Take the clique to the chalets at Customs House’s latest pop-up bar | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Take the clique to the chalets at Customs House’s latest pop-up bar

Baby, it’s cold outside (and we all know what that means) – the iconic igloos at Customs House are back, and bringing with them a celebration of Veuve Clicquot!

Pocket the aspirin and treat your inflamed senses (flu season, what can we say?) to the Aspen-style gorgeousness that is their Veuve Clicquot Chalet pop-up bar instead, which is set to deck out the venue’s riverside terrace in luxurious faux furs, plush cushions, and rows upon rows of bottomless champagne.

To be enjoyed with the crystal-clear riverside views will be a playful selection of cocktails and Veuve Clicquot drinks. The igloo chalets will be overflowing with traditional Veuve Clicquot champagne, crisp Vintage 2008, sparkling rosé, a frosty version of the Polish Mule, and our personal favourite; a delectable Clicquot Pear 75 cocktail made with Belvedere Pure vodka, pear juice, lemon juice, and Veuve Clicquot Brut.

To whet the appetite with more than champagne sips, look no further than this pop-up bar’s tasty menu. Keeping out the biting cold are heart-warming dishes like ocean trout toasties with crème fraiche, sour onion and fennel marmalade, and irresistible mushroom croquettes served with black garlic.

Also catching our eye is the fresh citrus-poached Moreton Bay Bug croissants with lime mayo and chips with parmesan and truffle oil,  which (rumour has it) you can pair with a delicious glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut for a cool $40.

Call it the snowball effect, but Veuve Clicquot Chalet’s have more than one delectable reason to keep the whole of Brisbane rolling in. To snow-cap this deluxe event in July, Customs House will also be hosting ‘Clicq-mas,’ a wondrous celebration giving ‘Christmas come early’ a whole new meaning.

Guests who visit during the month of July will be treated to an ultimate winter feasting menu featuring mini Yorkshire puddings, eggnog panna cotta with poached cherries, and seasoned grilled quail with cranberry and redcurrent relish. Those who come in groups of eight or more will also have a premium magnum of Veuve Clicquot Brut tossed in!

More than ready to break the ice and meet this winter wonderland?

Veuve Clicquot Chalet at Customs Houses launches on Friday, May 10 and will run Thursdays – Saturdays from 4pm until late.

Words by Jacqueline Pon
- the gourmand getting’ cliccy with it this winter season