New Year’s Eve 2023: Where to Celebrate in Cape Town + Surrounds

New Years Eve

Ring in 2024 your way at one of these special locales.

The countdown has begun… A new year brings possibilities, resolutions, excitement and BIG celebrations. Don’t get caught snoozing – book now. We’ve rounded up some ways to say bye-bye to 2023 and welcome 2024 in style – with flowing bubbly, merry music, multi-course feasts and more. Cheers! Happy New Year!

Grub & Vine Norval

New Years Eve Grub And Vine

Chef Matt Manning and team will be pulling out all the stops for a spectacular six-course tasting menu feast at his new Norval outpost on New Year’s Eve. They’ve got everyone covered with a choice of two sittings: early birds can feast and get home before the countdown, while the pop-bubbles-at-midnight crowd have a perfectly timed dinner to take them seamlessly into the new year.
Plus Matt and sommelier Keize Mumba have put together a choice of three wine-pairing options: Local Legends (the best of SA winemakers); International Icons (from France to America to Australia); or a South Africa vs The World pairing.
Cost R1 495 (tasting menu only)
R2 750 (with Local Legends wine pairing)
R3 750 (with International Icons wine pairing)
R3 995 (with SA vs The World wine pairing)
Time 4.30 for 5pm (first seating); 9 for 9.30pm (late seating)
Contact 087 153 5244, hello@grubandvine.co.za
Where to find it Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town
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Cape Point Vineyards

New Years Eve Cape Point Vineyards

Where better to raise a glass to this year and the next than on the only wine estate in the Cape with 360-degree views of mountains, fynbos, vineyards and the dazzling sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Point Vineyards is dressing up for its Grand South NYE Party, a Mardi Gras-themed celebration with music by DJ Jacques from Zone Radio. Go all out and book the VIP experience, which includes a welcome glass of cap classique and oyster shooter, a 3-course set menu dinner by chef Bradley Mathias, and access to a private lounge. Otherwise, simply come for the party (and the views); drinks and snacks will be available to purchase.
Cost R1 250 VIP
R500 general admission (includes bubbly + oyster)
Time 6pm – late
Contact 021 789 0900, info@cape-point.com
Where to find it Silvermine Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town
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Ramenhead

New Years Eve Ramenhead

The atmospheric Church Square location is a winner, and so is the next-level food… Ramenhead will be bringing the authentic noodles – including traditional toshi koshi, New Year’s buckwheat noodles for good luck – while Stickman is supplying the yakitori sticks for a deliciously different and ultra-cool NYE celebration. The evening starts with bubbly, oysters and sashimi, dinner includes dessert, and there’s more bubbly around midnight. DJ Didier will be supplying the soundtrack.
Good to know You can do an early dinner and skip the party if you have other plans.
Cost R1 250 (dinner + party)
R750 (early dinner only)
Time 6pm – 8pm (early dinner); 8.30pm – 2am
Contact 067 312 8061, ramenheadct@gmail.com
Where to find it 37 Parliament Street, Church Square, CBD, Cape Town
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The Cellars-Hohenort

New Years Eve Cellars Hohenort

When it comes to seeing in the new year, The Cellars-Hohenort does it with aplomb. Steeped in heritage and surrounded by stunning gardens, this iconic Constantia Valley hotel has clocked the passing of many years – in fact, more than three centuries. Its newly refurbished Conservatory Restaurant brings an elegant, beautifully creative woodland aesthetic to the evening, alongside a delicious six-course menu that takes you to midnight. From your welcoming cocktail and canapés to coffee and petit-fours, you will be truly spoilt. When the clock strikes midnight, splash out on a bottle of cap classique or Champagne from the excellent wine list..
Menu
Cost R1 595
Time 7.30pm for 8pm
Contact 021 794 2137, coordinator@cellars-hohenort.co.za
Where to find it 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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The Taj Cape Town

New Years Eve Taj

The Taj is pulling out all the stops on New Year’s Eve with no less than three deliciously festive ways to celebrate at this glam hotel in the heart of the city: buffet dinners at Bombay Brasserie and Mint Restaurant, and a dinner-dance in The Reserve banquet venue, with a live band and DJ. Guests will receive a complimentary glass of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel bubbly on arrival, and from there on it’s a buffet of delights to enjoy until the early hours.
Cost Mint Restaurant: R1 650; R825 (child under 13 years)
Bombay Brasserie: R1 950; R975 (child)
The Reserve: R1 950; R975 (child)
Time Mint Restaurant: From 6.30pm
Bombay Brasserie + The Reserve: From 7pm
Contact 021 819 2000, restaurants.capetown@tajhotels.com
Where to find it 1 Wale Street, corner St George’s Mall, Cape Town
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Steenberg: Tryn

