New Year’s Eve 2016/17 in Cape Town – What to do

New Year’s Eve 2016/17 in Cape Town – What to do

Chilled seaside dinner or no-holds-barred party? Here’s our round-up of where to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016/17 in Cape Town.

The countdown has begun! Cape Town, like other major cities across the world, is gearing up for the mother of all parties. But, if going big isn’t your thing, and you’re after a chilled celebration, we’ve got you covered, too. From outdoor dance floors and an ocean-facing soirée to a break-the-bank dress-up and an eight-course extravaganza at Cape Town’s hottest restaurant, we’ve rounded up a pick of parties to toast 2017. We think we’ve got something for everyone but, if you know of something that’s not on our list, do let us know in the comments below. Cheers! Here’s to a fantastic 2017!

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at Nederburg Wine Farm

Nederburg Wines New Year's Eve
Image credit: Michael Olivier

Leave the mayhem of the Mother City behind and venture out to the winelands for an elegantly relaxed New Year’s Eve celebration. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Nederburg Wine Farm for another magical evening under the stars. Celebrated South African vocalists Melanie Scholtz and Brandon October will be serenading the audience with romantic classics such as “Unforgettable”, “Imagine” and “The Impossible Dream”, while opera duo Given Nkosi and Goitsemang Lehobye lend their powerful voices to classic operatic arias. Joining the line-up for the first time is Sterling EQ, an all-woman group whose flute, cello and violin ensemble has earned them a global fan base. They’ll be providing a unique take on the works of Bach and Mike Batt.
Good to know You can bring your own picnic, and there will be food trucks and gourmet snacks available onsite. Nederburg wine and craft beer will be on sale at the event, and patrons are asked not to bring their own beverages onto the premises.
When Gates open at 5pm, concert starts at 9.30pm
Where Nederburg Wine Farm, Sonstraal Road, Paarl
Cost R300 (adults)
R175 (children 12 – 18 years)
Free (under 12)
Purchase tickets online or phone Dial-a-Seat at 021 421 7695
Transport A bus service departs from Artscape Theatre at 7pm. Return tickets cost R80 for adults and R30 for 18 and under. For more information, contact Luvuyo Kakaza at 021 410 9966 or
Contact 021 410 9809,

Rock in the New Year at La Parada Constantia Nek

La Parada New Year's Eve in Cape Town
The historic restaurant was relaunched in September with a new-look interior that’s light and bright, and the same spectacular views of one of the Cape’s oldest wine-growing regions. As concrete proof that the old can be made new again, La Parada makes for an appropriate venue to celebrate the New Year. Add to that, live music courtesy of Monark and Red Tape Riot, as well as welcome drinks, delicious tapas, and a cash bar open till late.
When 8pm – 1am
Where La Parada Constantia Nek, 1 Hout Bay Road, Constantia
Cost R1 000 (includes cocktails on arrival, casual tapas and entry ticket)
Contact Book online only.

New Year’s Eve Party at Villains Ale House

New Year's Eve Party in Cape Town – Villains Ale House
This hot new venue, with its old-English-alehouse vibe, is the brainchild of Jason Lilley (Bardough by Jason), Gavin Hagger (Jerry’s Burger Bar) and Reg Macdonald (The Village Idiot, Aces ’n Spades). Its New Year’s Eve bash is sure to be a massive celebration – with DJs on the decks, canapés to snack on, and giveaways throughout the night. As the sign says: “Scoundrels, skelms, rogues and villains are all welcome”.
When 6pm
Where Villains Ale House, 38 Hout Street, CBD
Cost No entrance fee
Complimentary glass of bubbly for midnight
Complimentary bottle of bubbles for table bookings
Canapés, giveaways, DJs
Contact 021 422 2317,

Rock the Mother City Street Party at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice

