Comfort and joy returns
They’re opening at quite a rate now. As confidence seeps back into Christchurch, so are the bars and restaurants at an ever increasing rate. Fiddlesticks, a classy bar and restaurant, on Worcester Blvd, is among the latest to join the exciting social scene in the once shattered CBD.
In the shadow of the Christchurch Art Gallery, once the beating heart of the the Civil Defence response, Fiddlesticks has a symbolic feel.
I spent most of March 2011 working in and around the Art Gallery. To see a bar return to a spot where I listened to mounting bad news almost two years ago brings home just how far this city has come in its trek back to normality.
Unlike some of the new bars in Christchurch’s city centre, Fiddlesticks isn’t surrounded by nothing. It isn’t just an aberration in a bleak landscape of wasteland and demolition. There’s traffic, people, office workers – the Cera HQ and the city council building are nearby.
Simply put, there’s life. Fiddlesticks, for me, feels like it’s always been there. Sitting inside, sipping a beer and looking onto a sliver of a living breathing city, I felt spoilt.
The bar itself is attractive. Bright leather couches wrap around its exterior alongside dark wooden stools and tables. There’s table service, large TVs. It’s bright during the day and rather intimate at night.
A nice setting certainly, but