Steenberg NYE Tryn

Steenberg’s signature restaurant is the ideal setting for a memorable celebration: the Cape Dutch building looks over the historic werf dating back to 1682, shaded by old oak trees, with views of vineyards and the Constantia mountains. Chef Kerry Kilpin is known for expertly combining classic French technique with Asian flavours, Eastern spices and local ingredients. For the New Year’s Eve dinner, expect a four-course menu of beautifully presented dishes.
The optional wine pairings are chosen from the Steenberg cellars, culminating in Steenberg Pinot Noir Cap Classique with dessert to toast in the new year.
Good to know There is an alternative vegetarian menu.
Time 6pm onwards
Cost R1 485 (food only, with welcome drink)
R2 315 (with wine pairing)
Contact 021 713 7178, info@tryn.co.za
Where to find it Steenberg Wine Farm, Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan

Bouchon

New Years Eve Bouchon

The Mother City boasts its own little innercity winery, hidden away on Hout Street, with a wonderfully atmospheric wine bar and bistro. It’s the place to get your fill of good vino and la belle vie – perfect, then, for a special New Year’s Eve celebration. This year you can tuck into a bottomless selection of Bouchon’s legendary tapas and wines by the glass as you await the countdown.
Cost R950
Time From 5pm – late
Contact 021 422 0695, admin@bouchon.co.za
Where to find it 95 Hout Street, Cape Town

Radisson RED

New Years Eve Radisson Red

For a family-friendly NYE, the funky Ouibar + Ktchn at Radisson RED will have a 5-course menu packed with crowd-pleasers, live music and a gaming lounge, plus a special menu for the youngsters.
CostR1 200 (adult); R450 (child under 18 years)
Contact 087 086 1578, baxter@radissonred.com
Where to find it Silo Square, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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TANG

New Years Eve Tang

Be swept away this New Year’s night to a glamorous, multi-sensory evocation of Asia, courtesy of TANG. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of Moët and trio of oysters, before sitting down to an exquisite five-course feast of Japanese and Cantonese flavours (think seafood, wagyu, Peking duck and a gorgeous dessert bento box). Entertainment includes a traditional Chinese New Year Lion Dance (to bring good luck and fortune), before the DJs take over to rock the party into the Year of the Wood Dragon – and you’ll have a fantastic view of the Waterfront fireworks.
Cost R3 200
Time 6pm – 1am
Contact 076 652 8972, yuliya@tanghospitality.com
Where to find it Victoria Wharf harbour terrace, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan

Palm House Boutique Hotel

New Years Eve Palm House Boutique

This country-manor-style hotel nestled in lush gardens in Wynberg is the perfect setting for a glittering Great Gatsby-themed soiree, where you can dine, drink and dance your way into next year (or back to the 1920s!). Chef Gerard van Staden will be adding layers of fine-dining glitz with his lavish 5-course menu (which has choices in each course, including for vegetarians).
Proceedings kick off with drinks and canapés, and the Duncan Johnson Quartet will entertain with their jazzy-swing dance tunes. The only break you’re likely to take on the dancefloor is for a glass of bubbles at 12 o’clock.
Cost R2 565
Time 6pm – 12.30am
Contact 087 2651034, marketing@palmhouse.co.za
Where 10 Oxford Street, Wynberg, Cape Town
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The Blue Room

New Years Eve The Blue Room

Let a cool jazz soundtrack usher you into the new year at The Blue Room, where Congolese singer Stone Ngandu will kick off the show at 8pm with a mix of Afro-jazz, rumba, kwassa-kwassa and other catchy beats. Before that, you’ll be relaxing into the ambience of the New York lounge-style jazz bar with a welcome drink and canapés, followed by a four-course dinner (courtesy of Grub & Vine bistro upstairs), as the music plays and the old year comes to a close. It’ll segue into a full-on party with corks popping at the midnight hour.
Cost R995
Time 6pm – 2am
Contact 087 153 5244, hello@grubandvine.co.za
Where to find it 103 Bree Street, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan

