Wikipedia tells us that to be 'at sixes and sevens' is to be in a state of confusion or disarray. James Street's newest watering hole looks set to replace confusion and disarray with a slightly more positive state of mind.
At Sixes and Sevens, the young trendy sister to Cru Bar, has both style and substance. The bar is housed in a heritage-listed cottage on the corner of James and Arthur Streets, and while the building interior has received a makeover, the homely feel and classic features have been well preserved. Close enough to the heart of Fortitude Valley to draw a enthusiastic groups yet far enough away from the maddening crowd of the Valley mall to feel like a sanctuary, it is a great location to enjoy a casual lunch or start the evening's festivities.
Mixing kitsch with classic, At Sixes and Sevens' fit-out incorporates Astroturf, log stools, striking wallpaper, emerald green tiles, worn leather armchairs, exposed light bulbs and candles in wine glasses. Rest your bones in front of the original fireplace, enjoy a summer night's breeze in the outside seating area or share a meal in the dining corner; all options are comfortable and well thought-out.
All the usual suspects are on offer at the bar, with the happy addition of sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio on tap. A lengthy food menu keeps the kitchen busy with a selection of snacks and larger plates. Despite the prestigious James Street location, drink prices are very reasonable and most dishes come in under $20. Eftpos can be used over the bar and an ATM is also available towards the back of the establishment.
This is a bar that looks likely to draw an upwardly mobile crowd with a slightly younger average age than traditionally frequents James Street.