Bitter Virtue | Southampton, Hampshire
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Bitter Virtue
Excellent based on 18 ratings
Type: Beer Store

70 Cambridge Road
Southampton, Hampshire England SO14 6US [ print map ]
023 80554881

Hours: 10.30 - 8.30 (Tue-Sat), 10.30 - 2 (Sun)

Mayor: SilkTork (18) | Taps: 1 | Bottles: 300

Bitter Virtue

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Beer Available At Bitter Virtue (arranged by most recent)
Vibrant Forest Black Oktober (Spanish Brandy Cask) , Vibrant Forest RadicAle Belgian Zuur Bier , Red Cat Keiros , Alechemy Carynx Black Saison 87, Wild Beer Sourbeest 92, Wild Beer Zintuki 91, Marble Chocolate Coffee, Liquorice 65, The Kernel India Pale Ale Citra Zeus 97, Wild Beer Epic Saison 87, Skol Lager (UK) 1, Ciechan Miodowe 35, Amber Kozlak 48, Namyslow Mocne Kuflowe 14, Wild Beer Modus Operandi 93, Camden Town Versus Petrus Stout 72, Zundert Trappist 89, Adelardus Trudoabdijbier Haspengouwse Tripel 77, Vibrant Forest RadicAle Oat & Coffee Stout 78, De Dochter van de Korenaar Crime Passionnel 97, Wild Beer Beyond Modus 97
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18 reviews for Bitter Virtue
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  90%
 Selection  91%
 Food N/A 
 Value  78%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
Travlr  (2114) Washington, Washington DC | 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork  (88) 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 youíre in Southampton, and youíre a beer geek, youíll like the place, and find it does the job.The shopís website offers an up to date list that is worth studying. If youíre 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 youíre not sure what you like, so there is value in paying a visit. I think itís 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
jjsint  (339) Ely, England | November 10, 2013
Excellent beer shop tucked away in a residential area. If youíre not looking for it youíre not going to find it! Brilliant selection, and you cannot fault the service or the value. No trip to the South Coast is complete without it. Treat yourself!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Steasy66  (8) Minnesota | October 15, 2013
Brilliant little shop in Southampton. I am stuck in Portsmouth on business and this place is an oasis. In the US I would probably knock this place on selection, but if I compare to what people say is best in the UK, Kris Wines, Bitter Virtue has them topped. Super friendly and helpful staff. I honestly have no basis of comparison on value.
Belgianbeerfan  (2) , | June 14, 2013
Just what southampton needs- a place with a decent wide variety of local and foreign beers. Friendly and clearly knowledgable staff, judging by the wall of beer-related literature behind the counter! The owners are also quite clearly valued members of the beer community. My only wish is that they had some more homebrews from the community perhaps, but thatís insignificant.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
berkshirejohn  (195) Bracknell, England | January 16, 2013
A pretty good selection for a backstreet corner shop! Well worth seeking out.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jackl  (590) Minneapolis, Minnesota | October 12, 2012
A nice shop tucked in a quiet corner of Southampton. The selectionís pretty strong. Youíll find plenty of stuff from Britain and Belgium, with a modest selection of stuff from the US. They seem to enforce a 1-bottle limit on some of the rarer beers. Prices were fine. The service was initially pretty apathetic, but rapidly improved when it became clear that I was spending some solid coin.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois  (871) Tourist Town (West), England | September 10, 2012
Visited on 09/09/12. Great place to shop for beer. Good selection of UK microís, Belgian, German, Scandoís and some US stuff that you donít see in too many places. Dark Star Kiwi was available for take out from the barrel on our visit. The owners were brilliant and we chatted with them for the whole half hour we were there. Regulars popped in and had a chat with us as well. We spent quite a bit of £££ between us and we were both given a nice extra for our custom - great touch! And to top it off the lady owner then gave us a lift to the Guide Dog pub, not far away but our bags were pretty damn heavy. Brilliant place - will be back !!!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Keruso  (1) , | April 6, 2012
Large, awesome and rare selection of the best artisan beers, from UK, Europe and USA. Seasonal and staple choices always available. An absolute must for real beer sourced by real beer aficionados.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
dsmith67  (10) , | January 21, 2012
Rarely been to a better beer shop - freidnly owner and fantastic selection.

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