Restaurants, bars, clubs, farms, and even retreats around the Mother City are gearing up for the festive season and, one by one, are announcing their plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations. So, whether you prefer to see in the New Year in sophisticated style at some champagne-soaked celebration, or with something a little more energetic featuring thumping beats and neon lights, there are options to suit everyone’s fancy. Here is some of what Cape Town has to offer… 

Taj Hotel Cape Town

If you are still wondering where to dine, relax or party with family and friends this festive season, think no more. Taj Cape Town, right in the heart of Cape Town offers luxury, great ambience, five-star service, delicious food, and a wonderfully sumptuous urban experience. On New Year’s Eve, The Reserve will be hosting a Dinner Dance Buffet at a cost of R1550 per person; Bombay Brasserie will be serving its set menu at a cost of R1895 per person; and Mint Restaurant and Terrace’s à la carte menu will be served to guests. Live entertainment will be filling the hotel with some delightful classical and festive music. Bookings are essential.

When: 31st December 2019
Where: 1 Wale street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre
Web: www.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/taj-cape-town/ 

LIFE Grand Café presents 2020 PARTY ON THE PIER

LIFE Grand Café brings you the freshest, brightest New Year’s Day bash in the country. Party on the Pier is all about cool cocktails, delicious food, and decadent décor in a grand heritage house with expansive open-air terraces and a sky full of stars. They’ve also secured a line up of some of the hottest DJs on the circuit straight from their international gigs, who will keep the beats chill from the day, seductive into sunset, and party perfect deep into the night. Dress theme: All white, 20’s Gatsby Glam and metallics.

When: 14:00 until late, 1st January 2020
Where: 2 Pierhead Road, V&A Waterfront
Web: www.lifegrandcafe.com 

Life Grand Cafe Party on the Pier

Pop the cork this New Year’s Eve at Grande Provence

Let Grande Provence whisk you away into 2020 and a new decade with a lavish six-course dinner and all night entertainment to toast the New Year in Franschhoek. Winston Siljeur and his band, and incredible fire performers will up the tempo at this ‘grande affair’, keeping guests entertained throughout the night until the magic hour. Chef Marvin Robyn has put together an outstanding selection of festive dishes with his signature heritage twist. The cost per person is R2,495 and includes bubbly on arrival. Pre-paid booking is essential.

When: 20:00, 31st December 2019
Where: Grande Provence Heritage Estate, R45, Franschhoek
Web: www.grandeprovence.co.za 

New Year’s Eve at the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa

Rock ‘n Roll is back! Combine all the fun of the Swinging 60’s, Seductive 70’s, and Over-the-Top 80’s with great views, terrific music, and menus celebrating the best produce of the season, and you’ve got a New Year’s Eve to remember! The five-course set menu includes a drink on arrival, a glass of French Champagne at midnight, and access to The Leopard Bar for the after party. Dress is black-tie / elegant.

Venue: Azure Restaurant
When: 19:30 for 20:00 (Dinner service starts), 31st December 2019
Price: 5-course Set Menu: R3650 per person.

Venue: Atlantic Terrace Marquee
Time: 19h30 for 20h00 (Dinner service starts)
Price: 3-course Buffet Menu: R3250 per person

Web: www.12apostleshotel.com

Alcazar New Year’s Eve Party 2020 

Come and see the last sunset of 2019 and the first moonrise of 2020 at the annual Alcazar NYE party, located in the shadow of Table Mountain, in the heart of Cape Town. This fairy-tale festival boasts three beautifully curated dance floors (one outdoor and two indoor), an idyllic venue, 12 hours of music by the reigning kings and queens of electronic, and performances by Olympic gymnasts and fire dancers! The price per ticket (booked online) is R390 to R690 per adult.

When: 16:00 on 31st December 2019 until 04:00 1st January 2020
Where: 105 Hatfield Street, Gardens
Web: www.alcazarnye.co.za 

Alcazar NYE

Cocktails & Dreams at Sotano on Bree Street

Sotano on Bree’s cocktail-themed New Year’s Eve party in collaboration with Tanqueray is the ultimate summer in the city celebration! Dress in your favourite island-style shirt – think bold florals and flirty, pretty summer attire – and party to the tunes of DJ David Sandler and guests, while ringing in the New Year, Tom Cruise style, at Bree Street’s hippest location. Tickets are R450 per person, including Sotano canapés and Tanqueray cocktail on arrival; or R3500 for a table of six, including a bottle of Tanqueray and Fitch & Leedes mixers (limited availability so book quickly). Full payment is required to secure bookings.

When: 19:00 on 31st December 2019 to 02:00, January 1st 2020
Where: Sotano Bree, 199 Bree Street, Cape Town
Web: www.sotano.co.za 

New Year’s at Grub & Vine

Join Chef Matt Manning for the ultimate New Year’s Eve interactive dining experience at Chef’s Studio, Grub & Vine. Chef Matt is whipping up a decadent seven-course menu for dinner, but you’ll be helping him make it. Canapés and an amuse-bouche will be served to guests before Chef Matt demos the next two courses. You’ll join him in the kitchen and prepare these dishes, before sitting down at the dining table to enjoy your masterpieces with the other guests. You can then relax while the next couple of courses are served to you, followed by bubbly at midnight. Cost per person is R2,200, including all food and wine and kicks off at 19:00 until late, 31st December 2019. 

Alternatively, you could opt for the five-course dinner at Grub & Vine’s trendy Bistro. Sit down to a long, slow dinner with a glass of bubbly to cheer in 2020, or make the experience the “pre-game” to your midnight party. The cost is R900 to R1400 per person, 18:00 until late on 31st December 2019.

