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Office Party Ideas Employees Will Attend and the Boss Will be Proud To Sign off
Don’t leave it up to management, when we’ve got over 20 office party venue ideas and experiences to choose from
Last Update: 21 November 2018
Take the lead in making your office party an event everyone will remember. We’ve got lots of one-of-a-kind venues, like the new Roast & Co. with its chic courtyard, and experiences and office function ideas that will tick off a bucket list, like the craft beer safari, a scavenger hunt around town or helicopter rides.
FROM INTERACTIVE GIN CARTS TO SUCCULENT CHICKEN
Some of the best times with friends are around roast chicken. The food, drink and venue at Roast & Co., a restaurant made to mingle and connect, will leave everyone buzzing. Book the whole place (170 seated or 300 for canapes and cocktails); the courtyard (90 seated or 150 standing); or the entire dining area (80 seated or 150 standing). Get the city vibe at the front deck or at the lively one-of-a-kind courtyard (a First Thursday hidden secret).
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: You don’t need to sit down and stare at each other. Have a walkabout with canapes or a five-course chicken and wine pairing menu. Roast & Co. is run by the same owners of HQ, pioneers of the mono menu. The signature dish is simple, succulent rotisserie chicken. Their decor and operations team can tailor-make an experience: Gin cart and drink stations; DJs and acoustic musicians; food-and-wine pairing with the winemaker; even a wine farm tour followed by a paired lunch or dinner, leave it all up to Roast & Co.
Nice tip: Ask for their year-end events specials: Buy three bottles of Villiera and get the fourth free, and, for example, welcome cocktails at R55 each.
98 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town | email@example.com | +27 (0)21 424 6372
INNOVATIVE AND INTERACTIVE (INCLUDING TEAM CHALLENGE)
HQ Restaurant hits the mark with its renowned and classic menu – the consistently good steak, salad and chips. Regulars also go there for the lively venue with an infectious vibe. Book out the entire venue for 150 people seated. The mezzanine level, with its own bar and entrance, can take a smaller team (max 60 for a seated meal). The main dining area can seat up to 60. A cocktail-style event can also be organised for up to 100 people at the main dining bar at HQ Restaurant.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: The fun is organised. Ask about the interactive gin cart and drink stations; live DJs and live musicians, comedians; or food-and-wine pairings, optional with a winemaker. For groups of 10 or less there is also the make your own cocktail class.
Tip: Raise the "steaks" if this is a year-end function, and suggest the team take the 1kg #HQTomahawk challenge (salad, 1kg Tomahawk steak and chips, and 750ml Castle Lite pint) to get their name on the HQ Steak Challenge Wall.
Heritage Square | 100 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 6372
EVERYONE LOVES BURGERS
Celebrate a successful 2018 around a table with your team and a selection of the finest burgers in town at Hudsons in Stellenbosch.
PITCH IT TO YOUR BOSS: Everyone loves burgers and at Hudsons, you can take over the whole restaurant for a seated or canapé/cocktail style event at one of the inside/outside dining areas. Hudsons’ three brand-new tailor-made set menus cater to any size group with varying budgets from R120–R205 pp. There is also an exclusive slider menu for cocktail-style events for R95 pp.
Stellenbosch: 77 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch | +27 21 887 2052 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Gardens: 69A Kloof Street, Gardens | +27 21 426 5974 | email@example.com
Claremont: 25 Protea Road, Claremont | +27 21 674 5152 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Point: Corner Main Road and Upper Portswood Road, Green Point | +27 21 433 1496 | email@example.com
ASIDE THE LAKE ON THE GARDEN ROUTE
Tucked away from the outside world nestled between thick woodlands and unspoilt foliage – a piece of paradise. Find a great place to let your hair down and celebrate in style at Lakeside Lodge and Spa.
