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{Travel} What to do in Cape Town for New Years 2019

From the 27th to the 1st of December, a bunch of friends and I are going down to Cape Town for New Years and I am BEYOND excited to ring in 2019 in the Mother City! I have never experienced New Years in Cape Town before, but I have a feeling it’s going to be amazing!

One of my friends is coming all the way from the UK and has been asking me on every whatsapp call what we are doing for New Years, and I really hadn’t given it much thought. Until I realised we are halfway through October.

So, I started doing some research and in the process of collating all the information, I decided that it deserved a post!

So here’s my list of some of the best places to be for New Years in Cape Town this December, catering to a wide range of tastes – whether you want to keep it chilled, eat your body weight in canapes, or party the night away and some of the cities hottest spots (and my Joburg girl opinion on what I think the vibe will be 😂)

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1. Cellars Hohenort
What: Celebrate the year gone by and ring in the New Year in style with a decadent New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Conservatory. This spot is Five-Star luxury, surrounded by nine acres of perfectly manicured, award-winning gardens, located in Constantia, only a 15 minutes’ drive from Cape Town’s city centre.

When: Starting at 19h00
Price: R950 per person and includes a welcome drink
Bookings: Email coordinator@cellars-hohenort.co.za or visit them here
Vibe: Wear your Shmancy shoes guys, this one’s Fancy AF. 🌹 I mean their garden won an award and all my plants keep dying

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2. The Radisson Red Hotel

RockingRED with Monark on New Year’s Eve
What: Rock into the new year with pop rock band Monark
When: 31 December from 19h00 to 02h00 at OUIBar + KTCHN
Price: R850 per person, including a choice of burgers, tacos and fries, and a welcome gin and tonic on arrival. Cost excludes drinks which are for own account.
Bookings: baxter@radissonred.com or on 087-086-1578

Party In The Clouds for New Year’s Eve
What: Watch the sunset listening to one of Cape Town’s finest singers followed by a live DJ
When: 31 December 2018 from 18h00 to 02h00
Where: RED Roof
Price: R2100 per person, including a seafood feast and a welcome drink. Cost excludes drinks which are for own account.
Bookings: baxter@radissonred.com or on 087-086-1578

Vibe: Ultra-Hot, must tag Instagram location on stories to make people jealous 🤳 P.S I have heard this rooftop has an insane view!

For more information visit them here
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3. NYE at Grand Africa
What: Pacha New Year’s Eve returns to the exclusive Grand Africa to celebrate the end of 2018 in classic Ibiza style. If you want to spend new years rubbing shoulders and celebrating with socialites on the sparkly white sand of the famous Grand’s private beach – then this is your kind of party. Pacha offers its elite partygoers a taste of the famed Mediterranean nightclub’s legendary summer soirées.
When: 31 December, 2018 at 21h00
Where: Grand Africa, Granger Bay Road (off Beach Road), Granger Bay
Price: R850 – R1000
Bookings: Howler
Vibe: Elite and Exclusive, you will probably see someone ‘famous’ from your Instagram that you can’t really remember the name of but you know they are important – didn’t they open a Poke Bar or something? 😎
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4. Secrets of Summer

What: Join Secrets of Summer to bid farewell to the last Sunset of 2018 as they usher in 2019 in absolute style. The picturesque backdrop of the majestic mountain range amplifies the senses of this magical venue, like no other. Whether you’re into Deep House, Techno, Hip-Hop, EDM or Commercial, they have got you covered ☼
HEADLINE ARTISTS: Shapeless (Brazil), Kyle Watson, Locnville, Das Kapital, Chunda Munki, Pascal & Pearce, Mark Stent, Strange Loving, Nick Hamman, Ryan the DJ to name a few

When: Dec 31 at 13h00 – Jan 1, 2019 at 3h00
Where: To be announced
Price: Early Bird – R320.00
Bookings: https://www.howler.co.za/events/3905/tickets
Vibe: Party like it’s 1999, potentially lose your shoes, but definitely have the biggest jol, I think lots of Joburg people will be here 🤪

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5. NYE at The Commodore

What: Join The Commodore Hotel for New Years Eve and enjoy a proudly South African Dinner, hosted with Live Entertainment, hats & crackers.

