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End-of-year party ideas to pitch to your boss
Outdoor adventures, wine tastings, escape rooms + more
Last updated: 28 November 2022
What better way to end off 2022 than with a memorable year-end team party. With some one-of-a-kind venues, adventurous fun to bring out your inner child and office-function ideas, this year end function will be one for the books.
TASTE FOODS FROM ACROSS AFRICA
Malian puppets, djembe drumming sessions and food from Cape to Cairo - that's the rich sensory experience you can expect at GOLD Restaurant. Go on a taste safari with dishes from 14 African countries while enjoying live traditional praise singing and dancing. Another bonus is that all the halaal meat meals have vegetarian alternatives at Gold Restaurant.
How to book: Call 082 414 9663 to book
Cost: R435 per person
GOLD Restaurant | Green Point | 021 421 4653 | Instagram | Image: GOLD Restaurant
TREAT THE TEAM TO OLD HOLLYWOOD GLAM
You’ve got to take your team to Rick’s at least once in their lifetime. This Casablanca-themed café is a full 3-storey experience. The bottom floor bar is full of quirky trinkets mimicking the Casablanca film and has over 100 tequila options, while the 1st floor lounge is perfect for a laid-back night cap. The winner is the epic rooftop bar overlooking Table Mountain, perfect for a chilled dinner and sundowners. Rick's can take over 30 guests and is open for events everyday of the week.
Good to know: You can keep the party going till after midnight with the Twilight Happy Hours which happens daily from 10pm to 12am.
103 Kloof Street | Gardens | 021 822 1100 | @rickscapetown | Image: Ricks Cafe
THROW DOWN (WEAPONS) AT YOUR YEAR-END PARTY
Weapons on Wheels (WoW) is the mobile weapon-throwing collective that promises a party everyone will remember – adrenaline rush included! WoW brings the weapons (axes, ninja stars, crossbows), targets and training to the party, plus they can customise your event and help you choose a venue that works for weapon throwing. WoW parties work for any size group, from 2 to 100 – they can come to your venue or help you hire a location, call them to organise.
How to book: Via WoW
Cost: From R290 pp
BEER, PIZZA + ROCK N ROLL ON A BALCONY
If chilled year-end vibes are what your team is looking for this party season, look no further than Sgt Pepper on Long Street. This much-loved local bar and restaurant has continues to give life to Long Street. Soak up some of the atmosphere on the street below from the balcony, while sipping cold beers (their cocktail list is pretty impressive too) and chowing down on their legendary pizza. Built on rock n roll, expect that balcony to turn into a dance floor as the night goes on.
How to book: Call 021 424 5608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
94 Long Street | Cape Town | 021 424 5608 | email@example.com | SGT_Pepper_Restaurant | Image: SGT Pepper
PARTY WITH YOUR TEAM (+ TOURISTS) ON A ROOFTOP
The Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore is a no-brainer when it comes to choosing office party venues. It’s centrally located, just minutes from the Cape Town International Convention Centre and a short walk from most of the CBD’s major office buildings. They also have a great restaurant and their rooftop bar (with space for dancing and a DJ set-up) boasts killer views of the city and Table Mountain. Plus of course, they’re a hotel, so if your boss is feeling generous, you could enquire about overnight accommodation. There are always interesting international hotel guests to meet over cocktails, too.
Harald’s Bar & Terrace is a great year-end party venue option. Image: Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town
A PRIVATE TEAM MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
Bring Cape Town’s beloved outdoor movie experience, The Galileo Open Air Cinema, to an outdoor venue of your choice for a private viewing with your colleagues. The Galileo team can do a site visit to make sure your venue is 100% okay for the cinema set-up, and will supply everything you need for a memorable year-end experience with your team. Alternatively, book for your group at one of The Galileo’s magical regular cinema venues.
How to book: For regular viewings, book online; for queries about private rental, make an online enquiry.
Cost: From R129 per person for regular viewings; from R34 000 for private rental.
Various locations | 071 471 8728 | Instagram: @thegalileo | Image: Galileo Open Air Cinema
GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED DRUMSTRUCK AT SILVERMIST
Celebrate your year-end at this spectacular drumming-theatre experience, fresh off Broadway. The Drumstruck show at Silvermist Wine Estate in Constantia is a scaled-down version of the international production, which has been described as “STOMP meets The Lion King,” but it will be no less spellbinding. Whether you are a music lover, a culture seeker or simply love a good party, it’s a special spoil to close off the year.
How to book: Book online
Cost: From R350
Silvermist Organic Wine Estate | Hout Bay | 083 406 7218 | Image: Drumstruck
BOOK FOR A LARGE GROUP OR PLAY GOLF
This one is for the rebels out there. Misfits by Ideas Cartel is the ideal hip spot to host an end of year gathering, with its indoor golf area and wine cellar. Larger teams can gather indoors with a sushi-and-cocktail dinner or unwind by the quaint courtyard. For smaller teams, challenge each other to a friendly game of golf with Misfits’ indoor-golf simulator. The restaurant can accommodate 200 inside and 50 outside, while the golf-simulator can take 15 people at a time.
