We can’t believe it… 2019 is almost over and it’s time to start planning our NYE celebrations. We’ve cherry-picked some of the coolest things happening in Cape Town this 2019/2020 New Year’s Eve.
They’re broken down by category for ease of reference, so whether you’re looking for a real bender, a kid-friendly activity, or a classy dinner, there’s something for you. Before you choose your party, take a look at our New Year’s Eve Survival Guide to make sure you’re well prepared to see the new year in, Cape Town style!
Updated November 2019
The V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is a category of its own. Expect performances, fun characters and delicious food in all the main areas throughout the night. The sun will set, and the magic will begin! Expect an immersive wonderland of glowing colours as magical light installations come to life, illuminating the buildings and trees, with an integrated soundtrack to tell a story that celebrates our community. The famous fireworks will follow, of course!
New Year’s Eve Dinner
Located at the Alphen Boutique Hotel in Constantia, Blanko is offering a fine-dining experience to kick off the new year. The tickets cost R1,050 per person, and you can expect a welcome drink, five-course dinner, fire dancers, a live jazz trio, and DJs to see in the new year.
Benguela Cove, Hermanus
Dress smart for Benguela Cove’s sophisticated New Year’s Eve party. The theme this year is rock ‘n roll, and they’ll be serving gourmet platters and canapés, with live rock ‘n roll music with popular tribute band Cloud 9. Enjoy a glass of their newly released MCC at midnight, to toast 2020 and all it will bring.
HQ, City Bowl
HQ is hosting their annual NYE bash, and this year’s theme is “Disco Glam”. Book a table in the restaurant for the full experience: a welcome cocktail by Absolut Vodka accompanied with delicious canapes, the legendary HQ mono menu, followed by a lemon vodka sorbet and our fabulous Chocolate Torte, all at R1,250 per head. You could also sit in the bar and enjoy a welcome drink, our famous Steak Mono Menu, and a decadent Chocolate torte for dessert for R850 per person.
New Year’s Eve Parties
Alcazar New Year’s Eve, Gardens
Alcazar is the ultimate Inner City Cape Town New Year’s Eve celebration. Bazique Festival and Wolfkop Weekender have teamed up to bring you this lavish event hosted in a beautiful venue in the very heart of the city. Expect 12 hours of music and performance art showcased over 3 meticulously curated stage sets. This year’s theme is Disco Amazonia: so dress up! No under 20s are allowed, and VIP tickets are available for those who want a truly pimped out experience.
Long Street, City Bowl
Long Street is a party of its own. Every year as midnight approaches, people stream into the area. By midnight, it’s like a pot that has boiled over. There are so many bodies partying on the tarmac that cars can’t get through. It’s a loud, crowded, sweaty affair, and it’s a lot of fun if that’s what you’re into. Pro-tip: book a table at a bar with a balcony (Like Tjing Tjing, The Grand Daddy, Beerhouse, the Waiting Room, or SGT Pepper) so that you can watch the jubilant mess without having to actually be in it. If you hit Long Street, remember you’re going to have a long wait for cabs. Consider booking accommodation nearby.
Kinky Summer NYE Festival, Franschhoek
Kinky Summer takes place outside the city in a lush paradise… expect a place where imagination and whimsical delight are cherished and nurtured. New Year’s Eve is a sacred celebration here, and there will be dancing, love, and light.
Shimmy Beach Club, V&A Waterfront
Shimmy is one of the most highly anticipated NYE parties in town, and this year they’re collaborating with Blue Marlin Ibiza to bring the essence of Ibiza to Cape Town. See in 2020 to the sounds of Camilo Franco (Ibiza), Andy Baxter (Ibiza), DEAN FUEL, and Naceta (Ibiza). This event is all about glamour and class, with dancers and performers flown in from Ibiza. Book a VIP ticket to access a separate VIP entrance, VIP bathrooms, ample unreserved seating, and roaming waiters.
Family Friendly New Year’s Eve
Kirstenbosch – Freshlyground / Nomadic Orchestra / Native Young
The Kirstenbosch Summer Concert series is in full swing by December, and it peaks on New Year’s Eve with live music by the local acts, Freshly Ground, Nomadic Orchestra, and Native Young. This is summer music; dancing music. Bring a picnic, kick off your shoes, and dance the warm evening away. Kids are welcome.
Cape Point Vineyards
Cape Point Vineyards is playing host to the Grand South NYE 2019, with DJ Rene the Frenchman. The theme is “dressed to the nines”, and there are prizes for the best-dressed so go all out! The venue features a big hall, with rolling lawns overlooking a dam. It’s great for kids, and there are play facilities there. They’ll also have food stalls and plenty of Cape Point Vineyards wine on offer.
Café Roux, Noordhoek
Start the evening off with a welcome G&T, and then enjoy a relaxed three-course meal with family & friends under the bedouin tent. Local party band, Music for the Masses, will welcome 2020, so expect a pumping dancefloor. The event starts at 7pm and music will go on until 2am.
Delvara Farm, Stellenbosch
Here’s another great family-friendly option for the more active among you. Bring picnic baskets and walking shoes and enjoy the full moon on a beautiful hiking trail through the vineyards. The main route is 9,75km, but farm vehicles are available to transport children and elderly hikers to the start of the shorter 4,5km route at the famous Pepper Tree from where it will take about 30 minutes to the top.
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