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Handle Bar

(formerly Compass Kitchen; Foobar1; Dock o' the Bay)

69 The Avenue
SO17 1XS

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Premises Description

Ale House & Kitchen.

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Opening Times


MondayNoon - 9.30 pm
TuesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
WednesdayNoon - 11.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.00 pm
FridayNoon - 11.00 pm
SaturdayNoon - 11.00 pm
SundayNoon - 9.30 pm

Meal Times

Mon noon - 6.30pm
Tue - Sat noon - 3pm, 4pm - 9pm
Sun noon - 7pm

About the Pub

A welcomed opening of a new real ale bar at Stag Gates in Southampton. The premises had been through a couple of iterations of restaurant/bar but as of 27/02/2020 it's a proper bar serving real ale. Six handpumps serving a good range of local beers and others from good breweries around the country. The split level rooms are decoration of modern 'rustic' style with old style mirrors & pictures on the walls. Of note is the mural of the owner sporting his handle bar moustache - hence the name of the pub.

Post Covid-19 lockdown the front decking has been a boon with eight tables screened from each other, proving very popular when combined with the fine ales; substantial rain screening was added late 2021. Food is a short but imaginative list of mains and a couple of smaller snacks. In the summer months tapas and sharing plates are available.

Handy for buses, the north bound stop is literally right outside.

Regular cask ales

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Changing cask ales

This pub serves 6 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Dancing Man --varies--
  • Steam Town --varies--
  • Twickenham --varies--

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • LocAle LocAle Accredited

    Red Cat; Steam Town; Flower Pots; Dancing Man.


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden

    Decked area at front.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Shove ha'penny, cards.

  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Awning over part of decked area.

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Handle Bar

69 The Avenue
SO17 1XS

Sat Nav Reference

50.9189, -1.4043


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Nearby Bus Routes (75m)

Bluestar: 1, 2; Unilink: U1, U2; Wheelers: W1


At Stag Gates

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Handle Bar, Southampton - 21st July 2021

Handle Bar

69 The Avenue
SO17 1XS

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • LocAle Accredited
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Smoking Area
  • Close to Bus Routes

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