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Year-End Office Party Venues in Cape Town and Surrounds
Cap off the working year with a well-earned celebration
Last Update: 15 June 2017
Shut down your laptop, shake off the office shackles and escape for a well-deserved end of year company celebration. Whether you decide to play it safe and opt for a delicious dining experience at a top-notch restaurant or wine farm, or throw caution to the wind and put your colleagues to the test with a fun team building experience, Cape Town has an exciting range of venues and activities on offer sure to suit any office party size and budget.
YEAR END FUNCTION ACTIVITIES IN CAPE TOWN
Grand Africa Café & Beach
This seaside destination in Granger Bay has the potential to sweep you away to a distant tropical world, so it’s an ideal spot to unwind and celebrate after a long, tough work year. Companies can book out anything from a single table on the sand to the entire venue (maximum capacity 1050), depending on their size, and there are a number of options in between. The recently renovated haunt is now home to five bars (one dedicated to cocktails and sparkling wine), an exclusive section with daybeds and a DJ booth, a private beach, an expansive wooden deck and a lofty inside area that marries oceanfront calm with European glamour. An events manager can organise all the details of larger functions, and a number of set menus are available (the Grand Africa Cafe & Beach serves sushi, wood-fired pizza, salads, seafood, burgers and steaks). Do bear in mind that if there are more than 150 employees attending, the whole venue must be booked. It’s also advisable to arrange communal transport for big groups as parking is limited. The good news, though, is that even though the Grand Beach feels like an island far away, it’s well situated near the CBD.
Granger Bay Road | Granger Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 425 0551
Battlefield Live Laser Tag
This military simulation game is the perfect way to banish the year’s accumulated work stress, and it has the unique appeal of being a team-building to-do that doesn’t look or feel like one. The adrenalin-raising activity employs the use of state-of-the-art infrared weaponry, war paint and daring martial strategies to make sure employees get the blood pumping and forget about deadlines, meetings and that pesky co-worker. The organisers will guide the company through a number of different military scenarios, and regardless of whether staff members are timid or loud-and-proud, we guarantee everyone will have some fully loaded fun. Visitors can choose to go head-to-head in one of three different settings, all of which come with their fair share of scenic beauty, and certain packages include a full halaal spit braai. More specifically, companies can enjoy a full day of Battlefield Live laser tag and spit braai at either the Winery Road Forest in Stellenbosch or the Freedom Hill between Franschhoek and Paarl at a cost of R795p/p, which is inclusive of the venue hire, catering – select from various menus and 2-hours of Battlefield Live activity (a minimum number of 35 people is required for the spit braai). In addition, companies can play a two-hour round at the Wynberg Park costs R395p/p, where no minimum number is required, but there is a maximum of 250 participants allowed (no spit braai option available). Prices include all the necessary get-up and guns.
Bookings can be made online at www.battlefieldlive.co.za or by contacting Renar Wheeler via email@example.com or +27 (0) 84 364 9979.
Located close to many offices in the business hub of Century City, this upmarket American-style smokehouse opens its doors to all kinds of year-end functions. The large venue, which is all polished wood, raw concrete and chequered tiles, can accommodate between two and 200 people across its various connected zones (there’s also a semi-private side room for up to 45 people). Knife offers snack platters and set menus for larger groups, and the latter includes the restaurant’s famous home-smoked baby back ribs. If your company visits between 5pm and 7pm any day of the week, you can also benefit from reduced prices on cocktails, house spirits and Jack Black lager. As the staff at Knife don’t like the word ‘no’, they’ll go out of their way to tailor-make the function to suit specific requests, and will also make arrangements for halaal guests. While the restaurant does not charge a venue hire fee, it does specify a minimum spend.