When: Monday, December 31, 2018 at 19h00 – late
Where: The Commodore Hotel, Portwood Sq, V&A Waterfront, Portswood Rd
Price: R995 pp and children under 12 years pay half price – dinner served from 19h00.
Bookings: Email: commodorebanqueting@legacyhotels.co.za
Vibe: ‘Champaaaagne Darling’ – it’s the 5-Star Treatment ✨


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6. Jeremy Loops @ Kirstenbosch Gardens

What: This is my top choice – because if you know me, you know I am a huge Jeremy fan, and have attended* pretty much every concert the guy has ever done in Joburg. Plus I have never been to Kirstenbosch before, so this is my top pick.
Mr Loops and his band will take you on a musical joyride, with an eclectic mix of his greatest hits – which can only be described as a mix of folk, pop, rock, country and hip-hop.
When: 31 Dec 2018 starting at 17h30
Where: Kirstenbosch
Price: R415
Bookings: Webtickets
Vibe: Chilled and laid back, but still with a party vibe, everybody here is probably stoned, but its still rad. 🤩
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7. V&A Waterfront New Years Eve Celebration
What: See out 2018 in spectacular style with a New Year’s Eve celebration at the V&A Waterfront! On New Year’s Eve local performers and the floats from the Cape Town Carnival will entertain visitors in the lead up to the midnight fireworks display, brought to the public by the V&A Waterfront and the City of Cape Town.
Little ones will also be catered for, and they can expect to encounter playful characters around the Kids Ahoy playground (near the Victoria Wharf Food Court) from 5pm. The V&A Amphitheatre will be lit up from 19h30 and will host entertainers throughout the evening.
When: 31 December at 17h00
Where: The V&A Waterfront
Price: Free, you will just need to book a place to eat for dinner at one of the many restaurants available. Find out more here.
Vibe: Frenetic, lost-my-friend-in-crowd electric, but a really awesome spot to see all the action firsthand and lots of options to choose from if you can’t sit still like me 🤷‍
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8. Signal Hill

What: According to many Cape Town locals on TripAdvisor, if you’re keen on watching the fireworks and want to save money on expensive dinners, consider driving up to Signal Hill, where you pack a picnic basket and watch the festivities up in the sky.

Be sure to get there early for a good spot and keep in mind there will be slow moving traffic on the way down the mountain – but that’s the case all over Cape Town on New Years it seems?

When: 31 December, as early as you can get there
Where: Signal Hill
Price: Free
Vibe: Can go either way – romantic watching of the fireworks or a complete an utter piss up where you loose your picnic basket and can’t find your car on the hill scenario 💍 ? 🍺


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9. New Years Eve featuring DJ Rene the Frenchman

What: Cape Point Vineyards in conjunction with DJ Rene the Frenchman presents THE GRAND SOUTH NYE 2018.

Cape Point Vineyards, is a unique farm in Noordhoek, where vines are lazily nestled between mountains and ocean. Cool breezes from the sea make for a slow growing season, with a late harvest that results in a truly unique Sauvignon Blanc.

When: 31 December
Where: Cape Point Vineyards Estate
Price: R300.00 early bird (before 31 October)| 350 thereafter | 400 at the door
VIP: R750.00 per person
Bookings: Dine Plan, click here
Vibe: 99% Chance of Wine 🍷

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10. NYE at The Pepper Club

What: Join Pepper Club as they ring in the new year with an elegant, six course dinner in the heart of the city. Feast on tempura tiger prawns, roast salmon and beef wellington and say “cheers” to 2018.
Where: The Pepper Club, Cnr Loop & Pepper St
When: 31 December, 19h00 – late
Price: Dinner is R975 per person, including live entertainment, bubbly and a bottle of red or white wine per table – R275 per child under the age of 12, including sweet treats and soft serve ice cream.
Vibe: Foodie-Heaven, may result in subsequent Food Coma 🍕🍔🍟🥨
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Image Credit – David Ogden

11. New years at Tintswalo Atlantic

What: New Year’s Eve in Cape Town is the highlight of the holiday season and there is no better spot to watch the sun set on 2018 and toast 2019 than Tintswalo Atlantic. Bid farewell to 2018 with flair and indulge in a decadent dinner with a live band and DJ and a countdown to remember.

Where: Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay
When: 31 December, Time confirmed on reservation
Price: Tintswalo’s New Year’s Dinner Celebration includes canapes & cocktails, followed by main course and a dessert bar, as well as a late night feast leading to the all-important countdown celebrated with bubbles, cocktails and a gin bar. Themed ‘Truly Cape Town’, dress is smart casual and reservations are available at R2470 per person.
Booking: res1@tintswalo.com
Vibe: Foodie Fanta-SEA 😍


I will continue to update this list with more events, so check back in November

All info was sent to me by venues and respective agencies, the rest sourced online

All credit to respective photographers for these establishments – i.e the images sourced from websites are not mine

You are welcome to send me more info to list your event

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