“Why the hell are both of the liner pockets on the left side of this blazer?” I asked myself as I was fumbling for my headphones while tucking the flask of gin in. A couple on the sidewalk stares at me while I discover the dimensions of my formal wear. I calm down as I start walking and ‘Homemade Dynamite’ pulses through my ears. Tonight is warm….well, too warm for a mid December stroll.
The establishment is empty besides the six top sitting in the lounge finishing up. I stroll to the bar and grab a seat facing the patio. The presentation is impressive. The patio windows open up as if you’re sitting on a beachfront facing the Atlantic. I order a gin from the stereotypical cute bartender. She pours a mildly disappointing glass with a single oversized ice cube. Staring down at my phone while I ponder my agenda, I hear live notes behind me. I turn around to discover that there is a piano in the lounge, and one of the employees is eeking out a few sounds from the untuned instrument. He gets up to leave, and I feel compelled. I haven’t struck a chord in front of strangers in two years, but the tenth drink in provides a little bit of backbone to my confidence.
I flirt with the keys for a second to settle my nerves. I start playing ‘Una Mattina.’ About a quarter of the way through, the music in the bar stops. I am playing while simultaneously turning red from embarrassment. Am I not welcome right now? Are they closing up, and I am the weird guy in the bar? I keep playing. Two people come up behind me and stand at each side. I stop playing and ask if I am being intrusive. They introduce themselves as the chefs and told me they stopped the bar radio to hear some live music and buy me a drink. Gin. No fruit please.
In conclusion: This is my favorite corner in south Scottsdale. It makes me yearn for the days of walking aimlessly in a big city and drifting into places solo. The Montauk strums the strings of the inner romantic.
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Guest Review by Anthony Tellez.
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are solely Anthony Tellez’s and do not express the views or opinions of the MHM Podcast Network and Fuzzy Bunny Slippers Entertainment LLC.