With Comic-Con in town, the adventures are endless. Whether you have a ticket to the main event or are just joining the fun, public transportation is the way to go. If you’re among the wise who choose the trolley, you will find plenty to do right off the downtown station stops. We’ve highlighted go-to places that you can access in a flash, right from the trolley.
Seaport Village Station
With more than 50 shops and 17 places to eat, you have plenty of options within this seaside village.
Breakfast á la carte: Get off at Seaport Village and head toward the water to enjoy Village Cafe (809 West Harbor Drive, Suite A), which is a quaint seaside stop for coffee and breakfast á la carte. Choose from a selection of delicate pastries or a warm, signature omelet sandwich if you’re up for it.
Oceanfront cuisine: Edgewater Grill (861 West Harbor Dr.) offers a selection of indoor and outdoor seating at their oceanfront location paired with casual beachfront seafood cuisine. Grab some fish tacos in the afternoon or join them in the morning for their breakfast selection. They offer a gluten free menu as well to any that avoid wheat.
Coffee run: If you don’t want to wander too far, Brickyard Coffee and Tea (675 West G St.) is open as early as 6 a.m. and just steps away from the trolley. Grab a cup of joe and a pastry on the run or take a minute to enjoy one of the plated breakfast options before heading to the Con.
The Manchester Grand Hyatt is embracing its inner geek with the Fashionably Nerdy Cocktail Hour at 5 p.m. Friday in the Grand Lobby. Prizes will be given to the first to show, as well as a best-dressed geek-chic award. Throw on those suspenders and get your nerd on. The event is free, but you must have a Comic-Con badge to attend.
Address: 1 Market Place
Convention Center Station
This station will drop you at the entrance of the San Diego Convention Center. If you’re planning to attend the big event, exit now.
Purrfect morning: Outside the Con and just a block up Second Avenue, you’ll find the Cat Cafe (472 Third Ave.). From Thursday through Sunday, the cafe is offering a $20 special that includes a drink or food item and a chance to spend 30 minutes with its furry friends from the San Diego Humane Society.
Comfort food: Just across the street is Cafe 222 (222 Island Ave.), serving up American comfort food to all. Popular dishes include pumpkin waffles and crafted paninis.
Tropical brews: Continue up Second Avenue and you will find a Hawaiian twist on gourmet coffee. Lion Coffee (101 Market St., Suite 100) offers fresh authentic roasts and refreshing acai bowls. We recommend the iced coconut latte.
A few blocks east lies FLUXX, one of San Diego’s premier nightclubs. For a special Con event Friday night, join Cinephile, presented by tested.com and Adam Savage, for a peek at a 21-and-over event filled with a memorable collection of props and costumes. On Saturday night, the club will be partying as usual, with Sid Vicious taking the tables.
Address: 500 Fourth Ave.
Gaslamp Quarter Station
Exit here and find yourself in the center of San Diego’s top nightlife and entertainment district.
Surf and turf: Lou & Mickey’s (224 Fifth Ave.) offers a fabulous dining experience specializing in steaks and choice seafood. Enjoy some surf and turf on the outdoor patio, which is perfect for people watching.
Laugh zone: Stop by Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego (207 Fifth Ave.) on Friday for a Comedy Central “Workaholic” Happy Hour. Entry is free and open to all.
Game time: If you’re into old-school arcade games, head over to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K St.) for throwbacks such as Pac-Man, Galaga and more.
Petco Park will be hosting entertainment all weekend, including the Fandom Awards, which will tape on Thursday and air on Sunday.
Address: 100 Park Blvd.
Fifth Avenue Station
On the opposite end of downtown from the Convention Center, Fifth Avenue is keeping the day and night just as busy for all the superheroes.
Get weird: Down a couple of blocks, Analog Bar (801 Fifth Ave.) is here to help you get weird. It will be hosting a supernatural fan event called “Carry On My Wayward Cocktails” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. You have an option to select tickets ranging from $40 to $150 for different levels of entry for this special event.
Down the rabbit hole: If you’re looking for a storybook wine experience, head down to Vin De Syrah Spirit & Wine Parlor (901 Fifth Ave.). Fall down the rabbit hole to this hidden, Alice in Wonderland-themed lounge that serves up some of the best beverages and small bites in San Diego.
Wild time: Feeling a little wild? Head over to Double Deuce (528 F St.), the Gaslamp’s country bar gone wild, for a chance to rock the mechanical bull. Capes are encouraged.
Just across the street from the trolley stop is the House of Blues San Diego featuring live entertainment and Southern eats. It has a solid lineup throughout the weekend, including The Aquabats, Maldita Vecindad and Hollywood Babble-On.
Address: 1055 Fifth Ave.
Park & Market Station
Join the league: Just two blocks away is East Village Tavern+Bowl (930 Market St.), a trendy bar with prime spirits and a bowling alley attached. Let the good times roll starting with filet mignon tacos, flatbread pizzas and an awesome late-night happy hour from 9-11 p.m.
Gastropub: Right next door you’ll find Knotty Barrel (844 Market St.), featuring lighter options or the traditional fare. This gastropub encompasses a large selection of craft beer to pair with delicately selected local American dishes, taking your taste buds somewhere new.
Beach bites: Keep walking down Market and you’ll find Searsucker (611 Fifth Ave.), which features menu items with a seasonal spin. Try one of the house-made infusions with ingredients such as lavender and bruised mint, and pair it with East Coast scallops or a triple brie and strawberry jam. Searsucker serves brunch all weekend, as well as lunch and dinner daily.
Geeks Go Glam, an event by The Nerdy Girlie and Being Geek Chic, is Comic-Con’s only black tie event. Join this tea party, pinkies out, on the San Diego Central Library patio at 8 p.m., Thursday evening. Enjoy the live music, delicious snacks, and a photo
booth while channeling your inner dork. Get your geek on!
Address: 330 Park Blvd.