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 a steampunk-themed extravaganza to a gardenside soirée and a five-course Michelin-style feast at one of Cape Town’s hottest restaurants, we’ve rounded up a pick of celebrations to toast 2018. 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 2018!
La Parada Constantia Nek
La Parada at Constantia Nek has cemented its spot as one of Cape Town’s hottest spots, with delicious food, an explosive vibe and unbeatable views of our urban winelands. This year’s New Year’s Eve bash promises to be bigger and better than ever, with popular local artists Jimmy Nevis and Ard Matthews performing and DJ Will Travel on the decks. If you don’t feel like a three-course menu, check out La Parada’s à la carte tapas-style dinner menu, or book yourself a delectable three-course dinner, with bubbly, at Harbour House next door.
When 8pm – 3am
Where La Parada Constantia Nek, 1 Hout Bay Road, Constantia
Cost R450 (early bird)
R550 (normal bird)
R650 (late bird)
R1 500 (three-course dinner, includes entry to the event and a glass of bubbly)
Tickets available at Nutickets
To book your three-course dinner please email email@example.com
Contact 021 795 0620, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Point Vineyards
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) provides the blistering beats, and guests are encouraged to dress in their most outrageous steampunk gear (there’s a prize for best dressed)!
Where Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
Cost R250 (standard)
R700 (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-served)
Dress code Steampunk Extravaganza
Please note No outside food or beverages will be allowed on to the Estate.
Food stalls will be available.
Contact 021 789 0900, email@example.com
One of best Italian eateries – and hottest new restaurants – in Cape Town is celebrating New Year’s Eve with two delicious dinner options and a festive party to boot! Enjoy a sensational four-course Italian feast with cocktails on arrival and a bottle of MCC for two at Locanda; or head to the swanky brand-new Michelin-starred Pierino Penati for a mouthwatering five-course dinner and bottle of bubbly for two. Once you’ve enjoyed your meal, you’re invited to the second-floor Seta Fusion Cocktail Lounge, where DJ Halden Burns will be turning up the heat as you party your way into 2018.
Where Villa 47, 47 Bree Street, Cape Town
Cost Locanda four-course dinner: R1 200 per person
Pierino Penati five-course dinner: R1 500 per person
Contact 021 418 2740, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paint the town, um, red this New Year’s Eve by partying the night away at one of Cape Town’s hot new hotels, the Radisson RED. On the cards for this rooftop soirée is a welcome G&T, delicious street food-style snacks, cool ales, off-the-hook beats by the legendary DJ Roger Goode, and a midnight fireworks display – ice-cold glass of bubbly in hand – and that special someone at your side. The event kicks off at 6pm, with DJ Dino Live on the decks.
When 6pm onwards
Where Radisson RED, Silo 6, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Cost R1 800 per person (includes meal, G&T on arrival, bubbly at midnight, and top-drawer DJs)
Please note no under 18s allowed
Contact 087 086 1578, email@example.com
The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort
With its 300-year-old oak tree, The Conservatory at the celebrated Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Constantia is a decidedly civilised way to ring in the new year with an elegant four-course dinner.
Menu On arrival, you’ll be treated to four-seasons canapés and artisanal breads, after which you’ll be invited to take a seat and enjoy a first course of red pepper and goat’s cheese terrine. The second course is yellowfin tuna sashimi and West Coast oysters followed by a light grapefruit-and-elderflower refresher. The hearty third course is a wild herb-crusted springbok loin and confit springbok shank. And to ends things beautifully, dessert is decadent mousse-filled profiteroles with milk ice cream and Madeira sponge, followed by coffee and petits-fours.
When Dinner starts at 6.30pm; last order is 9.30pm
Where The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia Heights
Cost R950 (includes welcome drink)
Contact 021 794 2137, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harringtons Cocktail Lounge
Celebrate the new year, Jackie O-style at the swankiest cocktail lounge in Cape Town’s East City! Dress to impress, and enjoy crafted cocktails, delicious canapés, and dinner from 7pm until 10.30pm. After which you’re invited to a swinging after party hosted by DJ Funky G. The best-dressed man, woman and couple will each receive a bottle of Moët and Chandon to start the new year on a good note.
