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Where To Celebrate Like It’s 2018 This New Year’s Eve
Our selection of special celebrations to ring in 2018 in Cape Town and the Western Cape
Last Updated: 8 December 2017
Party over here. Party over there. There is a New Year’s Eve party everywhere, for every kind of person. Here’s our list of parties to remember.
DINNER & DANCING AT ROAST & CO
If you and your friends want to go somewhere new and easy going in the city this year make it Roast & Co. This freshly opened restaurant offers farm-to-table style food, as well a swanky courtyard bar. Roast & Co. is laid back and a "where friends catch up" place, but they do know how to party with 'all day rose' or 'secret beergarden' saturdays. This 31 December, DJs will start spinning the decks from 9pm until late at the courtyard, which is spacious enough to dance the night away.
Cost: Tickets start at R595/p, includes set dinner and a complimentary Tanqueray cocktail.
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 6372 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Heritage Square (next to HQ), 98 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
DRESS UP FOR DINNER AT HQ’S MASQUERADE BASH
The dress code this year is “black venetian”. Think sexy gowns, crisp suits and intricate masks that conceal all but the twinkle in your eye. The restaurant will be decorated in glittering jewels and dark colours. There'll be food and wine, and some of Cape Town’s best-loved DJs.
Cost: R795/ for welcome cocktail and canapes, followed by a three-course dinner. Proof of payment is required to confirm your booking.
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 6373 or email@example.com
Where: Heritage Square, 100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
LAUGH YOUR WAY INTO 2018 WITH CAPE TOWN COMEDY CLUB
Start 2018 off on a happy note at the Cape Town Comedy’s annual New Year’s Eve party featuring the jazz band Airbourne as well as comedian Kurt Schoonraad as the host. The Cape Town Comedy Club, billed as one of the top 10 comedy clubs in the world, has stellar entertainment and great food. Come ready in your smart casual gear and to laugh your socks off.
Cost: Tickets are R1500/p and include a welcome drink on arrival, a 4-course meal and wine-pairing, and a glass of bubbly for the countdown. Tickets available from Computicket and Shoprite. Doors open at 6pm, while the show starts at 7pm.
Contact: +27 (0)21 418 8888 / +27 (0)79 495 3989 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: The Pumphouse, 6 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
FIVE-COURSE DINNER AT CAPE TOWN MARRIOT HOTEL CRYSTAL TOWERS
This swanky, yet unpretentious hotel is the perfect venue for an evening of celebrations and clinking of chilled glasses of bubbly. It’s also the perfect excuse to bring out that party dress that’s been itching for a night out, or that fancy tie that’s just collecting dust. You’ll be tucking into crayfish bisque, cured smoked Norwegian salmon, lamb shoulder, pineapple parfait, and friandise (a variety of small sweets and preserved fruits). The Crystal Venue is also hosting a party that will go into the early hours of the morning.
Cost: R700/p includes the five-course meal and complimentary drink. For the Crystal Venue party, R450/p gets you in.
Contact: +27(0) 21 525 3888 or email@example.com
Where: Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road, Century City, Cape Town
DINNER AND FIREWORKS AT MAReSOL
Watch a dazzling display of fireworks at the acclaimed V&A Waterfront from MAReSOL. This Portuguese-inspired restaurant sits perfectly in the harbour to allow for panoramic views of both the city and harbour, and with a four-course dinner (with a Portuguese twist) in store it certainly is a picturesque way to celebrate New Year's. Guests are invited to arrive from 7pm, where they will be met with Moët & Chandon and oysters. True to Cape Town tradition there will be a beautiful display of fireworks over the bay, and MAReSOL will have the front row seats.
Cost: R1950/p for a four-course dinner, which includes bubbly and oysters, table reservations will only be confirmed once a deposit has been made. Find out info about what the four courses entail on their site.
Contact: +27 (0)21 425 3385 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Slipway, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
BE SPOILT FOR CHOICEC AT TOBAGO'S RESTAURANT AND BAR
We’re all a little eccentric somehow, and on NYE the seaside hotel is hosting a Charlie’s Mad Hatter Tea-themed dinner party. You’ll be hosted for an extravagantly flamboyant three-course meal so don’t be late for this very important date. Not too far from that affair, a winter wonderland, magically titled ‘Exquisite Ice Forest’ awaits guests for hours of whimsical fun. Toast to the promise of the new year during a delicious four-course meal.
