Com­fort and joy re­turns

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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

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