Celebrate New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day in Cape Town


New Year’s Eve Tropical Paradise Party at HQ Restaurant

Get the feeling of a tropical island without leaving the city at HQ’s dreamy New Year’s Eve party. Dress up in flirty floral frocks and flowery shirts for this enlivening party to welcome the coming year. The cutting edge, single concept eatery (only sirloin, salad and dessert is on the menu) looks to lend the start of 2017 a heady dose of island-style partying, with booze, delicious food and a dessert that will take your taste buds on a holiday. A DJ will be stationed at the decks to drop killer beats, and a fully-stocked bar will also be at your service. Tickets include canapés, a Ciroc cocktail on arrival and a three-course meal (a vegetarian option is available).

COST: Tickets are priced at R700p/p. To book, telephone +27 (0) 21 424 6373 or email matt@hqrestaurant.co.za; full payment must be made in advance to confirm a slot.

New Year’s Eve at the V&A Waterfront
Welcome 2017 with a bang at the V&A Waterfront’s annual New Year’s Eve bash and stunning firework display. With a programme packed with live music and street performers, this is one of the biggest New Year’s parties in the city. Expect to be dazzled by colours and a carnival atmosphere, as jugglers, buskers, Zip Zap Circus performers and floats wow onlookers. There will also be live music performances from South African stars as well as a variety of food trucks and caterers for those who work up an appetite during the celebrations.

COST: Entry to this event is FREE! For more information, call +27 (0)21 408 7500.

Rezonance New Year’s Eve Trance Party Cape Town
Plunge into the new year with the big daddy of electronic dance music fiestas in the Mother City. That’s right folks, the much-anticipated psychedelic Rezonance NYE Festival, which is one of the biggest New Year’s trance parties in Cape Town, is back on the calendar to kick your 2017 into high gear. As always, the four-day jol goes down at Contermanskloof Farm in Durbanville, and organisers have scoured the country and the globe for only the hottest local psytrance, progressive, drum n bass, techno, chill and dub step acts – all of whom will drop beats across both dance floors from Friday, 30 December 2016 to Monday, 2 January 2017. Expect camping out under the stars, stomping in the mud, overall fun, freedom and debauchery.

COST: Ticket information has not been made available yet. 

‘An Evening at the Oscars’ celebration at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Start the new year like a Hollywood star at the glamorous Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa’s Azure Restaurant New Year’s Eve celebration. Pay homage to your favourite award-winning actors and actresses and step onto the red carpet in your finest black tie garb. Guests will be treated to a lavish five-course meal followed by live music and plenty of dancing, after which there’ll be the traditional NYE countdown with French Champagne and a toast to 2017.

COST: The five-course dinner costs R2950p/p (includes gratuity, a glass of sparkling wine on arrival and Champagne at 12am); drinks are for patrons own account. The evening commences at 7pm for 8pm. To reserve your seat call +27(0)21 437 9029 or email restaurants@12apostles.co.za.

New Year’s Eve Concert at Kirstenbosch
Say sayonara to 2016 while twirling and whirling to hypnotic beats from South African music legend Johnny Clegg and pop rock collective Slow Jack. These two famous acts are billed to perform live in concert at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016. Taking place beneath the starry night skies on scenic open lawns, the show invites audience members to bring along blankets, picnic baskets and bubbly, and usher in 2017 in laidback style.

COST: Tickets for the NYE Kirstenbosch concert are available via Webtickets.co.za or from the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office and will set you back R375p/p (all ages). 

New Year’s Eve Party at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch
Bid 2016 farewell and spend New Year’s Eve in Stellenbosch this year at the historic Spier Wine Farm in the Cape Winelands. The Boland-based farm is hosting a family-friendly NYE dinner and party with something for all ages. The evening starts off with a welcome drink and a snack before guests tuck into a three-course farm-to-table meal in a communal setting. Mix Flava will provide some hip-swinging tunes into the wee hours of the morning. While moms and pops party the night away, kids will be cared for by the childminders in the adjacent Manor House where the little ones can settle in and watch a movie.

