New Year’s Eve 2021: Where to Celebrate in Cape Town

New Year’s Eve 2021: Where to Celebrate in Cape Town

Ring in 2022 in style at one of these special locales.

The countdown has begun! The end of a year brings new possibilities, resolutions, excitement and, of course, celebrations. We’ve rounded up some ways in which to bid farewell to 2021 in style – from flowing bubbly and DJ beats to extravagant multi-course feasts. Cheers to that, and here’s to a fantastic 2022!

Picnic in the Sky

New Years Eve Cape Town: Cape Wheel

For a bird’s-eye view (40 metres up) of the twinkling lights of the city, and a fun experience if you have kids in tow, board the Cape Wheel at the Waterfront. Make it even better by choosing the SkyDine option, where you get to fill a picnic basket with goodies from the V&A Food Market (or any other food outlet nearby), before stepping into the gondola, where a table will be laid for you. Your ride is also double the usual duration (30 minutes), to give you time to feast.
There’s more… Book the VIP experience for four adults in a black gondola with tinted windows, glass floor, leather seats, music and a complimentary bottle of bubbly (R2 500).
Time Until 10pm (or later depending on curfew)
Cost R310 (adults); R155 (children) does not include food
Contact 021 205 1902,
Where to find it Market Square, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

An Immersive African Experience at GOLD

New Years Eve Cape Town: Gold

Maybe travelling is off your radar for now? Why not do an African taste safari around the continent at Gold. This New Year, your table will be piled with a feast of 18 sharing platters and individual plates of delectable dishes from more than a dozen countries, complete with Rickety Bridge wines. Add to this an immersive experience with Mali puppets, singing, dancing, Xhosa face-painting, a photo booth with props and a DJ to get the dance party started at 10pm.
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Time From 6.30pm
Cost R1 750 per person (includes welcome and midnight bubbly and a surprise celebration take-home kit); R500 (children)
Contact 021 421 4653,
Where to find it 15 Bennett Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

DJ Beats + Tipples at Culture Wine Bar

New Years Eve Cape Town: Culture Wine Bar

Gourmand extraordinaire Matt Manning is no stranger to good food or good times. Sharing a roof with his two eateries, Culture Wine Bar is a wonderfully atmospheric spot to kick back with great vino, great snacks and great music this New Year’s Eve  – with DJ Cosher on the decks, and flowing bubbly to boot.
There’s more…Tuck into a decadent five-course dinner at Grub & Vine before heading over to Culture (complimentary entry), or savour a seven-course food- and wine-pairing at The Chef’s Studio, Matt’s answer to an interactive MasterChef experience.
Time From 4pm
Cost R250 (includes a glass of bubbly)
Contact 076 256 8654,
Where to find it 103 Bree Street, Cape Town

Goldfish Gig on the Beach

New Years Eve Cape Town: Grand Africa Café & Beach

This musical duo, regulars in Ibiza, know how to capture the slinky, sexy soundtrack of summer. They’re playing at the Grand Africa Cafe & Beach on 31 December, along with supporting acts, as part of the Corona Chasing Sunsets series. No ordinary concert, it’s in one of the best ocean-side locations in the city. Booking is on Howler.
Time From 12pm
Cost R750 (general admission); R1 000 – R1 500 (tables for 10)
Contact 021 425 0551;
Where to find it Haul Road, Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Five-Course Feast at One&Only

New Years Eve Cape Town: One&Only

The gala dinner at the hotel’s Ochre restaurant is a five-course feast featuring lobster, venison, pork belly and more. Named for the colour of Cape Malay spices that are such a significant aspect of the Mother City’s heritage, Ochre offers a dining experience that celebrates local flavour mixed with global influences. Afterwards, guests can celebrate with live acts, dancing and a balloon drop at midnight.
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There’s more… Alternately, splash out on the omakase menu at world-famous Nobu, or enjoy an all-night tapas feast at The Vista Bar & Lounge.
Time 6pm
Cost R3 250 per person
Contact 021 431 5888,
Where to find it Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Studio 54-Style Bash at Misfits

New Years Eve Cape Town: Misfits Ideas Cartel
That legendary New York nightclub, the original disco inferno, is the inspiration behind this glam celebration brought to you by Ideas Cartel. Dress up in sexy, sparkly 70s style and get ready to boogie – stopping every hour or so as you mark the global countdown around the world with a photograph. For an authentic Warhol-style “15 Minutes of Fame” experience, book a booth (six or eight people) or the private VIP lounge (10 people), with complimentary welcome drink, Mumm MCC and Inverroche gin.
Time 3pm – 11pm
Cost R850 (includes welcome cocktail and three drink tokens); booths or lounge R1 500 per person. Booking via Quicket.
Contact 021 824 1728;
Where to find it Misfits, 70 Prestwich Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

