No Small Potatoes

Photo by Paul Body

Finding the perfect gift becomes a delicious social affair when 20 top bars and restaurants team up to bring a thousand yuletide diners and shoppers downtown for an incredible urban-retail experience.

Raise a glass (several, actually) on Saturday, December 12, while enjoying mini holiday cocktails, a foodie's dream collection of small- plate fare and deep discounts at retail stores throughout the Gaslamp and East Village.

One of the delicious cocktails to try during the second annual Toast of Downtown (a joint production by PacificSD and McFarlane Promotions) is the Moscow Mule, pictured here at the rooftop dining room atop Rustic Root, named Best New Gaslamp Restaurant/ Bar at the 2015 Lamplighter Awards.

Each of Toast's participating restaurants will present samples of their culinary offerings, showcasing local ingredients and cuisines that span the globe. In addition to spotlighting their popular dishes, participating bars are also offering ticketholders cocktails crafted with the award-winning (including a gold medal at the 2014 San Francisco Spirits Competition) Blue Ice Vodka.

Made with spicy ginger beer and lime juice, the chill copper kettle of love pictured here warms the cockles with Blue Ice Vodka (blueicevodka.com), a gluten-free spirit distilled in Idaho using only all-natural ingredients - including 100-percent- American potatoes.

Proceeds from Toast of Downtown benefit Gaslamp Quarter Association and East Village Association.

Visit toastofdowntown.com for participating venues and other info. Tickets, which include holiday cocktail and light bites at 20 bars and restaurants, grant exclusive shopping discounts at retail stores across downtown.

Rustic Root

535 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp
619.232.1747 rusticroot.com

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