It’s that time again for caped crusaders, Jedis, zombies, and Daenerys Targaryen look-alikes to quench their thirst with a perfectly themed cocktail. As avid fans of alternate realities from around the world funnel into San Diego for Comic-Con 2018, restaurants are ready to welcome every visitor with a cocktail after their own costumed heart.
Here are a some of the clever concoctions to try during this year’s festivities.
The Blind Burro
Try the Deadpool’s Daiquiri with 1888 Rum, strawberry purée, lime juice agave nectar, and a float of blackstrap rum; the Yellow Jacket Margarita; the Vibranium Mega-Paloma; or The Lady in Red Sangria with red wine, orange liqueur, blackberry brandy, juices and fresh apples.
639 J St., downtown, theblindburro.com
Inspired by Spider-Woman, the Femme d’Araignée is made with rye whiskey, Ramos Pinto fine ruby port, lemon juice, simple syrup, and topped with soda water.
4090 Adams Ave., Kensington, bleuboheme.com
Cloak & Petal
Pulp Fiction fans can try the Branca Tarantino cocktail, crafted from New Orleans bitters, Amaro Meletti, Fernet Branca and rye whiskey — a tribute to Quentin Tarantino’s influence on film.
1953 India St., Little Italy, cloakandpetal.com
A tribute to Black Panther, the Wakanda’s Potion is crafted with Broker’s London Dry Gin, activated charcoal and egg white.
802 Fifth Ave., (downtown location only), cafe-21.com
In true San Diego style, this “Bad Ass Mexican” locale is offering six tequila-based themed cocktails.
Gamora Delight: El Silencio mezcal, fresh lime, house-made almond orgeat and R&D sarsaparilla bitters
Vision’s Watermelon Treat: Azuñia blanco tequila, house-made watermelon cordial, lime and Tajín
The Infinity War: Olmeca Altos Blanco tequila, lemon, ginger, honey, St. Germaine and Ancho Reyes Verde
Captain America’s Revolution: Espolon Blanco tequila, fresh pineapple, fresh lime, cream of coconut and dry Curaçao
Iron Man Blast: Milagro reposado tequila, Mexican Coca-Cola reduction, R&D cherry apple bitters and sarsaparilla bitters
Savory Star Lord: El Jimador Blanco tequila, fresh lime, salt and choice of Jarritos soft drink
560 Fifth Ave., downtown, elchingon.com
Make it rum (and more rum) all the way around with six Avengers- and Guardians of the Galaxy- inspired options from this Gaslamp Cuban hotspot.
Mind Stone Mojito: Havana Club Añejo Blanco rum, fresh lime juice, yerba buena, fresh-pressed sugarcane juice, and sugarcane syrup
Ant Man Apricot Special: Diplomatico 6-year rum, fresh pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, apricot liqueur and R&D aromatic #7 bitters
The Star Lord: Brugal Añejo rum, Curaçao, Mancino Secco vermouth and house-made grenadine.
Dr. Strange Daiquiri: Havana Club Añejo Blanco rum, fresh lime juice, and fresh sugarcane syrup
Loki’s Tesseract: Don Q Blanco rum and fresh lime, served with a Mexican Coca-Cola
Drax The Destroyer: Pusser’s Navy Rum, fresh squeezed orange juice, house-made coconut cream and fresh pineapple juice
548 Fifth Ave., downtown, havana1920.com
Meze Greek Fusion
Letting The Avengers be their guide, these fruit-infusion cocktails speak to the superhero fans of Comic-Con.
Power Stone Poison: Strawberry-infused vodka, fresh lime, ginger and R&D house bitters
The Black Widow: Açai-infused vodka, raspberry, fresh lemon and Demerara
Thor’s Hammer: Fig-infused Redemption bourbon, fresh lemon and honey
Thanos Juice: Green apple-infused vodka, fresh lime and R&D cherry apple bitters
Nebula’s Special Treat: Metaxa brandy, Greek red wine, peaches, orange zest, cinnamon and sparkling ginger
345 Sixth Ave., downtown, gaslampmeze.com
Inspired by Mortal Kombat, this downtown restaurant created a lineup of inventive and mouthwatering cocktails helpful for defeating Shang Tsung.
Kung Lao’s Hat Trick: Sake, Ketel One botanical peach vodka, lemon, green tea and honey
Sub-Zero’s Snowball Grenade: Kaffir lime leaf-infused Tanqueray 10 gin, lime, coconut liqueur and spiced milk syrup
Skarlet Blood Bath: Salted plum-infused rum, lemon and demerara
Rain’s Purple Storm: Hibiscus-infused Don Q rum, Campari, pineapple, lime and demerara
Tanya’s Edenian Betrayal: Gin, lychee, jasmine tea and citrus oil
D’vorah’s Hive Nectar: Monkey Shoulder whisky, mint, white tea, honey and R&D smoked bitters
Takeda’s Lasher: Russel’s Reserve GBOD single barrel bourbon, Aperol and pomelo-infused Carpano Bianco vermouth
467 Fifth Ave., downtown, monkeykingsd.com
The force is strong with these Star Wars-inspired cocktails created by beverage director Ryan Andrews.
Never Tell Me the Odds: Redemption Rye, demerara, Averna and R&D house bitters
I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: El Silencio Mezcal, watermelon cordial and R&D smoked bitters
Fly Casual: Jameson Black Barrel, Lillet, lemon and maraschino
NO, I Am Your Father!: Henebery Rye, Ancho Reyes liqueur, lemon and peach
548 Fifth Ave., downtown, prohibitionsd.com
The Westgate Hotel
Available at the Plaza Bar inside the hotel and on the rooftop pool deck during Comic-Con week, two cocktails are bringing the spirit to San Diegans and visitors. Mr. Glass is a tribute to the American superhero in the horror-thriller film Glass co-produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The cocktail is crafted with Nolet’s Silver gin, Aperol, green Chartreuse, egg whites and cherry bitters, with a Champagne float. The Fine, I’ll Do It Myself was inspired by Thanos’ quote from the final scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and is made with Blue Ice potato vodka, Chambord, yellow Chartreuse and citrus.
1055 Second Ave., downtown, westgatehotel.com