Rock on the Rooftops

New Years Eve Cape Town: Rooftop Bars

There’s something about elevation that adds an extra buzz to things… It’s a heady combination of spectacular views, a change of perspective and a feeling of exclusivity and escape – a delicious secret, hidden from passing traffic. Cape Town has its fair share of rooftop bars, an eclectic assortment that ranges from chic and classy to quirky and edgy. For starters, the Red Roof at the Radisson RED (pictured) is in a prime position for 360-degree views of the city’s New Year’s celebrations. And then, of course, the balcony at Athletic Club & Social never disappoints. For more options, check out our picks.
Good to know We recommend you book your spot this “Covid” New Year’s as walk-ins are unlikely to be allowed.
Contact 021 427 4800;  
The Athletic Club & Social: 021 012 533,
Skye Rooftop at The Hyde (Sea Point)
Where to find them The city centre, De Waterkant and Atlantic Seaboard

Cruise into New Year

New Years Eve Cape Town: Waterfront Charters

Slip away from the crowds and sail into 2022 on board Esperance, an old-school twin-masted schooner, or luxury catamarans Serenity One and Enigma, which will be heading out into Table Bay for a midnight cruise. You’ll have views of the city lights, the V&A Waterfront’s new laser-light display and get to celebrate under the Milky Way. The boats take less than 30 guests, so it’ll be a small but memorable party. A cash bar will be provided.
Good to know There are also sunset cruises available (R480) that return to port by 8.30pm.
Time 9.30pm – 12.30am
Cost R1 100 (including a bottle of bubbly)
Contact 021 418 3168,
Where to find it Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Dine at The Taj

New Years Eve Cape Town: The Taj

This landmark hotel in the heart of Cape Town is ushering in 2022 with a sumptuous buffet at Mint Restaurant, complete with a live band. The menu of masterly creations by chef David Tilly and team runs the gamut from antipasti and seafood to a carvery, Asian selection and no less than eight sweet delights, which you can dip in and out of as you please.
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There’s more… If you’d prefer a plated set menu, Bombay Brasserie has a six-course Asian feast (vegetarian option available).
Time From 6.30pm
Cost R1 850 (includes welcome glass of L’Ormarins MCC); children half-price
Contact 021 819 2000,
Where to find it 1 Wale Street, corner of Adderley Street, Cape Town

Party Like It’s the 1920s

New Years Eve Cape Town: The Grand Pavilion

The Great Gatsby-themed party at Grand Pavilion in Sea Point features “flapper” dancers, great music, dazzlingly dressed patrons and a four-course menu including sushi, gnocchi, prawn pasta and fillet (a vegan version is also available). The palm-lined, sunset-facing setting on the Promenade is near-perfect.
Time From 6pm
Cost R1 800 (including a glass of Idun MCC)
Contact 021 206 6360,
Where to find it 277 Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

New Year’s Day Picnic at Boschendal

New Years Eve Cape Town: Boschendal

If you prefer a quiet night on the 31st, you can still joyfully welcome 2022 on 1 January. Why not book for the New Year’s music picnic at Boschendal (12pm – 5pm, R850 double basket).
There’s more… Alternately, there’s the Party on the Pier at Life Grand Café at the V&A Waterfront (from 12pm, from R7 000 per couple); or the tropical-themed party at Camel Rock in Scarborough, with a sunset performance by Jesse Clegg (4pm – 8pm, R200 on Quicket).
Contact Boschendal: 021 870 4273,
Life Grand Café & Beach: 021 205 1902;
Camel Rock: 021 780 1122,
Where to find it Boschendal, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek

Seaside Sundowners

New Years Eve Cape Town: Seaside Sundowners

Anywhere along the Atlantic Seaboard, you will find good spots to toast the end of 2021, but the Camps Bay strip is an excellent choice for a glam party atmosphere. Clink your champagne flutes at the super-swanky Baptiste Rooftop, toe-tap to the coolest beats at Chinchilla, pull up a table with friends at Tiger’s Milk, chill out at the SurfShack or experiment at Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen (on Perrier’s list of the world’s best bars for 2021).
There’s more… Book a special NYE dinner in the area: Salsify (at the Roundhouse in the hills above Camps Bay, R2 690) or The Bungalow (just down the road in Clifton, R2 500).
Contact Baptiste Rooftop Bar: 021 437 1287, 
Chinchilla: 021 286 5075,
Tiger’s Milk: 021 286 2106.
Surfshack: 021 437 1802,
Cause Effect: 021 437 0358
Salsify: 021 010 6444,
The Bungalow: 021 438 2018,
Where to find it Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

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Time of publication: 14 December 2021

6 Responses to “New Year’s Eve 2021: Where to Celebrate in Cape Town”

  1. Teresa Alves

    I’m looking for a place to spend New Year’s Eve with dinner and dance for 6 adults and 3 children age 15 and twins 9 years old

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  3. Tanis-leigh Williams

    Looking for a great but intimate 2022 NY experience for 2 people

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  4. Bruce Hutchison

    Please, please show dog policy with each restaurant. It would be of great help to many of us, your fans.