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In the Snow at Customs House 2023

Spend another winter sipping champagne and eating Moreton Bay bug croissants in igloos by the river.
By Sarah Ward
May 05, 2023
By Sarah Ward
May 05, 2023

It never gets all that cold in Brisbane. It doesn't snow, for instance. Still, it's fun to pretend that 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 getting cosy under faux-fur blankets, 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, citrus, Belvedere Pure and Veuve Clicquot Brut. There's also the Whiskey Business, as made on Woodford Reserve with chilli, citrus and bitters, plus espresso martinis.

Open Thursday–Sundays weekly from Thursday, May 18 until September — 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 three cheeses with truffle honey, or the baked whole brie. Your tastebuds can enjoy oysters, duck terrine, pumpkin provolone arancini as well, and wagyu beef tartare and mac 'n' cheese croquettes.

There's the always-popular Moreton Bay bug croissant, too — it wouldn't be a Custom's House igloo pop-up without it — which you can also pair with truffle fries.

Just rocking up, walking in and enjoying the Aspen-inspired vibes is more than welcome. Gathering the gang? You can also book igloos for between six and 11 people — with a minimum spend of $80 per person.

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