A favorite after-work hangout for laborers, Tifa's cocktails and cooking are big hits among the neighborhood people. After hours, though, the place turns into a hideout for the anti-Shinra militant group Avalanche.
Loading Screen, Final Fantasy VII Remake
Seventh Heaven, alternatively spelled 7th Heaven, is a bar and restaurant owned and run by Tifa Lockhart in the Final Fantasy VII series, located in the Midgar slums' Sector 7. It has served as a home base for many of the games' main characters, specifically in Final Fantasy VII.
- 1 Story
- 2 Layout
- 3 Food and beverages
- 4 Gameplay
- 5 Musical themes
- 6 Other appearances
- 7 Behind the scenes
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Etymology
- 10 References
Story[edit | edit source]
Located in the slums of Sector 7 in Midgar, the original Seventh Heaven bar was built by an unnamed carpenter during the events of Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, and named "Seventh Heaven" by Zack Fair during a conversation.
Intended to house an anti-Shinra base from the start; in Final Fantasy VII it serves as the base of operations for the Avalanche terrorist organization. By using a secret elevator disguised as a pinball machine, Avalanche members can reach the secret headquarters below the bar's main floor. The familial ties in the business are at such an extent that, when Tifa once joins Cloud Strife and Barret Wallace on an Avalanche mission, the bar is left in the trusted care of Marlene Wallace, Barret's four-year-old adoptive daughter.
In the Final Fantasy VII Remake, the bar is attacked by the Whispers on the eve of Avalanche's second bombing mission. Avalanche try to defend it, but the Whispers only disperse after Jessie Rasberry is hurt.
The bar is decimated when President Shinra orders the destruction of the Sector 7 pillar, dropping the plate upon the slums and crushing the entire area. Marlene was not in the bar at the time, having been saved by Aerith Gainsborough, another citizen of the slums, before the plate fell. Barret later promises Tifa that they will build a new bar. In the Final Fantasy VII Remake, the final scene of the bar is amid the locals reconstructing the slums, propping up the broken Seventh Heaven bar sign.
Layout[edit | edit source]
Overview[edit | edit source]
Seventh Heaven is a Texan-style bar and restaurant, and is a large, wooden building located in the western end of the Sector 7 slums. It stands in contrast to the surrounding buildings in Sector 7's slums, which are made primarily of metal plates. The main floor of Seventh Heaven is the bar and restaurant, while a secret elevator near the pinball machine leads down to the basement where Barret's Avalanche cell's headquarters are located.
Bar and restaurant[edit | edit source]
The bar and restaurant area is the main floor where customers are served food and drinks. The bar is designed primarily with wooden tables, benches, and stools. At the back is a bar containing several drinks, and a small kitchen area off to the side. A jukebox and pinball machine occupy one corner, while a large television screen is located on the wall behind the bar. Neon-lit signs read "Texas" and "Draft beer."
Secret basement[edit | edit source]
Accessed via a secret elevator near the pinball machine, this basement serves as headquarters for Barret Wallace's Avalanche faction. It is not depicted in the remake. This is a small concrete room, which houses mapping and communication facilities, a computer hub, a television screen, and training equipment. At the center is a large table, where plans are written on paper, as well as on the whiteboard nearby.
Food and beverages[edit | edit source]
Seventh Heaven serves food and drink, cooked and prepared by Tifa, which made the bar famous around the slums for their quality. The food is taste-tested by Wedge. Neon signs give clues as to the items it serves: a neon sign in Final Fantasy VII reads "Draft beer", while in Final Fantasy VII Remake, the signs read "Eggs & Chips" and "Pizza". Furthermore, in Final Fantasy VII, soda bottles and a beer glass can be seen on the tables.
Tifa also serves cocktails at the bar, two of which she served to Cloud. One is the popular "Seventh Heaven", a yellow drink that "packs a serious punch and gives you the courage to keep going". Another is the red cocktail "Cosmo Canyon", the house special, inspired by the location of the same name. Other drinks on the menu include a green cocktail called "Lifestream". When preparing drinks, she performs tricks with the shaker, her showmanship used to garners higher tips from patrons. The cocktails Tifa pours for Cloud come out clear, even if she used a shaker to mix them.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Date mechanics[edit | edit source]
The game has a hidden affection value that determines whom Cloud will go on a date with in Gold Saucer later. The value is determined by the dialogue and party member choices made prior to the date.
If Cloud has a flower (bought from Aeris in Sector 8 after the bombing mission):
- "Give it to Tifa" (+5 Tifa)
- "Give it to Marlene" (+5 Barret)
If Cloud talks to Tifa while she's behind the bar:
- "I don't feel like it" (No change)
- "Give me something hard" (+5 Tifa)
When Tifa accuses Cloud of leaving her, his childhood friend:
- "How can you say that!" (+5 Tifa)
- "...Sorry" (No change)
Tifa asks Cloud how he slept the next morning:
- "Next to you, who wouldn't?" (+5 Tifa)
- "Barret's snoring kept me up..." (+5 Barret)
Darts[edit | edit source]
The player can play darts after returning to the bar from the bombing mission and the others take the lift down to the secret basement. Finishing in seven or fewer moves earns a trophy and a Luck Up Materia (Wedge will gift it later). The plater can start with aiming to Triple-20 to score 60 points per throw.