New Year's Eve Street Party – Cape Town
The plush Protea Hotel will be hosting its 8th annual New Year’s Eve event; an outdoor street party in the trendy Tamboerskloof area. New Church Street will be transformed into a fluorescent futuristic setting, decorated with neon lights and confetti cannons; and come midnight, there’ll be a massive screen projection so everyone can join in the countdown. Headline act DJ Sbu will be rocking the house with his kwaito beats, and he’ll be joined by an impressive line-up of performers including live hip-hop act Prototype, 5 FM’s DJ Loyd and Ashton Abels from Good Hope FM. VIP ticker holders will be granted access to the hotel’s foyer and indoor bar, where champagne will be on offer.
When 8pm – 4am
Where Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, New Church Street, Tamboerskloof
Cost General tickets: R200 on presale, R250 at the door (include access to outside street party area, main stage & video mapping countdown, portable toilets)
VIP tickets: R400 on presale, R450 at the door (includes access to hotel foyer and deck, inside bar in foyer, hotel bathrooms and VIP indoor dance floor)
VVIP tickets: R700 on presale, R800 at the door (includes access to pool deck overlooking the street party, second dance floor with own DJ line-up, surprise giveaways)
Tickets available from 25 December
Contact 073 774 8272 or 073 820 4460, (ticket enquiries)
021 488 2555, (NYE dinner bookings)

Grand South New Year’s Eve Featuring DJ Rene at Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards, Best Gourmet Picnics
The pristine meadows of the Cape Point Vineyards host markets and picnics all year round, but on New Year’s Eve the normally serene outdoor venue becomes the setting for one of Cape Town’s biggest parties. DJ Rene, otherwise known as The Frenchman (yes, he is actually French) will be providing the beats, and guests are encouraged to dress in white and blue, and drink a toast to the revolutionary spirit.
When 6pm
Where Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
Cost R250 per person (standard)
R700 per person (VIP, includes exclusive access to the deck until 9pm, canapes served from 7 to 9pm, and a glass of bubbly on arrival)
Limited tickets available (first come first serve)
Dress code All white with a touch of blue
Please note No outside food or beverages will be allowed on to the Estate.
Food stalls will be available.
Contact 021 789 0900,

8-Course New Year’s Eve Dinner at Foxcroft

New Year's Eve Dinner – Foxcroft
Image credit: Claire Gunn
Cape Town’s most talked-about new restaurant is hosting an eight-course extravaganza, with each course offering a glimpse into the culinary artistry that has earned Glen Foxcroft Williams’ new establishment its top spot. May your new year be as fresh and full of flavour as the ingredients used to craft the exciting dishes on offer at this extraordinary feast.
When 6pm
Where Foxcroft, Shop 8, High Constantia, Corner of Groot Constantia and Constantia Main Road
On the menu
Amuse-bouche: Oyster, 50-year-old sherry vinegar, with shallots and nasturtium
First course: Grass-fed beef tartare or Tuna tataki
Second course: Duck liver parfait or Crispy squid
Third course: Oak Valley pig’s head croquettes or yellowtail ceviche
Tapas: Chalmar lamb rump or creamed millet or pan-seared linefish
Cost R1 200 per person
Contact 021 202 3304

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Harbour House Constantia Nek

New Year's Celebrations at Harbour House Constantia Nek
Situated next door to the recently relaunched La Parada, the third branch of the prestigious Harbour House chain of seafood restaurants is offering a six-course feast to celebrate the New Year. A glass of bubbly on arrival is included in the package, and guests will be granted access to the party at La Parada, where local bands Monark and Red Tape Riot are performing live.
When 8pm – 11pm
Where Harbour House Constantia Nek, 1 Hout Bay Road, Constantia
On the menu
Amuse-bouche: glass of bubbly, Tuna California Roll, Prawn Maki, New Style Sushi
Entree: Cocktail Oyster
Starter one: Roasted Butternut Salad, Line Fish Tartar
Starter two: Pecorino Gnocchi, Mussels
Palate cleanser: Sorbet
Main one: Line Fish, Prime Beef
Palate cleanser: Peppermint Candy
Main two: Smoked Paprika Calamari, Prawns Mozambique Style
Dessert buffet: Mini Chocolate Tart, Creme Brulee, Mini Lemon Tartlets, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Cheese Platter
Beverages: Coffee
Cost R1 250 per person (includes 6 course meal, glass of bubbly on arrival, and entry to the ‘Rock in the New Year Party’ at La Parada
Contact Book online only.

