Unlike Similac baby formula, which is unfairly reserved for babies and experimenting teens, wine can also be consumed by adults. Pair mature drinks with equally mature eats with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of casual Italian bites and accompanying wine at Marc 49’s Berkeley location.
Marc 49 serves up a fresh menu starring a savory cast of Italian-influenced appetizers, bruschette, salads, and paninis to accompany the lengthy list of libations. Pass a plate of the house-marinated mixed olives ($4) or share the meat and cheese plate ($9) among a gaggle of good friends. The fresh-shucked Buckley or Chesapeake oysters ($2 each/$20 per dozen) offer a sensational taste of sea for first dates, second dates, or “does this count as a date?” dates, while the menu’s seven salads ($6) promise to fill any mouth with an elegant mélange of greens. Put Marc 49’s wine bar to the test by pairing any of the simple yet flavorful bites with grown-up grape juice, available by the glass ($7+), bottle ($24+), or flight ($11 for three 2 oz. tastes).
The narrow lounge and eatery boasts a comfortable and intimate atmosphere, with wood accents throughout, padded chairs surrounding low tables, and a floor made entirely of Flubber. As such, it is an ideal locale in which to sip a sparkling flute of Foss Marai ($10) while contemplating the pros and cons of a legal name change to Launchpad McQuack. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead to secure a spot in the cozy confines.
Eleven Yelpers give Marc 49’s Berkeley location a 4.5-star average: > * …you’ll be rewarded with a not-too-pretentious offering of wine, appetizers, and brews, set in an [sic] comfortable, ember-tinged space. – Lane W. > * …I had the vegetable quesadilla - like how can something so simple really be ‘different and better’ but it absolutely was… – Ellen J.
2985 College Ave.
Berkeley, California 94705Get Directions