One&Only Cape Town

New Years Eve One And Only

The luxury Waterfront resort is ringing in 2024 in style, starting with a cocktail party at sunset in the Vista Lounge & Bar (and the chance to glam up at the Sparkle Booth), then a decadent seven-course dinner at Ochre – think local flavours mixed with global influences. Afterwards, guests return to the Vista Lounge to party with The Xtremes, three sassy showgirls known for mixing up Motown, jazz, rock, disco and soul (you might remember them from Madame Zingara). Plus you’ll get front-row seats to the Waterfront fireworks display at midnight.
Cost R4 000 (excludes beverages)
Time 7pm (cocktails); 6pm – 10pm (dinner); 10.30pm – late (party)
Contact 021 431 5888, restaurant.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com
Where to find it Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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The President Hotel

New Years Eve Presidents Hotel

This classic Bantry Bay resort-hotel offers an easy-breezy, Miami vibes setting for ushering in the new year, in the shadow of Lion’s Head and beside the ocean. The fabulous pool terrace draws the crowds all summer long for the Sunset Sessions – and on 31 December, DJ Gareth will be joined by DJ Branny to play the latest hits and classic tunes all night long. Guests receive a welcome drink and have a party platter to nibble on, plus a glass of cap classique for that all-important toast at midnight. If you want to start your celebrations early, and want to don your serious dancing shoes, this is the ticket to book.
Good to know There will be bar specials all night.
Cost R750
Time 4pm – late
Contact 071 368 9529 (WhatsApp), events@presidenthotel.co.za
Where 4 Alexander Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
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Gåte at Quoin Rock

New Years Eve Quoin Rock

Leading Winelands restaurant Gåte has established a niche of its own in the fine-dining world, where chef Paul Prinsloo blends local seasonal produce with innovative techniques – a modern approach that echoes the extraordinary building filled with art and design. The plates are mini works of art themselves and the flavours a symphony of surprises. Which all adds up to a truly memorable end-of-year celebration of culinary magic. Book for a specially curated 3-course lunch, or for dinner, experience the new, full 8-course summer tasting menu.
Good to know The full list of Quoin Rock wines is available to enjoy with your meal. The full tasting menu can be paired with wine at an additional cost. A daytime gourmet picnic option is also available in Quoin Rock’s stylish, luxury picnic pods.
Cost R1 200 (lunch, excluding drinks)
R1 600 (dinner, excluding drinks)
Picnic: R400 (adult), R180 (child)
Times 12pm (lunch); 6pm (dinner)
Contact 021 888 4750, gate@quoinrock.co.za
Where to find it Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, off R44, Stellenbosch
Book through DinePlan

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert

New Years Eve Kirstenbosch Conecrts

The summertime sunset concerts in the magnificent gardens of Kirstenbosch are legendary. The extra-long and late-night New Year’s gig is always a highlight – this year, the party vibes are courtesy of alt-indie singer-songwriter Jeremy Loops and the rocking Congo Cowboys. Gather your loved ones, put on your dancing takkies, pack some snacks and a picnic blanket or two, and you’re good to go!
Good to know On 1 January, continue the celebrations with electro groovemasters Goldfish at 5.30pm.
Cost R530
Time 7pm (gates open); 8.30pm – 12.15am (concert)
Contact 012 843 5000, info@sanbi.org.za
Where to find it Kirstenbosch Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
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The 41

New Years Eve The 41

Fancy saying farewell to the year with one of the best sunset views in town, complete with palm trees, golden beach and deep blue ocean? Book your table at The 41 on the buzzy Camps Bay strip for an epic summer night out. This restaurant-bar offers fab cocktails and drinks, a delicious crowd-pleasing menu and a shisha section with bottle service. DJs will hit the decks from 2pm. There are two à la carte dinner seatings (early and later), plus the option to skip dinner, arrive at 10pm and head straight to the dancefloor to welcome 2024 with all the right moves!
Good to know Late diners (8.30pm seating) are welcome to stay for the party. There will be a snack menu after 10pm for revellers.
Cost R490 (includes welcome glass of Pongracz bubbly)
R250 (party only, prepaid; includes Absolut drink)
R350 (party only, at the door)
Time 2pm – 2am
Dinner: 6pm or 8.30pm
Contact 021 437 0558, info@the41.co.za
Where to find it 41 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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La Boheme Bistro

