatively constructed salads, pizzas, soups and sides make for a healthy interruption to your weekend.
Tilted Kilt - 310 Tenth Ave.
At the Tilted Kilt, you’ll receive 20% off the bill with the authority of your badge. Located right on Petco Park, the Irish bar is in the business of lifting spirits one burger, one beer, and one guest at a time. Your cocktail servers sport kilts with an attractive smile, along with endless beers on tap to keep you well-hydrated. With an additional mouthwatering menu full of pub fare, plus the atmosphere perfect for fun and friends, Tilted Kilt gives an Irish vacation right in San Diego. For extra values, their calendars will be selling at half off with a special calendar girl signing on Thursday from 5-8pm. Eateries
Toast Enoteca & Cucina - 927 J Street
Toast Enoteca & Cucina features 400+ wines served by the glass, a wine-bar scene that is worth a second-glance. In addition to world-premier wines, Toast serves a diverse spread of gourmet Italian bites. Toast brings San Diego cuisine, wine and intimate atmosphere of an authentic Italian wine experience, in addition to innovative Italian appetizers and entrees. Need a sugar rush during Comic-Con? Come inside for a free dessert with purchase of any two entrees.
The Village@631 - 631 Ninth Ave.
Can you say coffee break? Stop into the Village and get $1 off any coffee with the purchase of a pastry. The Village Coffee and Wine Bat at 631 is a cozy space perfect for a late-night drink. With welcoming furniture and a fireplace, the relaxed ambiance is your ideal lounge for regrouping after the long day while enjoying some of the live music and interesting art, reminiscent of the hip east-coast coffee shops.
Extra Value: UPS Store - 1041 Market St.
If you collected endless memorabilia during your visit to 2011 Comic-Con, you probably won’t want to, let alone be able to fly with your new purchases Stop by the UPS Store during Comic Con in East Village and get a special 10% off all shipping. All the fun and fancy collectables you gathered from your visit to San Diego will get home safe and discounted with the services of UPS.
Once you’re in town for Comic-Con 2011, take a bite out of the East Village scene and experience more of the extensive varieties of food we offer. Whether you’re on your way to an after-party spot or just need a quick coffee break, the discounts within East Village give you more reason to explore all our San Diego restaurants. For more Comic-Con deals or to check out this groovy, urban community, visit eastvillagesandiego.com
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