4bells Public House, or 4bells, has opened its doors, offering Hispanic-inspired cuisine, a vast variety of cocktails and a relaxing environment for Berkeley sports fans and families.
The restaurant, located on University Avenue and Ninth Street, officially opened its doors on Thursday. According to co-owner and chef Sergio Emilio Monleón, who is also the owner of the well-known La Marcha Tapas Bar in Berkeley, 4bells will have food that is diverse and high in quality.
Combined with multiple large TVs turned to sports, USB-compatible outlets and a vintage arcade room with pinball machines, Monleón said 4bells is great for sports enthusiasts and that all ages are welcome.
“I grew up with Mexican cuisine, southern, Italian and Spanish food,” Monleón said. “I am pulling from all those because they fit in well within a sports bar menu.”
Co-owner Jennifer Seidman, who also runs a local bar called Acme Bar & Company, said the cocktails are fresh and delicious. She noted a “gorgeous housemade strawberry margarita” which has tequila, fresh strawberry purée agave and fresh lime.
Seidman said she believes that people with great taste in drinks and food don’t necessarily want to go to a “fancy” cocktail bar or restaurant and get dressed up. She noted that at 4bells, one can come in after work with jeans and a t-shirt and get the similar experience.
“This is something that has been missing in Berkeley,” Seidman said. “Sergio and I are both really invested in this area and we just want to make a place that is great.”
Ladan Khandel, a patron, UC Berkeley alumni and self-proclaimed “food enthusiast,” said the food is delicious and has unique flavors. She added that she wished that a restaurant like 4bells existed when she was a campus student.
Fellow patron Shayda Nour said there is an “upscale vibe” but prices are “pretty affordable.” She noted the arcade room was particularly fun for both kids and adults.
Berkeley resident Mike Forth, who came in with his wife and two children, said it is a “great little neighborhood bar.”
Forth, who said he had a fun time playing with the pinball machines with his two children, added that the food is great and that he enjoyed the atmosphere.
“I just love the atmosphere,” Forth said. “It’s a great place for kids because they can play the pinball machines. If you’re watching the game they can be in the other room and you don’t have to keep too close of an eye on them since you know where they are.”