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Update: Where To Celebrate Like It’s 2019 This New Year’s Eve
All the latest: Cape Town's selection of unique, special and spectacular parties, dinners and celebrations to ring in 2019
Last Updated: 20 December 2018
More are coming and we'll be updating this page periodically with our selection of special gatherings and events to end the year every week.
A BEACH PARTY AT THE RIVER
When there’s no beach big enough to host your beach party, you find a venue that can, and take the beach to it. 5fm Secrets of Summer is planning to do just that along the Liesbeek River in Observatory at the River Club Golf Estate.They’ll be building a man-made beach oasis along with all the amenities (think beach sand and lifeguard towers as DJ booths). They’re also bringing in some big local and international artists such as Locnville, Kyle Watson and Brazilian act Shapeless. Get your ticket asap for the biggest NYE beach party Cape Town has ever seen with Secrets Of Summer.
Cost: R420pp (general access)–R2000pp (VIP access)
When: 31 December 2018, 12pm till late
Where: The River Club Golf Estate, Observatory
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN CAPE TOWN
Brought to you by festival powerhouses Bazique and Wolfkop Weekender, this middle Eastern-inspired New Year’s Eve party has a got a few tricks up its sleeve. Be whisked away into Arabian nights, where immersive art experiences, experiential partying, dress ups, performance art, VIP options and more are a given. Did we mention the fire dancers, 3D printed and video-mapped building facia of an Arabian fortress and two main stages at the foot of Table Mountain? Oh yeah, you’re going to want to see this for yourself. No under-20s. It’s already December – get your tickets to Alcazar now.
When: 31 December 2018, 4pm–4am
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +27 (0)82 786 6744
Where: The Paddocks, Cnr Hatfield & Orange Street, Cape Town
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AN ALL-WHITE AFFAIR ON HERITAGE SQUARE
Shortmarket Street favourites HQ and Roast & Co. are transforming Heritage Square into an all-white wonderland – themed drinks included. The decor and drinks are classy, as is the dinner. The three-course meal at HQ, including an all-white themed cocktail, is their classic sirloin steak and a white chocolate and coconut delightfully angelic dessert.
You’ll also be able to dine at Roast & Co. with another three-course meal (you’ll also get that cool all-white cocktail). How does Mzansi-fried mac 'n cheese, chakalaka salsa, sage and sour cream sound?
The DJ line-up and entrance fees will be released closer to the time. Full prepayment is required to secure your booking. Dinner tickets include entrance to the festivities afterwards. And remember to don your best all-white and heavenly-inspired outfits with HQ and Roast & Co.
When: 31 December 2018, 7pm till late
Contact: HQ: email@example.com Roast & Co: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: 100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Blue Marlin is one of the sexiest, wildest and most glamorous beach clubs in the world. Blue Marlin is bringing the essence of Ibiza to Shimmy Beach Club this New Year’s. Expect incredible dancers, performers and mind-blowing production along with local and international DJs spinning electronic dance music until dawn. The line-up includes Camilo Franco (Barcelona), Andy Baxter (Ibiza) and Dean Fuel (SA). VIP grants you access via a separate entrance to the lounge and facilities. Premier tickets are available for groups of eight and more.
Cost: R750–R1800 at Howler
When: 31 December 2018 from 7pm–4am
Contact: email@example.com, +27 (0)21 200 7778
Where: 12 South Arm Road, Cape Town
THE PARTY BEFORE THE PARTY
If New Year’s Eve is taking too long to arrive for your liking, then Arcade Café has just the thing for you. they’re closed on the 31st, so to make up for it they’re throwing a party the night before. They’re partnering with GH Mumm and Avion Tequila for this party and are doing giveaways via social media on the night. They’ll also have resident DJ’s Leyton Lee and Roy Hendrix creating the party atmosphere. FYI, just so you know, they’re calling it the Fuck New Year’s Eve Party.