Cost: Charlie’s Mad Hatter Tea will cost R1495/p while the Exquisite Ice Forest experience will set you back R2275/p. This includes the full dinner, welcome and NYE countdown drinks, as well as a fantastic firework show when the new year rings in.
Contact: +27 (0)21 441 3000 or email email@example.com
Where: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
BOTTOMLESS BEER AND WINE AT THE TAPROOM
Craft beer lovers should aim to spend their night at Devil’s Peak Brewing Company’s Taproom. Not only do these master local brewers have a selection of beers on tap to please an array of palates, they have a pretty fine wine list to add to their evening's offerings, too. The drinks are accompanied by a three-course meal, that starts off with canapés and finishes off with a decadent chocolate mousse dessert.
Cost: R1250/p for food, unlimited beer and wine on tap.
Contact: +27 (0)21 201 1401 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: 95 Durham Avenue, Salt River, Cape Town
MOTHER CITY CAMP OUT
Keen to ring in 2018 without breaking the budget – and create some sweet memories while you're at it? Once in Cape Town, in partnership with Greenpop, have got you covered. Focus on doing something a little out of the ordinary on the Cape Town NYE scene by grabbing your besties (or take a solo adventure to meet some like-minded and interesting people) and head to Table Mountain National Park for an exclusive four-day New Year’s Eve rustic glamping experience. Each day has planned activities – from sunrise yoga to watching a movie under the stars, and includes a daily breakfast. The event places focus on green, off-the-grid living. The campsite being use is solar-powered wherever possible, recycles waste and uses organic waste for re-compost. This forward-thinking, conscious camp out is a great way to ring in your ideals for 2018.
Cost: Each tent costs a total of R3500, and either two-man or three-man tents can be purchased, making the price between R1360/p - R1750/p.
Contact: For bookings contact +27 (0)87 625 0639, email email@example.com or book your tent online, here.
Where: 73 Kloof Nek Road, Cape Town
RIO CARNIVAL AT AZURE RESTAURANT AT THE TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL
You’re cordially invited to the Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa carnival-themed New Year's Eve party. This festive-themed venue is one of Cape Town’s finest hotels, and promises to be a magical night as only the Twelve Apostles can deliver.
Cost: R3250/p covers canapes and a glass of bubbly on arrival, a six-course meal, French Champagne at midnight and live entertainment.
Contact: + (0)21 437 9029 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Azure Restaurant, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
NEW YEAR’S EVE SUNSET HIKE AT DELVARA FARM
Watch the sun set on 2017 with a hike through the Delvera Farm vineyards. Marked as a 9.75km circular route, this one's for the whole family. You are encouraged to pack picnic baskets (or reserve one at R80/p) and camping chairs. You can start arriving at Dirtopia Trail Centre at Delvera Farm from 4:30pm. Remember to wear walking shoes and bring along a jacket and torch for when the sun sets.
Cost: Hike is R150/p for adults and R60/p for children under 10 years-old. Price includes a shuttle service at the end of the hike (for the kids or adults who need a lift back), a map and a glass of bubbly (juice for kids). As mentioned R80 will be charged for picnic baskets, these need to be arranged two days before the event.
Contact: +27 (0)21 884 4752 or email@example.com
Where: Dirtopia Trail Centre at Delvera Farm between Klapmuts and Stellenbosch
FOOD AND WINE PAIRING AT THE BEAUTIFUL BENGUELA COVE LAGOON
If you’re dreaming of a quiet New Year’s Eve, then head out of town to Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in Hermanus. The views alone are enough to make any visit worthwhile, with a 360-degree panorama of hills and rows of vineyards along the banks of Botrivier Lagoon. Along with this spectacular setting they will be serving a special New Year’s Eve dinner, accompanied by live music.
Cost: R650/p to R850/p and includes a welcome drink, glass of bubbly at midnight and set menu. After dinner guests can enjoy the countdown to 2018.
