When is the last time you got your drink on and played with someone else's balls? Unless it was last night, we highly recommend you head to the asphalt jungle, uh, Manhattan Village Mall, where you will find a little bit of Napa/Sonoma hiding along the outer circle. Tin Roof Bistro, a lovely restaurant and bar wedged between PCH and the aforementioned mall, offers tasty bistro food — hence the name — along with a nice selection of wines by the glass, craft beer by the pint and, of course, cocktails. But what makes TRB stand out from the half-zillion other joints in the South Bay with similar intentions is boccie. It's a sport of leisure to be played by sophisticates who can still afford leisure. Don't you want that to be how you're perceived? Of course you do. So make it a date night, lube up your date with a glass of red or a pint of Drake's 1500, and bond on the boccie court as if you were whiling away the hours in the Italian countryside. Then, when the game is on the line, knock the proverbial shit out of your date's jack for the victory. 3500 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 939-0900, tinroofbistro.com.

—Daniel Drennon

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