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As an event planner, you probably get the occasional event that requires more than just your average empty hall, décor and DJ. It’s for these types of events that you need to keep reading because we’ve found the perfect venues that incorporate good food with good entertainment.

  1. Stardust Theatrical Dining

Situated at 118 Sir Lowry Road in Cape Town, Stardust Theatrical Dining is no ordinary restaurant. It’s well-known as the home of the singing waiter. Not only will you enjoy the wholesome, sumptuous taste of their designer tagine menu and the buzz of their wine bar’s best and brightest, but you’ll also be served and entertained by the shining stars of Cape Town’s immense pool of talented young performers. Make sure you get your waiter’s name – it’ll be written in lights one day. The cellars are open and so is the bar. Pump up the volume, kick back, relax and prepare yourself for an evening you won’t soon forget.

Stardust Theatrical Dining can cater for up to 180 people seated, with another 30 in the Cigar Bar, and 50-80 on the roof. Contact them for more information on +27 (0) 21 462 77 77.

  1. Beach Bums International

Located right on the shores of Casaurina Beach, Beach Bums is an idyllic destination situated a short drive away from King Shaka International Airport. Their venue is incredibly unique. Put your toes in the sand with the laid back atmosphere by day and the up-tempo life at night.

Beach Bums’ restaurant and bar feature indoor and outdoor settings. Drawing upon an open air ambience, swaying palm trees and tropical trade winds, the restaurant features “relaxed cuisine” and a varied menu with options for light dining such as our gourmet pizzas and burgers as well as the Chef’s creative preparations of the specials of the week.

During the week, guests will enjoy a beachside music program that blends various genres of music with later hours offering a more upbeat soundtrack. DJ’s perform every Saturday turning the beach into their dance floor while Sundays have been dedicated to live music with different bands appearing every week.

Beach Bums has become the premier event location for weddings, fundraisers and corporate events, the Event Lawn will feature an oceanfront lawn which will be surrounded by lush landscaping to allow us to accommodate parties of up to 1000 people. Be sure to contact them for more information: +27 (0)32 943 1132.

  1. The Radium Beerhall

The Radium Beerhall is the oldest surviving bar and grill in Johannesburg, with a genuinely historic ambience that’s just as enticing as the good food on the menu; as authentic as the foot-tapping live jazz that makes the embossed tin ceiling vibrate in sympathy. The walls are covered in memorabilia, from photos of pre-war soccer teams and jazzmen who have played there, to vintage posters and press clippings that record the Radium’s history.

Now the Jazzed-Up Radium has live performances by different artists four nights a week. Since 1994 it has won an international reputation, featured in overseas travel guides as a genuine South African experience, and a “must” for tourists passing through Johannesburg.

The Radium Beerhall is also available for private parties and functions and you can contact them for more information here: +27 (0)11 728 3866.

  1. The Piano Bar

A trendy New York-inspired music revue bar and eatery with a strong African flavour. Located at the corner of Jarvis and Napier Streets. Their wraparound terrace enjoys views through De Waterkant village to Devil’s Peak as well as towards the bay. The ideal spot to chill out over an evening cocktail.

With a baby grand piano, microphone and instrument plug-in points and surround sound through excellent speakers.The mixer is driven by Rotel amplifiers. Overhead projector and screen for presentations and movies. A thoroughly versatile room for great entertainment.

A comprehensive kitchen caters for the eatery as well as functions and events. Their innovative menu and delicious snack platters are available nightly.

The perfect party venue for birthdays, intimate weddings, office parties or any other event. Simply contact them on +27 (0)21 418 1096 for more information.

  1. The Orbit

The Orbit concept finds its roots and spirit in a small Jazz Social Club established in Troyeville, Johannesburg, in the early 2000’s by Aymeric Péguillan and 3 other partners. Peg’s Cosy Corner, as the venue was called, presented an intimate environment where musicians and jazz aficionados would hang around to listen to occasional live music and recordings till late at night around a drink.

Twelve years later, a venue is reborn in Braamfontein, a booming and dynamic part of town, where Péguillan and his 2 partners, Dan Sermand & Kevin Naidoo, developed a concept that would lead the way in offering the best possible creative expression platform for jazz musicians in Johannesburg. After months of intense brainstorming, consultations with musicians and negotiations with stakeholders around the nature of the new venture, The Orbit, a Live Music venue and Bistro, finally came to life.

The Orbit caters for many different events and they offer much more than just a venue and entertainment. To find out what’s on offer at The Orbit, click here.

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