Bitter Virtue

70 Cambridge Road
Southampton, Hampshire England SO14 6US
bottle shop  4.75/5.0 26 reviews
10.30 - 8.30 (Tue-Sat), 10.30 - 2 (Sun)

Mayor: ForlornHope (15) | Taps: 1 | Bottles: 900+
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Beers At Bitter Virtue

NameABVEntered
The Kernel Export Stout London 18907.2%9/16/2016
Roosters Ragged Point5%9/6/2016
Five Points IPA7.1%9/1/2016
Dancing Man Big Casino IPA5%8/29/2016
Dancing Man Pilgrim Pale Ale3.9%8/29/2016
Northern Monk Eternal4.1%8/23/2016
Troubadour Magma Special Edition 2015 Triple Spiked Brett9.8%8/20/2016
Burning Sky Arise4.4%8/11/2016
The Kernel Pale Ale Polaris5.2%8/11/2016
Wild Weather Sunbathe in the Shade4.5%8/11/2016
Thornbridge LEroica Britannia4.3%8/11/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 White IPA Comet6.5%8/11/2016
Bowman Meon Valley Bitter3.9%8/11/2016
Anchor Steam Beer4.9%8/6/2016
Anchor Go West! IPA6.7%8/6/2016
Anchor Saison7.2%8/3/2016
Brew By Numbers 11/17 Session IPA - Citra & Mosaic3.8%7/22/2016
Tempest Brave New World7.4%7/20/2016
Thornbridge Colorado Red5.9%7/20/2016
Vocation Heart & Soul4.4%7/18/2016
Magic Rock High Wire Grapefruit5.5%7/18/2016
Buxton Bloc Head5.4%5/14/2016
Siren Undercurrent4.5%5/14/2016
Dark Star Crme Brle5.9%4/19/2016
Wiper and True Milk Shake Milk Stout4.1%4/1/2016
Weird Beard The Duke Of Dank6.7%3/15/2016
Ilkley Siberia 5.9%3/14/2016
Summer Wine The Kiwi6.5%2/26/2016
Primtor Stout4.8%2/25/2016
Baronka Premium Svetl Lek5.3%2/25/2016
To l Insane In The Grain7.5%2/23/2016
Thornbridge / Wild Beer Tart6%2/20/2016
Founders Centennial IPA7.2%2/13/2016
Rogue Yellow Snow IPA6.2%2/12/2016
Odell India Pale Ale (IPA)7%2/1/2016
Siren / Crooked Stave All Bretts Are Off4.5%1/31/2016
Arbor Yakima Baby6%1/25/2016
Buxton Axe Edge6.8%1/23/2016
Dark Star Antares4.2%1/22/2016
Vibrant Forest Radicale Salted Liquorice Stout 5.1%12/30/2015
Vibrant Forest Black Oktober (Spanish Brandy Cask)9%10/3/2015
Vibrant Forest RadicAle Belgian Zuur Bier3.5%10/2/2015
Red Cat Kairos4.4%10/1/2015
Alechemy Carynx Black Saison6%9/23/2015
Wild Beer Sourbeest5.8%9/23/2015
Wild Beer Zintuki7.3%9/23/2015
Marble Chocolate Coffee, Liquorice5.5%9/12/2015


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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
ShivanDragon  (65) Leeuwarden, Netherlands | July 19, 2016
Amazing shop which i never would have found but thanks to Ratebeer i did! The owners are very friendly, advised me on several beers. I was mainly interested in beers from the UK. Amazing selection. However the place was filled with beers from all over. Even some nice whales. Now i have to surprise my wife again when i make a detour and park my car in front of the door for a second beer run.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
androman  (63) Maarssen, Netherlands | April 22, 2016
Visited on Friday afternoon on the way to Eden Project with my family. Quite small shop with great selection of beers from mostly Europe, USA and some others including Japan exclusive mass products and of course great UK selection including limited ones. Also two local casks on tap for take away. Prices are quite affortable. Nice couple (probably) runs the business, know what they are selling, very helpful and proud of the local breweries. Ive found lots of new beers from my favorite breweries and some long time not seen ones which Ive missed and gave it up to find them. For example Brewdog Abstrakt 8, which was a bit expensive and as I was a bit short of money I wanted to leave it there but at the end Ive got it as a gift. Very nice gesture, many thanks!
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Scopey  (653) Croydon, England | March 20, 2016
My first visit to Bitter Virtue was long overdue. We stopped past the shop on drive from London to Dorset. It is located on an unassuming residential street with plenty of parking around. They open at 10:30am on a Sunday which suited us perfectly. Inside is stuffed full of a wide array of beers ranging from local to international. For a relatively compact shop it packs a punch. Loads of stuff that we either dont see in London or beers that dont hang around on the shelf for long. Staff/owners were very friendly and pretty knowledgeable. Hard to go wrong with this place. Deserves its space on the top echelon of beer shops in the UK.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Beer5000  (148) Kristiansand, Norway | February 17, 2016
Simply an amazing hidden gem in the middle of a residential area in outskirt of Southampton. Just out of nowhere, almost like somebody just got the idea of making their suburban home to a bottle shop. Fantastic selection with focus on smaller quality breweries, nice and tidy stocked in shelf for British, Belgium, German, USA and the rest of the world. Staff is very friendly and knowable. Reasonable priced and even one or two beers on cask for the thirsty shopper. Highly recommendable detour if you are in the remotely area.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
PhilFW  (3) , England | January 20, 2016
fantastic service and selection
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
RoddaG  (1) Southampton, England | January 19, 2016
Great selection with service to boot. They operate a fantastic shop.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Teamscoop  (1) , England | January 19, 2016
Simply the best off licence in the world. Something new on every visit plus old favourites. Cold Torpedo to go! Get there, beer lovers heaven....
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 20/20
Greg1954  (1) , England | January 19, 2016
Anne, Chris & Claire are ever-so helpful! Always willing to support customers in lots of different ways! Knowledgeable about the beers they stock!!
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Travlr  (2508) Charlotte , North Carolina | September 23, 2015
Bitter Virtue is celebrating its 18th year serving the southwest beer community, so the very nice lady behind the till knows quite a bit about the local and regional beer scene, as well as the bottles on offer. And there are a lot of bottles. Not only were the shelves bursting at the seams, but there were boxes upon boxes in the middle of the store, courtesy of a fresh delivery yesterday. When I requested advice on black IPAs and non-Belgian sours, the lady came round and pointed out more than a dozen examples. And prices are reasonable. This is everything you could ask for in a beer shop.
72
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork  (89) Southampton, United Kingdom, England | November 18, 2014
Pleasant and tidy specialist beer shop tucked away in residential area. Fairly typical range of beers and prices for such a shop - a good focus on local beers, and a selection of beers from Belgian and America. There is an inclination toward some buzz names such as: Kernal, Struise, Mikkeller, De Molen, Thornbridge, Stone, etc, and pretty much all the local breweries, so there should be something to satisfy most beer geeks. If youre in Southampton, and youre a beer geek, youll like the place, and find it does the job.The shops website offers an up to date list that is worth studying. If youre a big beer buyer and know what you like you may find it worthwhile to check prices against online suppliers such as BeersOfEurope and BeerRitz before making a visit, as there can be a wide difference on some bottles; however, there are plenty of beers in Bitter Virtue that are not available in those stores, and there is the benefit of getting personal advice if youre not sure what you like, so there is value in paying a visit. I think its a place I may be popping into from time to time. And I will certainly take along any beer friends who come to stay or visit.

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