Crystal Towers | Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road | Century City | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 551 5000
After a year of hard work and pressing deadlines the last thing you’d want is to be locked in a room with your co-workers for an hour. But HintHunt promises 60 minutes of fun when you play one their live action escape games. With four dynamic options to choose from (John Monroe’s Office, Zen Room, Torpedo or Deep Down), teams will be treated to a fast-paced, pulse-raising series of riddles, brain-teasers and conundrums that you must decode to free yourselves from the room you’ve been placed in, before the clock hits zero. Not convinced yet? Imagine seeing the office wallflower transform into team leader during this interactive, bonding excursion. This engaging and thought-provoking game facilitates teamwork and encourages communication as participants work against the clock to emerge victorious. HintHunt has six rooms available (accommodating three to six people each) which is ideal for an office group. HintHunt also boasts a large business lounge and bar area (accommodating 100 people) where you can enjoy post-game drinks and bask in your victory glow. Free Wi-fi, a HD projector and screen comes included, as well as on-site catering opportunities. Contact HintHunt directly to find out more about its additional year-end office function options and prices.
A302 – 304 The Old Biscuit Mill | 373-375 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | www.hinthunt.co.za | +27 (0) 21 448 9864
Wine and Dine at the Two Oceans Aquarium
If you’re looking for a unique venue to make your year-end shindig one that guests won’t likely forget, consider tucking into lunch, breakfast or dinner and clinking cocktails surrounded by the magical creatures of the Two Oceans Aquarium. It goes without saying that the weird and wonderful sea animals make the perfect ice-breaker, and, what’s more, the aquatic entertainment world also boasts a number of different themed function venues suitable for both small (10 guests) and large (500 guests) events. The folks at Two Oceans offer a variety of party packages, which can include catering, evening tours, bar staff and even recommendations for trusted entertainers, so all you have to worry about is what your budget will allow. To quote one famous crab, “Darling, it’s better down where it’s wetter!”
Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 814 4547
The Piano Bar
This intimate De Waterkant haunt, which marries a musical revue joint, a bar and a restaurant, is well known as a festive venue for parties. Those wanting to celebrate the end of the work year here can opt to book out the entire venue (it can accommodate around 60 people seated or between 100 and 120 standing) or reserve just one corner or section. There’s the bar area, a music room and an open rooftop lounge, with the latter being ideal for small groups of between 15 and 25 people when the weather is good. Solo artists and bands perform live music every night of the week (you can expect anything from jazz to folk), which always helps to pick up the tempo of a party. Worker bees can tuck into an assortment of tapas and sip on fresh, experimental cocktails. There’s a canape menu available for larger groups, and the chef is also willing to custom-make fare for special occasions. The venue has a projector and PA system for slide shows and speeches, and as the staff are committed to being as accommodating as possible, they’ll do their best to organise everything they can to ensure a memorable year-end function.
47 Napier Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 418 1096
Party Boat Cruises
Pack your precious cargo into a sturdy cooler box and raise the anchor to set out on a corporate sunset sail (or booze cruise if you prefer a more apt term). Bond with your fellow workers over a couple of much-anticipated cold ones as your year end function takes to the waters aboard an open party boat. If you don’t have a dinghy, dory or dazzling yacht of your own, various companies in Cape Town (such as the Waterfront Boat Company and the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat) have watercrafts for you to hire or hop on, with options that range from small, luxurious yachts for more intimate parties to an authentic, fully-kitted-out pirate ship (it can carry up to 75 passengers) for a spot of themed fun. Most of the cruises set off regularly from the V&A Waterfront.
