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  (2122) 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 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois  (874) Tourist Town (West), England | September 10, 2012
Visited on 09/09/12. Great place to shop for beer. Good selection of UK micro’s, Belgian, German, Scando’s and some US stuff that you don’t 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 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 selection’s pretty strong. You’ll 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 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
jjsint  (340) Ely, England | November 10, 2013
Excellent beer shop tucked away in a residential area. If you’re not looking for it you’re 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!
SaintMatty  (302) Uppsala, Sweden | December 12, 2007
An excellent shop with a good selection of beers from around the world with Belgium and the UK being particularly well represented. They also sell beer glasses and some beer books. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable and always willing to give advice when necessary. They have up to two British cask beers on stillage available to take away. An excellent shop.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk  (211) Edinburgh , Scotland | June 8, 2009| Updated December 14, 2011
Great bottle shop that NO WHERE near my house ... but luckily near my sister. They are very friendly and helpfull... Good selection ... even picked up Duvel Triple hop and 3F Hommage here .
  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 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown  (155) , Northern Ireland | May 8, 2011
A great little beer shop this one with a selection of ales from all over the UK. Specialises in Belgian Ales with new beers regularly available. Also stocks German and other European beers and a small selection of ciders and american craft beers. In addition it has 1-2 beers available on tap for very reasonable prices, available for takeaway in plastic bottles. Ann and Chris are very helpful in recommending beers to your favourite styles or similar to others you have tried. A selection of glassware and giftpacks are also available.
  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 you’re in Southampton, and you’re a beer geek, you’ll like the place, and find it does the job.The shop’s website offers an up to date list that is worth studying. If you’re 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 you’re not sure what you like, so there is value in paying a visit. I think it’s 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.
Mungo  (14) Southampton, England | June 21, 2005
Incredible selection of beers - although list on website not up to date due to constantly changing selection. The owners are very knowledgable and will recommend beers. If you buy any lambic they are sure to comment on this. Offers a bottle deposit on most of the belgian beers - It keeps me coming back for more.

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