The countdown has begun! Cape Town, like other major cities around 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 a chilled concert in the park, to a scenic dinner in the winelands and a five-course feast at one of Cape Town’s beloved restaurants, we’ve rounded up our pick of celebrations to toast 2019. 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 2019!
Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset New Year’s Eve Concert
The magnificent gardens of Kirstenbosch provide an awe-inspiring backdrop for any occasion… whether it’s a stroll in the park, a relaxed picnic with friends, or a movie under the stars. Throw in a sunset music concert, featuring Jeremy Loops (with his very popular modern-folk hits) and Crimson House (opening at 8.30pm with an eclectic mix of swing, rock ’n’ roll and blues), 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!
When 7pm (gates open)
8.30pm – 12.15am (concert)
Where Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
Magnificent views of Table Mountain, grand architecture and upscale interiors – not too shabby for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Welcome to One&Only Cape Town where three decadent options await. Either a six-course dinner, with a glass of Moët & Chandon on arrival, at Reuben’s; a once-in-a-lifetime omakase-style experience at Nobu (where the chef orders for you); or a Wild at Heart safari-themed cocktail party.
Whichever you choose, you’ll be able to partake in the New Year’s countdown – a magnificent balloon drop and DJ afterparty (where VIP experiences are available).
Good to know There’s even a children’s New Year’s Eve buffet from 6pm to 8pm for those staying at the hotel.
Menu You’re spoilt for choice with all these fantastic feasts. View the menus here.
When 7pm onwards
Cost Reuben’s: R2 750 (includes glass of Moët & Chandon)
Nobu: R3 960
Wild at Heart: R2 750 per person (includes a glass of Moët & Chandon)
Afterparty VIP experience: R26 000 per table of six (includes Dom Perignon and seafood platter)
Contact 021 431 4511, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Asoka Restaurant and Bar
This festive Kloof Street bar and restaurant is kicking things up a notch this New Year’s Eve. Asoka has partnered with French Champagne house Moët & Chandon for a Bohemian extravaganza. Guests can look forward to an excellent lineup of music (Jason Reolon on keyboards, trumpeter Lee “Lips” Thomson, resident DJ Jayson Stoffberg, and German deep house group JanuaryOne), while enjoying canapés and bubbly, or a delectable four-course set menu.
Menu The tantalising menu includes canapés of goat’s cheese croquettes, salt-and-pepper prawns, and duck spring rolls; or a four-course set menu that includes Peruvian ceviche, ostrich fillet tataki, and a medley of desserts. View the menu here, but please note it is subject to change slightly.
When 7pm – 3am
Cost R450 (party admission)
R800 (canapés and bubbly)
R1 450 (four-course dinner and glass of bubbly)
R1 000 (bottle service from 11.30pm)
Please note Guests can pay online, via EFT, or in cash at the venue.
Contact 021 422 0909, email@example.com
Where 68 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
If a lavish vineyard New Year’s Eve bash – complete with live entertainment, fire performers and DJs throughout the night – is your idea of the ultimate party, then look no further than Grande Provence. This grand estate promises a night to remember in plush surrounds.
Menu While chef Guy Bennett hasn’t finalised the exact details of his menu, guests are guaranteed of bottomless flutes of bubbly, exquisite canapés and tasty tapas.
When 8pm onwards
Cost R2 600
Please note Prepaid bookings only.
Contact 021 876 8600, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where Grande Provence, Main Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape
Harringtons Cocktail Lounge
Celebrate the new year, burlesque-style, at the swankiest cocktail lounge in the East City! Dress to impress, and enjoy crafted cocktails, delicious canapés, a titillating burlesque performances throughout the night, and a “floating” dinner from 7pm until 10.30pm.
After then the real fun begins… a swinging after-party hosted by Swing DJ’s Funky G, Dave, Lewis King Louie, and a special guest DJ. The best-dressed man, woman and couple will each receive a bottle of Moët and Chandon to start the new year on a bubbly note!
Menu Guests will be treated to a charcuterie platter on arrival, followed by an assortment of floating canapés, including fresh oysters, octopus ceviche, wild-mushroom arancini, vegetarian spring rolls and slow-roasted beef.
Floating mains include roasted butternut with broccoli and baby corn, Cuban-style beef skewers, and Thai-chicken skewers. The night ends on a sweet note with a choice between vegan chocolate truffles, brownies with Kahlua buttercream, and Moët sabayon-infused strawberry jello.
When 7pm – 4am
Cost R700 (includes a welcome Belvedere cocktail, cocktail dinner, glass of bubbly at midnight and party until 4am)
R150, after-party pre-booked tickets (available until 27 December, includes a glass of bubbly at midnight)
R220, after-party at the door (includes a glass of bubbly at midnight)
Contact 021 461 2276, email@example.com
Where 61 Harrington Street, Cape Town
This elegant waterside restaurant, famed for its sushi offerings, is the setting of a Utopian Oceanic New Year’s Eve feast, bountiful enough to make even Poseidon envious. Strike a pose in the Atlantis photo booth, with bold paint on your face, while sipping your welcome cocktail before enjoying a bottle of Da Luca Prosecco, and tucking into the five-course feast.
