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Best Birthday Party Venues in Cape Town
A super special assortment of venue ideas for 21st, 30th, and 50th birthday bashes
Last Updated: 23 April 2018
Let's admit, no one wants to get another year older, but we also have to admit that birthdays are special happenings that deserve acknowledgement 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.
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
The Corona Sunset Deck at Strolla Restaurant & Bar
“Spoilt for choice” is a great way to describe this seaside eatery along Sea Point’s Platinum Mile. With 140 seats and a choice of sections to rent, match your perfect celebration with the perfect setting. Want to host a cocktail party with incredible ocean views? The Corona Sunset Desk is perfect for that. The sprawling outdoor bar section is great for dancing the years away. The food and wine selection is fresh and fuss-free with options like platters, pizzas, burgers, fish and chips, steak, and even soups. And with an extensive wine list, speciality cocktails, craft beers, MCCs and Champagnes, your guests will be toasting your good taste as much as your birthday.
313 Beach Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 430 7778
A Touch of Madness, located in the heart of Obs, is a converted Victorian house including a number of rooms to choose from. You can hire one out for a birthday bash, or book a large table for you and your friends in a room of your choice. Each space in the house offers something different, from a fairy light-lit courtyard to the lounge screening all the big sports matches, or the long dining table in the front room. Bring six or more friends for dinner and get your birthday meal for free!
A Touch of Madness | 12 Nuttall Rd | Observatory | 021 447 4650
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. This space encourages the young in years (and at 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 brewhouse 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
The Gallivanting Goose
Birthdays are great days for a gallivant! And we can highly recommend a day of somewhat alternative fun with The Gallivanting Goose. The Amazing Race meets Cranium meets online gaming in this fast-paced, real-time and super fun app-driven scavenger hunt, around various locations in and around the Mother City. Gather at least 15 of your friends and put your game faces on for the most exhilarating 90 minutes you’re likely to experience on your big day. Standard games start at R450/p and include the use of a fully loaded smart device for navigation.
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 microbreweries? 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
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
HintHunt - The Ultimate Escape Game
If you’re looking to trade table dancing and bottle service for a birthday celebration you’re sure to remember; it doesn’t get better than HintHunt. Dubbed “Cape Town’s most loved group activity,” and voted the city’s leading attraction in 2014, this high stakes live escape game is a good time guaranteed for all party members and the guest of honour. Located at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, you can expect to be tricked, treated, tested and timed as you try to beat the clock and ensure your freedom. The challenge works like this: small groups of people are locked in a 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 thought provoking, challenging 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 at the HintHunt bar or dinner at any of the restaurants and bars in the area.The venue accommodates up to 38 people in the games area and 80 people in the general area. Cost ranges between R200 - R300 per person.
Third Floor | Main Courtyard | The Old Biscuit Mill | 373 – 375 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 448 9864
Rick’s Café Américain
Since 30 is the new 20, you need not hang up your dancing shoes when you hit the big three-oh, the fun is still there to be had! And situated just off the trendy Kloof Street, Rick’s Café Américain is the perfect place to host a lively soirée. The popular Casablanca-themed eatery boasts a beautiful rooftop deck that’s perfect for both summer (there are clear views of Table Mountain and Signal Hill) and winter (spotted with outside heaters). Make the best of the Moroccan-inspired menu and extensive beverage list (this hotspot has roughly 30 choices of gin, 35 varieties of tequila, 60 different beers and 140 wine options) to ensure you celebrate your birthday is a festive affair.
