Bitter Virtue

70 Cambridge Road
Southampton, Hampshire England SO14 6US
bottle shop  4.75/5.0 27 reviews
10.30 - 8.30 (Tue-Sat), 10.30 - 2 (Sun)

Mayor: ForlornHope (14) | Taps: 1 | Bottles: 900+
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Beers At Bitter Virtue

NameABVEntered
Anchor Porter5.6%1/22/2017
Dancing Man Immaculate Conception6.3%1/7/2017
Rogue Mocha Porter5.1%12/29/2016
Red Cat Imperial 158.5%12/10/2016
Vibrant Forest Black Oktober9%12/10/2016
Vibrant Forest Umbral Abyss8.8%12/10/2016
Bowman Meon Valley Bitter3.9%12/5/2016
Red Cat Kairos4.4%12/5/2016
Vibrant Forest Pale Ale Summit5%11/28/2016
Vibrant Forest Pale Ale Simcoe5%11/28/2016
Struise St. Amatus - Oostvleteren 1210.5%9/30/2016
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 L’Eroica Britannia4.3%8/11/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 - White IPA Comet6.5%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 Crème Brûlée5.9%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
Primátor Stout4.8%2/25/2016
Baronka Premium Svetlý Ležák5.3%2/25/2016
To Øl 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


94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Travlr  (2637) 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  (90) 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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
jjsint  (508) Cambridge, 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!
96
  • 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.
96
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
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 that’s insignificant.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
berkshirejohn  (223) Bracknell, England | January 16, 2013
A pretty good selection for a backstreet corner shop! Well worth seeking out.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jackl  (697) 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.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois  (1021) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, 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 !!!
98
  • 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.
88
  • 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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
aphelion1979  (7) , England | November 20, 2011
a very interesting shop, with a nice selection of glassware, and beers/ciders from around the globe. many more beers than on their website, particularly belgian/lambic etc. also quite a few brewdog, goose island, chimay, rochefort and st. bernardus. owner was extremely helpful, overall excellent.

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