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Where's the Cheapest Booze in Lilydale

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published February 1st 2020
Don't boo at these booze prices
There are three major liquor outlets in Lilydale.

The Olinda Creek Hotel drive through on Main Street. This is a BWS branded outlet.

drive in bottle shop
Definitely a drive-through.

Liquorland in the Lilydale Village Shopping Centre in Anderson Street.

Liquor shop
LiquorLand entrance.

BWS (Beer, Wine, Spirits) at Lilydale Marketplace in Hutchinson Street.

BWS shop
The BWS entrance.

Not wanting to compare apples to oranges, I selected six popular products so a direct comparison can be made.

They are a slab of Victoria Bitter (VB), A carton of Carlton Draught bottles, 700 ml. Johnny Walker Red Label, 700 ml. Smirnoff Vodka, 750 ml. Chandon Non-vintage Brut sparkling wine and a red, Wolf Blass red label shiraz.

Liquor shop
Take your pick.

Victoria Bitter a slab of 24 cans.

Olinda Creek Hotel. On special @ 2 slabs for $96-00 or a 1 @ $55-00
BWS Market place. On special @ 2 slabs for $96-00 or a 1 @ $55-00
Liquorland On special $51-00, normally $58-00

Vic bitter
Victoria Bitter.

Crown Lager.

Olinda Creek Hotel. Carton of 24. $59-00
BWS Market Place. Carton of 24. $55-00
Liquorland. Carton of 24. $55-00

crown lager
Crown Lager.

Johnny Walker Red Label 700 ml.

Olinda Creek Hotel. $39-00
BWS Market place. $39-00
Liquorland. $40-00

Johnny Walker
Johnny Walker Red Label.

Smirnoff Vodka 700 ml.

Olinda Creek Hotel. $39-00
BWS Market place. $39-00
Liquorland. $41-00

Smirnoff Vodka
Smirnoff Vodka.

Chandon non-vintage brut sparkling wine. 750 ml.

Olinda Creek Hotel. $31-00
BWS Market place. $31-00
Liquorland. On special $25-00. Normally $30-00

Chandon NV Brut
Chandon NV Brut.

Wolf Blass Red Label Shiraz.

Wolf Blass Shiraz
Wolf Blass Shiraz.

Olinda Creek Hotel. $7-00
BWS Market place. $7-00
LiquorLand. At the time of writing Wolf Blass Red Label Shiraz was not in stock. Shiraz Cabernet was (a sweeter blend) at $14-00.

Observations from this exercise showed that like supermarkets and petrol outlets there are price cycles that fluctuate. If you are not desperate for your favourite tipple, just wait a while and check out all three.

BWS is a franchise owned by Woolworths, so the prices at BWS outlets would coincide.

Liquorland is part of the Coles group of companies.

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When: Normal shopping hours
Where: Lilydale
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