Bitter Virtue

70 Cambridge Road
Southampton, Hampshire England SO14 6US
bottle shop  4.85/5.0 30 reviews
10.30 - 8.30 (Tue-Sat), 10.30 - 2 (Sun)

Mayor: ForlornHope (10) | Taps: 1 | Bottles: 900+
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Travlr  (3076) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79  (149) Radom, Poland | January 5, 2018
Alez fantastyczne miejsce, najlepszy chyba wybor butelkowych piw w Miescie Southampton. Moze i ciasno ale dojsc mozna niemal wszedzie, osobne zaplecze na wielki wybor piw Belgijskich i nawet tych bardziej prestizowych, ogrom craftu z UK, Schlenkerla z Frasnkonii, Celebrator od Ayingera, De Molen, Stone, Anchor, Siren, Evil Twin, sporo rodzajow Hitachino Nest and Many more. Nawet craft z Hiszpanii. Ceny sa OK, mila obsluga, Ksiazka najnowsza edycja "The English Pup Guide" no i kartonik na skraju lady z mnostwem roznych wafelkow. I nie tylko sa z lokalnych browarow al np podstawki rzemieslniczych ze Stanow. Obowiazkowy przystanek w tej miejscowosci dla fana piwnego craftu i nie tylko.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
jjsint  (670) Leicester, 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!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois  (1047) 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 !!!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
androman  (69) Maarssen, Netherlands | April 22, 2016
Visited on Friday afternoon on the way to Eden Project with my family. Quite small shop with great selection of beers from mostly Europe, USA and some others including Japan exclusive mass products and of course great UK selection including limited ones. Also two local casks on tap for take away. Prices are quite affortable. Nice couple (probably) runs the business, know what they are selling, very helpful and proud of the local breweries. I’ve found lots of new beers from my favorite breweries and some long time not seen ones which I’ve missed and gave it up to find them. For example Brewdog Abstrakt 8, which was a bit expensive and as I was a bit short of money I wanted to leave it there but at the end I’ve got it as a gift. Very nice gesture, many thanks!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
ShivanDragon  (100) Leeuwarden, Netherlands | July 19, 2016
Amazing shop which i never would have found but thanks to Ratebeer i did! The owners are very friendly, advised me on several beers. I was mainly interested in beers from the UK. Amazing selection. However the place was filled with beers from all over. Even some nice whales. Now i have to ’surprise’ my wife again when i make a detour and park my car in front of the door for a second beer run.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
CaskWarden99  (2) Southampton, England | November 7, 2016
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  • 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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk  (406) 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 .
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown  (174) , 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
SaintMatty  (353) 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.

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