Marin Joe's Piano Bar: For All You Lounge Lizards

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The piano bar at Marin Joe's harkens back to an era of three-martini lunches, avuncular barkeeps, faux-rock decor and world-weary lounge lizards tickling the ivories. In other words, it's our kind of place. Leave your Corvette with the valet, wink at the doll behind the cash register and make your way into the pleasing chiaroscuro of the lounge. Find a stool at the baby grand in the corner and order a Dewar's (neat) from the waitress. Tuck a five-spot in the brandy snifter and ask the piano man for a little Rodgers & Hart - "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," say, or "Spring Is Here" if you're feeling suicidal. Sing along if you know the words, as of course you do. A dish of crackers and beer cheese appears at your elbow. The scotch slithers down your throat like Ava Gardner in a silk jumpsuit. The aroma of woodsmoke beckons from the kitchen and the second drink is on its way. Man, this is living!

(Marin Joe's: 1585 Casa Buena Dr.,Corte Madera; Call 924-2081)

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