PITCH IT TO YOUR BOSS: After a year of hard work, the staff deserve a special year-end function. Executive Chef Kelly-Anne Pietersen has specially crafted three mouthwatering options of three-course menus including a vegetarian menu, all at R350 p/p. This is a treat which will leave staff feeling appreciated and ready to tackle the new year.
Lakeside Lodge and Spa, N2, Western Cape +27 (0)44 343 1844 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspiring your team is crucial for success, and nothing says success like a rooftop view of Table Mountain and a Cape Town sunset. Try Harald’s Bar & Terrace for an unforgettable office party or year-end event on the 11th floor of the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore.
PITCH IT TO YOUR BOSS
The view, the view and… Oh, the view? Sign off on another great year at one of the coolest rooftops in the city sipping on a cocktail while the sun sets. Harald’s Bar & Terrace offers an array of Year End event options such as lunch and dinner deals, like a buffet for R375pp, a canape menu for R245pp, a three-course set menu for R325pp and various lunch options from R295pp to R335pp.
Nice tip: Go for the buffet menu for a truly South African inspired meal. And for after-work drinks, they have a live house DJ playing every Friday night.
29 Heerengracht St, Foreshore | +27 (0)21 427 4800 | email@example.com
BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCES FOR SMALL TEAMS
Spot the Marine Big 5 on Ocean Safari boat trip, take an adventure boat ride or helicopter ride combo or learn to SUP together. Check out the awesome daily adventures with Ocean Experiences.
PITCH IT TO YOUR BOSS: What's cooler than a boat trip or water activity? There’s even an Ultimate Ocean Experience with drinks, food and options to SUP, go scuba diving, learn to free dive and snorkel with seals – something enjoyable for any activity or fitness level.
Shop 8 | Quay 5 | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0)21 418 2870 |firstname.lastname@example.org
PARTY AT ONE OF CAPE TOWN’S HOTTEST SPOTS
Tiger’s Milk has become synonymous with a cool and hip atmosphere. Where better to end off your working year than a celebration at this popular spot? With locations in Muizenberg, Claremont, Long Street, Kloof Street, Century City and Stellenbosch, wherever you are located or whatever mood you are in, you will find the perfect location at Tiger’s Milk.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: Tiger's Milk is not only central (there is one close by in most locations), it offers a range of meal and drink options to suit any budget.
Muizenberg +27 (0)21 555 5555 | Claremont +27 (0) 21 671 1296 | Long Street +27 (0)21 422 3556 | Kloof Street +27 (0)21 286 2209 | Century City +27 (021 286 2191 | Stellenbosch +27 (0)21 883 2431
EAT TAPAS AND DRINK CHAMPAGNE AT YOUR END-OF-YEAR FUNCTION
How better to end the year than with a plate of delicious tapas, well-priced drinks, your favourite people and a great view? La Parada Constantia Nek and Bree Street offer excellent venues to celebrate the success of the previous year and toast the start of a new one. Reminisce, make new memories and celebrate at La Parada.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: La Parada is a great atmosphere, excellent specials and a selection of tapas for the whole team to enjoy.
Constantia Nek: 1 Hout Bay Road, Hout Bay | +27 21 795 0620 | email@example.com
Bree Street: 107 Bree Street, Cape Town | +27 21 426 0330 | firstname.lastname@example.org
CRAFT SAFARI JOL IN YOUR OWN CITY
This is a one-way ticket to discovering Cape Town's treasures, plus you can tick a few things off your bucket list – all in the comfort of an air-conditioned minibus. Kiff Kombis recently added a township tour to their route. There’s lots of others to try out: the Wine, Beer and Biltong Safari, the Sunday Funday Constantia Tour, the Craft Beer Safari and Gin Jol.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: Kiff Kombis is all about good vibes. Get your bosses in the mood, let them watch this video of Kiff Kombis’ one-of-a-kind tours
kiffkombitours.co.za | email@example.com | +27 (0)72 213 3888
WEEKEND DJs, SIGNATURE MILKSHAKES AND PERSONALISED SERVICES
The chic, urban Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott gives personalised service, this works well for a small team looking to let their hair down. The hotel also makes 38 gourmet grown-up milkshakes like the one called patronage, which includes a cheeky shot of Patrón coffee liqueur. We recommend booking over the weekend; there are live DJs at the swanky cocktail bar area every Friday and Saturday night from 5pm till late.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: It’s a hotel, so everything is organised. It’s also beautifully decorated, they pride themselves on giving professional and personalised service at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott.
