Portsmouth Southsea Beer Guide: Your Portsmouth Southsea guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Portsmouth Southsea

64 /100 51 SOUTHSEA TERRACE
“Let's face it, these places are essentially a Harvester/Beefeater but they also have their own average beers on tap. A big old pub, which was certainly in a good position to handle the Covid-19 restrictions thanks to the large garden to the front which was set up with seating under large pergolas and dining cabins. And it was very busy, both inside and outside. I explained that I was there to tick off some of their beers and was perched on a barstool at a small nook away from the tables. However because I was away from the tables the staff basically ignored me and it seemed like I was sat there forever. I probably looked like a right prick but eventually ended up waiving both arms at a distant waiter because I wanted to tick them off and go for good beer elsewhere. In reality I was probably waiting for about 4 minutes! I asked to pay as I ordered and after another wait for the flight to be brought over to me I drank up and leftwithin about 10 minutes. These places are good for tick and if you're in a hurry and there are no better options. As it is I don't think I'll be back to this branch again.“
BeardedAvenger 11 days ago
72 /100 39 OSBORNE ROAD
“Visited October 2020 so pre-Lockdown 2 but whilst restrictions were in place. I'd seen photos of this place and expected it to be larger. A medium sized pub on the corner of two streets, which looks to have been extended on the ground floor from what may have at some point may have been a shop rather than purpose built pub. Open plan. Light wood. Mirrors on one wall. So it is light and airy on the inside ut the fact that they had to limit numbers didn't help. Due to restrictions I couldn't go to the bar but there are TVs with rotating Untappd tap lists. About 16 kegs and 4 casks, including 4 of Makemake's beers on tap. This is where the issues started. The young guy serving me didn't know what they had on tap and there were no physical beer lists so we had to wait whilst the list on the TV rotated so I could confirm that I wanted. He then brought me an incorrect beer but at least it was a Makemake tick still. Admittedly I could have looked the beers up on Untappd but that didn't occur to me at the time. Before I could order more I got a text from the Mrs saying that the boy was refusing to go to sleep without me there so I had to curtail my ticking. I therefore asked the kid if they had an Makemake cans I could take out. He then returned with a random Deya can which I decided to just buy and leave. A definite place to visit for Hants craft ticks (and beyond), just spoilt by what I presume was a new staff member.“
BeardedAvenger 11 days ago
70 /100 36 GREAT SOUTHSEA STREET
“Transferred over after realising I'd reviewed the wrong pub previously Old fashioned pub with an array of cask and beer options. Not the largest of locations so extra casks were on stillage. Popular with the CAMRA crowd I'd imagine. We sat in a separate little nook behind the bar which had two tables. One of the guys on the pub crawl didn't come in because the landlord had banned his dog as he did not share tha landlord's right wing views?! Decent oldschool boozer. Would not aim for it but a good spot on a crawl.“
BeardedAvenger 50 days ago
74 /100
Beer Musketeer (Beer Store)
112 ALBERT ROAD
“I can't comment on the physical attributes of the shop because I ordered on line - one of the few places that stocks Makemake beers on occasions. They have a pretty good array of UK, US and European craft beer and the focus is on the craft. No twiggy stuff. Quick delivery. The two drawbacks for me where that the website is a bit basic and you basically have to scroll through all their stock, beer or otherwise, to see what they have. Also I was hoping to potentially pick up other local brews but they didn't see to have that many in stock - that may of course reflect the current Covid times.“
BeardedAvenger 51 days ago
64 /100 81 PALMERSTON ROAD