When: 30 December 2018 from 6pm till late
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +27 60 861 0511
Where: 152 Bree Street, Cape Town
EXPERIENTIAL DINING SOIRÉE
Matt Manning Chef designed a decadent seven-course dinner menu for his The Chef's Studio. The catch is, you have to help him make it! Enjoy canapés and an amuse bouche before Matt demos the next two courses. You join Matt in the state-of-the-art interactive kitchen and prepare these dishes under his beady eye, before tucking into your masterpieces. Relax and loosen your belts as Matt and his team serve you the next few courses. Countdown to 12, pop some bubbles and enjoy some late-night snacks. Dress: Cocktail. Only 24 seats are available around a communal table. Or opt for a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner at the adjoining Grub & Vine
The Chef's Table: R2500 p/p Booking essential. (seven-course menu with wine pairing, bubbly and midnight nibbles).
Grub & Vine: five-course set menu: R1200–R1900
When: 31 December 2018 from 6/7pm–late
Contact: email@example.com, +27 (0)76 256 8654
Where: The Chef's Studio, 103 Bree street, Cape Town
JAPANESE BRAAI IN THE CITY
Try a Japanese braai and other specialities on New Year's Eve at Tomo. They sometimes have special offers for CTM readers, so please ask them about specials. Read more about Tomo.
Cost: According to menu
When: 31 December, 12 noon to late
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 0635
Where: 86 Loop Street (corner Shortmarket Street)
Party into 2019 with none other than SGT Pepper in Long Street. General tickets for R345pp get you snacks and cocktails on arrival, plus a party pack. VIP (limited) tickets for R695pp include snacks and cocktails on arrival, a party pack, a private and exclusive bar, pizzas or burgers and of course, bubbly. There will be acoustic live entertainment from the balcony from 8pm, a live band at 9pm and a DJ from 10:30pm till 2am. Book soon to avoid missing out.
When: 31 December 2018, 8pm–2am
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +27 (0)21 424 5608
Where: 194 Long Street, Cape Town
ISLAND STYLIN' IN THE DEEP SOUTH
Dress up for the beach island theme at the New Year's party at The Lighthouse Pub & Grill and ring in the new year with the pirates and sailors. There will be live music from 9pm to midnight and they will be serving food until 10pm.
Cost: R100 at the gate
When: 31 December 2018 7pm–1am
Contact: +27 (0) 21 783 2001, email@example.com
Where: Lighthouse Pub & Grill | Swan Lodge Building, corner Main Road And Teubes Road, Kommetjie, Western Cape
Tuck into a delectable three-course dinner at theatrical dinner spot Stardust this New Year’s Eve for R1950pp. Canapes such as Vietnamese spring rolls and Italian gazpacho shots will be served on arrival along with Stardust’s famous complimentary cocktails. Think poached crayfish tails and wild mushroom and aubergine cheesecake to start. The mains feature dishes such as roasted butternut gnocchi and black and white sesame seed crusted Norwegian salmon. And last, but not least, for dessert (accompanying the French champagne served to celebrate 2019) – a combination of different chocolate in different textures with a creamy caramelia mousse cake with white chocolate soil, Lindt chocolate ganache and strawberry caviar. We know, yum. And of course, you can expect the legendary incredible theatrical entertainment by the Stardust waiters. You can also opt for an assorted cheese platter if you’re not so into chocolate. Book your spot now to guarantee a dazzling New Year’s Eve dining experience.
When: 31 December 2018, 7pm
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +27 (0) 21 462 7777
Where: 118 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
UNDER THE TUSCAN LIGHTS
Celebrate NYE at either of Jakes' two venues with a delectable set menu and live music followed by a DJ and dancing.
Cost: R495 bookings essential
When: 31 December 2018
Contact: email@example.com, +27 (0) 21 789 0445, 021 701 3272
Where: Jakes on the Common: 1 Chapmans Peak Drive, Noordhoek. Jakes in the Village: Steenberg Village, Steenberg Road, Tokai
Moyo Blouberg has got something traditional, yet unique and exciting, set up for their New Year’s Eve dinner this year. A three-course dinner with an African influence and loads of drinks to keep things festive. The evening costs R895pp and includes your dinner, a R350 bar tab, a welcome drink, and live entertainment. Expect the likes of West Coast mussels and springbok carpaccio to start and Nyama na kumba (200g basted and grilled beef sirloin skewered with prawns served with a lemon harissa sauce), or a lentil curry wrap for mains. Dessert is your choice of a decadent red velvet beetroot cheesecake served with a berry compote and chocolate crumb, or rich chocolate cake brownies with walnuts, drizzled with custard and chocolate sauce, served with vanilla ice-cream. Reserve a table soon to avoid missing out on this special New Year’s Eve menu.
