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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: 20 November 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.
COMPANY YEAR-END FUNCTION/PARTY VENUES AND ACTIVITIES IN CAPE TOWN
Cape Town Comedy Club
End the year off with a laugh by taking your team to a lunch at the Cape Town Comedy Club. This world-class comedy club, voted one of the 10 best comedy clubs in the world by Traveller.com, has a lineup of unforgettable Silly Season Lunch Shows. Lunch entails outstanding stand-up comedy acts and a mouthwatering three-course meal. The lunches fall on specific dates in December 2017, namely the 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and15th. Tickets are R450/p, which includes VAT, service charge, entrance fee, a three-course meal and an hour show with three comedians. To book email them on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0214188880 or 0794953989.
www.capetowncomedy.com | 0214188880 or 0794953989
Battlefield Live Laser Tag
Choose to go head-to-head with colleagues in one of three settings, including Winery Road Forest in Stellenbosch, Freedom Hill, located between Franschhoek and Paarl, or the Vergenoegd Wine Estate. Group bookings of a minimum of 20 participants for a two-hour Battlefield Live session include drinks on arrival, as well as a fully halaal spit braai with a variety of salads, and scrumptious dessert for lunch. Companies can enjoy a full day of fun at a cost of just R695p/p. There is also the option to play a two-hour round at Wynberg Park at a cost of R395p/p, where no minimum number of participants is required, but the maximum can't exceed 250. Note that this option does not include the spit braai. Prices include all the necessary gear and guns.Bookings can be made online at www.battlefieldlive.co.za or by contacting Renar Wheeler via email@example.com
www.battlefieldlive.co.za | +27 (0) 84 364 9979.
Kaapse Stories from the Mother City at The Rockwell Theatre
You may not be singing ‘kumbaya’ around a bonfire but this interactive dinner theatre will certainly get you and your coworkers humming in harmony round the dinner table. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (as well as most other days, depending on the demand) The Rockwell Dinner Theatre stages the musical revue Kaapse Stories from the Mother City. Guests will be dazzled with a humorously relatable look at Cape Town’s colourful history, told by the brave few who’ve survived it. Accompanying the charming musical production is a delicious four-course meal, including a buffet-style main course and welcome drink (sparkling wine or orange juice) upon arrival. Tickets for Kaapse Stories is R480/p while children under 12 years pay half price and children under five get in for free. Bookings can also be made via Computicket.com, by calling the venue or via Bookings@rockwelldinnertheatre.co.za.
32 Prestwich Street | Green Point | Cape Town | + 27 (0)76 144 4890
The Gallivanting Goose
Forget about ending the year with a bang, and opt instead to bid your colleagues farewell with an adventure! The Gallivanting Goose’s app-driven scavenger hunts in locations around the city make for one of the most fun and interactive ways to end the working year. Choose from a variety of packages, put your game face on and get moving to earn the highest score using a combination of strategic, tactical, navigation and plain old common sense skills! We know you like eating out… but we guarantee this beats another dull company dinner. Standard games start at R450/p and include the use of a fully loaded smart device for navigation.
Want to ring in your half-century milestone with some classy, table-dancing fun? Consider booking seats at the Woodstock-based eatery Stardust. Famed for its theatrical dining experience, the restaurant gives a stage to talented Mother City performers who tackle hits made famous by the likes of Etta James, Miriam Makeba and Adele. The charismatic and energetic entertainment (which often results in patrons dancing on reinforced tables) is complemented by a North African and Mediterranean-inspired menu and makes for a top-class dinner and show celebration. Performances start at 8pm every night and can continue well past midnight, so the company can expect a night of unadulterated merriment. Bookings are essential, and it is possible to book for 180-200 guests, assuming there is space of course.
Show Times: Tuesday – Saturday: 4pm – late
118 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 462 7777
This upmarket American-style smokehouse opens its doors to all kinds of year-end functions. The large venue 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 guests who require halaal catering. The restaurant has a service charge of 10% excluded with all prices and a 50% deposit to secure the reservation.
Crystal Towers | Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road | Century City | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 551 5000
HintHunt promises 60 minutes of fun when you play one of their live-action escape games. With four dynamic options to choose from, 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. This engaging and thought-provoking game facilitates teamwork and encourages communication as participants work against the clock to emerge victoriously. HintHunt has seven 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 dining surrounded by the magical creatures of the Two Oceans Aquarium. The aquatic entertainment world also boasts a number of different themed function venues suitable for both small (25 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.
Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 814 4547
The Piano Bar
Those wanting to celebrate the end of the work year at the intimate De Waterkant haunt can opt to book out the entire venue (it can accommodate around 60 people seated or a maximum of 100 standing) or reserve just a 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. 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 the accommodating staff will do their best to ensure a memorable year-end function.