2 Park Road | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 1100
Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers
Many hotel restaurants are (notoriously) known for serving fine dining meals that leave you a little peckish after you’ve polished off your meal. Luckily for you, this isn’t something you need to worry about at Towers Restaurant at the Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers in Century City. What’s more, you’ve got a couple of dining options here, which are perfect for those special celebrations or Instagram-worthy dining experiences. If it’s chef Henrico Grobbelaar’s signature “art on a plate” meals you’re after, know that value for money and guest satisfaction are top priorities here. There’s also the “build your own dish” menu option – a creative concept which offers a happy medium to adventurous and picky eaters alike. If you’re looking for something more intimate, the private dining area is ideal for quiet, quality time. Relax in front of the fireplace and enjoy this exclusive dining experience in style. The space can accommodate 12-30 people and it’s great for any special occasion, including engagement parties, birthday celebrations, corporate events, and baby showers. The ever-popular sushi making classes are back in full swing too. They happen at 6pm every first and last Saturday of the month. Bring your besties, work buddies, or the family for a night to remember. Your spot at R335 per person includes a welcome cocktail, a sushi lesson from a professional sushi chef, and a whole lot of fun. Space is limited to 20 per class and bookings are essential. As if you needed another excuse to celebrate the good life, welcome in the (almost!) weekend and enjoy half-price cocktails and sushi out on the pool deck every Thursday between 4:30pm and 7pm. Contact the hotel to book your next sushi making class or private dining experience.
Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road | Century City | Cape Town | (0)21 525 3888 | [email protected]
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 campervan, 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
This 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
They say that laughter keeps you young – so why not blow your candles out at Cape Town Comedy Club, one of the most fun birthday party venues in the city, and definitely the funniest. Located in the V&A Waterfront’s historic Pumphouse, the industrial-chic space hosts a laugh-out-loud line-up of stand-up talents from Wednesday through to Sunday. With headliners like Rob van Vuuren, Nik Rabinowitz and club owner Kurt Schoonraad, there’s a set to tickle every funny bone. And with a full bar and restaurant service of pizzas, salads and grills throughout the evening, it’s side-splitting in more ways than one. R15 tequila shots and an occasional DJ on decks will ensure a very happy birthday indeed!
Do note: The kitchen is halaal-friendly! Since more is merrier, the venue can host a maximum of 180 people.
Show Times: Wednesday – Sunday: doors open at 6pm and the show gets rolling at 8:30pm.
Tickets: Tickets cost between R95 and R120. Buy at the door, or get ahead of the queue via Computicket.com, as shows often sell out. Check out the week’s line-up at CapeTownComedyClub.com. To hire the venue exclusively, contact [email protected].
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
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, revellers 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
"Kaapse Stories" at The Rockwell Dinner Theatre
If you long for the traditions of yesteryear; cabaret, dinner theatre and the like, this theatrical restaurant experience will hit all the right notes. With a buffet spread encapsulating true Cape Town flavours, this dinner theatre is the perfect spot for an unusual birthday celebration. The Green Point venue now hosts the long-running, interactive musical Kaapse Stories from the Mother City on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (and other days, depending on the demand). The interactive musical, which is performed in the venue’s 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 Malay meal that makes for a truly magical evening. The menu features everything from breyani to boerekos and comes capped with a welcome drink and devilishly sweet treats (think koeksisters, melktert and malva pudding). Bookings can be made through Computicket.com or by calling the venue.
Show times: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: 7pm – late
32 Prestwich St | Green Point | Cape Town | + 27 (0)21 418 2441
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
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
You can never be too old to have a little harmless fun, and one of Cape Town’s most esteemed revue bars is happy to host you on your special day. Mavericks is the perfect venue for someone who believes that if you aren’t living life on the edge you’re only taking up space. If you’re looking for an exciting evening of risqué entertainment, in mature company then this is the place for you. Either pre-book a table in the main bar or opt for the one of the VIP sections. Xtravaganza Private Lounge is a stylish space within the bosom of the revue bar that can accommodate up to 120 people, making it ideal for large birthday celebrations; centred on cocktails, chit-chat and, of course, certain kinds of lovely distractions. Do note that although you can’t hire out the space for a sit-down affair, it is perfectly possible to arrange platters and canapes. 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 team are more than happy to work with you on organising an event that you and your guests will enjoy. The revue bar is committed to making all your fantasies come true.
68 Barrack Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 9988
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