64 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof | +27 (0)21 488 2555
BRING OUT THE KID IN YOUR TEAM
Anyone for golf? 3D mini-golf, with glow-in-the-dark hats, hair, armbands, glow sticks – what’s not to love about Glowing Room SA glow-in-the dark mini-golf? It’s a pimped out 18-hole course for a fast-paced game where you can leave the politics of the office behind and the team can bond over some light-hearted competition.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: Some healthy competition to release office tension and break away from adulting for a bit, good enough reasons to consider planning your work function at Glowing Rooms SA.
The Gallery | Milnerton | +27 (0)21 551 2244
Forget the deadlines and the targets, just freewheel. With these adventure options, you can freewheel down scenic Signal Hill and Table Mountain Road and into the Bo Kaap, explore Jonkershoek mountains in Stellenbosch, or discover the Garden Route’s scenic wonders on motorised scooters from Scootours Cape Town.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: Choose an activity that suits your company and plan a whole day of adventures. Scootours offers a number of cool and thrilling activities: From paragliding and abseiling to kayaking and swimming with seals off the coast.
+27 (0)82 776 0557 | firstname.lastname@example.org
GET EVERYONE ON CLOUD 9
This one-in-a-million experience on Cape Town’s number one rated helicopter operator, where you get helicopter rides at 10% discount as a reader, overshadows the average office soiree – without costing as much as you’d think. Cape Town Helicopters does daily flights to 25 routes on the latest Airbus, and you can team it with another activity such as shark cage diving, clay pigeon shooting or a Harley Davidson ride through Constantia at the other end of the chopper ride.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: CapeTownMagazine.com readers get a 10% discount on the Hopper flight using this link. Or get a 10% discount on all other flights by using our unique booking code: FlyAirbus.
220 E Pier Road | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0)21 418 9462
HAVE A LAUGH AT NOBODY’S EXPENSE
Laughter has business benefits. It eases tensions between colleagues and builds connections. Try Cape Town Comedy Club for your office party. This world-class comedy club voted one of the 10 best comedy clubs in the world by Traveller.com, has a line-up of unforgettable stand-ups. You can order off the a la carte menu and tickets are available through Computicket. Plus: they offer special packages, such as their December Silly Season Lunch Shows (dates: 5, 12 & 13 Dec TBC), which includes an afternoon show and three-course meal at R450pp. Only at Cape Town Comedy Club.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: They have weekly specials such as happy hour from 6pm–7pm and on Wednesdays and Thursday, tickets are R50pp. Or, you can rent out the entire venue – they have a package for that, too. Contact email@example.com for more.
www.capetowncomedy.com | +27(0) 21 418 8880 /+27(0)79 495 3989 | firstname.lastname@example.org
BATTLE IT OUT ON THE FIELD
Go head-to-head with colleagues in a game of laser tag with Battlefield Live SA at any of these locations – Wynberg Park, Altydgedacht Wine Estate, Vergenoegd Wine Estate, or Freedom Hill Wine. The corporate events package includes drinks on arrival. They can also handle lunch; they have a fully halaal spit braai with a variety of salads and desserts. Prices for this thrilling game simulating military combat include all the necessary gear and guns. It’s all quick thinking and teamwork with Battlefield Live SA.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: Play like your life depends on it and see how well you work together with your colleagues. Having to think quickly and come up with strategies on the spot is all part of the game and the fun.
www.battlefieldlive.co.za | +27 (0) 84 364 9979
AN ENTERTAINING LOOK AT LOCAL HISTORY
This interactive dinner theatre will have you and your co-workers humming in harmony around the dinner table. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (as well as most other days, depending on the demand), the Rockwell Dinner Theatre stages a musical. The humorously relatable look at Cape Town’s colourful history is called Kaapse Stories from the Mother City.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: Tuck into local cuisine, enjoy the relatability of the characters’ stories and celebrate what it means to be proudly Capetonian.