COST: The NYE dinner and party costs R1250p/p (includes a welcome drink, a snack, Spier Signature Wines, soft drinks and a gift to take home) for adults. Kids under the age of 12 pay R200p/p. The party starts at 8pm and runs until 1am the next morning. Click through to the event for information.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Benguela
Take a trip to Hermanus and visit the Benguela Cove Lagoon & Wine Estate for their delectable four-course dinner this New Year’s Eve. Chef Annie Badenhorst is preparing a fantastic spread that includes potato gnocchi and parma ham followed by smoked bone marrow and ox tongue. The main meal will be a noisette of lamb and dukha lamb tail with pickled vegetables and for dessert: blueberry mousse with litchi sorbet. There will be live music at the venue so guests can dance into 2017 with style.

COST: The dinner is priced at R1000p/p. For more information, call +27 (0)87 357 0637 or email manor@benguelacove.co.za.

Whistle Stop at the Baxter Theatre
Celebrate the start of 2017 with a heart-warming play starring Ameera Patel and Jaques de Silva. Whistle Stop tells a tale of love and unspoken feelings in a charming performance that features “a man, a woman, a bench and all the hidden thoughts that we think and never allow ourselves to say”. The performance earned a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award and a PANSA New Writer’s Award, so it’s definitely one to watch.

COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and start at R110p/p.

New Year’s Eve at Nederburg with the CTPO 
This year, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will be welcoming 2017 in style with a beautiful concert in the sophisticated surrounds of Nederburg Wine Farm. Conducted by Brandon Philips, with Sue Pyler as MC, the performance includes guest acts by stars Brandon October, Melanie Scholtz and Sterling EQ. The symphony of song and sound is the ideal way to relax after a busy year, and guests are invited to bring along picnics whilst partaking in the range of Nederburg wines on offer. Gates open at 5pm and the concert starts at 9:30pm.

COST: Tickets cost R175p/p for kids from 12-17 and R300p/p for adults and can be bought from Computicket.com, Computicket outlets. Phone +27(0)21 410 9966 to find out more.

New Year’s Eve at the Grande Roche Hotel
Indulge in a gastronomic seven-course dinner and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Paarl at the acclaimed Grande Roche Hotel’s Bosman’s Restaurant. Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, this contemporary fine dining eatery will take NYE guests on a journey of flavours that is sure to make for a memorable and festive occasion. A live band will provide live music throughout the affair (dancing is encouraged), and at midnight, guests can say hello to 2017 with a spectacular fireworks display.

COST: The seven-course dinner costs R2750p/p and kiddies younger than the age of 11 years pay R1375p/p. Booking is essential and can be made by calling +27 (0) 21 863 5100. Do note that dietary requirements must be stated upon booking.

NYE at Boschendal Farm Estate
Imagine sitting on the immaculate lawns of one of the Wineland’s foremost estates, beneath the lights of twinkling stars and surrounded by the sweet scent of roses. Picture yourself and your friends tucking into a slow roasted, naturally raised Angus ox, delicately flavoured with spices and herbs and served with sublime salads, side dishes and local cheeses. Feast and be merry, whilst listening to the upbeat melodies of Jesse Clegg and Blair Taberer, and anticipating the sugary taste of a selection of summer desserts. If this sounds like the way you want to welcome in 2017, then you need to book your New Year’s with Boschendal.

COST: The evening costs R925p/p, which includes dinner, live music and a glass of bubbly. Tickets for children under 12 years will cost R275p/p. Bookings can be made by emailing reservations@boschendal.co.za or phoning +27(0)21 870 4274.The event will begin at 6pm and the night will continue until 1am. 

A Royal Affair at The Roundhouse & Rumbullion
‘Yet another fabulous year has come to pass. Now it’s time to celebrate it the right way with some glamour on the grass.’ These wise words come from the beautiful The Roundhouse & Rumbullion restaurants, which will be staging an enchanting NYE to-do in their gorgeous gardens this year. Expect an evening of pure class and elegance, with a royal blue, regal white and rose gold décor theme and dress-code and plenty of indulgent revelry planned. Dance under the starry skies of Camps Bay as the talented DJs Leighton Moody and Neil Gain masterfully drop electronic rhythms guaranteed to get you twirling in your finest threads. Sample a selection of indulgent cuisine with the tasty cocktail dining spread, and enjoy some sublime beverages to keep your spirits high. Be sure to adhere to the Royal Affair theme and bring a camera to capture your memorable moments and the unsurpassed splendour of the establishment’s surrounds. Step into a beauteous regal wonderland and be prepared to be swept away into a world of whimsy, laughter and chic sophistication.

