How to do Comic-Con in the Gaslamp Quarter

2023 Comic-Con International: San Diego  


Thursday, July 20th, 2023 –  Sunday, July 23rd, 2023




Comic-Con is this week! Are you well prepared? The Gaslamp Quarter is quite the spectacle during Comic-Con filled with activations and events that everyone can enjoy!  Welcome to the Gaslamp Quarter, where the extraordinary becomes the norm during Comic Con. In this ultimate guide, we’ll unravel the secrets, unveil the best spots, and arm you with the knowledge to conquer Comic-Con to the fullest!

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 Where to Eat & Drink during

Comic- Con

Take in all the action in the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter! Sit at one of the many patios, sip on some cold drinks, enjoy some delicious food and watch the people in all sorts of cosplay around the district!

Cali Ice Cream superman ice cream flavor theme during comic con

Cali Cream Ice Cream : Food Network Collab and Themed Flavors

July 21st and 22nd at 2:00 pm 

Cali Cream Homemade Ice Cream and the Food Network partnering to celebrate Comic-Con  by treating attendees to two free delectable, Cali Cream ice cream sandwiches available as part of Festival on the Green, a popular offsite activation hosted by Adult Swim on July 21st and 22nd at 2:00 pm.

  • The first theme offering is the S’mores Ice Cream Sandwich
  • The Second theme offering is the Salted Caramel Blondie Ice Cream Sandwich
  • These special flavors will be also served: “Groot Beer Float” “Malibu Dream” “Superman” and “Indiana Jones and the Forbidden Flavor”
barleymash comic con special

barleymash: Barleymash Bento Box

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd  | 600 Fifth Avenue

Heroes vs Villains only unite at barleymash with its barley bento box.

  • Crispy Chicken Katsu or Spicy Tuna: Steamed rice, cucumber salad and bulgogi green beans


The smoking gun comic con cocktail
The smoking gun comic con cocktail

The Smoking Gun: Comic- Con Food & Cocktail Specials

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd  | 555 Market Street.

The Smoking Gun has you covered during Comic- Con with Food and Food Specials and Cocktails of the month Comic- Con Edition

  • Space Invaders
  • San Diego Sunburst
The smoking gun comic con cocktail

The Shout! House: Dueling Piano Con

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd  

Unleash your inner geek and rock out to your favorite tunes at The Shout! House during San Diego Comic Con 2023!
Join us for a one-of-a-kind Dueling Piano Con where your favorite songs collide with the worlds of Nintendo, Marvel, classic cartoons, and anime. Our fantastic staff will be dressed up in themed costumes, serving food and fun drinks and dancing on stage.

Request your favorite songs, and get ready to shout and sing your heart out at Piano Con while celebrating the magic of pop culture! 

The Shout! House is located just a few blocks away from the Convention Center at 655 4th Ave, Gaslamp.  Table reservations are recommended for guaranteed seating, but we also accept walk-ins for standing room by the bar.

THURSDAY 7/20 – Doors 7pm, Pianos 8pm. $10 Cover, $5 Cover with College or Military ID
STAFF DRESS UP THEME: Favorite Classic Cartoon

FRIDAY 7/21 – Doors 6pm, Pianos 6:30pm. $15 Cover

SATURDAY 7/22 – Doors 6pm, Pianos 6:30pm. $15 Cover
STAFF DRESS UP THEME: Nintendo Universe

SUNDAY 7/23 – Doors 7pm, Pianos 8pm. $10 Cover


Techo Beso: Comic Con Specials

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd

AC Hotel San Diego Downtown Gaslamp Quarter

The new hotel in the heart of the Gaslamp is just steps from the Convention Center and has some great options for San Diego Comic-Con fans. AC Lounge, serving small bites and delicious craft cocktails, is offering a Blue Beetle Margarita paying homage to the upcoming DC film Blue Beetle. The Blue Beetle Margarita is made with Casamigos Blanco tequila, lagoon bay apertivo, lime juice and simple syrup.

Upstairs at the rooftop bar and restaurant, Techo Beso, the Comic-Con special is the purple Hawkeye cocktail made with butterfly pea tea infused fords gin, rose syrup, lemon juice. Techo Beso has unbeatable views of the Gaslamp Quarter and also offers small plates and a live DJ.

Both AC Lounge and Techo Beso are a great way to end a fun day at Comic-Con.

Madam Bonnies
Madam Bonnies

The Tipsy Crow: Mario Kart Theme

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd

Enter our NINTENDO world all Comic-Con weekend on 5th & F!  Pick your player + explore all three levels of our Mario Kart-inspired venue, with a specialty drink menu, food, live music + MORE at the Tipsy Crow! 

The pedry comic con donut pop up shop

The Pendry Hotel: Donut Bar Pop-Up Shop

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd

Sugar fix. Pop by Pendry San Diego to grab the Comic Con exclusive donut in partnership with our friends. at Donut Bar. The Mario Donut features a gigantic yeast donut with a sky blue glaze, topped with a shimmering gold edible chocolate coin.

The most fun part? Two of the Mario Donut coins will include two tickets to Universal Studios (via a unique Mario print on the back of the coin) be sure to check the back of your coin to see if you are the winner before taking a bite!

Greystone Steakhouse comic con

Greystone: Comic- Con Menu

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd

Get your Comic fix with Greystone Comic Con Menu options

The Butchers Cut comic con menu

Butcher’s Cut: Comic- Con Menu

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd

Get your Comic break with The Butcher’s Cut three course meal only $50

Madam Bonnies

Madam Bonnies: Comic-Con Menu

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd

Get your Comic fix with Madam Bonnies exclusive Comic-Con and cocktail menu.

Madam Bonnies

Saltwater: Comic-Con Menu

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd

Get your Comic fix with Madam Bonnies exclusive Comic-Con and mocktails menu.

Madam Bonnies

Spill the Beans: Mario-Theme 

Thursday, July 20th – Sunday, July 23rd

 Spill the Beans celebrating Comic-Con with Super Mario-themed cream cheeses. Pair a specialty coffee drink with Mario Party pizza cream cheese or Donkey Kong’s banana cream cheese on a house bagel available in flavors ranging from French toast and garlic and herb to a classic everything seasoning.



With 15-minute service, or better, to the Gaslamp Quarter and Convention Center Stations, riding the Trolley is the easiest way to join in Comic-Con festivities. Whether you have a coveted pass or will be headed to the fun outside the Convention Center, hop onboard the Trolley for direct service to Comic-Con (the people watching is great, too).

There are also commemorative passes available!

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