Rezonance Festival at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve

New Years in Cape Town – Rezonance Festival
What better way to welcome in the new year than by escaping the humdrum of everyday life and immersing yourself in nature? The Rezonance Festival returns this year for another four-day camping getaway, with the scenic Pat Busch Mountain reserve as the chosen location. There’ll be two arenas and around 150 performances spread between them, including six international acts. Guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in the mountain dam between bouts of revelry on the outdoor dance floor.
When 30 December, 10am – 2 January, 2pm
Where Pat Busch Mountain Reserve, Bergendal Road, Klaasvoogds WEST, Robertson
Overnight accommodation Access to the camping area is included in the price of admission, and groups are encouraged to bring along tents and camping gear.  There will also be a designated area for mobile homes and camper vans.
For those who’d rather not have to lug camping gear to the festival, there will be a tent village with eight pre-pitched tents available for rent at the following rates:
R2 400 (bell tent, sleeps 3)
R1 200 (dome tent, sleeps 2)
For more information, contact 076 880 3806,
Cost R590 (at selected outlets)
R620 (online at Quicket)
R680 (at the gate)
Visit the Rez Fest Facebook page for more information, including the list of outlets where tickets can be purchased.
Contact 021 705 0720, 072 314 1942, 082 741 8981,
Guests with special needs should contact to make arrangements ahead of time.
Please note No under 18s
No animals, except for guide dogs
No glass
No gas braais
Alcohol will only be allowed in the campsites, not in the festival area
No swimming in the dam after dark

No Bull Sh*t New Year’s Party at Aces ‘n Spades

New Year's Eve Bash – Aces 'n Spades
They’ll see you rollin’, but they won’t be hatin’ – at this rock ’n roll dive bar. Aces has established itself as one of the hippest hangouts in Cape Town, thanks to the cool rock-legend portraits and festive vibe. On New Year’s Eve, DJs will be spinning tunes, and there’ll be plenty of alcohol to go around. If you’re looking for a party, this one’s got it in spades.
When 6pm
Happy Hour: 6pm – 7pm
DJs from 9pm
Where Aces ‘n Spades, 62 Hout Street, CBD
Cost R100 at the door
Complimentary welcome cocktails included

Roaring 20’s Rooftop Party at Harald’s Bar & Terrace

New Year's Eve Cape Town – Harald's Bar & Terrace
This decidedly glam rooftop bar is hosting the kind of party Jay Gatsby would be proud of. With DJ Shylo on the decks, guests can enjoy snazzy cocktails and some of the best views of Table Mountain, while nibbling on an array of exotic tapas such as beer-battered jalapeño poppers, crumbled potato and prawn tails, and apricot and chicken kebabs with peanut-butter sauce. The bubbly will be brought out before midnight, and guests can gaze down at the bright lights of the bustling business district below as they begin the countdown to 2017.
When 7.30pm – 2am
Where Harald’s Bar & Terrace at Park Inn by Radisson Foreshore, 29 Heerengracht Street, Foreshore
On the menu Find out more here
Cost R895 per person (includes a welcome drink, canapé dinner, glass of bubbly at midnight, and entertainment)
Good to know RBG, the Park Inn’s smarter restaurant, is hosting a 5 course dinner, after which guests are welcome to join the celebrations up top at Harald’s Bar & Terrace. The dinner starts at 7pm and costs R850 per person. Find out more here.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa

Tower Restaurant – New Year's Eve Dinner
This elegant hotel, a stone’s throw away from Canal Walk Shopping Centre, is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner at its acclaimed Towers restaurant. The hotel itself is a shining example of modern design, making it an appropriate venue to welcome in the new year, while the restaurant has been lauded for its professional service and fine fusion cuisine. Chef Terrence Ford has a special menu planned for the event that will showcase his culinary skills.
When 7.30pm
Where African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa, Corner Century Boulevard and Rialto Road, Century City
Dress code Smart casual
What’s on the menu
First course: Smoked mackerel, burnt apple, sour dough, cucumber mayonnaise, calamari, horseradish
Second course: Veal short rib, kohlrabi cream, prawns, watercress pesto, caramelised yoghurt
Third course: Ostrich eye fillet, broad beans, carrots, barbequed celeriac, kale, black berry
Fourth course: Pear, custard ice cream, milk yoghurt mousse
Fifth course: Friandise
Good to know Vegetarian options available on request.
Children under 12 may order off the à la carte menu.
Cost R715 per person (includes complimentary welcome drink)
Contact 021 525 3888,

The Oscars-themed New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Twelve Apostles

12 Apostles New Year's Eve
The illustrious Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, with its impressive views of mountain and sea, makes for a fine venue to usher in the new year. Guests will be given the red-carpet treatment… literally… as the hotel’s five-star restaurant becomes the setting for an Oscar-themed celebration that recreates the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s biggest event. Included in the festivities is a five-course dinner, with dishes specially planned for the occasion, and there’ll be Champagne (yes, the real mccoy with a capital C) to go around come the midnight countdown.
When 7pm for 8pm
Where The Azure Restaurant and Atlantic Terrace Marquee at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Dress code Oscars Glam Black Tie
Cost R2 950 per person (five-course menu including gratuity, glass of sparkling wine on arrival and a glass of Champagne at midnight)
Contact 021 437 9000,

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Belthazar

Belthazar New Year's Eve Resrtaurants
As always, there’ll be plenty going on at the V&A Waterfront on New Year’s Eve, and this quayside steak restaurant is a prime spot to soak up the atmosphere. A set three-course menu, with fresh seafood and meat options available, is on offer, and there’ll be a glass of sparkling wine to welcome you on arrival.
When 6pm onwards
Where Belthazar, Shop 153, V&A Waterfront
On the menu
Glass of sparkling wine on arrival
Starter: Beef carpaccio or Grilled calamari or oysters
Main course: Grain-fed fillet or Rib-eye or Luxury meat and fish platter or Shellfish platter
Dessert: Mixed berries or Crème brûlée or Luxury cheese board
Coffee: served with a trio of halva
Cost R2 100 per person (excluding gratuity)
Contact 021 421 3753,

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Gibsons Gourmet Burgers & Ribs

New Year's Eve at Gibson's
If tucking into a tasty steak is your idea of the perfect New Year’s, hotfoot it to one of Cape Town’s premier burger and ribs spots for a three-course New Year’s Eve dinner. Main course options including the AAA grade 28 matured grain fed fillet with red wine sauce, and the Cape and Mozambican export quality shellfish platter.
When 6pm onwards
Where Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs, Shop 157, V&A Waterfront
On the menu
Glass of sparkling wine on arrival
Starter: Carpaccio of venison or Grilled calamari
Main course: AAA-grade 28-day-matured grain-fed fillet with red wine sauce or shellfish platter
Dessert: Mixed berries or New York cheesecake slab
Coffee: served with a trio of halva
Cost R1 699 per person (excluding gratuity)
Contact 021 421 4776,

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Balducci

What to do on New Year's Eve – Balducci
One of several Waterfront restaurants hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations, this chic Italian-style eatery is offering a three-course dinner that will include options featured on the menus of other Slick restaurants, as well as some of its own contributions, such as the baked eggplant with Kwaito cheese and Parmigiano, and the decadent white Lindt chocolate cheesecake dessert.
When 6pm onwards
Where Balducci, Shop 6162, V&A Waterfront
What’s on the menu
Glass of sparkling wine on arrival
Starter: Melanzane alla Parmigiano or Grilled calamari or Oysters
Main course: Beef Fillet or Shellfish platter
Dessert: Mixed berries or Crème brûlée or White Lindt chocolate cheesecake
Coffee: served with a trio of halva
Cost R1 699 per person (excluding gratuity)
Contact 021 421 6002,

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Time of publication: 13 November 2016

32 Responses to “New Year’s Eve 2016/17 in Cape Town – What to do”

  1. Brian & Renette van Blerk

    Crazy prices. We rather stay at home where I can enjoy a few glasses of wine and our own food and spend the money on a nice outfit and then I have something to show for my money .