COST: Tickets cost R3750p/p which includes cocktail dining, selected beverages and entertainment. The night begins at 7pm and the party will continue well into 2017. Bookings can be made by calling +27(0)21 438 4347 or emailing info@theroundhouserestaurant.com. This is an over 18 event only and guests are advised to make use of taxi services.

New Year’s with Radisson Blu Hotel at the V&A Waterfront
A New Year’s Eve soiree that promises an array of tastes to tickle your fancy is on the menu at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Delight in Chef Norman’s ‘Festival of Flavours’ feast and prepare for an eventful night with live entertainment, superb gifts and a glass of sparkling wine to toast the start of what looks to be a great year ahead. Alternatively, cruise into the Waterfront’s harbour on New Year’s Day to enjoy some awesome music and gastronomic delights, whilst revelling in pretty vistas of the mountain and sea.

COST: The NYE soiree costs R2175p/p, and kids aged five to twelve pay R995p/p, while children under five eat for free. New Year’s Day costs R425p/p and kids aged five to twelve pay half price, while children under five eat for free. Booking is essential so please email festive.bookings@radissonblu.com or call +27 (0)21 441 3000 to reserve your table.

NYE at Stardust Theatrical Dining
Mad about musicals? If so, this is a must-attend 2016 celebration for you! Known for its super sound, witty waiters and scrumptious cuisine, the locally-loved dinner-show establishment promises to be a shining light for New Year’s events, with a line-up jam-packed with top tunes. Start with Hello Dolly which includes Bellinis accompanied by a Shirley Temple (or two), followed by a chorus line of canapé selections. Next Stardust will rock you with their volcanic oyster, and then you can enjoy a tantalising cabaret of starters. Pop the Sweet Caroline into your mouth for a refreshing palate cleanser before indulging in mains fit for Lion Kings and Dancing Queens. Mamma Mia! Dessert time will follow, and then there’ll be a complimentary bottle of Desiderius sparkling wine to round off the appetising sing-song.

COST: Tickets cost R1250p/p, and dietary requests can be accommodated. The menu is subject to change and Halaal and Kosher food can be ordered on request. Phone +27(0)21 462 7777 or email admin@stardustcapetown.com to book.

New Year’s Eve Dinner & Party at Villa 47
This New Year’s Eve, you don’t have to choose between having a classy dinner at a stunning restaurant or partying in a trendy bar – Villa 47 is giving you a chance to do both! The three-story eatery will be hosting celebrations at each of its dining and entertainment venues to ring in the new year: Chef Clayton Bell is preparing a mouth-watering four-course dinner with cocktails on arrival and a complimentary bottle of MCC for two at Locanda, a relaxed Italian bistro on the ground floor. If you’re looking for a more adventurous meal, try the fusion dining experience at Restaurant and tuck into a delectable six-course dinner with a bottle of Champagne for two. Once you’ve had enough to eat, head down to the Stuzzico cocktail bar and party your way into 2017 with DJ Boogeyman on the decks.

COST:The four-course meal at Locanda will cost R750p/p while the six-course dinner at Restaurant is priced at R1500p/p. To make a reservation, call +27 (0)21 418 2740 or send an email to reservations@villa47.co.za.

New Year’s Eve at Sevruga Restaurant
Sevruga Restaurant is hosting a magical New Year’s Eve dinner this year with an ‘Enchanted Forest’ theme. This dinner is sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure meal: the menu consists of a variety of entrees, main meals, desserts and more and guests will have the option of choosing their preferred dish for each course. The meal will include delightful starters such as rice paper spring rolls and scallops, main meals of lobster tail and Rib Eye steak and an amazing selection of desserts that includes deconstructed key lime pie and ganache. The fun doesn’t end there! Sevruga has organised live entertainment, a mystery DJ, face paint artists and so much more to give you a party that you’ll never forget.