“Doesn't seem to know if wants to be a bar or a cafe by appearance, but it's a pleasant brick-heavy interior. Real ales up front, craft keg on the wall behind, a formula that works best for us short-sighted real ale drinkers. Crafty tap takeover provided ticks, which were what they were. Competent staff - coped well with slightly slow-functioning Phil. Location makes it an obvious one to include on a crawl of Southsea, because in combo with its neighbours you'll get decent tickage.“
FatPhil 347 days ago
58 /100 84-90 PALMERSTON ROAD
“Pleasant spoonsy interior, carpets and chandeliers. Rumble of the masses gave me a better vibe than the rabble in the other slapperspoons neat the station. Beer selection provided real ale ticks, but condition was variable. Prices undercut most other pubs. Any place that can give me one decent tick is worth popping my head round the door again.“
FatPhil 347 days ago
52 /100 36 GREAT SOUTHSEA STREET
“Promised a lot, just from the visuals, but didn't deliver in the glasses. Retired white-collar workers' pub, we were the youngest there, music is very quiet, and it definitely seems like a pretty civilised place. We found three ticks as real ales, all local, and 2 of them were just plain off. Did someone mention that this was a CAMRA regional pub of the year? So was the Bree Louise, wasn't it? Why do so many CAMRA members not recognise when the thing they're supposedly supporters of is being murdered? I'll give'em another chance if I pass again, just because of their reputation, but if I get another sour beer, I'll give'em hell.“
FatPhil 348 days ago
62 /100 39 CASTLE ROAD
“Lovely old-school English pub. Lounge bad has plenty of smallish tables and even more weird stuff around the walls - seemed to have a vague nautical theme, but that wasn't overdone. Staff happy to give recommendations, and warnings, regarding other pubs in the area. A band was setting up but we didn't stay as we were on a mission. Six real ales gave me two ticks, but of varying quality. Don't miss the 'Beamo' poster outside, in particular if you're a Viz fan. Worth a pop in, certainly.“
FatPhil 348 days ago
62 /100 51 SOUTHSEA TERRACE
“Not as relaxing as the other B&H, but not an unpleasant pub. Nice brickwork pillars. Brewkit visible. Lighting was a bit harsh for someone with my eyes. Sit up on stools or down in comfy seats as you wish. Pleasant staff. Beers not quite as good as the other place, maybe they don't turn over beers as quickly. Three thirds samplers minimise the damage.“
FatPhil 348 days ago
44 /100 119 ALBERT ROAD
“Weirdly-layed-out pub, quite expansive. Has that mopped-nightly-after-lager-spillage sportsy feel. Real ales didn't excite, but I did still find a tick of the keg lager variety. Locals outside in the curiously-proportioned back terrace were middle-aged lager drinkers too, and the bants was fine, they knew some of our coming destinations quite well, so made us feel good about the plan for the coming 10 days. We'd only headed out here as we thought we could get one or two of the Albert Road bars after the Phoenix, but this was the better of the first two we came across, and we decided not to invest any more time in this direction, and just retreated to the glorious chaos of the Phoenix. Staff was fine, no issues, but not worth heading here specifically, there's more character west and south of here.“
FatPhil 351 days ago
64 /100
Phoenix (Bar)
13 DUNCAN ROAD
“Wonderful little place, more character than you could ever imagine fitting into the place. Two small rooms, full of knick-nacks and eclectic photos. I guess a Cambridge equivalent would be the Elm Tree, but the place does live music occsionally. When we arrived, we were happy to find a couple of real ale ticks, but out of the corner of our eye we spotted several bag-in-a-box scrumpies too. Staff were super friendly, and told us to just tuck into some free food in the other bar. My notebook says "meatballs and custard", and given the rest of the experience, I really wouldn't be surprised if that was real. To one side is a terrace, and beyond that is a pool room. The locals were a weird bohemian crowd, superbly friendly. Some of them weren't even particularly local any more, but it seems like a mecca that some people return to. We did - after we finished our crawl of the Southsee part of town, we came back here for a final cider of the evening. Staff didn't mind one of them just taking a nap on the floor, for example - drugs may have been involved...“
FatPhil 353 days ago
46 /100 18-20 FLORENCE ROAD
