Downtown will be popping off during Comic-Con weekend, with bars and clubs filled to the rafters with people in town for the convention. For those visiting, two things: 1) Welcome! San Diego appreciates your hard-earned money; we'll try our best to use it wisely, and 2) You're probably a bit lost and wondering where to party. Let us help you:
Fans of vinyl toy design can kick off Con weekend at Basic (410 10th Ave. in East Village) for the third annual Munky King Party, starting at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Sip on a tasty craft cocktail in the warehouse bar while perusing toy demos and live art. The emcee, designer John Stokes, and DJs R-Rated and Colby will keep the vibe fun.
Enjoy walking into an abandoned warehouse and finding a cool shindig? Then you'll love Hotline Comic-Con, happening Friday, July 19, at 1401 E St., Downtown. Australian dance-rock band Miami Horror will DJ the video-game-themed rager along with Scattle, Colour Vision and Hustlehoff. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at oheyemusing. ticketsocket.com.
If you're looking for a pre-party drink or maybe just a mellower night, local jazz musicians Gilbert Castellanos, Joshua White, Brian Levy and others will honor the music of Star Wars in jazzy fashion on Saturday, July 20, at 98 Bottles (2400 Kettner Blvd. in Little Italy). There will be two performances, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $15.