COST: The dinner is priced at R2 250p/p (excluding 10% gratuity). Reservations are to be confirmed and paid for by Thursday, 15 December 2016. To book a table, call +27 (0)21 421 5134 or email yuliya@sevruga.co.za.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at the African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa
This New Year’s Eve, the African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa is offering guests a five-course dinner to celebrate the start of 2017. The menu for the night includes a smoked mackerel starter, veal short rib and ostrich eye fillet as the main dishes followed by dessert of pear with custard ice cream and friandise. Guests will receive a complimentary drink on arrival.

COST: The dinner is priced at R715p/p. Children under the age of 12 may order off theà la carte menu. Booking and prepayment is essential for this dinner, call +27 (0)21 525 3888 or email events@crytaltowershotel.com to make your reservation.

New Year’s Eve at the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore
Looking for a classy and stylish way to end off the new year? The folks at the ultra-hip Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore are hosting two brilliant events to help you ring in 2017 with some proper pomp and circumstance. For one, there’s the opportunity to tuck into a swanky dinner at the modern and elegant Red Bar and Grill Restaurant (RBG), where guests can indulge in a lovely five-course meal whilst listening to some soothing live music. If having a boogie is more your scene then get involved with the Roaring 1920’s-themed rooftop party at Harald’s Bar & Terrace, which is located on the sky-high 11th floor. Here, yummy canapés and tapas will be circling and thumping beats from the resident DJ Shylo will set the tone for the evening. In both cases, guests can toast to midnight with a complimentary glass of bubbles on the rooftop bar.

COST: Bookings can be made through the hotel by calling +27 (0)21 427 8300 and securing your spot. Entry to the rooftop party costs R895p/p, which includes the welcome drink, canapés, a tapas dinner, candy station, live DJ and complimentary bubbles. The five-course dinner costs R850p/p and includes a welcome drink, five-course dinner and bubbles at midnight.


New Year’s Eve Comedy Show & Party at Cape Town Comedy Club
Laugh off all of 2016’s worries and blues with the New Year’s Eve comedy show and party at Cape Town Comedy Club at the V&A Waterfront. Merrymakers can look forward to a side-splitting stand-up show of note featuring five comedians, including Martin Davis as the MC, Melt Sieberhagen as the headline act, supported by Aisha Alfa (Canada), Toby Arsalan (Germany) and Lungelo Ndlovu.  After all the giggles and guffaws, DJ Godfrey will drop heady beats to take revellers into the wee hours of the morning. While supper is not included in the ticket price, patrons can order off the a la carte menu and the kitchen will be open until midnight; the cash bar will be open until 2am.

COST: Tickets cost R350p/p and are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets; dinner is not included in the ticket price. Please note that this is an over-18s event.

New Year’s Eve Luxury Buffet at Grande Provence
Chef Darren Badenhorst is cooking up dishes from all over the world at this extravagant New Year’s Eve buffet dinner at The Restaurant. The feast includes divine dishes such as BBQ langoustine, deconstructed Waldorf salad, Karoo lamb neck, chicken Makhani and Indonesian Nasi Padang. There will even be a ‘live action Mediterranean food station’, which gives diners a selection of fresh seafood made with your choice of spices and sauces. For dessert, try out a range of artisanal ice creams and sorbets, caramelised white chocolate pot au crème and chocolate truffles or go for a savoury treat and snack on fine French and local artisanal cheeses. The fun doesn’t end with the food – guests will have the pleasure of viewing a performance by a magician and fire dancers as well before toasting in the new year with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

COST: The buffet will cost R1 950p/p. Booking is essential for this dinner, please call +27 (0)21 876 8600 or email reservations@grandprovence.co.za to reserve your seat.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Shimmy Beach Club
Cape Town’s ultimate summer party hotspot is sending off 2016 with Africa’s first F*** Me I’m Famous party, a legendary get-together hosted by David Guetta’s FMIF label.  Shimmy has become known for a luxe approach to a bangin’ New Year’s jol, while eager partygoers can boogie on down with the hottest EDM artists from all over the world on Saturday, 31 December 2016. And finally, as the oceanside club demands a certain sort of swank and style, dress your best and toast to 2017 at this elegantly suave affair.