New Years Eve La Boheme

True to its name, La Boheme Bistro offers that wonderfully relaxed, bohemian vibe and a window onto the buzz of Sea Point. If you’d like to say farewell to 2023 in a rustic-chic, Provençal-style setting, listening to live jazz while drinking perfect cocktails and tucking into a feast of endless tapas, this is the spot. Your flavourful adventure starts with a welcome drink, then a bottomless supply of 14 tapas dishes and four deserts, and finishes with a fine coffee paired with your choice of grappa, local brandy, limoncello or selected whisky.
Cost R850
Time From 4pm – late
Contact 021 434 8797, info@labohemebistro.co.za
Where to find it 341 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan

Music + fireworks at the Waterfront

New Years Eve Waterfront

This year’s “Joy & Magic” celebration includes a varied line-up of eight music acts performing on the stage in the Amphitheatre, including Just Jinjer (rock), The Rivertones (reggae), Sun-El Musician (Afro-electro-pop) and Mandisi Dyantyis (jazz). Book a table at a restaurant, or get takeaways from one of the many outlets, or take your pick from the splendid stalls at the Time Out Market. Why not book a ride on the Cape Wheel, or even a boat cruise… Whatever you do, don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display at the magic hour.
Good to know No outside food and drinks or BYO picnics allowed. Child ambassadors will tag kids in case of separation.
Cost Free (music + fireworks)
Time 3pm – midnight
Contact 021 408 7600, events@waterfront.co.za
Where to find it Dock Road, off Buitengracht Street, Cape Town

Rita’s

Rita's

The sound of cocktails being shaken as you climb the stairs to this chic new Kloof Street rooftop tequila bar tees you up for a fabulous New Year’s Eve party. You have to be in the know to find it (the stairs are hidden away inside Hudsons, the burger joint). But once there, sink into its embrace: a luxe lounge decorated with feminine arches, lush velvet banquettes, greens, warm pinks and touches of gold. Or head straight out to one of the two roof terraces for a sunset glow (giving way to the sparkle of city lights) and Table Mountain views, while resident DJs keep the energy amped until way past midnight.
Cost R500 (includes a welcome drink and canapés)
Time 6pm – 2am
Contact 021 300 6695
Where to find it 22 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Book through DinePlan

Vrymansfontein

Vrymansfontein

A working almond farm with spectacular views on the Suid-Agter Paarl road, Vrymansfontein is fresh from a magnificent re-imagining as a wine-and-dining destination for families and foodies. Chef Kevin Grobler (formerly JAN Nice, Delaire Graff, Grande Roche) has devised a Mediterranean-inspired farm-to-table menu in line with owner Max Ward’s vision. For New Year’s Eve he’s put together a star selection of the flavour-packed family-style shared plates at the signature restaurant Scape (including a main course of either 1kg côte de boeuf or whole kabeljou) for a fresh and fabulous set dinner menu that finishes with a glass of Vondeling Rurale Method Ancestral bubbly to ring in the New Year.
Good to know The view-drenched outdoor Tree Bar is also in celebratory mode, with bottomless bubbly (Vondeling Little Sparkle) all day to go with their regular food menu of Levantine-inspired small plates.
Cost R300 (bottomless bubbly at Tree Bar)
R990 (set dinner menu at Scape)
R550 (wine pairing)
R1 170 (premium wine pairing)
Times 11am – 4pm (Tree Bar)
7pm (Scape)
Contact 082 617 4903, info@vrymansfontein.co.za
Where to find it Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl
Book through DinePlan

Nocturne

New Year's Eve: Nocturne

A stylish and sophisticated New Year’s Eve celebration is on the cards at Nocturne, chefs Darren Badenhorst and Callan Austin’s moody Stellenbosch restaurant-bar, where the cocktails and canapés vie for new heights of sustainable deliciousness. For New Year’s Eve a lavish evening of bottomless Boschendal bubbles, Fryer’s Cove wines and creative cocktails, paired with exquisite canapés and small plates, promises a festive feast that toasts new beginnings and sees in the new year in an extravaganza of flavour.
Cost R2 500
Time 8pm – 1am
Contact 021 023 4745, reservations@nocturneexperience.co.za
Where to find it 43 Plein Street, Stellenbosch
Book through DinePlan

Which is your favourite New Year’s Eve venue? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 13 December 2023

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