How to book: Via Dineplan
Cost: R100 deposit for smaller groups (deductible on your bill); R250 for golf simulator
74 Prestwich Street | De Waterkant | 072 127 6332 | @misfits.ct | Image: Misfits
PLANNING A GROUP EVENT? THESE ARE PERFECT
Celebrate with the ultimate end-of-year road trip. The colourful and fun Kiff Kombi Tours let you do gin, beer or wine tastings in picturesque Stellenbosch, visit the penguins along the Peninsula or eat Cape Malay food in the city. Best of all, nobody needs to be the designated driver. Is your team too big to travel?! The Mobile Kombi Bar can bring the party to you.
How to book: Online at kiffkombitours.co.za
Cost: Tours start from R1210pp
Kiff Kombi Tours | 072 213 3888 | @kiffkombitours | Image: Kiff Kombi Tours
KEEP THE OFFICE PARTY RELAXED
Who would not feel spoiled with chilled wine and tasty flatbreads (or sushi, if you prefer), a pretty sea view and a breeze to cool things down? End-of-year celebrations usually happen in summer, and Sotano is a good place to be then. The wine list is excellent, and there’s a really wide selection of summery foods, from the traditional Greek salad (no lettuce), through to the Spanish paella. See if you can snag the outside area, which is closest to the Mouille Point promenade and has good views of the lighthouse and sea.
How to book: Call 021 433 1757
Cost: There’ll be no cost for venue hire, but a per head costing will be worked out with you
CHALLENGE YOUR TEAM TO AN ESCAPE GAME
Take part in the kind of challenge that bonds any type of team, no matter what kind of year you've had. In HintHunt’s escape games you are locked in a room and challenged to escape in 60 minutes or less. Think the thrill of Mission Impossible with the laughs of 30 Second. You must try two new escape rooms Escape Plan and Torpedo (there are 5). And because the venue is at the V&A Waterfront and closes late (last game slot at 8.30am), it is the perfect after-dinner adrenaline kick for an end of year celebration.
How to book: at HintHunt.co.za
Cost: R590 - R1,650 (depending on size of team)
RIDE MONSTER MOUNTAIN SCOOTERS
Freewheel down a purpose-built Scootour track on Swiss-designed Monster Mountain Scooters at Middelvlei Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. It’s a 45-minute, action-packed Flow Trail, an 850-metre long adrenaline rush complete with berms, rollers, and a bush tunnel. Scootours also does a longer, mid-week special, and both options include a guide, equipment and a complimentary glass of wine. Plus, you can work from the farm, eat a lekker boerebraai lunch, and add an archery session when booking.
How to book: At Scootours
Cost: Scootours Flow Trail from R290 pp; lunch from R265 pp; archery from R180 pp; Scootours mid-week special is R500 pp
Scootours Cape Town | 082 7760 557 | @scootourscapetown | Image: Scootours
ORDER ONLINE FOR AN END OF YEAR PARTY
End-of-year parties don’t have to be a schlep to organise. Because Bar Keeper, Cape Town’s seamless service liquor store, delivers ice cold in an hour (that’s if you’re within a 6km radius). It is open for trade every day of the week, 364 days a year (it’s closed on Christmas Day). And because it has a van for deliveries, not only a scooter, you can get anything from a few bottles of wine to many cases of booze.
How to order: Browse in store, or order on the seamless website for pick-up or deliviry
OPT FOR A STEAMPUNK STEAKHOUSE
This spot in Hermanus has it all: Attitude, orgasmic steaks, sensational loaded fries, delicious vegetarian options, sassy waitrons, a fabulous cocktail menu, a gin bar that includes a Victorian contraption – make no mistake, this is a scene set for celebration. There’s seating inside and out – a special plan will be made. You’ll find killer burgers, plus vegetarian options at Char’d Grill & Wine Bar.
How to book: Call 028 312 1986 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: From R38 to R320
Shop 4 Village Square | Hermanus | 028 312 1986 | Instagram: @chardhermanus
IF YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE LIKE FAMILY, SHARE A MEAL
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard celebrates family, and it handles work functions in the same way by making the experience special. There are many options to choose from: wine tastings, a rotisserie roast-chicken lunch and more. The Leopard’s Leap team can serve lunch in a dedicated dining area. They curate and cater for the type of event that creates an intimate, friendly connection at this Franschhoek vineyard.
How to book: Email email@example.com
Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards | R45 | Main Road | Franschhoek | | 021 876 8002 | Image: Leopard's Leap
ESCAPE GAMES FOR REMOTE OR OFFICE-BOUND TEAMS
Navigate your way through a secret research facility, online. Sprint through the V&A Waterfront collecting vital clues, or use augmented reality and GPS technology to decipher the codes of a powerful tech lab in a location of your choice. HintHunt’s Amazing Race, outdoor and online escape-room experiences are exhilarating, whether you plan it at home, in the park or play around town.
Book: at HintHunt
Watershed, 17 Dock Rd | Victoria & Alfred Waterfront | Cape Town | 021 001 4215 | Image: HintHunt
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