  2. Theo

    i am a tourist but will not pay these prices either …..i will go to the Waterfront and enjoy free music there

  3. Stephen

    Good day all, for a family outing in Cape town at these venues are unaffordable, please considerate when advertising your busineses at such outrages prices and depend on us to still support you………hope you fill your venues and meet your quota

  4. shamz

    Prices getting more and more exp each year…. establishments becoming greedier… ah well party at home for me… and its free…

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  6. jacob

    We are family from Europe visiting Cap for 2 weeks +++- somebody knows a place to go for new year eve with childrens 3 and 5 years old :}

  7. Beryl

    Mmmm …. so who do you REALLY want at your establishment? Clearly not the hard-working middle class patrons that support YOU throughout the year? Sies vir julle!!!!

  8. Tracy

    Wow….. how can a normal person afford these options…. Cape Town stop promoting these establishments….. give us the skinny on affordable reliable places

  9. fran

    What? That kinda money spent for new years eve. It’s a rip off and pathetic. Yes we not forced to go but com on. Are we going to have gold FOOD? It’s the same food so why all of a Sudden that expensive. And in winter specials as thy need local people to support their business.

    • Anna Schmaltz

      so agree with you there, its only for the rich and the normal working class can go sit with a picnic basket on lionshead or table mountain or get squashed in the waterfront.
      prices are outrageous.

  10. Ruth Arnold

    It’s profiteering plain and simple. Even tourists (like me) find the prices rediculous. Especially when we know what a rip off some of these pretentious places are usually (Balthazar for example)

  11. Tracey

    How about options for “normal” people!?

    These prices are beyond ridiculous! Menus at these prices, while I’m sure will be “nice”, are completely uninspired!

  12. Amna

    Seriously way too expensive – and not too fun either!

  13. Liesle

    These prices are ludicrous

  14. Jonathan

    It is crystal clear that Cape Town establishments are truly taking the p…! Disgusting! When the foreigners leave and the season is over, they forget who is going to be filling their tables. It’s also shocking that most of these prices far exceed prices in big USA and EU cities.

  15. Paul

    Waterfront venues clearly colluding with their exorbitant pricing for pitiful platters

  16. Yoni

    These are all BEYOND ridiculously overpriced! Anything that is fun and yum and affordable happening in the cape?

  17. Keith

    Its called the band wagon, any special date, occasion or occurrence and everybody jumps on it with the sound ka-ching ringing loudly in their ears. Sadly you get nothing for nothing, especially here in SA. One year someone somewhere will host a lekker, fun New Years jol and charge a nominal fee to cover expenses…but don’t hold your breath!

  18. marie

    So pleased there are others that find this so overpriced and quite ‘out of this world’ Cape Town needs to take stock of what it has …… loyal locals who have always been true to the places around them – and suddenly – we are now cast outs. Does this concern anyone taking everyone for a ride …… Think not!!!

  19. Lynn

    Have the people of Cape Town all of sudden become extremely rich? Any ideas for the normal working class people of Cape Town to do on New Years Eve?

  20. Steve

    Outrageous prices won’t guarantee you a great evening!

  21. chris

    What happened to a beach party with lots of sound and fire works

  22. Busi Buchan

    Is there nowhere nice for chilled out 30 somethings in Cape Town anymore.. all this sounds like pretentious bollocks. disappointing.

  23. Diana

    Is there no other reasonably priced parties for NYE in CT?

  24. Celica

    Would love to go to such places but Definitely can’t afford those prices.:(

  25. Jennie

    Recommend spots to view fireworks from the harbour?

  26. Estelle

    wow seems only tourists and local rich people can afford.

  27. Karen

    All totally unaffordable.


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