COST: Entry costs R750p/p and R1600p/p depending on ticket type. Click through to the event for more information.

Kinky Summer New Year’s Eve Festival
This New Year’s Eve, travel to La Paris and discover the mystical and magical Carnivale-themed Kinky Summer party.Carnivale has plenty of attractions to make this New Year’s Eve celebration the greatest one yet. Acrobatic performers, an open air cinema, a five star pool and three outrageous dance floors featuring DJs from all over the world will all be available for your entertainment. Indulge in a feast fit for a king at the Feastival food market and ring in the new year with a drink in the champagne lounge, gin bar or the craft beer. Bring your camping gear or find refuge in the Dreamcatcher Tipi Village and celebrate 2017 in style.

COST: Ticket prices range from R450p/p to R950p/p depending on your selection. Visit Kinkysummer.co.za for more information.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant at Lakeside Lodge and Spa
Celebrate the start of 2017 with an elegant four-course dinner at the Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant in Sedgefield. Take in the stunning view of the Swartvlei Lagoon as you dine on a feast prepared by Chef Kelly-Anne Pietersen. The menu consists of a mussel soup starter, followed by onion tarte tatin with roasted peppers and goat’s cheese. The main meal is a choice between grilled fish with Tuscan lentils, blush tomato and skordalia or cassoulet white beans with braised pork, duck and vegetables. Panettone brioche, raisin compote, coffee ice cream and chocolate ganache will be served for dessert. Benguela has organised a live band so you can dance your way into the new year.

COST: The dinner is priced at R850p/p for adults and R250p/p for children between the ages of four to 10 years old. To make a reservation, call +27 (0)44 343 1844 or email info@lakesidelodge.co.za.

New Year’s Eve at the Barnyard Theatre
Celebrate New Year’s Eve by singing along to some of the greatest musicians of the last four decades at the Six of the Best final musical tribute show of the annum at the Barnyard Theatre in Willowbridge. This NYE show is best described as a performance ‘made in Rock and Roll heaven’ and will fit hits from the last 40 years into one action-packed musical jam. What better way to bid the year farewell than with a music tribute that pays homage to pop icons  Bon Jovi, Freddie Mercury, Meat Loaf, Billy Joel, Pink and Cher.

COST: Tickets to the show cost R395p/p.

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Richard’s Supper Stage
Say hello to 2017 in true Capetonian fashion at Richard’s Supper Stage. The musical revue restaurant is hosting an entertaining extravaganza with a gala dinnner and a special edition of the ‘Kaapse Stories from the Mother City’ show to make sure guests greet the New Year with content bellies and jovial spirits. The spread includes Champagne and oysters on arrival and a main course of specially prepared crayfish, beef fillet, chicken and prawn curry (to name just a few). After the lively tale of the rainbow nation comes to an end, diners will be entertained by a mind-blowing magician and Richard’s resident jazz band. Then, at midnight there will be a Kaapse Klopse(Cape Carnival) procession to welcome 2017 in true local style. Afterwards, guests can dance the night away until the wee hours of the morning.

COST: Tickets for New Year’s Eve celebrations at Richard’s Supper Stage cost R1850p/p and can be booked either by calling +27 (0) 76 144 4809 or emailing bookings@richardscapetown.co.za. Kiddies between the ages of 3 and 12 years of age pay half price. The good times start at 7pm.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Paranga
Delight in a decadent four-course meal paired with wine at Paranga in Camps Bay this New Year’s Eve. The mouth-watering dishes on offer for the night include open oxtail and celeriac lasagne or scallops as a starter, a main dish of crayfish and caviar, grilled halibut, venison or risotto and for dessert, chocolate tart or strawberry shortcake followed by petite fours.
COST: Dinner at Paranga is priced at R1650p/p. For more information, call +27 (0)21 438 0404 or email info@paranga.co.za.

