10 Places to Eat and Drink in Phoenix During Comicon

Three of the six pizzas offered at Pizzeria Bianco; it's all you need.EXPAND
Three of the six pizzas offered at Pizzeria Bianco; it's all you need.
Jacob Tyler Dunn

The biggest and best pop culture event of the year is upon us. To make it through Comicon, you'll need a terrific costume, good walking shoes — and plenty of sustenance. We've got you covered for the latter. Here are 10 of our favorite places to eat and drink, all within walking (and if you're really exhausted, Lyft or Uber) distance of the Phoenix Convention Center.

Pizzeria Bianco

Pizzeria Bianco is a true Phoenix classic, and you're so close, Comicon-goers! If there's a wait — and there likely will be a wait — hang out next door at Bar Bianco, where the playlist and the cocktail list are equally curated. When you do make your way to the pizzeria, be sure to order the Rosa, topped with shaved red onion and Arizona grown pistachios.

Pasties at Cornish Pasty downtown.
Pasties at Cornish Pasty downtown.
Shelby Moore

Cornish Pasty Co.

Downtown Phoenix waited forever (it seems) for its very own Cornish Pasty location — and it was worth the wait. From classic chicken and vegetables to Indian-inspired and just about everything in between, the pasty menu is big and so is the restaurant, with three floors to choose from. The bar is lovely, and non-pasty items like wings and salads abound.

Nobuo at Teeter House is located in an uncommonly well-preserved historic brick bungalow in downtown Phoenix.EXPAND
Nobuo at Teeter House is located in an uncommonly well-preserved historic brick bungalow in downtown Phoenix.
Jacob Tyler Dunn

Nobuo at Teeter House

If you're looking for a splurge and are fond of Japanese food, this super-chic, authentic spot is it. Chef Nobuo complements the raw fish selections with grilled meats and buns. This is a lovely respite from the rest of the city.

District American Kitchen.
District American Kitchen.
Courtesy of District American Kitchen

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

Located inside the downtown Sheraton hotel, District offers happy hour and lunchtime specials. We love to eat chicken wings in the lounge area near the bar — and the mac and cheese is perfect for any little Comicon-ers you have along. We've always found the staff to be friendly and accommodating.

10 Places to Eat and Drink in Phoenix During Comicon
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Nook Kitchen Downtown

This little pizzeria packs a lot of flavor and has cult following in its original digs near Arcadia. Grab a comfy booth and a beer. And, of course, a pizza.

10 Places to Eat and Drink in Phoenix During Comicon
Cartel Coffee Lab

Cartel Coffee Lab

There are several local coffee options downtown — and of course, Starbucks is everywhere — but this weekend a cold brew from Cartel is what will really hit the spot for us.

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Courtesy of Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails

The restaurant inside the Palomar has all the markings of a Kimpton Hotel: a whole lot of style and just enough substance to make you happy. Blue Hound has an eclectic, New American menu with small plates and creative cocktail options. If it cools off at night, grab a seat outdoors.

Ross Simon of Bitter & Twisted
Ross Simon of Bitter & Twisted
Shelby Moore

Bitter & Twisted

One of the most creative cocktail bars in town, Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is conveniently located just a few blocks from the convention center, and recently introduced its latest cocktail collection, which, appropriately enough, is storybook-themed. Or you might want to go with a house favorite, owner Ross Simon's bathtub gin. (Served as seen above in, yes, a bathtub.) Complement your drink choice with a dumpling burger and some of B&T's infamously addictive Hurricane Popcorn, and we promise you'll return to Comicon happy.

10 Places to Eat and Drink in Phoenix During Comicon
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Seamus McCaffrey's Irish Pub

It's always a party at Seamus McCaffrey's, a classic Irish pub in all the right ways. Grab a Guinness for us.

Designer Janice Leonard’s glamorous reimagining of the space remains one of Hanny’s most appealing qualities.EXPAND
Designer Janice Leonard’s glamorous reimagining of the space remains one of Hanny’s most appealing qualities.
Jackie Mercandetti

Hanny's

If you're into aesthetics — and we know you are — you'll appreciate Hanny's, one of the prettiest downtown watering holes. Be sure to check out the funky bathrooms and see if you can grab a peek at the basement. The martinis are strong and the music's loud in this former department store.


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