Menu The delicious cocktail menu includes buckwheat blinis with crème fraîche, salmon and lumpfish roe, tuna crudo, steak tartare with potato crisp wafers, and for dessert a delectable buttermilk panna cotta and Moët Sabayon with fresh berries.
When 7pm – 4am
Where Harringtons Cocktail Lounge, 61b Harrington Street, Cape Town
Cost R550 (cocktail dinner includes welcome Belvedere cocktail, dinner, after party and glass of bubbly at midnight)
R100 (pre-booked tickets for the after party, includes a glass of bubbly at midnight)
R175 (at the door for the after party, includes a glass of bubbly at midnight)
Contact 021 461 2276, email@example.com
Devil’s Peak Taproom
Located at the foot of Devil’s Peak, the Taproom’s amazing mountain views will elevate an already delicious craft beer and meal to new heights, and add that extra cheer to your new year. So ring in 2018 with free-flowing beer and wine on tap, topped by a delicious three-course meal, and some cool live tunes.
Menu Canapés to start, burger and fries for mains, and a decadent dark-chocolate mousse for dessert.
When 8pm until late
Where Taproom, Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, 150 Cecil Road, Salt River, Cape Town
Cost R1 250 (includes three-course meal, bottomless beer and wine on tap)
Contact 021 201 1401, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aces n Spades
With all the shmoozing and air-kissing on New Year’s Eve, it’s refreshing to find a no-frills party where you can rock up, no reservation needed, in your most comfortable clobber, and party the night away into 2018. So head on over to Aces (as it’s affectionately known) for a rock ’n roll kind of New Year’s, where happy hour is four hours long – from 6pm till 10pm – with half-price booze, and a DJ on the decks from 9pm until the wee hours of 2018.
When 6pm onwards
Where 62 Hout Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Cost R100 per person at the door (includes welcome drink)
Ring in the new year in style at the President Hotel, while soaking up the setting, and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean views. Enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival before enjoying a scrumptious three-course buffet-style dinner with live entertainment. Then, after dinner head to the hotel’s deck bar where a DJ will be on the, er, deck, from 10pm onwards, so that you can boogie your way into 2018.
Menu To start, enjoy a medley of seafood and salads, including prawn and avocado cocktail, West Coast mussels, and a blue cheese-and-walnut salad. Mains comprises a selection of traditional and exotic favourites, including coconut-infused seafood curry, lemon-and-herb roast chicken, and slow-cooked leg of Karoo lamb. To end 2017 on a sweet note, the dessert table offers everything from festive trifle to mini tartlets and chocolate mousse. Check out the full menu here.
When 7pm – 1am
Where President Hotel, 4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town
Contact 021 434 8111, email@example.com
With its dimly lit, leather-clad booths, this newish bar-lounge in the Cape Quarter could work just as well for celebratory drinks as a romantic soirée. Come, new year’s eve, and the venue will transform itself into a glamorous Masquerade Ball, with an opulent five-course dinner to match it! So don your best cocktail attire and a mysterious mask for a new year’s eve to remember!
Menu The tempting five-course menu starts with tuna tartare and ends with a chocolate-and-raspberry tart, with each dish in between as delicious as the previous.
Where Lou Lou’s, Cape Quarter Square, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point
Cost R850 per person (includes entry and canapés)
R1 295 per person (includes entry and five-course dinner)
R650 per person (General admission after 10pm only)
Contact 021 418 0015, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Village Idiot
It’s cemented itself as one of the city’s most popular hangouts, and this New Year’s Eve The Village Idiot is hosting a delicious three-course dinner – from 7pm until 10pm – after which it will shed its pub vibes, and turn into a thumping nightspot, complete with cool beats and a fabulously festive vibe. With the DJ and live entertainment, you’ll be able to ring in the new year until the early hours of 2018.
Menu Enjoy a watermelon-and-feta soup amuse bouche, a starter of pistachio mousse, and for mains choose between sirloin, lentils and parsnips, or mussels and prawns. Then end the night on a sweet note with caramelised banana served with chantilly cream, a salt and pepper wafer, with strawberries and strawberry gel.
