Bar hop­ping with Keith Lynch

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what about the food and drink?

Firstly, the wine list is very good. I had one of the house reds, a pinot noir ($10.50) from Cen­tral Otago.

There is a small but ad­e­quate se­lec­tion of beers. There’s the likes of Heineken, Mon­tei­ths, and Sol and a range of more ex­cit­ing ales in­clud­ing Tu­atara Pil­sner ($9.50) hoppy, fruity and rather pricey, Three Boys Wheat and Epic Ale.

But the star for me was the Ten­nessee Berry Cock­tail ($16.50), a ridicu­lously tasty combo bring­ing to­gether whisky and fruit served in a tall glass topped with straw­ber­ries. De­li­cious.

The ‘‘bar graz­ing’’ menu is tight and in­ter­est­ing: Salmon wings with saf­fron mayo ($10), Weet-Bix crumbed manchego cheese with quince paste and rose­mary ($11.50), and fried chicken dubbed FFC, or Fid­dle­sticks Fried Chicken ($11), a duck liver par­fait, fries, de­li­cious fresh breads and a sub­stan­tial steak sand­wich ( $25).

The fried chicken, served on a sweet chut­ney on a small wooden board, was crispy and tangy, and a de­light­ful play - and great im­prove­ment- on the kind of place you try to avoid at 2am.

Re­in­forc­ing Gaelic stereo­types, I couldn’t help but choose the dish of or­ganic pota­toes roasted in duck fat ($9.50). They were soft, but­tery and de­li­cious, and served dra­mat­i­cally in a cast-iron tray.

It’s hard not to be im­pressed. Fid­dle­sticks is a lovely bar – a nice place to sip wine dur­ing the day or into the night.

More im­por­tantly, it feels per­ma­nent, solid.

There’s a con­fi­dence here that’s miss­ing in a lot of the new bars in the CBD. It’s not just stop­ping by for a few pints, or pop­ping in for a look. No, it’s set­tled in and it’s stay­ing put.

Fid­dle­sticks Bar (and) Res­tau­rant

48 Worces­ter Boule­vard, Christchurch Cen­tral

Stay­ing put: Fid­dle­sticks is a lovely bar with an air of per­ma­nence. Mon-Fri 8am-2am -----------------------Sat & Sun 9am-2am ------------------------

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