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Best Birthday Party Venues in Cape Town
An assortment of venue ideas for 21st, 30th, and 50th birthday bashes
Last Updated: 24 February 2017
Let's admit, no one wants to get another year older, but we also have to admit that birthdays are special happenings that deserve acknowledgment and a solid celebration with family and friends. This is especially the case when it’s one of the big ones, namely a 21st, 30th or 50th. The problem is, despite all the fun options for parties in the Mother City, when it comes down to it, it’s often difficult to think up a soiree idea that’ll do justice to the occasion.
Which is where we come in. Because we want you to enjoy the best shindig possible, we’ve scoured our pretty city to bring you the details on a selection of sizzling hot birthday party venues in Cape Town,specifically for the major milestones mentioned above. The overview below includes a range of options for various tastes and budgets, from trendy, sky-high function rooms and edgy beer bars to luxury houseboats and dinner theatres. So now, even if birthdays aren’t your thing, you can still blow out the candles on another year amidst the perfect setting.
BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUES IN CAPE TOWN
21ST BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS
Jack Black Beer
This birthday venue caters for all ages. From the newly adulting 21-year-old, to the 50-year-old who wants to celebrate their birthday with a twist and their favourite bar buddy: Jack Black. The space encourages the young in years (and in heart) to come along and sip on some of your favourite Jack Black brews. The brewery also offers tours of the brewery, in which case bookings are essential. Simple, delicious meals from Head Chef Clara Bubenzer are also on offer. The gorgeous brew house in Diep River features a 30 Hectolitre system from Germany. Jack Black taproom and brewery is home to much entertainment. Think Food Truck Fridays at the end of every month, quiz and open mic nights every Thursday, and Beer and Bands every Friday night. Grab some uniquely branded memorabilia from the retail store to top off your night in true Jack Black style!
10 Brigid road | Diep River | +27 (0)21 286 1220
Villain's Ale House
Brainchild of the Mother City’s culinary and restaurateur masterminds, Reg MacDonald (The Village Idiot and Aces ‘n Spades), Gavin Hagger (Jerry’s Burger Bar) and Jason Lilley (Jason Bakery and Bardough), this Cape Town haunt located on Hout Street has been referred to as a Tarantino styled bistro and bar, which is quite an accurate description. According to General Manager, Matt Kerr, “the space welcomes everyone… even the villain”. Featuring dark woods, brass accents, high double ceilings and a loft-style lounge upstairs for a VIP experience, Villain’s Ale is the perfect spot for a unique birthday experience! The large tables and portions of mouth-watering grub on offer, make sharing ideal. Grab some baby back ribs and free range chicken wings, get in on a round of beer pong and battle shots (derived from the game of Battleship), and dance the night away to the sweet tunes of some of Cape Town’s freshest DJ’s: Think Weirdkid, DJ No Request, King Louis, Tariq Michael Blaine and DJ Thommo to kick start your weekend at the ye-olde Ale House every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night!
38 Hout Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 2317
The Forex Bar
Well loved by locals and foreigners as a party hotspot in Observatory, this laidback bar-in-restaurant is the ideal venue within which to celebrate your official entry into adulthood. Formerly known as The Foreign Exchange bar before being taken under new ownership. They can accommodate up to 140 guests across both its large inside area and its beachy outdoor cocktail deck (the latter offers superb suburban views), and patrons can have exclusive use of the venue if required. For those keen to throw a big blow-out, space can be made for a dance floor, and the owners can also arrange DJs, beer pong tournaments and photo booths on request. In other words, Forex is the sort of 21st party venue that will guarantee that you and your mates have a night to remember.
92 – 96 Station Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 448 0083
The Taproom at Devil’s Peak Brewing Company
Where better to celebrate your coming of age than within one of Cape Town’s most well-known micro breweries? The Taproom, an edgy restaurant and bar that sits inside Devil’s Peak Brewing Company in Salt River, it’s an ideal setting for a memorable 21st bash, particularly for those who are avid hops and barley fans. The industrial-chic joint can hold around 70 people seated and 110 people standing and can also arrange space for a dance floor and accommodate a DJ or a live band. Being very flexible, the pub’s owners will happily sit down with birthday boys or girls to discuss food options for the night – they can do anything from a buffet to canapés to any New York street-style dishes from their a la carte menu. And of course, there’s no chance you’ll run out of booze; the bar is super well stocked with Devil’s Peak’s own artisan ales and serves up a variety of other liquors too. Plus, if your party group is small enough, you could organise a brewery tour as a fun and informative add-on to your shindig.
