THE OPENING of a Cradley Heath micro bar has been hailed a success after punters flocked to the new venue.

Fixed Wheel Brewery has opened The Handle Bar, on Cradley Heath High Street.

Manager Penny Birks said the opening night on Friday (August 27) was a huge success.

She said: "It's been fantastic.

"We had a really good turnout on the opening night - it was a great atmosphere, really busy all evening.

"We were busy all weekend.

"We have had lots of new faces which has been lovely as well as customers from our other bar.

"We have had really good feedback from our customers so fingers crossed for the future!"

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Based on Long Lane in Blackheath, the award-winning brewery also runs the Wheelie Thirsty Micropub on Halesowen Road, Old Hill.

It has spent tens of thousands of pounds completely gutting and transforming the former Presley's bar in Cradley Heath.

The bar, is a live music venue hosting local bands, with the Sun Dogs (pictured above) performing at the opening night.

It has a capacity of 120 inside as well as an outdoor beer garden and is creating five new jobs.

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Pic: Manager Penny Birks 

The brewery is owned by semi-professional cyclist Scott Povey.

The Handle Bar will open from Thursdays to Sundays from noon till 11pm.

It has ABK lagers, ales, ciders and gins as well as other spirits. Fixed Wheel beers are on offer along with a selection of guest ales.

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