Affection mechanics[edit | edit source]
Tifa asks if Cloud wants a drink. Asking for "something hard" is most favored by Tifa, counting toward a resolution scene in Chapter 14.
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
Before setting out to destroy the Sector 5 Reactor, the background music to Seventh Heaven is "Tifa's Theme" (ティファのテーマ, Tifa no Tēma?). After Cloud decides to take up one more job and destroy the Sector 5 Reactor, "Barret's Theme" (バレットのテーマ, Baretto no Tēma?) replaces Tifa's as Seventh Heaven's theme.
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
Seventh Heaven appears in Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. In Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, there is a bar called "The Seventh Heaven" in the Revenant's Toll area of Mor Dhona.
There are also several allusions to the bar's name. In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, Tifa's most powerful exclusive weapon, "Seventh Heaven", is named after the bar. In the fighting game Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring, Tifa uses an attack named after the bar.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Development[edit | edit source]
It appears the early designs for Seventh Heaven for the original game were later used for a generic pub in Junon. The "Making Of" bonus disc included with Final Fantasy VII International includes a pre-release shot of the Junon pub where Cloud uses lines he says in Seventh Heaven in the final game. The Junon pub also appeared in a GameFan article written nine months before the release of Final Fantasy VII, which suggests it was originally planned to be a more important location than it ended up being in the final game. Comparing the layout of the Junon pub to the Beginner's Hall in Junon suggests that the underground level of the Beginner's Hall may have been the original Avalanche hideout, situated below the Seventh Heaven bar.
Pre-release shots of the area also reveal what changes were made to the Seventh Heaven bar during development. The pinball machine was part of the background in the early version of the area, but was likely turned into a 3D object for simplicity's sake. Different graphics for the TV screens in Seventh Heaven also have been spotted in pre-release images; while in the final game the TV reader looks like a cartoon character, in the early versions the newsreader appears as a real photo of a person. The TV behind the bar is never used in the final game, but dummied dialogue files suggest that a conversation between Tifa and Cloud while watching the news was once planned for the game.
In Final Fantasy VII, Cloud would use the pinball machine to descend to Avalanche's secret hideout below. In Final Fantasy VII Remake, this was removed in order to create a greater sense of distance between Cloud and Avalanche at that stage.
Allusions[edit | edit source]
In Final Fantasy VII Remake, the picture above the door is of the Seventh Heaven from the original game.
Text on a sign outside the bar and on the doormat in the original game appears to read "Tyfer Bar." "Tyfer" is likely a transliteration
In Final Fantasy VII, the sign at the top of the bar in Midgar reads TEXAS COWBOY CLUB. The neon sign on Seventh Heaven reads TYFER BAR. "Tyfer Bar" is likely a transliteration of Tifa's Japanese name into English by a graphic artist unaware or prior to the official transliteration. Inside the bar the welcome mat also reads TYFER BAR and there are neon signs on the walls saying TEXAS and DRAFT BEER. Notably, there is no "Texas" in the world of Final Fantasy VII, but "Lockhart" is the name of a city in the real life state of Texas, United States. Tifa was also dressed as a cowgirl in the flashback to Nibelheim, and cowgirls are often associated with Texas.
Zack's slogan for the bar in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- was "Seventh Heaven! A slice of heaven in Sector 7!".
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
seven heavens refer to the seven divisions of the Heaven, the abode of immortal beings, or the visible sky, the expanse containing the Sun, Moon and the stars. This concept dates back to ancient Mesopotamian religions and similar concept is also found in some Indian religions such as Hinduism, and in some Abrahamic religions such as Judaism, Islam and Catholicism.In religious or mythological cosmology, the
The number 7 in Biblical references symbolically represents perfect completion. The number also has a significance in Quranic numerology.
The number seven occurs numerous times in Final Fantasy VII as an allusion; e.g. Avalanche is based on Sector 7, the Shinra Building has 70 floors, there is a status called All Lucky 7s; the bar Seventh Heaven follows with the other allusions to the number.
References[edit | edit source]
- Final Fantasy VII Remake loading screens § "Seventh Heaven"
- Final Fantasy VII Remake script § "Talking Strategy"
- Final Fantasy VII script § "At the Hideout in the Slums"
- Sal Romano. Final Fantasy Portal Site: Digging Deep into the World of Final Fantasy VII Remake special interview part one. Gematsu. Archived from the original on 16:17, August 06, 2020 (UTC).
- Sal Romano (July 21, 2020). Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 development already underway. Gematsu. Archived from the original on July 21, 2020.