When 7pm onwards
Where The Village Idiot, 32 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Cost R700 per person (three-course dinner)
R100 per person (pre-booked tickets for the after party includes a glass of bubbly)
R150 per person (at the door for the after party includes glass of bubbly)
Contact 021 418 1548, email@example.com
Goldfish and Hot Water at Kirstenbosch
The magnificent gardens of Kirstenbosch provide a stunning backdrop to any occasion… Throw in a musical sunset concert, featuring Goldfish and Hot Water, and you have yourself the perfect New Year’s Eve. Gather your loved ones, pack some snacks, and a blanket or two, and you’re good to go!
Where Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
Tickets available from Webtickets
Contact 012 843 5000, firstname.lastname@example.org
Easy to find, easy to love, The 41 on the buzzy Camp’s Bay strip is perfect for an epic summer night out. This restaurant-bar has a fab sea-facing glass facade, perfect for soaking in the dazzling beach views, while enjoying an laidback meal in buzzy surrounds.
The DJ will be heating things up from 6pm, and revellers are invited to hit the dance floor from 11pm. When the clock strikes 12, bubbly will flow to welcome 2018 on the right note!
Menu With two delicious New Year’s Eve dinners on the cards, and a gorgeous sunset to match, there’s bound to be a bite to suit all palates.
When 6pm – 2am
Where The 41, 41 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Cost R1 500 (includes a welcome glass of bubbly, sit-down dinner, and ticket to the party)
R900 (includes a welcome glass of bubbly, tapas-style dinner, and ticket to the party)
Contact 021 437 0558, email@example.com
This elegant waterside restaurant, famed for its sushi and dim sum offerings, is the setting of a Nordic New Year’s Eve feast, bountiful enough to make the gods envy us mere mortals. Strike a pose in the Nordic photo booth, with warpaint on your face, before glugging down mead and ale, and tucking into a five-course feast.
Menu This five-course menu is fit for gods (Norse gods, that is). Expect quirky-named dishes such as Gravalax (beetroot and lemon-cured salmon); Rib of Beast (sesame-glazed short rib) and Norse Forest (rose crème brûlée).
When 8pm onwards
Where Sevruga, Shop 4, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Cost R2 250 (includes a Grey Goose welcome mead on arrival and warpaint for your face)
Contact 021 421 5134, firstname.lastname@example.org
With a new venue, hot music, multiple dancefloor, and top-notch facilities, the Rezonance New Year’s bash is one of the not-to-be-missed parties of 2018! So party the night away, say goodbye to 2017, and hello to better 2018, and an even-better you!
When 30 December 2017 at 10am – 1 January 2018 at 4pm
Where Theewaters Sports Club, Villiersdorp, 6848 (Old Caledon Road)
Cost R200 – R2 650
Tickets available from Quicket
Contact 021 705 0720, email@example.com
Rock in the New Year at one of the Cape’s most loved live music venues, Café Roux in Noordhoek. This year they’ll be serving delicious burgers and hearty salads as part of their New Year’s Eve sit-down supper, as well as a welcoming gin cocktail – all to the awesome tunes of South African party band, Me & Mr Green.
Where Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek
Cost R500 (Includes a welcome drink, dinner and entertainment)
Tickets are available online
Contact 021 789 2538, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pavilion at The Marine Hotel
This 1920s-styled eatery at the Marine Hotel in Hermanus is known for its elegant ambience, superb service and wonderful food. Celebrate the arrival of 2018 with a superb four-course dinner that includes cured salmon, risotto and parfaits – there’s even a vegetarian menu. The festivities also include canapés, music, and a welcome cocktail to set the tone.
Where The Marine Hotel, Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape
Cost R950 per person (standard menu, includes welcome drink and canapés)
R795 (vegetarian menu, includes welcome drink and canapés)
Contact 028 313 1000, email@example.com
This chic eatery on the Waterfront Pierhead boasts magical views of the harbour basin and Table Mountain (especially at night when the city lights are aflutter). Which is why it’s the perfect setting for a black-tie New Year’s Eve bash. Don your most elegant togs, enjoy a delicious meal, and relax to the sounds of Coda Africa, before watching the fireworks at midnight. After the clock strikes, a DJ will take to the decks until the early hours of 2018.
Menu The menu is a delightful mix of canapés, buffet-style starters, plated mains and individual boards of tasty treats for dessert.
When 8.30pm until late
Where Ginja, Waterfront Pierhead, Noble Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Cost R2 500 per person
Contact 021 419 6677, firstname.lastname@example.org
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