Behind Every Small Business is a Family – Porters Liquor Northwood 40 years ….

Celebrating their 40th year in business, Porters Liquor Northwood is an iconic part of Sydney’s north shore and Lane Cove.

Starting out in 1980 David Leckie became well known in the community when he opened his store, Northwood Cellars, servicing the needs of locals in all things wine, beer and spirits. In fact – Northwood Cellars housed NSW’s FIRST legal liquor and grocery drive-through service, which unfortunately closed down due to large traffic queues and congestion!

David Leckie trying out some Tasmanian Wines

In 1994 he joined forces with like-minded independent retailers to make Porters come to life. Since then they have accumulated a loyal following due to their long-serving staff, knowledge and old-school style service. David’s son Ben has now taken over, continuing on the same traditions with a focus on party services, fine wine and delivery.

Community Supporters

The Leckie family have been long time supporters of many Lane Cove sporting clubs, schools and other community groups, and have been the official supplier for the bar tent at the annual Lane Cove Summer 7s competition down at Blackman Park.  Ben and his family are well known in the local community, with his two children attending Lane Cove Public School (where he once attended many years ago!).

Ben and the team have catered for many social and corporate events over the years and will continue to do so in the future (once the COVID19 restrictions are eased!), offering free glass hire, free delivery, and expert advice for any budget. They have a dedicated delivery van offering FREE delivery to the local surrounding areas – just call and place an order by 12 pm for same-day delivery between 2-5 pm.

Porter’s Northwood has also recently launched online ordering via , featuring a big range of their most popular beers, wines and spirits for “click and collect” or home delivery.

Drinking Choices

To celebrate 40 years in business – here are a few fun facts about Australia’s drinking choices from 1980:

  • In 1980, beer made up 64% of Australian alcohol consumption, this has now dropped to around 40% (on par with wine consumption).
  • Craft breweries started emerging in the 80s, however the big players were Fosters  Castlemaine XXXX (who can forget Alan Border’s famous cricket ads “I can feel a XXXX coming on”, and Paul Hogan promoting Fosters  as the “amber nectar” to UK audiences –  Some of his iconic TV ads here:
  • By the early 1980s, Australia was 18th in the table of wine exporters; by the early 1990s it was 6th.
  • The popularity of Lindemans Ben Ean Moselle in the 70s started to wain in the 1980s as drinkers were looking for more sophisticated wines to celebrate social status (although cask wine and Lambrusco did manage to hang around for a while!).
  • Ordering spirits at a bar in the 80s, you’d most likely be shouting a round of B52s shots or a classy blue lagoon cocktail (inspired by the 1980s film of the same name starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins), containing Blue Curacao with an orange slice and paper umbrella (given named after the popular 1980s film!)


Porter’s Liquor Northwood – Happy 40th Anniversary!

Contact Details

Address: 1 Northwood Rd, Northwood (opposite The Diddy)
Opening Hours: 9.30 am – 8 pm Monday to Saturday, 10 am – 8p m Sunday
Phone: (02) 9427 1337 for Grab and go, home delivery or party services
Order Online:


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