When: 31 December 2018, 7pm
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +27 21 286 0662
Where: Otto du Plessis Dr, Big Bay
FINE DINING WITH A TWIST
The RBG Grill at the Park Inn at Radisson Foreshore will be hosting a decadent six-course set menu on New Year’s Eve. Indulge in the likes of port-poached baby pear, pan-fried duck breast with potato fondant, pavlova with raspberries and cream, white chocolate mousse and so much more. Price includes a welcome drink, petit fours, free entry to the rooftop party at Harald’s Bar and Terrace and a glass of bubbles at midnight.
When: 31 December 2018 from 7pm
Contact: email@example.com , +27 (0)21 427 4800
Where: 29 Heerengracht Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
NEW YEAR'S JAM
Selective Hearing is a hip-hop-related collective delivering beats for those who value lyrics as well as the beats. End the year with sunset views, beats and friends.
Cost: R150 at Webtickets.
When: 31 December 2018, 5pm–4am
Where: 189 Buitengraght Street, Gardens
ROOFTOP VIEWS AND HAWAIIAN-INSPIRED CANAPES
Party into 2019 the right way – with incredible sights of Table Mountain, a live DJ, a drink in your hand and canapes all night. Harald’s Bar and Terrace is planning to bring you all of that and more this New Year’s Eve. You can expect tasty canapes like coconut and pineapple slaw, salt-baked cob on tomato and onion salad, miso-marinated beef kebabs, coconut and pineapple cups and more at this Hawaiian-themed party. Enjoy all this plus an unmatchable vibe for just R895pp. Complimentary glass of bubbly served at midnight. Get a glass of Veuve Clicquot for R190, a 375ml bottle for R499 or a 750ml bottle R999 on the night.
When: 31 December 2018, from 7pm
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org , +27 (0)21 427 4800
Where: 29 Heerengracht Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
CHUCKLE INTO THE NEW YEAR
Cape Town Comedy Club will be hosting their annual New Year’s Eve comedy show once again and you can expect the same level of humour, entertainment and festive spirit as in previous years. The show will be hosted by Carl Weber and DJ Azhul, with snippets from their recent sold-out show #WaarWasJy, as well as some of South Africa’s funniest comedians such as Lindy Johnson, Angel Campey and KG Mokgadi. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 9pm. Your ticket to the show includes a welcome drink on arrival plus a glass of bubbly for the countdown. It does not include a meal, but the a la carte menu and happy hour from 6pm–7pm will be available on the night. Tickets available from any Computicket outlet or Shoprite and Checkers store, or the Computicket website.
When: 31 December 2018, from 6pm
Contact: email@example.com, +27 (0)214188880
Where: The Pumphouse, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
8-COURSE DINNER AND A 2-NIGHT STAY
Make your New Year’s Eve more of a New Year’s weekend away with this awesome dinner and accommodation deal from Mimosa Lodge in Montagu. Enjoy two nights in their Garden Suite plus an eight-course dinner for R2800 per person sharing. Or, opt for their Classic Room for R2300 per person. What’s for dinner? Think lightly smoked native oysters, hot smoked duck breast, a watermelon, rosemary and prosecco sorbet and more (we won’t give too much away). Book soon to avoid disappointment.
When: New Year’s Eve weekend
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +27 (0)23 614 2351
Where: 19 Kerk Street, Bergsig, Montagu
A VIP NYE
Utopia, on the 15th floor of the Capital Mirage Building in Chiappini Street, is inviting you to join them for a pretty cool New Year’s Eve dinner experience, with a live DJ and incredible fireworks display included. The evening kicks off with a glass of champagne and is followed by a delectable seven-course dinner. Think lobster tail, seared scallops, chocolate mousse cheesecake and other decadent dishes. Reserve your seat soon to avoid disappointment.