Waterfront Boat Company | +27 (0) 21 418 5806; Jolly Roger Pirate Boat | +27 (0) 21 421 0909
Atlantic Steam Train
Let off some pent-up steam from a tough working year and climb aboard the Atlantic Rail steam train for a unique office party day trip. Owing to the Simon’s Town line remaining closed until further notice, the Atlantic Steam Train routes have now changed to trips on the lines of the Cape Winelands. Setting off on select dates each month (see their website for the full schedule), the train sets steam from Cape Town to the Vredenheim Wine Estate, Spier Wine Estate or Stellenbosch. The roundabout trip is roughly a 6 – 7-hour train ride. In order to suit everyone’s pocket, the Atlantic Steam Train offers trips to Stellenbosch at the normal rate of R300 per an adult (R350 in high season) where passengers will have the opportunity to explore the little student town with its quaint shops and historic buildings for approximately 3-hours before returning home. Note your ticket fare only includes your return journey to Stellenbosch. Passengers are welcome to bring their own snacks and picnics and the train does have a cash bar on board. The second option is slightly more expensive and includes visiting the Berg Kelder (Distell) wine museum, cellars and shop for R410 per adult, which includes a tasting session with five different wines. Booking is essential: firstname.lastname@example.org
Atlantic Rail | www.atlanticrail.co.za | +27 (0) 21 556 1012
Twilight Team Run
Trade in your ties for headbands or your heels for luminous sneakers and dress for success at the annual 5-km Twilight Team Run. Each year, flocks of spirited team runners and company competitors take to the streets of the Mother City to support a worthy cause (the run is held in aid of the Community Chest of the Western Cape, an organisation that aims to empower and support vulnerable communities). Now in its 33rd year, the Twilight Team Run is usually always hosted on the first Tuesday of December. Popular as an exhilarating, energetic alternative to the sometimes-dowdy end of year function, this fun run invites colleagues to dress alike and build team spirit in groups of four to six as they race or ramble to the finish line. Afterwards, corporates are encouraged to rent a hospitality site at the after party and treat their staff to hard-earned entertainment such as an erected company gazebo or gas braai (barbeque).
The Community Chest | www.comchest.org.za | +27 (0) 21 424 3344
NAC Helicopter Cape Tour
Backed by the National Airways Corporation (the first commercial aviation company in South Africa), NAC Helicopter Cape Tour is one of the oldest and most seasoned heli-operators. Flying from a base at the centrally located V&A Waterfront, NAC offers chartered and private helicopter tours of Cape Town. As far as NAC’s packages go, the helicopter market-leader offers a variety of standard tours, from short, 12-minute flips to hour-long journeys so there is definitely something to suit any office party size (although the helicopters usually only seat between 2 – 6 people at a time – depending on weight distribution) and budget. Passengers can choose amongst the Hopper Tour, Atlantico Tour, Three Bays Tour and the Cape Point Tour or alternatively, NAC Helicopters also offers tailored destination flights where passengers have the opportunity to choose a destination of their choice. Here you’ll find more details on several of the company’s most popular excursions.
V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 425 3868 | email@example.com
Celebrate the end of 2016 in style with Benguela’s decadent year-end functions. Spoil your staff this year with a sophisticated meal along the Garden Route at the Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant at Lakeside Lodge & Spa in Sedgefield. Chef Kelly-Anne Pietersen is preparing a mouth-watering three-course feast for only R350p/p. If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, opt for the festive celebrations at Benguela on Main in Somerset West. Chef Jean Delport will be offering a six-course tasting menu priced at R720p/p and R1050p/p paired with wine. The chef has also prepared a divine three-course meal for only R400p/p, with delicious dishes from their brand new menu.
3 Lakeside Drive | Swartvlei | +27 (0)44 343 1844
Corner of Main Road and Coronation Avenue | Somerset West | +27 (0)87 357 0637
Cape Town Zipline Tour – SA Forest Adventures
SA Forest Adventures Zipline Tour is one of Africa’s longest (totaling approximately 2,3 km) and highest (155m from the canyon floor) zipline tours and lucky for us, it is based right here in our pretty city! Not only is Cape Town Ziplines an awesome and different way to end of the work-year, but it is also bound to make you and your company A LOT closer as you zip across seven lines – the longest cable is approximately 500m length and the highest platform is situated 155m above the canyon floor. The total duration of the tour is approximately one and half to two hours and an average fitness is required as participants will not only be able to have an incredible bird’s eye view of our beautiful cityscape, but will also be required to walk across the mountain range taking in the magnificent scenery and Cape Floral kingdom. Accessible from all major transport routes, the privately owned property of Silvermist Estate has a number of additional facilities on offer, including a restaurant and conference venues. They cater for groups and individual bookings, where groups of 8 and below can book online, whereas groups of 9 or more are asked to email requests. In addition to zip lining, SA Forest Adventures is also offering a host of other activities (minimum of 10 people required) including Clay Sculpting, Potjies Competitions and Amazing Races so be sure to contact them for more information regarding the different activities and packages.