95 Durham Avenue | Salt River | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 200 5818
Two Oceans Aquarium
With enough spectacular marine displays to make you feel like a kid in a candy store, this underwater wonderland is a truly magical place to enter adulthood. The enchanting sea world claims a number of venues that can be booked for private functions, the most appropriate of which are the Atlantic Ocean Gallery (holds up to 100 people) and the I&J Predator Exhibit (holds up to 250 people). While the former boasts displays of spider crabs, anemones, jellyfish and more, the latter is home to ragged-tooth sharks, turtles and stingrays. So, you can be certain that your guests will never attend a 21st quite like yours. Plus, the Two Oceans events team makes it very easy for the guy or gal of honour by organising everything from the catering (there are a number of set menus to choose from), cutlery and crockery to the bar staff, waitrons and audiovisual equipment. All you have to do is arrange a DJ or live band and arrive ready to jol like a sailor.
Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 3823
The Backyard Grill Lounge
This unassuming braai joint in Sea Point is ideal for a laidback (and affordable) 21st soiree, done the South African style. Specialising in shisa nyama, The Backyard Grill Lounge boasts a spacious semi-outside area that comes complete with a large built-in barbeque, so guests can watch as their meat – think tender lamb chops, boerewors, ribs, rump and more – is flame grilled right in front of them. Partiers can book out a large section of the restaurant (it can accommodate between 80 and 100 people) and order an assortment of braai platters filled with succulent goodies (there are fish and veg options too) for the tables. The Braai Masters could also whip up a buffet style setting with various assortments of meats and other delectables at a cost of R160p/p. Plus, there’s a well-stocked bar, conveniently perched, right next to the backyard zone, so revellers will never run out of drinks. Do note, this is a very relaxed, low-key venue option that’s most ideal for those looking just to sit back, chill and cash in on some quality time with friends and family.
72 Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 433 1296
The Daylight Studio
Every 21-year-old wants to feel like they’re on top of the world at their celebratory bash, and this beautiful glass-encased space in the CBD grants this wish and more. Perched on the highest floor of the Bree Street Studios Building, the function venue looks down over the cascading cityscape below and affords magnificent views of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain. The main studio, which can hold up to 120 people, with space for a dance floor, is flanked by a large balcony and a wooden deck with a tropical garden, so partygoers can enjoy sundowners and spectacular vistas outside before moving indoors to get their groove on. While there are a few tables and chairs available, hosts will have to bring in most of their own furniture and equipment and organise their own DJs, screens, décor and catering as required. As this is a popular setting, for everything from film shoots to weddings to product launches, it’s important to secure your date well in advance.
Bree Street Studios Building | 17 New Church Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 8523
30TH BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS
Aside from the ample space, great food and delicious drinks offered at Knife, what makes this American-style smokehouse a brilliant place to host a 30th is its birthday party special: the man or lady of the hour gets a free meal when celebrating with a group of eight or more on any Saturday in their birthday month. The whole venue is available for hire for big parties or you can just reserve a few tables if numbers are limited. Similarly, smaller groups can order off the extensive à la carte menu, while large crews can benefit from set menus. Either way, the smoked sticky BBQ baby back pork ribs are a must-try, and the burgers, steaks, Louisiana specialities (like spicy prawn gumbo) and seafood come highly recommended too. As for the drinks side, you can get festive with an assortment of cocktails, craft beer, wine and spirits (there’s a happy hour special between 5pm and 7pm every day). Another plus is that the upmarket restaurant is family-friendly, so guests can bring along their little ones too.
Back of Crystal Towers Hotel | Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road | Century City | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 551 5000
For a small-scale but memorable 30th with a twist, it doesn’t get more unique than HintHunt. Based at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, this quick-thinking escape game, which was voted Cape Town’s leading attraction in 2014, guarantees good times for all party members and will ensure you enter the next decade of your life with a bit of a heart-racing bang. The challenge works like this: small groups of people are locked in a strange room for one hour and are required to channel their inner detectives and solve a series of exciting riddles and puzzles in order to secure their freedom before the 60 minutes is up. The task is tough, but highly entertaining, and players inevitably leave the game feeling pumped up, invigorated and, well, ready to party more – if this is the case, you could follow the game with drinks or dinner at any of Woodstock’s bars or restaurants. The accommodation numbers has gone up from 22 people to being able to facilitate 38 people in the games area and 80 people in the general area.
