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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.