47 Napier Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 418 1096
Party Boat Cruises
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
Celebrate the conclusion of a successful year with colleagues by enjoying this exhilarating activity. Freewheel down Signal Hill and through the Bo-Kaap, or glide through the Franschhoek Valley with Scootours®. The non-motorised scooters are eco-friendly and provide a fun day out for everyone from the fastidious staff member to the gung-ho employee. Swiss designed to traverse the terrains of the Alps; these fun scooters are the first of their kind in South Africa, and are perfect for taking in the sites of our beautiful region. Each scooter tour is led by a professional guide, who not only ensures riders are safe, but have a great time too. Scootours® Cape Town offers three daily tour slots; 9am, 12pm and 3pm. Scootours® Franschhoek has slots at 9am, 11:30am, 2pm, and at 4pm during summer months only. A Scootours® outing costs between R380p/p and R550p/p.
Scootours® | + 27 (0) 82 776 0557
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. NAC Helicopters also offers tailored destination flights where passengers have the opportunity to choose a destination of their choice. Ask for specials for CapeTownMagazine.com readers. They have specials for our readers from time to time.
V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 425 3868 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate the end of deadlines and meetings 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 R760p/p and R1160p/p paired with wine. The chef has also prepared a divine three-course meal for only R460p/p, with delicious dishes from their brand new menu.
Lakeside Drive | Swartvlei | +27 (0)44 343 1844
Corner of Main Road and Coronation Avenue | Somerset West | +27 (0)87 357 0637
YEAR-END FUNCTIONS AT CAPE TOWN WINE FARMS
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards
Situated in the heart of the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, the wine estate offers six function areas and some spaces can be interlinked which can accommodate groups from 20 to 100 people. If wine tasting is what you are after, then be sure to book The Private Tasting Room, which is designed for a more formal and educational wine-tasting. Groups over 50 can book out the beautiful Veranda area, which can accommodate up to 100 guests. In addition, Leopard’s Leap also hosts a variety of hands-on or demonstration cooking classes, a nice add-on to the scenic winery. 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
On the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, approximately 45kms from the CBD, lies the beautiful and majestic Avontuur Wine Estate. Keep yourself busy all day with the myriad activities including a 30-minute self-guided walk on the farm where you will learn more about the vineyards and racehorses. The specialised wine tastings, where wines are paired with yummy snacks and treats, are very popular. All the activities can be combined with breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Avontuur Estate restaurant where groups of 10 to 60 guests can be hosted. If you want to find out more about any of these options or wish to create your perfect year-end event, it is best to contact the estate directly at email@example.com. Booking is essential and dates depend on the availability of the relevant Avontuur staff.
R44 | Between Stellenbosch and Somerset West | www.avontuurestate.co.za | +27 (0) 21 855 3450
Dornier Wine Estate
Dornier Wine Estate sits pretty amidst the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains making this a delightful location for your year-end office function. Large groups can book out the Dornier Homestead for a seated meal (maximum 90) or cocktail-style event (200). 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.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
Explore tastes of international cuisine at this Geman franchise located in Green Point, just a stone throw away from the famed Cape Town Stadium. Their top floor venue makes for a great space for a year-end function and can accommodate a minimum of 45 people, between 60-80 seated guests or 120 people standing, for a more intimate cocktail party setting. There is no cost to hire the venue and the space is free to be decorated if there is a theme to the event, however there is a corkage fee. If there is a budget to work with, this can be taken into consideration when setting up the menu. Why not exercise coworkers’ team spirit and plan the social around attending a soccer match at Cape Town Stadium too. There are a number of Cape Town City and Ajax home games being played for the ABSA Premiership PSL. There is free parking available opposite the venue so you need not worry about racking up a steep parking fee.
Exhibition Building | 79 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 434 3759
Headquarters - HQ
Hailed as the best steakhouse in the Mother City, Headquarters (HQ) has a variety of offerings to suit any budget (they can even tailor-make packages to suit your company's every need should you request). This European-styled eatery 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
Enjoy a 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, 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. 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 and halaal options are available 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 the 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 R320 per person.
NOTE: Events at Harald’s Bar & Terrace are weather dependent
29 Heerengracht Street | CBD | email@example.com | +27 (0)21 427 4800
Hilton Cape Town City Centre
End your year off with a fantastic staff party at the Hilton Cape Town City Centre’s restaurant, a stylish hotel located in the heart of the city. Invite your staff to a sit-down dinner, where you are able to select from one of three menu options for the table; two sharing menu's, one buffet menu or a canape menu.
COST: Different menu options are cost accordingly, the price ranges from R290/p - R355/p.
For more information, call +27 (0)21 481 3700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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