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Jazz & Cocktails; New Kebab Spot; Gin Dinner

DOWNTOWNThe Westgate Hotel has a souped-up, redesigned rooftop with 360-degree views of the San Diego skyline that'll be the setting for a new sunset jazz series hosted poolside. Starting on Thursday June 5, the weekly event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the first concert features legendary trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos. There will be appetizers and drinks offered, including "Tipsy Teas" created by the hotel's cocktail consultants, Rumbling Tins Co. [EaterWire]

LA JOLLA— Into gin? Cusp Dining & Drinks doing a dinner with the world's oldest spirits distiller, Lucas Bols, on Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.that will focus on the the evolution of gin. Lead bartender Chris Burkett will mix gin with housemade cordials and show off his custom barrel- aging of the spirit. The $35, multi-course dinner includes grilled octopus panzanella salad and chicken confit with handout pasta; call 858-551-3620 to reserve. [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWN— Trusted Eater readers have been writing in to sing the praises of Doner Mediterranean Grill, which recently opened in the Gaslamp at 823 5th Avenue, in the spot which once held The Grape wine bar. Our readers were excited by the eatery's "huge portions and great prices" and the use of free-range chicken and organic produce. [EaterWire]

The Westgate Hotel

1055 2nd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 238-1818

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