February 25, 2014
An Extremely Different Way to Party in Cape Town
A swashbuckling word-nerd and life-time student of the creative edge, Alessandro spends his time cooking up funky stories and getting his teeth kicked out at Thai Boxing. His geekiness comes in useful where he gets put to work fashioning digital content that sizzles. When not searching for the perfect metaphor, Alessandro hunts for the quirky, the arresting and the powerful, since following Dr Seuss’ maxim you gotta:
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the THINKS you can think up if only you try!”
Cape Town is famous for the diversity of its entertainment scene, but the following itinerary is pretty odd even by the Mother City’s lofty standards. Let’s start when you…
Eat Like It's 3,000BC
Mesopotamia on Long Street is the first Kurdish restaurant in South Africa and since nobody knows where the Kurds are from (Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey - thanks Wikipedia!) it promises to be a unique eating experience. The first thing you’ll notice is the Mesopotamian vibe is pretty old-school – the area was first trendy around 3,000BC.
First you take off your shoes and recline on kilim (tapestry woven) cushions. You’re seated at an antique copper table. Fragrant tea is poured from a samovar (heated metal container). You tuck into your meze (selection of hot and cold dishes), in this case including sasuka (fried bringer with tomato sauce) or ispanak tarama (spinach, cultured yoghurt, garlic and spices.)
There are Kurdish artefacts around you, evoking a kind of prehistoric charm. Mesopotamia (not the restaurant, the area) is known as the cradle of civilization – they were the first to invent writing. Mesopotamia’s ancient wisdom also extended to belly dancing, which can be added to your table at R10 a head.
Try out the Chicken Haran (chicken cooked with spiced chilli and spinach, served in a clay pot with garlic yoghurt) or the Badiljane Tijikiri (aubergines stuffed with vegetables, served with garlic yoghurt and salad).
Contact Mesopotamia: 021 424 4664
Now Face the Party Bus
Think more belly dancers, singles parties, pub tours, sun downers, hen nights, office parties, 21sts, boat trips, spit roasts and stag nights. Ah… party busses! They’re a fantastic way to explore Cape Town having a preposterous amount of fun in an embarrassing yet socially acceptable way.
Piggy’s Promotions, one of Cape Town’s favoured party bus establishments, grew out of the story a “mini-pig” that was given to its owner… that quickly grew into the size of a 45 gallon drum. The Piggy’s Party Bus is a single decker pink wrecking ball that can hold up to 40 people. There’s a cash bar, sound system plus P/A and catering available. Rock the Wine Route, the Ostrich Farm, Table Mountain, Newlands rugby or cricket stadiums, or a tailored selection of Cape Town’s sites.
For those of a more corporate disposition, Sports Bus markets itself for tours and function experiences, but it’s really another party bus in disguise. Take a ‘Golf Tour’ (haha good one!) or adventure to the Ganzekraal Lapa (thatched roof party area), Theewaters Dam, Calabash Bush Pub and Boma or Newlands (for rugby or cricket) or just be blatant about it on a ‘Booze Cruise’ around the peninsula. Catering includes spit braais, steak braais and platters.
Contact Piggy's Promotions: 021 559 6183
Contact Sports Bus: 082 807 4438
To Infinity and Beyond
If you’re still conscious after your adventures on the party bus, check out Club Galaxy in Athlone. Established in 1978, Club Galaxy is an old-style super club, thick with smoke machines, top class sound and mainstream beats. Decked out in red, chic lighting and modern furniture, Club Galaxy still draws some of the country’s finest live musicians off the beaten track.