We’ve made our list for the top places to say goodbye to 2017 for Johannesburg, and now it’s time for our picks of the best events in Cape Town this New Year’s Eve. From rooftop parties to watching a firework show on the waterfront, here’s where to ring in the new year in the Mother City.
Looking for an opportunity to get dolled up? Then swing by Marriott Hotel’s Crystal Towers for a five-course dinner accompanied with glasses of bubbly. This is a great place to take a date, as you and your significant other will be escorted to a luxurious room with white tablecloths and ceiling-to-floor silky, white drapes to set the romantic vibe. It’s advised to book a room at the hotel so you and your date will have a quick getaway within steps from your meal.
Johannesburg isn’t the only city hosting its own Mad Hatter themed party. Cape Town is joining in on the whimsical celebration at Tobago’s Restaurant and Bar/Radisson Blu that faces the sea. Charlie’s Mad Hatter Tea Party will boast kitschy drinks and an atmosphere that will make anyone feel as if they’ve fallen down a rabbit hole.
Or get up close and personal with mother nature by camping overnight at the world-famous Table Mountain for Mother City Campout, a New Year’s festivity that lasts four days. If you don’t own a tent, you can easily rent one for a bargain and take advantage of the multiple scheduled events throughout this festival including sunrise and sunset yoga sessions, braais, outdoor movie viewing, group hikes, hula hoop courses, and an evening full moon meditation.
For those who prefer a swankier environment rather than digging their toes into the soil, HQ’s Masquerade Bash will do the trick. Each year the venue hosts lavish parties and this year’s theme is “Black Venetian.” Attendants are encouraged to show off their most glitzy, dark outfits on its dance floor. Masquerade masks are also strictly part of the dress code, giving the event a more mysterious flair while a DJ plays some intoxicating rhythms. Drinks and food are also offered. Another place to get glamorous is Seelan Bistro & Bar. Live music and a DJ will play some jammin’ beats throughout the night while guests enjoy appertifs and hors d’oeuvres in a posh location. While there, don’t forget to try out some of their signature dishes like lamb curry and oysters to pair with your champagne.
Watch a fireworks show unfold before your eyes over the waterfront at MAReSol, a prominent restaurant with its own Portuguese fare (with some Mozambican influence). It’s reported to be the best destination on the waterfront to get front-row seats to the best fireworks display in town. Reserve your seats in advance and request to get one of their outdoor tables to enjoy the weather over delicious seafood dinner.
If a comedy stand up with a jazz band playing in between takes sounds ideal to you, then Cape Town Comedy Club at The Pumphouse is the place to be. Not only will guests get pampered with a four course gourmet dinner and bubbly, but they’ll enjoy a knee-slapping show performed by Kurt Schoonraad, a popular comedian in South Africa, too. As midnight nears, attendants will wipe off their tears and toast glasses to welcome in the new year.
Take your celebration up a notch and do it on the water (not by water, ON water). The Alba isn’t your average run-of-the-mill restaurant, but rather, it’s a boat-turned-restaurant serving up four course meals to diners. The boat will take off in the evening, allowing guests to view the sunset before the final show of fireworks sparking directly above them with Table Mountain as the backdrop.
In Johannesburg? Find out what to do this New Year’s Eve 2017.
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