Third Floor | Main Courtyard | The Old Biscuit Mill | 373 – 375 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 448 9864
Rick’s Café Américain
Situated in Cape Town’s trendy Park Road in Gardens, Rick’s is a prime spot to celebrate the start of your third decade. The popular eatery is housed in a 100-year-old Victorian building which boasts an outdoor deck that’s perfect for both summer (there are clear views of Table Mountain) and winter (there are heaters outside!) soirées. In terms of food and drink, guests can look forward to a hearty Moroccan- inspired menu and an extensive beverage list (the hotspot has over 35 varieties of tequila!), which means a festive time is guaranteed.
2 Park Road | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 1100
The Tea Jamboree
Celebrate getting older with a sophisticated tea party! Not only do you get to indulge in a dainty afternoon with vintage tea cups and charming nibbles, but you also don’t have to organise any of it yourself, but this all depends on the client. The Tea Jamboree can organise anything but the venue. The Tea Jamboree is made up of a dynamic duo and their fluffy side-kick: Claire, the owner and creative, Poppy the vintage camper-van, and Smokey, a little fluffy black rabbit. Hiring the Tea Jamboree is as easy as can be with Claire doing all the setting up, cleaning-up and food prep. It wouldn't be a model tea party without tea, and The Tea Jamboree supplies more delicacies than most. Think dainty finger sandwiches, tea cakes, cupcakes, lemonade, bunting, and even lawn games. There is nothing more charming than an outdoor tea party under the trees and the owner of The Tea Jamboree is an expert in how to make that image a reality. They have packages to suit every occasion so don't be shy and give them a call. It only takes one phone call to take your birthday from ‘nice’ to ‘sensational’.
Southern Suburbs | Teajamboree.co.za | +27 (0)82 662 0363
Strolla Restaurant and Bar
140-seater seaside restaurant is the ideal spot for any kind of birthday celebration. Why? Because patrons can rent out different sections of the eatery for any festive occasion. There’s the sun deck, where the birthday boy or gal can usher in their new year while taking in prime ocean views; the outdoor bar section with beautiful overhanging lights, which is great for evening gigs; and an indoor section with a charming teal and gold look and feel. Variety is the central theme of the menu with options like pizzas, burgers, steak, soups and more, while the drinks offering includes an extensive wine list, cocktails, craft beer and speciality coffee.
313 Beach Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 430 7778
The Piano Bar
While this sophisticated eatery-cum-bar is well known for its sultry live music offering, it is also a choice venue to celebrate a birthday with family, friends, good music and good food. The quaint spot, with its dark-toned decor and rustic feel, allows patrons to rent out different sections of the bar to suit any festive occasion. There’s the terrace, which offers splendid views of the charming De Waterkant neighbourhood; the music room that houses the baby grand piano; the bar area; and an intimate rooftop lounge aptly named ‘The Loft’. Coupled with its laidback vibe, this swanky eatery is also good at whipping up top-class cocktails, like the Basil and Clove Martini as well as tasty and wholesome food (think burgers, Spanish tapas and more), all of which come together to make a birthday experience at this jazzy spot quite a memorable experience.
Bonus: Birthday guys and gals score a delicious free cheesecake when a table booking is made for celebrations of their special day.
47 Napier Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 1096
Cape Town Comedy Club
Keen on injecting your birthday celebrations with a dose of laughter? Then look no further than the Cape Town Comedy Club. Formerly known as Jou Ma Se Comedy Club, the Waterfront-based venue hosts a line-up of some of the Mother City’s most hilarious stand-up talents five nights a week. Guests can look forward to laugh-out-loud routines by the likes of Kurt Schoonraad (who happens to own the spot), Shimmy Isaacs, Nik Rabinowitz, Tats Nkonso and a number of gifted up-and-comers. Not to mention, the birthday person will get a special shout-out from the emcee for the night. What’s more, the popular Cape Town comedy venue serves up delicious grub, from chilli poppers and chicken wings to calamari and lamb ribs. There’s a generous list of salads, burgers and grills, and the selection is also jam-packed with pizzas named after comedy legends.
Do note: the kitchen is halaal-friendly! Also, the hilarious hotspot boasts a bar that stays open until 2am, which is perfect for those who want to make their birthday merriments epic! For those looking to really pack in their friends and family, the venue can host a maximum of 180.
