Christmas seems to approach faster every single year, with 2023 well over halfway over. 2023 has been a year remarkable in its normalcy. No lockdowns, and a world settling back to a new normal.
So, what better way to celebrate and count down to Christmas with a boozy advent calendar? If you’re into spirits, beer or wine, we’ve got some great recommendations for you.
- Whisky Loot – Gin, Whisky & Mixed Spirit Calendars
- Good Pair Days – 12 Days of Wine
- Beer Cartel – 25 Days of Beer
- The Beer Drop – Craft Beer Advent Calendar
- Master of Malt – Boozy Advent Calendars
- Kent Street Cellars – 24 Days of Rum
- Happs – Boutique Wine Advent Calendar
If you’re in the festive spirit but are too late to order an alcoholic advent calendar, you might want to try de-stressing Christmas meals with the best Christmas dinner kits in Australia.
What’s a Boozy Advent Calendar?
We’re all familiar with advent calendars, celebrating the Advent period as we all reflect in the lead up to Christmas. 25 days of windows to open and find a small treat inside.
Most advent calendars are filled with the same old disappointingly tiny chocolate pieces that get boring after a few days. This means a lot of adults don’t even bother with the tradition of advent calendars anymore.
Well, that all changes with an alcohol-filled advent calendar. Celebrate in style by opening up a new bottle of wine, beer or spirits each day and really get yourself into the holiday spirit.
There’s really nothing like preparing for the summer Christmas holidays by sipping your way through an alcoholic journey and bringing the joy back to the advent calendar tradition.
Adults only. Obviously!
Liquor Loot – Gin & Whisky Calendars
Type: Gin / Whisky / Spirit Advent Calendars
Liquor Loot have gone BIG with their boozy selection in 2023. Announced in July, their extremely popular Whisky advent calendars are now matched with Gin advent calendars and even a special mixed calendar. Forget having “just 12 days” of celebrations, there are a whopping 24 tasting bottles in each calendar.
Each day gets you a 30ml taster in a premium glass bottles (great for reusing!) and promises no repeat spirits. That means you can try 24 different varieties of whisky and/or gin and/or spirits over the course of one exceptional month.
Let’s start with their Whisky calendars:
- Australian Whisky Advent Calendar – $369
- Global Whisky Advent Calendar – $349
- Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar – $499
- Single Malt Whisky Advent Calendar – $549
- Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar– $999
Then you have two amazing Gin & Tonic calendars:
- Australian Gin & Tonic Advent Calendar – $339 – Also available without tonic
- Global Gin & Tonic Advent Calendar – $369 – Also available without tonic
Last (but certainly not least), two mixed spirits calendars including a range of Gin, Rum, Whisky, Vodka and various other liqueurs:
- Australian Spirits & Mixers Advent Calendar – $369 – Also available without mixers
- Global Spirits & Mixers Advent Calendar – $399 – Also available without mixers
These come in absolutely stunning boxes and give you 24 days of exciting surprises. Can’t wait for christmas? Check out our Whisky Loot review or Gin Loot review for their regular discovery boxes (or the best gin subscriptions all year round).
Good Pair Days – 12 Days of Wine Advent Calendar
Type: Wine Advent Calendar
I don’t hold back in my review of Good Pair Days, they are definitely my favourite wine subscription service here in Australia. They’re fun, quirky, have fantastic recommendations and have a great selection of different wines. I don’t get my wines from anywhere else.
Every year, they bring out their famous boozy advent calendar that brings you 12 full-sized bottles of wine. Alright, so it’s not quite a 25-day advent calendar but who drinks 25 bottles of wine in a month anyway? 12 is more than enough to make sure you’re happily sipping your way into the festive period.
Their premium wine selection comes in at 3 cost tiers:
- Classic – $295
- Fancy – $495
- Extra Fancy– $895
I’m not saying $895 is expensive for 12 bottles of wine… but I’ll personally be sticking with the Classic box. My only advice is to be quick, Good Pair Days always sell out of their wine advent calendar within a few weeks of launching in October.
Beer Cartel – Australian Beer Advent Calendar
Type: Craft Beer Advent Calendar
If wine and spirits aren’t your thing, Australia has a fantastic micro-brewing scene that results in the creation of amazing advent calendars like this one from Beer Cartel. They exclusively work with Australian breweries to fill their advent calendar with 25 different craft beers.