New Year’s Eve at Asoka
Celebrate a magical New Year’s Eve at Asoka with a five-course dinner followed by a lively party to ring in the new year. Guests will be greeted with an assortment of canapés before tucking into a feast of chilli and garlic prawns, Asian beef tartare or Miso yaki aubergine starters followed by a choice of teriyaki salmon, chicken tagine with cous cous, roast beef fillet or harissa roasted butternut and beetroot for the main course. Dessert will be a choice of Turkish delight and a chocolate cigar or baked cheesecake, after which guests will be treated to homemade petit fours.  Asoka will have a live saxophone player and DJs to get the party going as well as surprise special themed entertainment.

COST: Tickets to the dinner (including entrance to the party) are priced at R1200p/p and tickets to the party only are priced at R450p/p before midnight and R200p/p after midnight. To make a reservation, call +27 (0)21 422 0909 or email info@asoka.za.com.

FACT Cape Town Rocks New Year’s Eve Party
DJ Tira is bringing his legendary FACT party to Cape Town this year for a raging New Year’s Eve bash at the Ostrich Farm with the country’s best musicians and DJs. Party into 2017 to great tunes from hitmakers like AKA, Mi Casa, Emtee, DJ Loyd, Ready D and much more! If you’re in the mood to treat yourself this year, purchase a VIP ticket and you’ll have access to exclusive perks such as complimentary drinks and snacks, private bars, free parking and unreserved seating.

COST: Tickets are priced at R200p/p for general access, R650 for VIP entry and R1800p/p for access to the VVIP area.

Alistair Izobell’s Kaapse Jol
Party like a true Capetonian this New Year’s Eve and sit back for a performance of Alistair Izobell’s legendary Kaapse Jol show. The musical takes the audience on a journey through the Mother City with catchy music that uses influences from Khoi, Malay and Dutch culture. After the show, join the stars for the Baxter Theatre’s New Year’s Eve party and watch the incredible balloon drop while ringing in the new year with a complimentary glass of bubbly. The theatre will have a live band performing throughout the night and light meals will be available for purchase.

COST: Tickets to the special New Year’s Eve performance (including access to the after party) are priced at R215p/p and can be purchased from Computicket.com.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Umi
The start of the new year gives everyone a chance to try new things and be a little more daring. Make that change this New Year’s Eve and indulge in a gourmet Asian feast at Umi Japanese Restaurant in Camps Bay. Guests will receive sweet potato chips on arrival before settling down with a tempura amuse-bouche. The first course of the night will include a choice of seared nigiri, beef sashimi, salmon toro tartar or torched cauliflower, followed by a main meal of either seared tuna, teriyaki lamb cutlets, chargrilled beef or truffle sansei kamameshi. The desserts for the night will be a combination of Eastern and Western delights such as chocolate and honeycomb mochi or tonka bean panna cotta.

COST: The New Year’s Eve dinner is priced at R1350p/p. To make a reservation, call +27 (0)21 437 1802.

New Year’ s Eve Dinner at Blanko
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the inner city this New Year’s Eve and start 2017 with a fine dining experience at Blanko, located at the Alphen Boutique Hotel in Constantia. Chef Amber-May Deetlefs has prepared a mouth-watering menu for this year’s celebrations that includes truffle ravioli, beef carpaccio, loin of rabbit and sea bass, followed by divine sweet treats such as chocolate with berries and cream or lemon tart.

COST: Dinner at Blanko is priced at R1250p/p. To make a reservation, email manager@blanko.co.za or call +27 (0)21 795 6313.

Happy Camper Tented Village New Year’s in Cape Town
Greenpop Experiences and Once in Cape Town have joined forces to bring you an urban camping experience that combines the wonders of nature with the beauty of the Cape Town city bowl. Spend your New Year’s Eve at the Happy Camper Village on the foot of Table Mountain and enjoy a breathtaking view of the festivities taking place all over the city. Each package includes a two-man tent with a mattress, blanket, pillow and access to the shower and ablution facilities. Campers will be treated to a light breakfast and there is a chill area as well as a braai area available for all to use.

COST: The camping experience is priced at R650 per tent. For more information, email info@happy-camper.co.za or call +27 (0)87 625 0639.