The Pumphouse at the V&A Waterfront | Dock Road | Cape Town |+ 27 (0)21 418 8880
Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market
It may not be all that conventional to visit a market for a 30th birthday bash, but as it’s possible to reserve a table for up to 30 people at this lively Friday night affair, it makes for a quirky and affordable option. Running out of a beautiful old plane hangar in the heart of Muizenberg, the bustling Blue Bird is home to over 40 stalls selling everything from cupcakes, pizzas and sushi to organic burgers, chilli poppers and samoosas, so your guests can pick and choose their fare, buy some booze from the permanent corner bar and then dine together amidst an infectiously vibrant atmosphere. As a party venue, it’s relaxed and refined enough to make it ideal for a slightly older crowd, but still young and vibey enough to remind you that the 30’s are certainly not over the hill. Just be sure to phone Kim Speer(The founder) in advance to reserve a table, and try to arrive relatively early as the market runs from 4pm to 10pm.
39 Albertyn Road | Muizenberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 331 2471
Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro
For a birthday dinner with a difference, consider booking seats at Sea Point-based dinner theatre Richard’s Supper Stage to watch the acclaimed long-running show Kaapse Stories from the Mother City while indulging in delicious nosh with friends and family. The interactive musical, which is performed within the venue’s upstairs dining area, uses witty storytelling and catchy songs to tell the tale of Cape Town’s cultural history and offers insight into the colourful communities that call the city home. The captivating entertainment is complemented by a four-course Cape-inspired meal to make for a truly magical evening, perfect for fun-loving 30-year-olds. The show runs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings, and it’s possible to reserve tables for any number of people (if there’s space); however, private bookings will require a minimum of , 150 people.. Otherwise, if there are less than 150 people at your party, the venue will accommodate you on an evening other than those mentioned above.
229A Main Road (corner of Glengariff Road) | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)76 144 4809
Haute Cabrière Wine Estate
What better way to say that you’ve arrived (and survived your twenties) than by raising a glass of Cap Classique? For that matter, at this Franschhoek wine estate you can open said bubbly with a sabre—and learn the art of sabrage while you’re at it. Haute Cabrière Restaurant and Terrace can seat up to 100 people and is conducive to both a long, languid daytime affair and an elegant dinnertime soirée. Your guests could start with a fun, informative wine tasting in the cellar’s intimate auditorium, where they’ll learn about the estate’s fascinating family history and, of course, sample the delicious wines. (The cellar also happens to be a gallery, exhibiting the owner, Achim von Arnim’s, contemporary works.) Then, revelers can head up to the fine dining restaurant for cutting-edge cuisine in the most beautiful of settings. There are a host of tasting menu options, such as the seasonal lunchtime menu (set course or à la carte) and the more dinnertime-appropriate ‘Haute Cabrière Vintage Tasting Menu’, which is a six-course menu paired with different styles and vintage wines. Plus, there’s a vegetarian tasting menu featuring the bounty of the farm’s produce. Alternatively, Executive Chef, Dennis Strydom, will tailor-make a menu for a food and wine themed birthday party of your dreams.
Pass Road | Franschhoek | +27 (0)21 876 3688
50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS
Cape Town Club
Celebrate your half-century in true style at the Mother City’s most prestigious and iconic clubhouse, namely, the Cape Town Club. Offering nine multi-functional rooms, which can cater anywhere between 12 to 250 people, this progressive space is fast becoming one of the city’s most popular event venues. From informal large cocktail dos, in The Porter’s Lodge, to formal intimate dinners in the Rhodes Room, the Cape Town Club is warm and welcoming as well as elegant and sophisticated, boasting an air of grandeur among its varied rooms. Offering guests a unique experience, with a historical-rich twist of African Colonial authenticity – elegant chandeliers hang from the ceilings while genuine leather items of furniture stand in the various rooms – the club’s venues are both stylish and comfortable, showcasing a unique combination of an upbeat bar area with comfortable lounges while at the same time, still reflecting the rich history that the club is well-known for. If you love cue sports then look no further as the club boasts an exclusive upstairs billiards room (80 pax) featuring two original full size billiard tables. Located in the hub of Cape Town on Queen Victoria Street, next to the city’s High Court, the evolving clubhouse overlooks the Company’s Garden, offering majestic views of Table Mountain. Cape Town Club’s experienced staff members ensure that all venues can be personlised to suit any requirements and catering – with Head Chef Albert Venter – can be arranged to suit any budget making the planning and execution of your big day that much easier. Function room rates vary between R3 500 – R19 500 (price depends on function room and package). Full Venue Hire for exclusive use on all floors: R48 000. Private hire is available on request.