Contact: +27(0) 87 357 0637 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, R43, Botrivier Lagoon, Hermanus
NEW YEAR'S BLISS, BASH, BLAST WITH OUDE LIBERTAS
Deciding on how to bring in the New Year can sometimes prove difficult, but, we’re here to help you with the decision. The Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch is putting on a stellar show guaranteed to keep you talking for weeks to come. The festivities kick off at 4pm with a picnic out on the lawn area – don’t forget to pack your picnic baskets! The entire evening will have entertainment from a live band consisting of musicians Jaconell Mouton, Schalk van der Merwe, Tim Rankin and Henry Steel, as well as solo artists Tracy-Lee Olivier, Granville Michaels and more. The dance floor and bar will be open all night.
Contact: +27 (0)21 809 7473/7380 or email@example.com
Where: Corner of Oude Libertas Road and Adam Tas Road, Stellenbosch
RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT REUBEN’S AT THE ONE&ONLY
To have a seat at celebrity chef Reuben’s acclaimed restaurant the One&Only you’ll need to book early. After dinner, guest are free to join the after-party and countdown to 2018 at the Vista Bar and Lounge, with its panoramic views through the wall-to-ceiling glass. The restaurant and Vista Bar will be open for drinks throughout the night.
Cost: R2750/p, for a three-course dinner, a glass of bubbly upon arrival, and party afterwards.
Contact: +27 (0) 21 431 451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: The One&Only Cape Town, Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
A GALA DINNER AT THE ROCKWELL DINNER THEATRE
As only the Rockwell Dinner Theatre knows how, there is no doubt that this New Year’s Eve they are out to entertain you. There will be shows throughout the night, featuring an edition of their award-winning “Kaapse Stories in the Mother City". At midnight, expect a Kaapse Klopse procession. Some of the dinner options include crayfish, beef fillet and prawn curry.
COST: R1950/p for a 3-course meal, children aged between three and 14 pay half price.
Contact: +27 (0)76 144 4809 or email@example.com.
Where: 32 Prestwich Street, Green Point, Cape Town
LIVE BAND AND DJ AT SEELAN BISTRO & BAR
Well-known restaurateur Seelan Sundoo says their New Year’s Eve party “just keeps growing from strength to strength”. The partying will start at 7pm with live entertainment from Marce Underwood and her band. Food will be tapas and canapés to start, seafood platters for mains, and the ultimate dessert plates to end off your meal. Once the dining comes to an end DJ Roach will take over and play into the early hours.
Cost: R1800/p for the entertainment, food, and a bottle of wine for two.
Contact: +27 (0)21 421 4906 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Shop 8, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT AT VILLA 47 EMPORIO ITALIIANO
This New Year’s Eve, you don’t have to choose between having a classy dinner at a stunning restaurant or partying at a trendy bar - Villa 47 Emporio Italiano is giving you a chance to do both! Their three-story eatery will be hosting celebrations at each of their dining and entertainment venues to ring in the New Year. Chef Clayton Bell is preparing a mouth-watering four-course dinner with cocktails on arrival and a complimentary bottle of MCC for two at Locanda, their relaxed Italian bistro on the ground floor. If you are looking for a more adventurous meal, try a fine-dining experience at Pierino Penati with Chef Michelangelo D’Oria and indulge in a delectable five-course dinner with a bottle of champagne for two. Once you’ve enjoyed your feast, head to their Seta Fusion Cocktail Bar and party your way into 2018 with DJ Haldon Burns on the decks.
Cost: R1200/p for the four-course meal at Locanda, while the five-course dinner at Pierino Penati is R1500/p
Contact: +27 (0)21 418 2740 or email@example.com
Where: Villa 47 Emporio Italiano, Cape Town
ENJOY JIMMY NEVIS AND ARD MATTHEWS AT LA PARADA CONSTANTIA NEK
Gather your mates and head to La Parada Constantia Nek for a New Year’s Eve to remember. Cape Town superstar Jimmy Nevis and former Just Jinjer frontman Ard Matthews will be bringing you some of their best tunes, while local DJ Will Travel invites you to dance the night away.
