4bells Public House sports bar opens location on University Avenue
4bells Public House, or 4bells, has opened, offering Hispanic-inspired cuisine, a wide variety of cocktails, and a relaxing environment for Berkeley sports fans and families.
The restaurant, located at University Avenue and Ninth Street, officially opened on Thursday. According to co-owner and chef Sergio Emilio Monleón, who also owns the famous tapas bar La Marcha in Berkeley, 4bells will offer a varied and high-quality cuisine.
Combined with several large sports-oriented TVs, USB-compatible outlets and a vintage arcade with pinball machines, Monleón said 4bells is ideal for sports fans and all ages are welcome.
“I grew up with Mexican cuisine, southern, Italian and Spanish cuisine,” Monleón said. “I pull from all of these because they fit well into a sports bar menu.”
Co-owner Jennifer Seidman, who also runs a local bar called Acme Bar & Company, said the cocktails were fresh and delicious. She noted a “beautiful homemade strawberry margarita” that features tequila, pureed fresh strawberries, agave and fresh lime.
Seidman said she believes people with great taste in drinks and food don’t necessarily want to go to a cocktail bar or a “fancy” restaurant and dress up. She noted that at 4bells, one can come after work in jeans and a t-shirt and have a similar experience.
“That’s something Berkeley lacked,” Seidman said. “Sergio and I are both really invested in this and we just want to create a great place.”
Ladan Khandel, patron, UC Berkeley alumnus and self-proclaimed “foodie,” said the food was delicious and had unique flavors. She added that she wished a restaurant like 4bells existed when she was a student on campus.
His colleague Shayda Nour said there was an “upmarket vibe” but the prices were “rather affordable”. She noted that the arcade was especially fun for kids and adults.
Berkeley resident Mike Forth, who came with his wife and two kids, said it was a “great little neighborhood bar.”
Forth, who said he had fun playing the pinball machines with his two children, added that the food was excellent and he enjoyed the atmosphere.
“I love the atmosphere,” Forth said. “It’s a great place for kids to play pinball machines. If you’re watching the game, they may be in the other room and you don’t have to watch them too closely since you know where they are.
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