“Somewhat harshly lit interior, but pleasant in part because of the lack of music. Real ale selection uninspiring-to-almost non-existent (Doom Bar. It's one of the bigger pubcos.), but I did find a tick on keg. Our route took us past here on the way to The Phoenix, based on a 2010 recommendation of it for ciders, and to be honest, this didn't deliver anything particular special, so probably can be skipped unless you're a completist. Staff were fun and quirky though.“
FatPhil 356 days ago
62 /100 70 KING STREET
“Lovely victorian building. A touch shabby with the old wood, but that gives it character, similar to the Live & Let Live in Cambridge. Or perhaps a stretched out Devonshire Arms. Lots of music memorabilia, but no piped music. Lovely friendly staff, very helpful. Eclectic beer selection, a new brewery and cidery for us - two handpulls were cider. Worthy stop on a crawl down to Southsea - as it's just next door to the Eldon, skip that, and hit this instead.“
FatPhil 358 days ago
50 /100 11-17 ELDON STREET
“Lovely historical building, painted cast iron pillars holding up beams, with a real old-man's-pub feel to it. Unfortunately, don't be fooled by the "Eldridge Pope" framing the windows into thinking that you'll find some esoteric beers, it's pretty standard regional/national fare. Had 3 of the 6 handpulls on, but nothing new for me. 6 kegs were macro fizz. However, the staff were super friendly and chatty, very welcoming, as they delivered the news that the "Eldridge Pope" signs remain because it's historical architecture, nothing more. Not a ticker spot, for sure.“
FatPhil 358 days ago
42 /100 154 ALBERT ROAD
“Two cask ales and lots of fizzy stuff on keg. Street corner place with a L-shaped bar. Polite service. Well kept pub, but no longer a must-visit place when it comes to serious beer drinking. (Visited with Finn 23.10.2019).“
Rune 391 days ago
66 /100 112 PALMERSTONE ROAD
“Modern, medium-sized, four-sided, street corner place with two cask ales in the middle of 18 keg-lines. Good range of craft beers on cans and bottles. Approved by BrewDog, without being a BrewDog bar. Polite service. (Visited with Finn 23.10.2019).“
Rune 391 days ago
68 /100 51 SOUTHSEA TERRACE
“Not more than 20 minutes walk from Brewhouse & Kitchen in Portsmouth to this one, located in a residential area, not far from the seaside. Nice flower decorations at the entrance. Split in a drinking and eating section. Six of their own beers on keg and cask at our stay. We really appreciated the music in the back by Cream, Stones, early U2, Derek & the Dominos and Pattie Smith. Polite service. (Visited with Finn 23.10.2019).“
Rune 391 days ago
52 /100 154 ALBERT ROAD
“Only 2 cask pumps. Backstreet local.“
Finn 408 days ago
68 /100 112 PALMERSTONE ROAD
“Large spacy modern place with 2 on casks and a lot on keg.“
Finn 408 days ago
72 /100 51 SOUTHSEA TERRACE
“Inviting place with a large outdoor seating. Even good music!“
Finn 408 days ago
70 /100 63 LAWRENCE ROAD
“One of those pubs that seems to be few and far between - a busy oldschool locals pub but with a decent array of beer. Busy buzzing atmosphere. I stuck to the cask Hampshire ticks (6 casks) but the 'craft bottle shop' was well stocked. Also have 8 ciders during the summer. A place to spend an evening more than a specific ticking destination.“
BeardedAvenger 434 days ago
68 /100
Huis (Bar)
62 ELM GROVE, SOUTHSEA
“Long thin modern bar. A mixture of rebadged average Belgian beers and craft options on tap plus a wide range of bottles. A tad style over substance? A place to drop in if passing.“
BeardedAvenger 437 days ago
68 /100
Croxtons (Bar)
94-96 PALMERSTON ROAD
“This place manages to combine modern high street pub with real craft options. So can't complain. Wouldn't head here specifically but definitely a place to drop in.“
BeardedAvenger 437 days ago
68 /100 36 GREAT SOUTHSEA STREET
“Nice little place in Southsea, Portsmouth. Taps/casks were mainly Marble, Siren and Burning Sky, so good beers, but not many locals here. Otherwise typical English pub.“
saxo 508 days ago
70 /100 51 SOUTHSEA TERRACE
“Visited 15/7/2019. Very attractive B&K with a great setting, vibe and ambiance. Beer range was as wide as most. Service was good. Enjoyed this visit.“
Grumbo 508 days ago
70 /100 51 SOUTHSEA TERRACE