32 Prestwich Street | Green Point | email@example.com | + 27 (0)76 144 4890
A WILD GOOSE CHASE WITH A CAUSE
Gallivanting Goose is a scavenger-style hunt that will put your team’s communication and creative skills to the test. It takes place around the city and Stellenbosch. Teams use an app, which features various challenges to complete, using strategic, tactical, navigation, and plain old common sense skills. There's loads of fun to be had with Gallivanting Goose.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: It’s the brainchild of a former corporate marketer who herself was tired of the typical teambuilding event. Gallivanting Goose can custom-design your game to meet the teambuilding goals of your company.
Various locations around Cape Town | www.thegg.co.za | +27 (0)82 468 3052
ENJOYABLE FOR EVERYONE FROM 25 TO 55 YEARS OLD
Stardust is a theatrical dining experience where the servers are also young, talented performers who sing classics and hits by Miriam Makeba, Adele, Beyonce and Rihanna. And, they know how to move. The charismatic and energetic entertainment often results in patrons dancing on the (reinforced) tables. They serve a top-notch dinner comprising North African and Mediterranean food, too. Performances start at 8pm and continue past midnight at Stardust Dinner Theatre.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: Perfect for a boss with a large diverse team because you can book for 180–200 guests, and everyone, from millennials to the middle-aged – loves music and talented performances.
118 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)21 462 7777
TREAT FOR A TEAM THAT LOVES MEAT
This upmarket smokehouse is open for all kinds of office party functions. It can accommodate up to 200 people across its various connected zones. There’s also a semi-private side room for smaller parties up to 45 people. You can take your pick from snack platters or a set menu at Knife.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: Between 5pm and 7pm any weekday there are reduced prices on certain drinks. If your team are meat lovers, Knife is known for its home-smoked baby back ribs.
Crystal Towers | Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road | Century City | +27 (0) 21 551 5000
GET LOCKED UP WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES
Play an escape game and see how well you do being locked up with your colleagues for 60 minutes. There are four options to choose from and each team must decode a fast-paced, pulse-raising series of riddles and brain-teasers to free themselves from the room in time. There is also a new virtual reality room at HintHunt’s V&A Waterfront location.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: It’s an engaging game that facilitates teamwork and encourages communication. HintHunt has a large business lounge and bar area (accommodating 100 people) where you can enjoy post-game drinks at their Woodstock location. Free Wi-fi, an HD projector and screen are included. They can also cater. Watch this:
V&A Waterfront and Woodstock | +27 (0) 21 448 986417 | www.hinthunt.co.za
EXPLORE THE OCEAN
Make it magical and exploratory, with this maritime experience. The state-of-the-art Two Oceans Aquarium accommodates big (500 guests) and small (25 guests) teams. Host a sit-down dinner just metres away from ragged-tooth sharks or let the jellyfish fascinate your guests during a walkabout cocktail party, it’s your pick at Two Oceans Aquarium.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: There are different packages to fit various budgets. These can include catering, evening tours, bar staff and even recommendations for entertainers.
Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0) 21 814 4547
UNWIND AT A NEW-YORK STYLE MUSIC BAR
Book out the entire venue (takes 60 seated or a maximum of 150 standing) or reserve just a section. The Piano Bar has a bar area, a music room and an open rooftop lounge, the latter being ideal for small groups of between 15 and 25 people. There’s live music every night from solo artists and bands – anything from jazz to folk. They serve an assortment of tapas and fresh, experimental cocktails at this trendy eatery.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: The venue has a projector and PA system for slide shows and speeches if your boss needs to mix business with pleasure.
