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In the Snow at Customs House

Spend winter sipping champagne and eating Moreton Bay bug croissants in igloos by the river.
By Sarah Ward
May 10, 2022
By Sarah Ward
May 10, 2022

It never gets all that cold in Brisbane. It doesn't snow, for instance. But it's still fun to pretend it's frostier than it is. One way to do exactly that: In the Snow at Customs House, which sets up igloos and wintry decor by the river each year.

It's the Queen Street venue's regular seasonal makeover when the mercury drops, and it comes complete with see-through domes for you and your mates to hang out in — while peering at the river and knocking back a range of Veuve Clicquot tipples. Or, if you'd prefer cocktails for your chalet-style waterside hangs, the Berries and Bubbles pairs raspberries, lemon juice, Belvedere Pure and Veuve Clicquot Brut, while the Hennessy Old Fashioned goes for Angostura bitters, sugar and an orange twist. Espresso martinis and martinis are also on offer.

Open Thursday–Sundays weekly from Friday, May 13 until the end of winter — operating from 4pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays — the pop-up is also serving up a selection of bites to line your stomach. Start with up to four cheeses with truffle honey, or the baked whole brie. There's also oysters, rabbit rillettes, crumbed cauliflower and mac 'n' cheese croquettes. Or, there's the always-popular Moreton Bay bug croissant, too, which you can also pair with truffle fries.

Just rocking up, walking in and enjoying the Aspen-inspired vibes is more than welcome, but you can also book igloos for between six and ten people — with a minimum spend of $80 per person.

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