Menu This five-course menu is fit for gods (Greek gods, that is). Expect quirky-named dishes such as Archis’ Embrace (beetroot and lemon-cured salmon); Artemis’ Harvest (Karoo rack of lamb) and Dionysus’s Indulgence (rose crème brûlée). View the menu here.
When 8pm onwards
Cost R2 250 (excluding 10% gratuity)
Contact 021 421 5134, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where Shop 4, Quay 5, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Foxcroft has been dazzling diners with its inspired and utterly sensational dishes courtesy of chef Glen Foxcroft Williams’, who co-owns the restaurant with La Colombe’s Scot Kirton. There are few better ways to welcome the new year than with an exquisite meal in this charming Constantia setting.
Menu The six-course menu is still being confirmed
When 6pm onwards
Cost R1 400
R1 850 (with wine pairing)
Please note A R1 400 deposit is required to secure your booking.
Contact 021 202 3304
Where Shop 8/9, High Constantia Centre, Corner of Groot Constantia Road and Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
The are few places as stylish and sophisticated as Cape Town’s Mount Nelson. With its oasis-like gardens, iconic pink exterior walls, and plush interiors worthy of Marie Antoinette, it’s our go-to spot for afternoon tea, afterwork drinks, and Sunday lunch. Similarly, it’s the perfect spot for a New Year’s Eve celebration with lashings of luxe.
Menu This year The Mount Nelson Hotel is hosting two New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Gala buffet in The Ballroom is offering a glass of bubbly on arrival, live entertainment, a salad station, a ramen station, a hot buffet station, a dessert station, and more! While the Gala dinner in The Sherwood Room is an impressive five-course feast, and guests are invited to dress in their smartest attire. View the menus here.
When 7.30pm onwards
Cost Ballroom Gala Buffet: R1 950 (adults)
Ballroom Gala Buffet: R690 (children)
Sherwood Room Gala Dinner: R4 150 (no children under 11)
Contact 021 483 1948, email@example.com
Where 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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 masquerade-themed soirée complete with a 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 DJs Oskar, Gerry Liberty, and DJ Gerald Kallis on the decks for the after-party, you’ll be able to ring in the new year until the early hours of 2019.
Menu Enjoy either a fish, chicken or vegetable starter followed by a choice of braaied meat, a seafood pot or a vegetarian board for mains. Then end your meal with decadence by opting for the homemade melktert or a vegan brownie with a berry sorbet. View the full menu here.
When 7pm – 4am
Cost R700, three-course dinner (includes a glass of bubbly on arrival and at midnight)
R100, after-party (includes a glass of bubbly at midnight)
Contact 021 418 1548, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where 32 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Sunset Cruise along the Atlantic Seaboard
Where better to celebrate the New Year than aboard a luxury yacht? It’s almost as if the endless ocean echoes the endless possibilities that the new year brings with it. On this cool party boat, revellers will be welcomed with a cocktail, a 15-piece canapé platter will be served after sundown, and DJ Didier will be on the decks spinning a sizzling selection of sophisticated beats throughout.
If you opt for the three-and-a-half hour cruise option, you’ll depart at around 6pm and sail off into the sunset (the last one of 2018, no less). Dinner will be served upon return, and you’ll disembark with more than enough time to drink in the V&A Waterfront’s vibrant New Year’s Eve atmosphere (and see the spectacular fireworks later on).
The four-house cruise departs around 10pm, and dinner is served before setting sail. You’ll get to count down the clock while surrounded by the serene silence of the ocean at night, as the midnight fireworks show illuminates the horizon.
When 6pm – 9.30pm (three-and-a-half hour cruise)
10pm – 2am (four-hour cruise)
Cost R1 050 (three-and-a-half hour cruise)
R2 200 (four-hour cruise)
Where Pier head, T Jetty (close to the red clock tower), V&A Waterfront
How about a kaiseki-style Christmas feast that’s tinged with South African-inspired flavours and layers of Japanese simplicity, in a space that has a sophisticated Lower Manhattan feel? That’s exactly what you’ll get at chef Peter Tempelhoff’s new Church Square restaurant, FYN, whose fifth-floor elevated views of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain are impressive.
Menu FYN welcomes the New Year with the launch of its kaiseki menu (multi-course Japanese haute cuisine). Chef Peter combines the best of both cuisines in this unique menu that promises an evening of delicious discovery.
When 6pm onwards
Cost R2 000 (drinks and service not included)
Where 5th Floor, Speakers Corner, 37 Parliament Street, Cape Town
Janse & Co
This supremely stylish eatery is an absolute must-visit for any gourmand looking for an exciting culinary experience. Whether you’re dining inside or enjoying an alfresco meal, you’re guaranteed a superb meal.
Menu Guests are invited to enjoy a glass of bubbly before sitting down to a seven-course meal of the best Janse & Co dishes from the past year, as well as a bread course and petits fours with coffee at the end of the night.
When 6pm onwards
Cost R1 700
Please note Full payment is required to confirm booking.
Contact 021 422 0384, email@example.com
Where 75 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Compiled by Alicia Chamaillé, Michelle de Bruin and Nikki Benatar
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