New Year in Gauteng
Celebrating the New Year in Gauteng this year? Here’s a round-up of some of the hottest New Year's parties and dinners taking place in Gauteng on December 31.
New Year's bash at Randlords
End 2015 at a glamorous party on a rooftop deck, with one of the most spectacular views of Johannesburg. See the sun set on 2015, and then join the party until dawn 2016 with top DJs on the decks and great cocktails from the bar. With its 22nd-floor panoramic views, Randlords is the place to raise a toast to the year that was and watch the midnight fireworks. This year’s theme is carnival, and for the dress code you can choose from "bling and feathers", "dare to bare", "powerful and daring" and "It's Carnival Time".
Randlords, 22nd floor, South Point Towers, 41 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Tel. +27 (0)11 489 1930, website www.randlords.co.za
Tickets from sunset (4pm) are R500, from 8pm are R650. VIP will cost R12 000 for 10 people.
Baracas Wine and Beer
A casual New Year’s Eve gathering at the friendly wine and beer bar Baracas in Groenkloof, Pretoria. No need to book, just turn up and enjoy the DJ sets and plentiful drinks promotions as you count down the hours to 2016.
56 Totius Street, Groenkloof, Pretoria
Tel. +27 (0)12 460 5291, website www.baracas.co.za
Entrance is free.
Beefcakes New Year's Eve dinner and theatre drag show
Joburg’s pink and sparkly gay burger bar, Beefcakes, hosts a saucy New Year’s Eve drag show. The event includes a three-course meal and a raucous midnight countdown performance starring some of Joburg’s best-loved drag queens.
198 Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg
Tel. +27 (0)11 447 5266, website www.beefcakes.co.za
Costs R595, excluding drinks and tips.
Vilakazi Street party
Soweto’s most famous street, Vilakazi Street, shuts down for this massive New Year’s street party. There are three stages with pumping dance, hip hop and soul performances throughout the day by artists such as Cassper Nyovest, Thebe, Thee Gobbs and Maggz.
Vilakazi Street, Soweto
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Entrance from R100. The party starts at noon on New Year’s Eve.
Che Argentine grill
This atmospheric rustic-chic Argentine grillhouse and restaurant in the heart of downtown Johannesburg’s trendy Maboneng district hosts a festive New Year’s Eve dinner party with the most succulent cuts of meat straight from the wood-fired grill, and a choice of local and Argentine wines.
303 Fox Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg City Centre
Tel. +27 (0)11 614 0264
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New Year's Eve in the sky
The glamorous Elevate rooftop bar on the top floor of the Reef Hotel in downtown Joburg is the venue for this sophisticated New Year’s party, with an extraordinary view of the city lights and fireworks. The soundtrack is the smoothest house, hip hop and R&B sounds, and the dress code "deliciously stylish".
Reef Hotel, 58 Anderson Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg City Centre
Bookings at www.webticket.co.za
Tickets cost R250.
Toast the New Year with a fine whisky and swinging live jazz and blues at the New York-style Katzy’s jazz bar in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
The Firs, corner Cradock Avenue and Biermann Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Tel. +27 (0)11 880 3945, website www.katzys.co.za
A hot Havana night at Rodizio
Dine and dance into the New Year at this Cuban-themed party at Brazilian grillhouse Rodizio in Bedfordview. The New Year’s package includes a three-course dinner, caipirinhas and champagne at midnight, plus a live Latin dance show. The Havana Nights party takes place at the Bedfordview and Fourways branches of Rodizio.
Village View Shopping Center, Van Buren Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg
Tel. +27 (0)11 455 1093, website www.rodizio.co.za
Entrance costs R620.
Revolution of New Year open-air music festival
Amid the green hills and valleys of the Magaliesberg, welcome in the start of the new year at this all-night trance and techno festival. There are two stages with 40 local and international psy-trance, techno, and drum and bass DJs playing through the weekend. Bring your own camping gear, sunblock, water and toiletries. There will also be a bar, hydration stations and a small number of food stalls on site.
Hornbill Lodge, corner Bekker School Road and Rustenburg Road, Magaliesburg
Tel. +27 (0)82 900 7107
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Tickets cost R300.
New Year at Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton is offering a special five-course New Year’s Eve meal with the option to stay the night at the hotel at the special rate of R1 200 for two people sharing. The five-course dinner costs R499 and includes two soft drinks. The hotel is also offering a New Year’s Day brunch menu for R249 per person.
Corner Rivonia Road and Daisy Street, Sandton, Johannesburg
+27 (0)11 245 8000, website www.radissonblu.com
Tickets cost R249-R499.
Fat Olive New Year celebration
A countryside setting for a festive evening of food and music amid the rolling hills and farms of Lanseria. The New Year’s Eve package includes a buffet dinner and DJ entertainment.
Stornoway Lodge, R512 Pelindaba Road, Lanseria 1748
Tel. +27 (0)71 354 6622, website thefatolive.co.za
Tickets cost R345.
Old New Year's Eve at African Pride Irene Country Lodge
Treat yourself to the "Old Year’s Eve Dinner" at the luxurious Irene Country Lodge, in picturesque Irene in south-east Pretoria. The elegant and romantic evening includes a delicious buffet and live piano music.
Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Pretoria
Tel. +27 (0)12 667 6464, website www.irenecountrylodge.co.za
Tickets cost R495.
Old-school and new-school hip hop, house and R&B are the sounds of the night for this massive New Year’s Eve party at the popular Sandton nightclub. Note: the strictly smart-casual dress code is much more on the smart than casual end of things – it is New Year’s, after all, so dress to impress.
VSP Lounge, 126 Rivonia Rd (next to Aston Martin showroom), Sandton
Tel. +27 (0)11 784 3963, website www.vspclub.co.za
Tickets cost R200.
New Year's Eve party at Sir James van der Merwe
Sir James van der Merwe is an impressive-looking bar near Sandton, in an old warehouse that is lined from floor to ceiling with the owner's collection of colourful antiques and quirky items of salvaged furniture from across the world. Expect a mix of retro party tunes and pop hits, and plenty of craft beers in the countdown to midnight.
6 Desmond St, Kramerville, Sandton, Johannesburg
Tel. +27 (0)72 607 4235
Tickets are R250 at katyspalacebar.nutickets.co.za.