18 Queen Victoria Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 5586
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Not the sort of venue you’d visit regularly, The Twelve Apostles Hotel on the spectacularly scenic Victoria Road is a prime special occasion setting. Wedged between mountains and the glittering Atlantic Ocean, the five-star property boasts sea views that will add sparkle to any 50th birthday celebration, and its lavish high tea is the perfect option for a memorable soiree with your closest ladies. The spread features a smorgasbord of delicious light bites, like freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches, cupcakes and chocolate brownies, and of course comes complete with a selection of aromatic teas and coffees. Smaller parties can enjoy the treats within The Leopard Bar, which claims a balcony with unrivalled vistas, and larger groups can settle in the sunny Conservatory. Otherwise, there is also a high tea buffet on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in The Café Grill that includes a huge and indulgent assortment of sweets and savouries. Booking in advance is essential.
Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 437 9029
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 continue well past midnight, so fun-loving 50-year-olds 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
Savour Restaurant at African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
Resting right in the heart of one of Cape Town’s trendiest hotels, the cool, contemporary Savour Restaurant offers a lavish bottomless bubbly buffet lunch, every first Sunday of the month, that makes for a great celebratory option. The gourmet spread, which is far more magnificent than your standard carvery, includes 15 light starters and salads, 11 fresh seafood dishes, 7 meaty entrées and a wide assortment of decadent desserts and creamy cheeses, and guests treated to unlimited glasses of Graham Back Méthode Cap Classique. In short, it’s a very special offering, perfect for a very special occasion. While you can opt to book a large table booking within the main restaurant area, for a more intimate and exclusive 50th get-together, there’s also a 12-seater private dining room, just adjacent to the eatery, that can be hired out at no extra cost. Just be sure to call and book at least a month or two in advance to avoid disappointment.
Corner of Grey’s Pass and Orange Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 469 8000
The Barnyard Theatre Willowbridge
The home of top-notch live entertainment, The Barnyard Theatre at Willowbridge Shopping Centre in the Northern Suburbs, will help ring in any birthday, with a bang. The unusual performance space, which is dressed like a rustic, American-style barn with long, heavy timber tables and lots of wood, runs a range of regular shows, and anyone keen to host a bash here can simply book out a whole section (the venue can host 400 people downstairs and 115 upstairs). For a truly memorable 50th jamboree,an events coordinator can be arranged to coordinate the catering and other details according to your preferences and budget. What’s more, there is even the option of hiring the exclusive Barnyard Lounge for cocktails and canapés before or after the performance. In essence, it’s the sort of venue that is more than appropriate for older crowds.
Shop F09 | Willowbridge Shopping Centre | 39 Carl Cronje Avenue | Tygervalley | +27 (0)84 713 8474
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards
Resting in the pretty Franschhoek Valley, the trendy Leopard’s Leap winery is a special spot to visit any day of the year and a particularly superb venue for birthday celebrations, thanks to its cutting-edge cooking school. The interactive space offers customised morning or afternoon classes for special occasions. Partygoers can either take part in a hands-on workshop (this option can accommodate 22 people) or watch a culinary demonstration (there’s room for 60 people),in both cases, groups get to indulge in these prepared dishes accompanied by complementary Leopard’s Leap wines afterwards. Though the classes are usually led by in-house chef Pieter de Jager, a celebrity guest chef can also be arranged to make a 50th that much more unforgettable. Otherwise, if you’re not such a fan of being in the kitchen, simply book tables for your friends and family to indulge in the winery’s regular rotisserie lunch; it runs from Wednesday to Sunday and features succulent meats on the spit that go down a treat with the property’s innovative wine cocktails.
R45 | Main Road | Franschhoek | +27 (0)21 876 8856
Mavericks Revue Bar
Those on a mission to reclaim that naughty streak, symbolic of younger years, should consider ushering in their transition to the gentleman’s decade with a private party at Cape Town’s most esteemed gentleman’s club. Mavericks’ Xtravaganza Private Lounge is a stylish space within the bosom of the revue bar that can accommodates up to 120 people, making it ideal for large birthday celebrations, centred on cocktails, chit-chat and, of course, certain kinds of lovely distractions. While it’s not possible to organise a sit-down dinner in the area, it is perfectly plausible to arrange platters and sushi. Not to mention, there’s a fully stocked bar, audio system and stage with lighting in the lounge – professional dancers are an optional extra. The Mavericks staff is happy to work with you on personalising your party too – so just ask, and they’ll go to great lengths to make your fantasy 50th a reality.
68 Barrack Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 9988
Organising a birthday bash for a little one? Have a look at our overview of kids’ party venues in Cape Town. Alternatively, check out our Functions Venue in Cape Town if you're looking for the best locations in the Mother City for celebrations or events!
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