When the sun sets over Comic-Con 2014, it’s time for the freaks and geeks to come out and play. Here’s your guide to the best Comic-Con parties in San Diego open to the public, July 23-27.
Scroll to the bottom for a list of VIP-only parties.
Super Hero Party at Side Bar - Wednesday, July 23
Kicking off Comic-Con weekend, Side Bar will reward guests for dressing in their finest superhero garb with free cover. Don’t fret, you won’t be alone - bartenders, VIP hosts and bottle service girls will also be dressed in theme.
9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Open to public. Side Bar, 536 Market St, downtown. sidebarsd.com
DJ Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood) at Bang Bang - Thursday, July 24
Just a few blocks from the Convention Center, Elijah Wood (yes, THAT Elijah Wood) will be spinning under his DJ name Wooden Wisdom, alongside Zach Cowie.
9:30 p.m. $10. Bang Bang, 526 Market St., downtown. ticketfly.com
Hop-Con 2.0: w00tStout Festival at Liberty Station - Wednesday, July 23
Back for its second year, Hop-Con celebrates the release of Stone w00tstout 2.0 made by Wil Wheaton, Drew Curtis and Aisha Tyler, all scheduled to be in attendance. A ticket to this party includes ten 4 oz. beer samples, a commemorative glass and gourmet food.
7 p.m. $59+. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station. 2816 Historic Decatur Road. stonebrew.com
Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival at Embarcadero - Saturday, July 26
This superhero-themed craft brew fest will save the day with local beer, a costume contest and live jams on a solar-powered stage. Taste over 80 of San Diego’s best craft beers from breweries such as Green Flash, Iron Fist, Helms Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, URBN St. Brewing and more.
3 to 7 p.m. $45-$55. Embarcadero Park North, 500 Kettner Blvd. heroesbrewfest.com
MTV Fan Fest at Petco Park - Thursday, July 24
Grammy-winning rock band Linkin Park will headline the MTV Fan Fest at Petco Park. They’ll also headline the first ever mtvU Fandom Awards. The fan-centric awards will also be broadcast on mtvU as an hour-long special on Sunday, July 27.
5 p.m. Free to Comic-Con badge holders. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd. mtv.com
MGMT & Grimes perform on USS Midway - Friday, July 25
CraveOnline presents this party with MGMT playing a live set and Grimes DJ-ing on the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier docked adjacent to the Convention Center. MGMT are touring in support of their third album, released last September.
7 p.m. USS Midway, 910 N Harbor Dr. craveonline.com
Comic-Concert: The Comic-Con After Party at Whiskey Girl - Sunday, July 27
Comic-Concert, a San Diego Comic-Con after-party, returns to Whiskey Girl. Grab some drinks and food while enjoying performances by Random Gibberish and Mega Ran, who will entertain you with musical comedy and geek rock. This evening also features Jon St. John as the celebrity emcee.
7 p.m. $5 donation at the door. Whiskey Girl, 702 5th Ave., downtown. whiskeygirl.com
Munky King’s 7th Annual SDCC Party -- Thursday, July 24
Munky King is a trendy designer toy store in Los Angeles known to showcase anime artwork from local independent artists, including prints, apparel and books. Once again, Munky King is kicking off Comic-Con weekend at BASIC in East Village. Get ready for live art battles with beats by DJs R Rated and Colbi 1.
9 p.m. Free. Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar, 410 10th Ave., downtown. munkyking.com
Villains of the Night at The Commons Bar - Thursday, July 24
Enter this Cosplay contest with $1,200 in prizes given to the top three costumes. A comic trivia game, interactive game stations, performances and more will all take over The Commons Bar downtown.
7 p.m. $60-$100. The Commons Bar, 901 4th Ave., downtown. sdafterparty.com
Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories Jammy Party at Petco Park - Friday, July 25
Party it up with Adult Swim as guests are placed right in the Interactive Zone. PJ attire is required for entry. This exclusive party offers an exclusive first look at the new series, “Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories.”
11 p.m. RSVP required. Petco Park Parking Lot at Park Blvd. and Tony Gwynn Dr. video.adultswim.com
The Walking Dead Escape at Petco Park -- Friday & Saturday, July 25-26
Run for your life in this zombie-infested course where participants will climb, crawl, hide and slide through a series of gut-wrenching scenarios. This ultimate fan experience is not for the faint of heart or young in age.
6 to 11 p.m. $50-$125. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd. thewalkingdeadescape.com
Her Universe Fashion Show & Afterparty at Manchester Grand Hyatt - Thursday, July 24
Her Universe, Hot Topic and Nerdist Industries bring this full-scale “Geek Couture” fashion show and design competition to Comic-Con. Attendees to the fashion show - featuring 36 designers preparing geeky female fashion designs - will also be treated to the Hot Topic after party with performance by pop punk band All Time Low.
6 p.m. Comic-Con badge holders only. Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Pl. heruniverse.com
VIP / Invite-Only Parties
Hitifix at Hotel Solamar - Wednesday, July 23
Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL Party at US Grant Hotel - Thursday, July 24
Warner Brothers’ Batman Cape Cowl Create at Hard Rock Hotel - Thursday, July 24
4th Annual Kings of Con at Coyote Ugly - Thursday, July 24
Buzzfeed/CW Flash Party at Altitude in the Marriott Gaslamp - Friday, July 25
Playboy and A&E’s “Bates Motel” on 7th and J Street - Friday, July 25
Entertainment Weekly Party at Hard Rock Hotel - Saturday, July 26