You’re guaranteed to receive a wide range of styles from unique IPA’s and Stouts through to Fruity Sours. In fact, last year’s box saw them deliver 23 different styles of beer. Breweries involved include places like Mountain Culture, Akasha, Deeds Brewing so you know you’ll be getting a quality experience.
The added benefit of receiving 25 different beers is that you even get one on Christmas Day, where most other calendars have finished on December 24th.
This years advent calendar costs $169.99, making it $6.80 a can. Shipping is an additional $10 – $20 a can depending on where you live.
The Beer Drop – Craft Beer Advent Calendar
Expected On Sale in September
Type: Beer Advent Calendar
Of course, it’s not just wine and spirits where you can enjoy an exciting new tipple every day during Christmas. I already love The Beer Drop for their commitment to independent craft breweries here in Australia, offering some incredible cases throughout the year.
This year, they’ve stepped up to the plate with 2 choices of craft beer advent calendar containing 24 different craft beers. You even get a daily video sent to you each day introducing the beer from the brewery themselves.
I snuck a peek at some of the breweries that have supplied this advent calendar and let me tell you, I’m so excited! Some of my favourite breweries are involved and this is bound to make December the best month of the year.
Master of Malt – Boozy Advent Selection
Expected On Sale In September
Type: Spirit Advent Calendars
With the best variety and selection available in Australia, you’ll definitely find an advent calendar you want with Master of Malt. There are a wide selection of Whisky and Gin calendars, as well as the more quirky Rum and Vodka calendars with 24 different drams available to brighten up your festive season.
The only downside is that these are all shipped in from outside Australia, so you’ll need to pay delivery and import taxes on your purchase. Even with this charge, you can still find good value. Here are some sample base prices:
- Whisky Explorer Advent Calendar (24x30ml) – $214.34
- Premium Gin Advent Calendar (24x30ml) – $142.87
- Vodka Explorer Advent Calendar (24x30ml) – $142.87
- Rum Advent Calendar (24x30ml) – $214.34
On average, shipping and taxes will cost you $45. It sounds a lot, but the comparatively low advent calendar price still keeps the total cost very reasonable.
Kent Street Cellars – 24 Days of Rum
Expected On Sale In October
Type: Rum Advent Calendar
A fantastic, independent bottle shop, Kent Street Cellars are based in NSW and deliver across Australia. This year, they’re offering a special run-based advent calendar including 24 drams of rum (20ml) from the Dominican Republic.
Arriving in a stunningly presented box, this is the perfect advent treat for anyone who enjoys a taste of the Caribbean. The box costs $199 with the option to get it gift-wrapped as well.
Happs – Festive Wine Advent Calendar
Type: Wine Advent Calendar
Happs is a highly regarded winery in the stunning Margaret River area of WA, 3 hours drive south of Perth. That makes it quite a trek to travel there for most Australians, so it’s pretty handy they’re producing a limited quantity of advent calendars with free shipping across Australia.
Each advent calendar comes with 12 x 750ml bottles including red, white, rose, and sweet wines.
Priced at $260, the Happs advent calendar provides a good value way of experiencing a range of Happs wines. whilst they don’t reveal exactly which bottles are in the calendar, they grow wines in an area famous for Cabernet and Chardonnay grapes.
If you’re looking for an advent calendar with full bottle from a small boutique producer, this is a fantastic option.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I order my 2023 boozy advent calendar?
Most calendars are made available from late September to mid October. You’ll generally be able to sign up to be notified when they come available, as a lot of these advent calendars sell out very quickly (especially Good Pair Days).
How are alcohol advent calendars delivered?
Most advent calendars will come with free delivery when shipped from within Australia. You will need to be available for delivery as the courier may ask for proof of ID and there’s no way they can push it through your letterbox!
What should I do if all the advent calendars are out of stock?
Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a boozy advent calendar in November/December, it’s likely a lot of them will be out-of-stock. If that’s the case, then I highly recommend creating your own advent calendar! Easiest with wine and beer, ask a friend to pick out 12 different products and store them hidden in a wine rack/beer carrier covered with a number for each day. It’s such a fun activity to do as a couple as well.