Going to Comic-Con this year? Take a break and head to one of these five bars for some sci-fi, superhero themed cocktails and a few rounds of arcade games. By Carly Petrone.
The Dead Rabbit
30 Water St.
It’s easy to celebrate Comic-Con over at The Dead Rabbit. Bar owners Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry have crafted their drink menu based off an entire graphic novel about the resurrection of Dead Rabbit gang leader John Morrissey. Read each page to discover what happens when he comes back to life and must deal the mayhem that ensues. The best part? There are 30 drinks that pair with this well-illustrated booklet. Favorites include the “Bad Blood” — Plymouth Gin, Martini & Rossi Bianco vermouth, Campari, apricot, rose, cinnamon and Peychard’s bitters – as well as Soldier Boy, mixed with Tullamore Dew 12-Year-Old Irish whiskey, Cocchi Americano, chamomile, lemon oil, baker’s bitters, an Absinth Rinse. You’ll certainly feel like a superhero after one of these tasty cocktails.
225 Avenue B
If you need something strong to help you forget about your evil arch nemesis, then make your way to Pouring Ribbons. Order up the “Gun Powder Empire” – Plantation 3 Star White & 146 Trinidadian rums, lime, curried lustau la jarana fino sherry, house blackstrap rum, and black pepper. Get revved up for your next adventure with the “Way of the Warrior,” Rhum JM 100-proof, pineapple, Banks 5 Island rum, vanilla, matcha and coconut. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the “Snake in the Grass,” which is made with Tanqueray gin, lime, Rhum JM 100-proof, coconut water, Greek yogurt and Makrut.
271 11th Ave.
Porchlight might not necessarily have any comic book-themed cocktails, but it is a great place to unwind after a long day at the Javitz Center. If you’re feeling patriotic, the “Army & Navy” is an excellent choice, made simply with Ford’s gin, orgeat, lemon, and Angostura bitters. The “Three Rings” cocktail pairs perfectly with fall, made up of Wild Turkey 101, Laird’s Apple brandy, blackstrap, dried cherry, cider vinegar, and Black Hand bitters. Of course, you can always ask what their Daily Punch special is on tap. You’ll probably want to snack on some warm bourbon bar nuts or sugar and spice popcorn before heading back to the crowds.
Grab a brew and virtually fight off your favorite characters at Barcade. Don’t be afraid to play a few rounds of Star Wars, Marvel Vs. Capcom and Indiana Jones in your costume. Stop in for their lunch special (Monday – Friday from noon until 4 p.m.) and enjoy a beer, sandwich, and fries for just $15. Sip on your choice of draft beers including Grimm Kinetic Cloud, Free Will Pilsner, Sly Fox O’Reilly’s Irish Stout, and many more. Who knows, maybe you’ll finally get that high score you’ve always wanted.
Gotham City Lounge
1293 Myrtle Ave.
It doesn’t get much better (or divier) than Gotham City Lounge in Bushwick. Take a seat at the bar and enjoy all the amazingly fun comic book memorabilia. The drinks are cheap and aptly named (ahem, the Harley Quinn is quite tasty). Sip on The “Green Lantern” or the “Daredevil” while playing a game of pool, or try out your arcade skills at the X-Men game in the corner. Yeah, the bar is pretty small, but do you really care? You’ve found your people.