“Regular BK. Always a nice range of locally brewed beers. Music a bit too loud. Lots of people here on a Monday night.“
saxo 508 days ago
70 /100
Croxtons (Bar)
94-96 PALMERSTON ROAD
“Eight to ten beers on tap. Friendly service. The food was super“
Cheeseboard 689 days ago
78 /100 63 LAWRENCE ROAD
“Multi room community pub in Southsea. The place was rocking on Saturday evening, great atmosphere & friendly service. Decent selection of beer available with bottles & cans in the fridge.“
Cheeseboard 689 days ago
68 /100
Huis (Bar)
62 ELM GROVE, SOUTHSEA
“Long narrow Belgian bar with house beers from Deconinck amongst 6 or 7 on keg. Decent range of bottles in the fridges behind the bar and a cage to the side. Appropriate glassware is a plus“
Cheeseboard 690 days ago
82 /100 36 GREAT SOUTHSEA STREET
“Lovely, cosy, friendly community pub offering around ten beers on cask & keg plus real cider. We camped in the snug behind the bar. Nice mix of punters and friendly service behind the bar. Sampled beers from Elusive & Vibrant Forest. Recommended“
Cheeseboard 690 days ago
80 /100 63 LAWRENCE ROAD
“Corner pub with an L-shaped bar, serving one large seating area. Inside is a pool table, darts board and other games to make the Lawrence feel very much like a community pub. Beer selection is good, with Tiny Rebel, Thornbridge, Langham and others rotating on tap, and Verdant, Northern Monk, Weird Beard and more in bottles and cans. Bar staff are knowledgeable about the beers, and when it's not too busy are very happy to talk about them at length. Definitely one of the best Southsea pubs.“
FCox143 1036 days ago
66 /100 112 PALMERSTONE ROAD
“Overall a nice place with a decent selection of beer and the IPA fish and chips was quite decent.“
Leeale 1214 days ago
50 /100 SOUTHSEA CASTLE MUSEUM, CLARENCE ESPLANADE, SOUTHSEA
“A tiny microbrewery in a very nice location, other than that the fact you don’t have an option to sit and enjoy a beer there is kinda annoying and their beers are nothing special.“
Leeale 1218 days ago
80 /100 39 CASTLE ROAD
“Late afternoon visit on 14th March 2017. Sat in the rear, enclosed garden because it was sunny. Two roomed basic pub that specialises in cask ales. Public bar is very boring and tired, the lounge however (where the hand-pulls are) is lovely and a proper ’old school’ traditional English Pub lounge with a decent selection of chairs and tables to sit at. Liked the place immensely and managed to get four new rates before moving on.“
BlackHaddock 1358 days ago
70 /100 84-90 PALMERSTON ROAD
“Visited on 14th Match 2017: the most expensive Wetherspoons I have ever been in (£2:85 for every guest pint). Liked the place though, seemed plusher than most ’older Wetherspoons’ and less open plan than most also. Beer quality fine, staff pleasant and no ’old boys’ of the town drinking at the bar. Prices obviously keeping them away. Two new rates for me, so left happy. Fairly small bar area compared to most pubs in this chain: toilets were not miles away either, another rarity with Wetherspoons.“
BlackHaddock 1358 days ago
76 /100 SOUTHSEA CASTLE MUSEUM, CLARENCE ESPLANADE, SOUTHSEA
“A new brewery located within Southsea Castle. Beers are available on draught and in bottled form. Check the Facebook page for opening details but I believe it should be open most weekends.“
SaintMatty 1558 days ago
58 /100 39 CASTLE ROAD
“Nice pub with the beer garden in Southsea. I think 7 pumps of 5 should be rotating. One of the traditional pubs to visit in Southsea.“
TBone 1607 days ago
54 /100 84-90 PALMERSTON ROAD
“Typical large JDW bar with the 19th century feeling. Not far from Meat&Barrel. Leather sofas. Typical JDW selection of pumps with low prices. Certainly a place to check for new ticks. Beers were not same than in other JDW (IKB) I visited earlier same day,“
TBone 1616 days ago
66 /100 112 PALMERSTONE ROAD
“So far the most interesting place in Portsmouth. Modern industrial craft beer restaurant vibe with lots of younger customers (but older ones too). Good tap selection with around a half dozen on pump. A couple of their own beers from Franklin. Other UK brew micros + some international craft. Price was 3.95£ for cask ale. I didn’t eat. Service was friendly (orders from bar).“
TBone 1616 days ago
78 /100 112 PALMERSTONE ROAD