When: 31 December 2018 from 6pm
Contact: email@example.com, +27 (0)21 418 3065
Where: 15th Floor Capital Mirage, 40 Chiappini Street, Cape Town
ALL ABOARD 2019
Looking for something a little different this year? Welcome the new year from the water on this awesome cruise experience from TIGGER 2 Royale. There are two options for their New Year’s Eve party. The first cruise boards at 6pm and you’ll spend an hour and a half on board to enjoy the sunset. Your ticket includes a welcome Aperol Spritz cocktail, nibbles at sunset, a glass of Campari sparkling wine upon your arrival at Clifton and a 15-piece upmarket canape platter served on the return journey with live entertainment from DJ DIDIER. This option costs R1050pp. The second option is a bit more extravagant – boarding at 10pm, you’ll enjoy dinner before heading out. You’ll spend four hours on board and enjoy a 15-piece upmarket canape platter, a top DJ for the evening, plus an extended midnight show out at sea to witness the New Year’s Eve firework displays in all their glory. These festivities end around 2am. This option costs R2200pp.
When: 31 December 2018, 6pm or 10pm
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +27 (0)82 852 4383
Where: Tigger 2 Charters, V&A Waterfront
Discover the Lost City of Atlantis at this mystical, themed New Year’s Eve party at Waterfront restaurant Sevruga. Celebrate the start to another year with a welcome cocktail, a five-course dinner and a bottle of Spier MCC for every couple. There’ll be a photo booth, plus face painting in the Temple of Beauty where you’ll be adorned by the “paint of Divines”.
When: 31 December 2018, 8pm
Contact: +27 (0)21 421 5134, email@example.com
Where: Shop 4, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront
BLACK AND YELLOW AT BEERHOUSE
Where better to party into the new year than at Long street’s favourite beer emporium? Whether you’re a fan of the bubbly stuff or not, you’re not going to want to miss this black and yellow bash at Beerhouse. They’ve got DJ Branny and DJ Bashmouth on the decks and an easy 50 bucks entry fee. Don’t forget to wear something to fit the theme. New Year’s shindig = sorted.
When: 31 December 2018, 8pm
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 3370, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: 223 Long Street, Cape Town
NEW YEAR’S BASH AT BENGUELA
Dazzle into 2019 with this memorable party happening at Benguela Cove. Dance the night away with DJs and raise your cheers to the new year with a complimentary glass of the newly-released Benguela Cove Joie De Vivre when the clock strikes midnight. Delicious canapes and tapas will be served on the night and there will be a cash bar. It’s a pretty fancy affair, so be sure to dress to the smart code. Bookings essential at this luxurious wine estate.
When: 31 December 2018, 7:30pm–2am
Contact: +27 (0) 87 357 0637, email@example.com
Where: R43 Bot River Lagoon Walker Bay, Hermanus
LIVE IT UP AT LAKESIDE LODGE
If you’re looking for something a touch more lavish, strut (elegantly) into the new year at this four-course dinner curated by executive chef Kelly-Anne Pietersen at Lakeside Lodge and Spa Benguela Brasserie. Enjoy live band performances and a complimentary glass of Benguela Cove Joie De Vivre at midnight to welcome 2019. A 50% deposit is required to secure all bookings, which are essential at this five-star Garden Route hotel.
Cost: R980pp, R250pp for kids
When: 31 December 2018, 6:30pm–2am
Contact: +27 (0)44 343 1844, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: 11 Leicester Rd, Lakeside, Sedgefield
STUMBLE DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE AT BELUGA
Celebrate the start of a new year with a festive themed party taking place at Beluga. Don your best Alice in Wonderland look for this four-course dinner (you pick each course) including welcome drinks and themed floating canapes. There’ll be a DJ, dance floor and entertainment, plus the glam establishment will only close its doors once the last person is done partying. Children are welcome, however, Beluga won’t have a set kids menu on the night. The full cost of the set menu must be settled upon booking. Here are 3 things you'll appreciate about the new Beluga.