47 Napier Street | De Waterkant | +27 (0) 21 418 1096
IF YOUR COLLEAGUES FEEL LIKE FAMILY
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard celebrates family, and they handle work functions in the same way by making the experience special. A wine tasting in the private room, or a cooking demonstration, following which you sit down to enjoy the meal. They’ll serve your lunch in a dedicated dining area. They curate and cater for the type of event that connects at this Franschhoek vineyard.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: You could also celebrate your diverse company heritage by doing your very own South African table – a delicious food and wine pairing that celebrates all things local and lekker about South African food, in a way that encourages sharing stories and personal experiences.
Main Road | Franschhoek Valley | www.leopardsleap.co.za | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0) 21 876 8002
GET AWAY FROM IT ALL
Avontuur, on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, is a majestic wine estate that has lush lawns, fine wine and magnificent horses. They offer a myriad of activities to keep colleagues busy, including a 30-minute self-guided walk on the farm where you learn more about the vineyards and racehorses. The specialised wine tastings are also very popular and sure to be appreciated by all. Groups of 10 to 60 guests can be hosted and all activities can be combined with breakfast, lunch or dinner at Avontuur Wine Estate.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: Avontuur Estate has a corporate function venue, perfect for small teams and they can organise fun teambuilding functions too.
AR44 | Between Stellenbosch and Somerset West | www.avontuurestate.co.za | +27 (0) 21 855 3450
INVOKE SOME GERMAN FESTIVITY
The top floor of this German franchise can accommodate between 60 to 80 seated guests or 120 people standing. With a wide-ranging menu, including some German favourites, such as currywurst and a German meatloaf, topped with egg and served with bratkartoffeln, you’ll get a true international food experience and a taste of gemütlichkeit at Cafe Extrablatt.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: When you hire the venue, you’re free to decorate the space, and there’s a large mounted television for corporate workshops or screening a good ballgame. Café Extrablatt is a stone’s throw away from the Cape Town Stadium, so if your boss wants to add something extra to the year-end party, he can take his employees to a Premier Soccer League game.
Exhibition Building | 79 Main Road | Green Point | +27 (0)21 434 3759
A CREATIVE SPACE FOR THE NON-CONFORMISTS
If bold art and creative spaces are your thing, then you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Radisson RED. The obvious choice for an unforgettable event is the RED rooftop, with its pool, grill and bar facilities and a 360-degree view of the city and its cool arty neighbour Zeitz MOCAA. The sunsets alone are worth toasting with a specialty cocktail or Bitching Baxter Blonde craft beer, named after the hotel’s resident dog and “CEO”, Baxter. If it’s a trendy and scenic spot you’re looking for, the perfect location is the Radisson RED.
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: You can secure exclusive use of the rooftop if you want a private event. Indoors, the hotel has four event spaces downstairs, each one as flexible as the next. Take the Ping + Pong room, for example, this versatile 116m space can throw on a slinky cocktail dress and entertain 120 guests or put on a tux, set up a stage and host 70 guests, banquet style.
Silo 6 | Silo square | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0) 87 086 1578
SALUTE SUCCESS AT THIS INNER-CITY ROOFTOP BAR
Companies can hire out the glorious 11th-floor bar and terrace at the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore, for their cocktail party. This business-centric CBD hotel is the perfect place to celebrate achievements on a (physical) high. Sip to the success of excellence while enjoying an exclusive view of the Mother City. Companies can either hire out the entire rooftop bar, weather depending, for groups of 30–100 people, or book a table for 10–30 people at Harald’s Bar & Terrace
PITCH TO YOUR BOSS: For parties no larger than 30, the venue does not need to be hired out exclusively. Guests can choose from a host of hot and cold canapés as well as desserts.
29 Heerengracht Street | CBD | email@example.com | +27 (0)21 427 4800
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