Cost: R450/p for general access tickets. R1500/p for a three-course dinner at Harbour House (just next door) including a glass of bubbly, as well as your ticket to the event. Or, enjoy a tapas-style dinner from the à la carte menu at La Parada. Please note tickets to the event and the dinner at La Parada are sold separately.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Where: 1 Hout Bay Road, Constantia, Cape Town
NEW YEAR’S EVE SAILING AT THE ALBA
Are you looking for something unique to do this NYE? How about some fine dining on a boat, while having the best view of the fireworks? Still intrigued? Then check out The Alba for an exclusive sailing and dining experience around Table Bay Harbour. Get into 2018 with great food, entertainment and breathtaking views of the city for one NYE you won’t forget.
Cost: R2500/p, includes a 4-course meal, a cruise experience and Moët & Chandon on arrival. The cruise departs at 8pm runs until 1am and guests are expected to arrive 30 minutes before cruise departure.
Contact: +27 (0)65 975 8060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
NO NEED TO QUEUE WITH QUAY FOUR
A place of leisure for many Capetonians and tourists, Quay Four delivers on quality food and service – and let’s not forget about the spectacular views of the V&A Waterfront and its surrounds. Gather some friends and enjoy your night at a venue famous for throwing a great NYE celebration. On top of that, you’ll enjoy some great views of the fireworks adding that magic touch to an eventful evening.
Cost: Option one costs R1200/p, with includes a three-course meal in the Tavern, as well as a glass of Moët & Chandon on arrival. Or take it up a notch and opt instead for the R1950/p option, includes a five-course meal Upstairs@ restaurant, as well as a glass of Moët & Chandon on arrival. Contact Quay 4 for menu details. Join the party from 7pm until late.
Contact: +27 (0)21 419 2008 or email@example.com
Where: Quay Four, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
MARDI GRAS AT BEERHOUSE
Nothing says festivities like free tequila shots and Mardi Gras beads at Beerhouse this NYE. On the menu for the night is live entertainment, from the iconic Michael Canfield. He has performed with the likes of Johnny Clegg, this rock ‘n roll oldie has only gets better with age. Enter 2018 with a beat to your step, as there will be a DJ from 11pm.
Cost: R50/p gets you in and eligible for the specials that will be running all night long.
Contact: +27(0)21 424 3370 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: 223 Long Street, City Centre, Cape Town
CRW BAR PRESENTS A SPECTACULAR NYE PARTY – IBIZA STYLE
The only rule at Crew Bar this New Year’s Eve is that there are no rules… and dancing on the couches is very much encouraged. Renowned for their Pink New Year’s Eve events, it’s all happening again at Crew Bar in Napier Street, Green Point. The action starts at 8pm and expect to dance the night away with three dance floors and nine bars to ensure everyone has a good time. This awesome party venue recently had a makeover which has brought about more space for dancing all night long. Get ready for an unforgettable party to say hello to 2018!
Cost: from R250/p – R950/p
Where: 30 Napier Street, Green Point, Cape Town
LOU LOU'S MASQUERADE PARTY
As the new kids on the block, Lou Lou’s is having their first New Year’s Eve party and it is sure to be a memorable one. Calling all the glamour kings and queens, this is the night to go all out with your outfit. Whether its bedazzled, sequined or the traditional Venetian, be as creative as you can, and don’t forget your masks because it won’t t be a masquerade ball without them! From Argentinian prawns, to Norwegian salmon the five-course menu is also sure to delight every palate.
Cost: General admission starts at R650/p. If you want to upgrade, R850/p covers canapes and entrance. Indulge in the five-course set menu for R1295/p. Alternatively, book a booth for you and seven friends – at R12 000 for eight people, which includes admission, a choice of two premium bottles from GH Mumm, Chivas Regal, Avion Reposado Tequila and Absolut Elyx, this is a sweet deal. What’s more, mixers and canapes are included too.
Contact: For more information or enquiries, visit www.loulous.co.za or email them email@example.com.
Where: 27 Somerset Road, Cape Quarter Square, Green Point
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