Where: The Chef’s Studio, 103 Bree Street, Cape Town city centre
Web: www.thechefsstudio.co.za 

Grub and Vine Chef Studios

New Year’s Bliss Silence Retreat, Franschhoek

How you start your year hugely impacts the year ahead so why not spend four beautiful and blissful days at retreat in Franschhoek? The New Year’s Art of Silence retreat invites you to re-align with their inner truth and go deeper with guided meditations, silent inquiry, and yoga during an all-inclusive four-day guided retreat with course teacher Mukesh Vassen. The cost for four days, including all coursework, meals, and shared accommodation is R3200 to R3400 per person.

Please note: in order to attend this retreat, you must have completed part one of the Happiness Programme anywhere in the world.

When: 07:00, 29th December 2019 to 14:00, 1st January 2020
Where: Franschhoek Traveller’s Lodge, 15 Akademie Street, Franschhoek
Web: www.artofliving.org/za-en/program/2357 

Family-Friendly Party at The Range in Tokai

Bring your friends, kids, families, picnic baskets and blankets for a night of family-friendly fun and dancing at The Range in Tokai, a verdant venue in the Constantia Valley countryside. Drinks are available at the fully stocked bar and there are activities for children under the age of 12, such as arts and crafts and a jumping castle. Please note that no food will be on sale so bring your own picnic baskets. Tickets range from R65 per kid under 12 to R275 per adult. 

When: 18:30 on 31st December 2019 to 02:00, 1st January 2020
Where: The Range, Orpen Road, Tokai
Web: www.facebook.com/events/342878453072559/

Say goodbye to the 2019 Sun

Say goodbye to the 2019 sun with Tigger 2 Boat Cruises, a 55-foot catamaran that cruises out of Cape Town harbour to Clifton. There are two cruise options to choose from. (1) An earlier departure at 19:00 takes in the sunset and returns to the harbour for an on board dinner of canapés, sushi platters, fresh oysters, Wagyu beef. After that, guests disembark to watch the midnight fireworks at the V&A Waterfront. (2) Guests board at 10:00, dine at the mooring, and then cast off for the midnight fireworks show from the sea. Both options include bubbly and vibey music by DJ Didier. Cost per person is R1,160 to R2,460 (book online)

When: 19:00 or 22:00, 31st December 2019
Where: Pier Head, T Jetty (next to clock tower), V&A Waterfront
Web: www.tiggertoo.co.za 

TiggerToo Sunset

Little Forest Festival Trance Party

Alien Safari and Vortex Parallel Universe productions invite you to cross over into 2020 with some forest shenanigans and rambunctious revelry. Don your fabulous frocks, slither into your glittery gowns, put on your balmy boots, lose your inhibitions, and find your inner alchemist when you follow the white rabbit this NYE. The Little Forest Festival is a psychedelic, three-day trance party and festival hosted in the thick of nature in Greyton. Tickets cost R580 per person (book online).

When: 10:00 on 31st December 2019 to 16:00, 2nd January 2020
Where: Blue Hippo Tipi Village, Blue Hippo Farm, Caledon Road, R406, Greyton
Web: www.psymedia.co.za/festival/the-little-forest-festival/

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party at The 41

Celebrate the arrival of 2020 in style at The 41 with a 1920’s themed Années Folles! Dress up in your favourite Roaring Twenties outfits – ladies, channel your innermost flapper or pay homage to Coco Chanel in your LBD and gents, bring out your meanest Al Capone, gangster style suit. The evening kicks off with a four-course dinner inspired by some famous or rather infamous characters of the era, followed by a party with DJ. Tickets cost R1600 for dinner, including the party or R500 to R800 for the party only.

When: 19:00 on 31st December 2019 to 02:00, 1st January 2020
Where: The41, 41 Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Web: www.the41.co.za/new-years-eve-at-the-41/

The 41 New Year

“Dress to the Nines” at Cape Point Vineyards

Get “Dressed To The Nines” for the Cape Point Vineyards’ New Year’s Eve party featuring music by DJ Rene The Frenchman and saxophonist Kiriya on the spacious deck. The dress code is “dressed to the nines” and there will be prizes for the best outfits. Cost per person is R350 purchased beforehand or R400 at the door – a selection of food stalls will be available on the evening. VIP is R750 per person and includes exclusive access to the deck, a glass of bubbly on arrival, and canapés served from 19:00 to 21:00.

When: 18:00 on 31st December 2019 to 03:00, 1st January 2020
Where: Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
Web: www.cpv.co.za/new-years-eve-featuring-dj-rene-the-frenchman/

Blue Marlin Ibiza NYE Shimmy Beach Club

Prepare to be transported to the White Isle this New Year’s Eve, with Blue Marlin Ibiza NYE Shimmy Beach Club!  One of the most glamorous beach clubs in the world, Blue Marlin is famous for its sexy summer days that transform into wild summer nights. This New Year’s Eve they are bringing the essence of Ibiza to the iconic Shimmy Beach Club stage, with incredible dancers and performers, world class production, and top local and international DJ’s that will have you dancing until dawn under the Cape Town night sky. Price per adult ranges from R750 to R1850 for VIP, which grants you access to the VIP lounge area, with VIP toilets, waiter service, and unreserved seating.

When: 19:00 on 31st December 2019 to 04:00, 1st January 2020
Where: 12 South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront
Web: www.shimmybeachclub.com