When: 31 December 2018, 7pm till late
Where: 70 Prestwich St, De Waterkant
ROOFTOP RADISSON BLU RESOLUTIONS
Ring in the new year rooftop-style. Head to the Ghibli Pool Bar for an awesome New Year’s Eve celebration that includes a welcome cocktail, a private bar for the evening, canapes, pool and a live DJ throughout the evening. Plus, there’ll be a superhero theme and champagne specials. So, don your favourite hero outfit and get ready to celebrate. Bookings essential at this inner-city getaway spot.
When: 31 December 2018
Contact: +27 (0)21 467 4000 , email@example.com
Where: 22 Riebeek Street, Cape Town City Centre
ROCK INTO THE NEW YEAR WITH RADISSON RED
The Silo District’s Radisson Red will be hosting two awesome New Year’s Eve parties. Head to their stylish OUIBar + KTCHN for a live performance with new-age pop-rock band Monark at 7pm. Tickets include your choice of burgers, tacos and fries, plus you’ll get a welcome gin and tonic when you arrive.
If you’re into something a little bit more dramatic, catch the last sunset of 2018 on the RED Roof at their #PartyInTheClouds celebration. This event starts at 6pm with live singers and a DJ later in the evening. Tickets cost R2100pp and include a seafood feast and a welcome drink. Both tickets exclude the cost of extra drinks.
You’ll need to prepay to guarantee your spot and space is limited, so settle on your NYE plans and book for one of these dazzling celebrations soon at the hip Radisson Red.
When: 6pm–2am 31 December 2018
Contact: +27 (0)87 086 1578, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Radisson RED No.6 Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Radisson RED No.6 Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
ARABIAN NIGHTS AND NEW YEAR’S EVE DELIGHTS
Dazzle into 2019 with a magical themed evening celebration hosted by Radisson Blu Waterfront. Wander into Aladdin’s Cave for a welcome drink, three-course buffet dinner, live entertainment and front row seats to the exciting firework display at midnight, as well as a sparkling glass of wine at Tobago’s Restaurant and Terrace. Or kick things up a notch with a captivating Arabian-themed night at Harbour View, includes a welcome drink, five-course set menu, live entertainment and front row seating to the firework display, plus a glass of sparkling wine at midnight. Keep celebrating on New Year’s Day with live entertainment and a three-course lunchtime buffet at Tobago’s Restaurant and Terrace. Kids under 12 eat for half-price and kids under 5 eat for free. Bookings essential at this sophisticated spot.
When: 31 December 2018, 6:30pm–1am and 1 January 2019, 12:30pm–3:30pm
Contact: +27 (0)21 441 3000 , email@example.com
Where: 100 Beach Road, Granger Bay, Cape Town
DISCO IN THE VINEYARDS
Join “The Frenchman” DJ Rene, as he takes over Cape Point Vineyards and keeps the party going into 2019. The Grand South NYE party will be a disco theme (prizes for best dressed) and tickets get you a summertime new year’s party in a vineyard – bet you haven’t done that before. A VIP ticket will get you canapes, exclusive access to the deck and a glass of celebratory bubbly on arrival.
Cost: R300pp (early birds before 31 October), R350pp thereafter, R400pp at the door. VIP costs R750pp.
When: 31 December 2018–1 January 2019, 6pm–3am
Contact: +27 (0)21 789 0900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
NEW YEAR NEW MOON
Say cheers to 2018 and watch the sun set on another great year from one of the best views in the Cape at this new year’s hike. The 9.75km route will take you through the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy and Yellowwood forest to the top of Klapmutskop where you’ll enjoy a glass of bubbly to welcome 2019. Your ticket price includes a shuttle, map, bubbly as well as a juice for kids. Plus, you can even enjoy a picnic basket for an additional R80pp.
Cost: R150pp, R60pp for kids under 10 years old.
When: December 31st, 4pm–9pm
Contact: +27 (0)21 884 4752, email@example.com
Where: DelVera, Stellenbosch
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