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Take 5: Where to Drink During Comic-Con

Five great options for happy hour drinking in the Gaslamp Quarter during Comic-Con


Whether you're looking for a prime people-watching spot, a skyline view, or just to school your friends at Tetris, we've got you covered, with this list of five bars in the Gaslamp Quarter perfect for taking a break from the festivities at Comic-Con.

La Puerta
Home to one of the best happy hours in the Gaslamp: half off all drinks and appetizers (including a giant plate of guacamole and chips for just $4). Try the "Purple Haze" -- house-made sangria swirled into a frozen margarita. Happy hour runs from 3-7 p.m. all week, plus get frozen drinks for $3 after 10 p.m. on Thursdays. 560 4th Avenue, 619-696-3466

Fleming's Steakhouse
You've got to love the location: across the street from the Convention Center and the happy hour specials: 5 cocktails, wines by the glass, and appetizers for $6 each. If you've been over-indulging, try the "Sexy Sailor" -- a sweet-tea and vodka cocktail with just 99 calories. Appetizers include sweet chile calamari, seared ahi, and burgers. 380 K Street, 619-237-1155

Fred's Mexican Cafe
Come for bottomless bowls of free chips and salsa, plus $2.50 draft beers and $3 margaritas during happy hour (4-7 p.m. Mon-Fri). Nab a seat on the sidewalk patio for some excellent people-watching. 527 5th Avenue, 619-232-8226

Altitude Sky Lounge
This rooftop bar at the Marriott boasts great views of PETCO Park and the south end of the Gaslamp Quarter. Happy hour specials (Mon-Fri, 5-7 p.m.) include $5 premium wells and draft beer, plus half-price flat breads. 660 K Street, San Diego, 619-446-6086

Play old-school video games, or set your inner rockstar free with some Karaoke (Saturday nights) in this Gaslamp Quarter bar known for "good food and strong drinks". Bonus points for the retro 80's-style decor. Happy hour runs Tues-Friday, starting at 4 p.m. Thursday is your best bet: happy hour runs all night long. 801 5th Avenue, 619-233-1183

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