I have a car rental tonight and am in the mood for some fun with my girlfriend... I'm not looking for anything super fancy (no $$$$ michelin dining) and it doesn't necessarily have to be dinner either; an old bar or swanky dinner lounge, alpine style lodge to nurse cocktails somewhere in Marin County amongst the old redwoods, perhaps some historic coastal hotel perched on the bluffs where we could have dinner overlooking the sea or fireside and good strong drinks on the porch afterword? Would also be interested in any roadfood-worthy destinations with hopefully other sites of interest nearby. '60s style mini-putt and burger stand type of thing, or tiki related attraction. Basically anything FUN and interesting and not from the usual list of places around the Bay Area! Food is secondary to atmosphere. Bars and cocktail lounges are just as good! I'd like to stay within approx. 1hr of the city proper, unless it's really worth our time to venture further... We don't want to head out to Santa Cruz for instance. Any ideas?
Old bars or restaurants, road stands, seafood shacks, distilleries, historic sites... anywhere out of the ordinary where we can get something to chew on and preferably a strong mixed drink.