Silvermist Mountain Lodge and Wine Estate | Constantia | Cape Town | +27 (0)83 517 3635 | firstname.lastname@example.org
YEAR END FUNCTIONS AT CAPE TOWN WINE FARMS
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards
Situated in the heart of the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard is a superb and suitable venue for a variety of functions, including your year-end office party. The wine estate offers six function areas (some spaces can be interlinked), as well as a variety of activities including cooking classes, demonstration classes and food and wine pairings. If wine tasting is what you are after, then be sure to book The Private Tasting Room (up to 20 guests), which is designed for a more formal and educational wine-tasting, or if your party is a little larger, The Tasting Room, which can accommodate between 28 and 44 guests. For smaller groups of up to 16 people, The Boardroom is ideal and upon request can host corporate vino tastings. Groups over 50 can book out the beautiful Veranda area, which can accommodate up to 100 guests and is the perfect space for reminiscing over the past year while enjoying good food and wine. In addition, Leopard’s Leap also hosts a variety of hands-on or demonstration cooking classes, a nice add-on to the scenic winery. Groups of up to 22 guests can occupy The Kitchen for hands-on cooking classes, whereas larger groups can take their seats in The Culinary Area (up to 58 guests), which lends itself perfectly to cooking demonstrations. Venue fees vary depending on the area and size of groups as well as activity. To top it off, Leopard’s Leap has an extensive menu option on offer for all function venues and events.
NOTE: Reservations for cooking classes are essential and transport options can be made available at an extra cost.
Main Road | Franschhoek Valley | www.leopardsleap.co.za | +27 (0) 21 876 8002
Avontuur Wine Estate
Located on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, just off the R44 highway approximately 40min from the CBD, lies the beautiful and majestic Avontuur Wine Estate. With its welcoming attitude and approximately 100 horses grazing on the grounds, this tranquil top-notch wine estate is an absolute must-visit Winelands destination and a fantastic year-end office function venue. There is a wide range of fun and informative events, not to mention some awesome gifts, mementos and souvenirs available to suit every office profile and budget. Options range from an hour long guided walks on the farm where you can learn more about vineyards, wine and race horses to specialised wine tastings (either with or without a vino tutor) and food pairings like nougat and wine, biltong and wine and ice cream and wine. Parties can also book group tables for Avontuur’s monthly live music evenings on the first Friday of every month and celebrate a successful business year with bubbles and yummy gourmet pizzas. Not to mention, groups can also book a wine-blending session with Avontuur’s esteemed winemaker in the cellar. All the activities can be combined with breakfast, lunch or dinner in the Avontuur Estate restaurant. Groups from 10 to 60 can be provided for. If you want to find out more information about any of the above-mentioned options, or wish to create your perfect year-end event, it is best to contact the estate directly (speak to Ella or Kayla) at email@example.com or +27 (0) 21 855 3450. Booking is essential and dates depend of availability of the relevant Avontuur staff.
R44 | Between Stellenbosch and Somerset West | www.avontuurestate.co.za
Dornier Wine Estate
Positioned in the upper Blaauwklippen Valley (approximately 45 minutes from the CBD), the Dornier Wine Estate sits pretty amidst the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains making this a picturesque location for your year-end office function. The Stellenbosch winery offers multiple venues as well as menu options and serving styles to suit your company’s exact requirements. Large groups can book out the Dornier Homestead for a seated meal (maximum 90) or cocktail-style event (200). The Homestead also includes several outdoor areas and six comfortable double bedrooms, as well as its own modern kitchen run by the Dornier Bodega restaurant team. The Dornier Bodega restaurant can cater for groups of between 10 and 90 people in its dining room and wine lounge area and up to 150 people on the covered patio. Numbers can be higher if the adjacent lawn is included. The Dornier Wine Cellar also has three available venues: the Private Tasting Room, Brag Room and Courtyard. It is best to contact Dornier Wine Estate directly to discuss their different venue areas.