“Modern, open and with good styling throughout. Great selection of both bottled and on tap craft beers with a few local or ales included. Friendly staff which are happy to happy and interested in the range they offer. Minor points goes to the food which was alright, but nothing special and not worth the prices. If you want to do luxury hipster burgers then it has to meet the standard and at the time it hasn’t reached that standard. Although quite pricey it is a solid addition to Southsea and Portsmouth!“
HampshirePhil 2020 days ago
82 /100
Huis (Bar)
62 ELM GROVE, SOUTHSEA
“Despite being a rather narrow venue HUIS is a dramatic new addition to the growing craft beer scene in Portsmouth. Stylish in an urban brick exposed decor with a good long bar area. Beer selection on tap and bottled is of the highest Belgium quality with a few US, UK and other craft beers thrown in for good measure. A major plus is the proper glassware with appropriate brewery branding! Honestly one of the most modern and refreshing bars to open in Portsmouth!“
HampshirePhil 2020 days ago
78 /100 36 GREAT SOUTHSEA STREET
“Sweet little (being the main thing about it) side street real ale hive, with a friendly local atmosphere. Great mix of people, some ale fanatics, some playing chess, groups of friends and students etc. It’s taps are ever changing and dramatically increase during its regular beer festivals. The growing foreign and craft beer selection is a real draw and with really good pricing too! CAMRA Pompey branch home and all round nice place is one of the definitive stops on a Portsmouth visit. The beer store (cabinet) is a real treasure with some great and unusual bottles from around the UK and Europe.“
HampshirePhil 2465 days ago
72 /100 43-47 ALBERT ROAD, SOUTHSEA
“Expensive, but friendly and spacious pub, with a good range of Fuller’s beers, as well as some guests. Worth a visit if your other half is shopping and you can’t stand waiting outside changing rooms!“
SaintMatty 2728 days ago
86 /100 154 ALBERT ROAD
“A superb and rather spacious pub in a lively and vibrant area. 10 real ales are on cask, with a fantastic selection of bottled beers from micros such as Summer Wine and Partizan, and they even had a Swedish beer when I was there (Nils Oscar India Ale).“
SaintMatty 2728 days ago
68 /100 84-90 PALMERSTON ROAD
“A Lloyds Bar part of the Wetherspoon chain, but apart from the plush darker furniture, some of which is period style you would not be able to tell the difference between a regular Wetherspoon in reality. This one in the main shopping street area of what is essentially Portsmouth’s seaside area is extensive and open plan but with a couple of smaller defined areas if you prefer a quieter drink. The bar stocks the usual couple of rows of ale pumps and you can watch your food order being made if you sit in the back corner.“
ManVsBeer 2809 days ago
70 /100 154 ALBERT ROAD
“Pretty good pub, lots of friendly locals, and a few choice ales on tap. can’t remember anything more cos I was completely drunk. nice though.“
aphelion1979 3233 days ago
58 /100
Phoenix (Bar)
13 DUNCAN ROAD
“went to the Phoenix last night with a fellow beer drinker, and have to say firstly, the selection was a little disappointing. the place was very unusual, artefacts etc. the flame garden was nice, and the entertainment/ singing act was completely bizarre (but hilarious). we both came away a little underwhelmed, and actually much preferred both The Leopold Tavern and The Hole in the Wall.“
aphelion1979 3233 days ago
94 /100 154 ALBERT ROAD
“Good pub with an ever changing list of guest ales. Local brews from irving brewery, oakleaf and bowman. Interesting array of pumpclips. local camra pub of the year 2010 and 2011.“
wobbly3670 3281 days ago
82 /100 36 GREAT SOUTHSEA STREET
“A very nice little pub in the back streets of southsea. place is always busy, and can be a bit cramped at times. interestingly decorated (coasters on broom-handles??) in my opinion the atmosphere could be improved with some music (maybe not everyone’s taste). anyway, the beer selection is always impressive, and they do use a few local microbreweries too. they also stock some interesting belgians, lambics, krieks, rochefort etc. staff are also helpful. its a good place, recommended.“
aphelion1979 3288 days ago