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.
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 !!!
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.
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 don’t see in London or beers that don’t 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.
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!
cgarvieuk (405) 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 .
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.
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.
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.