Blaauwklippen Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 880 0557 | firstname.lastname@example.org
YEAR END FUNCTIONS AT CAPE TOWN RESTAURANTS
Headquarters - HQ
Hailed as the best steakhouse in the Mother City, Headquarters (HQ) has a variety of offerings to suit any business size and budget (they can even tailor-make packages to suit your company's every need should you request). This European-styled eatery has a glowing reputation because of its commitment to serving up flavourful food, and the establishment exudes an effortless elegance. You will be treating your team to an unrivalled dining experience at this brasserie. The entire venue can be booked out for up to 150 people (seated) for lunch or dinner, or groups of up to 90 people (seated) can separately book out the main dining area. The mezzanine level, which includes an exclusive bar and entrance, can also be separately booked for groups of up to 60 people for a seated dinner, or up to 100 people for a canapé and cocktail style function. The whimsical courtyard would lend itself perfectly to an alfresco affair, and can accommodate up to 30 (seated) for a lunch or early evening event. What’s more, should your company be a little bigger, the entire venue can be booked for a cocktail and canapé style event and can accommodate up to 350 people.
100 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 6373
The Backyard Grill Lounge
Shisa nyama Mzansi-style at this lekker local haunt, where colleagues come together over a good old-fashioned braai. Renowned for its family ambience, laid-back vibes, superlative craft beer selection, and, of course, its top-notch tong skills, this is one spot where you can be sure of being well fed and having a great night out. Forego the traditional, boring office party and gather around a fire in true South African style. After all, nothing brings people together like sizzling meat, cold brews, and excellent sides. The Backyard is the ideal function venue, with multiple areas that can be cordoned off or opened up to accommodate varying numbers of guests. Gather the work tribe, and celebrate a year of success with succulent meats individually selected from the impressive counter display. Vegetarian options are available, as well as halaal choices when requested in advance.
72 Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 433 1296
Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore
Companies can hire out the glorious 11th-floor Harald’s Bar & Terrace for their end-year cocktail party. This business-centric CBD hotel is the perfect place to celebrate the end of 2017 on a (physical) high. Sip to the success of the year while enjoying an exclusive view of the Mother City. At the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore, companies have the option to either hire out entire rooftop bar for groups of 30 – 100 people or book a table for 10 – 30 people (for parties no more than 30 the venue does not need to be hired out exclusively). From the menu, guests can choose from a host of hot and cold canapés as well as desserts for a minimum of R195 per person.
NOTE: events at Harald’s Bar & Terrace are weather dependent
29 Heerengracht Street | CBD | email@example.com | +27 (0) 21 427 4800
What could be a better way to end the work-year off but to celebrate with the leading hotel group in Africa, Protea Hotels? The group comprises two brands, the Protea Hotels and the superior deluxe African Pride Hotels where each brand is offering some awesome year-end packages. Join African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa and their Sushi Making Experience where groups of 6 – 12 people will have the yummy opportunity to learn how to make traditional sushi with one of their top international chefs from R310 per person. The price includes a signature Crystal Mojito and a sushi platter for one – made by yours truly. If this is all a bit too fishy for your liking, then perhaps a Milkshake Making Experience or Build Your Own Burger with Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! is just up your alley. Groups of 10 – 15 people can create their own unique milkshakes or start from scratch and create their own burger (your food items might even make it onto the hotel’s notorious specials menu if they that good!). The hotel’s pool deck is the perfect scene for these foodie experiences and their Bar and Restaurant area is an optional venue depending on your group’s size.
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! | New Church Street | Tamboerskloof | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 4882555
African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa | Corner Century Boulevard & Rialto Road | Century City | +27 (0) 21 525 3888
Hilton Cape Town City Centre
End your year off with a fantastic staff party at the Hilton Cape Town City Centre, a stylish hotel located in the heart of the city. Invite your staff to a sophisticated soirée where they will be treated to divine canapés and desserts while they mingle and dance. If you’re looking for something a little bigger, opt for the sit-down dinner with a five-station buffet that includes cold dishes, a bakers basket, a carvery, an assortment of warm meals and a variety of desserts. Guests will receive a welcome drink and chilled face towel to start off the night before making their way to the irresistible feast. Dance the night away to your favourite festive music in the Hilton’s wonderful conference venue.
COST: The canapé menu is priced at R275p/p for adults and R137.50p/p for children while the buffet dinner is R445p/p for adults and R222.50 for children. For more information, call +27 (0)21 481 3700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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