NEW YEARS EVE 2012 IN CAPE TOWN
BE WARNED: everything needs to be booked in advance!
A) ON TOP OF TABLE MOUNTAIN (weather permitting)
Much of what happens in Cape Town is wind dependent so you may need to be flexible. For example, The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has extended hours on 31 December – the last car up will be at 23h00 and the last car down at 01h00 next year! You can book a picnic basket on www.webtickets.co.za or bring your own food and bubbly. The half price special deal that they are offering for sunset rides from 18h00 at R97.50 and you cannot book the ticket online so need to queue. Of course if the wind is up that night you will not be able to complete the adventure! Also, transport BACK to the villa could be a problem – you would be advised to have a mobile phone to call a cab and help identify yourself to him amongst all the other revellers.
B) PARTY ON LONG STREET
Some guests are happy to eat a light meal locally (just as on any other night) and then walk down Long Street (which is usually filled with street party fun) or make their way to the V&A Waterfront where there is a fireworks display at midnight. Be warned though, the V&A becomes a huge traffic jam so getting home is always an issue. We generally advise guests to walk to the Cape Quarter and arrange for a cab to collect them at an appointed time somewhere there – again best to have a mobile phone to help identify yourself to him.
C) THE ‘HUGH M’ CONCERT AT KIRSTENBOSCH THEN DINNER IN TOWN
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens have the Jazz giant of SA, Hugh Massekela and another band called Hot Water are playing. Starts at 17h30 and you need to be there an hour before the time – you can take along something to drink – picnic style. This will sell out FAST and you need to book via www.webtickets.co.za well in advance (R270pp). The concert ends at 19h00 so you would have time to get to a restaurant afterwards – I suggest SOCIETI (close to home) where they have a late sitting at 20h30 which we could book for you. (N.B. If you don’t drive, you’d need to arrange for a cab to collect you at the Kirstenbosch entrance – get the same cabby to collect you where he drops you off – have a mobile phone with you to identify yourself.)
D) DINNER AT THE V&A AND FIREWORKS.
Several restaurants will serve a late supper and you can then linger until the fireworks display at midnight. See our warning about getting home – the V&A can be very crushed and you may need to walk out to the Cape Quarter to be able to call a cab – have a mobile phone with you. Some restaurant suggestions:
BAIA (R1650 pp payable in full on reservation) substantial menu and music/dancing – Double click on icon to view menu
*HILDEBRANDS (R1400 5 courses plus dancing) http://www.hildebrand.co.za/ Double click on icon to view menu
*SEVRUGA R1650pp – 5 course menu – on the water front – watch fireworks* Double click on icon to view menu
E) BREAKWATER ROOF PARTY
V&A Waterfront Welcome to the New Year and the promise it brings. At least 3 major parties will be hosted at various locations across the V&A featuring numerous bands, DJs and live music acts. Join us as we bid farewell to 2012 and set the skies alight with a magical fireworks display at midnight. Pete Tong will head the bill at the official 5FM party on the Breakwater Roof. You can watch the fireworks from here as well. Maybe have dinner before and hit the dance floor later in the evening?
F) DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT AT GOLD RESTAURANT
This African-style evening promises to be good value at R1100 + 10% service fee. An extensive and interesting menu with some beverages included and lots of African entertainment. As this is likely to be booked out fast we have reserved a few tables for the Villa on a first-come-first-served basis. Please contact us if interested. We can send you more details. Need a 50% deposit to confirm.
G) DINNER AND DANCING AT THE RADISSON
This hotel has an excellent setting for watching the fireworks. They also offer a 5 -course buffet style dinner which should be sumptuous. See: New Year’s Eve at The Radisson Blu Waterfront Cape Town (31 December 2012) Cost R1795p/p.
H) A MASKED BALL
This sounds intriguing: see: New Year’s Eve Masked Ball at Five Flies Restaurant and Bar (31 December 2012) Keerom Street is just of Long Street and walkable from the Villa. Tickets: Tickets for this lavish affair cost R600p/p and includes a four-course meal and a glass of bubbly. N.B. a deposit is needed to secure the booking. www.fiveflies.co.za/
I) A GRAND AFFAIR AT THE MOUNT NELSON
‘The Nelly’ or ‘The Pink Lady’ is our affectionate name for our grand old MOUNT NELSON HOTEL. It is an easy walk from the Villa which makes it a good choice if you intend to enjoy some bubbly! See: New Years Eve at the Mount Nelson (31 December 2012) . To book your spot (formal attire at The Planet Bar R1950pp) or semi-formal at The Oasis R850pp, contact the Mount Nelson at +27 (0) 21 483 1948 or email email@example.com.
J) DINNER AND A SHOW
The Theatre on the Bay has a one-man-show performed by Alan Committie . See: http://www.theatreonthebay.co.za/show/bigger-better-faster/ The small restaurant is offering a special New Year’s 5 course meal at R580pp which includes the show. It’s ‘comfortable food’. A plus is that Camps Bay waterfront will party well into the night so you can wander along the seafront and join in everyone else’s fun! Have mobile phone to call a cab to get back home!
K) PIGALLE ‘DINNER/DANCE’
A typical dinner/dance venue with better than average food. 6-piece band. Dance floor. R1300 per person – to be settled in full to reserve. A little conservative?
L) THE SAVOY CABBAGE
Fine dining in a sophisticated environment. R995pp – 6 course meal (Plus 10% service fee). Recommended if you want to have a quiet and civilised evening. Double click on icon to view menu
M) SOCIETI BISTRO: a la carte menu. Two sittings 18h00 and 20h30.
N) *THE GRAND and BEACH PARTY (Granger Bay – near V&A Waterfront.
This promises to be THE party to be seen at. It’s a quaint and VERY trendy little restaurant which is right on the beach. We have sent an email requesting more information, but nothing forthcoming yet but it is probably sold out