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Road Closures and Happy Hours for the 2019 State of the Nation Address

Grab a boozy bargain and a bite to eat while you wait the State of the Nation traffic out with these city centre specials

Read all info on 2019's second State of the Nation on 20 June 2019




Ah, the opening of Parliament is upon us and as such, Cape Town has to prepare for the State of the Nation Address taking place on Friday, 16 February. We know, sometimes this can cause an inconvenience when trying to navigate your way through traffic. But not to worry, there are some cool things to keep you busy right in the CBD.

Road closures for SONA on 16 February 2018 start at 6:00am and have been released; check them out below.

There are a few places who offer great specials on a Friday, take a look at some of them below:

Roast & Co.
From 5pm to 7pm enjoy 2-for-1 drinks at Roast & Co. This is the perfect dodge the traffic spot. So kiss the SONA traffic goodbye and grab a mate or two and relax as you wait for traffic to clear out of town.

98 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 6371 or

Burger & Lobster

One of Bree streets trendiest spots, Burger & Lobster offers selected cocktails, draught beers and signature wines by the glass from their renounced bar on a 2 for 1 special which runs from Monday to Saturday, 4pm to 7pm. Wines and beers start at R45, and you'll be able to get 2 B&L cocktails from just R65.

105 Bree Street | Cape Town |  +27 (0)21 422 4297

Forex Bar

Although festivities only kick off at 9pm, you can still enjoy a drink and something to eat at Forex Bar. Then later join the beer pong contest which costs between R110 and R170 for a 2L pitcher and hey who knows, you might even make it a fun night out.

92-96 Station Road | Observatory | +27 (0) 21 448 0083 or

Take advantage of Lola’s awesome happy hour, with cocktail jugs going for R105, a bucket of six Black Label beers rings in at R90 and two 500ml CBC Pilsner draughts add up to a mere R60 - grab some mates and get sharing. This special is only valid between Thursday – Friday: 5pm –7pm, so it starts just in time on Friday the 16th while you wait for the SONA traffic to clear out.

228 Long Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 423 0885

Hudsons Green Point
From Monday to Friday between 4:30pm and 6:30pm, Hudsons offers a two-for-one deal on all appetisers, beers, and cocktails. Their appetiser portions are fairly generous, so grab one or two and a cocktail, and you’re sorted for Friday night’s dinner.

Corner of Somerset and Upper Portswood Roads | Green Point | + 27 (0) 21 433 1496

Cafe Extrablatt
Monday to Friday, 5pm to 8pm, this international franchise based in Green Point offers standard cocktails at a cost of R34 each. Jumbo cocktails will cost R39 each and mocktails will cost R29. Sip a crisp margarita as the traffic dies down, for half the price of the general Green Point joint.

Exhibition Building | 79 Main Road | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 434 3759





Klipper Road

Between Main Road and M3



Between Princess Anne Avenue and Philip Kgosana Drive (De Waal Drive)

Princess Anne Avenue, Newlands


Church Square, corner of Spin and Parliament Streets

Roeland Street

Between Plein and Brandweer Streets


Plein Street

Between Roeland and Longmarket Streets

Spin Street

Between Parliament and Plein Streets

Parliament Street

Between Longmarket and Bureau Streets

Hatfield and St John’s Streets

Between Roeland and Orange Streets

Adderley Street

Between Wale and Strand Streets

St Mary’s Cathedral Parking Area

Between Bouquet and Roeland Streets

Gallery Lane


Queen Victoria Street

Commercial Street

Between Buitenkant and Plein Streets


Barrack Street

Between Buitenkant and Plein Streets

Caledon Street

Between Buitenkant and Corporation Streets

Mostert Street

Between Buitenkant and Plein Streets

Longmarket Street

Between Buitenkant Street and St. George’s Mall

Wale Street up to Queen Victoria Street


Hope Street

From Roeland to Wesley Street


Harrington Street

Between Roeland and Darling Streets

Parade Street

Between Darling and Barrack Streets

Darling Street

Between Parade and Canterbury Streets

Glynn and Wesley Streets

Between Hope and Buitenkant Streets

Buitenkant Street

Between Darling and Wesley Streets

Avenue Street and Paddock Street


Church Street from St. George’s Mall to Adderley Street

Longmarket Street from St. George’s Mall to Adderley Street



Roeland Street

Between Buitenkant and Brandweer Streets

5:45pm to 7pm (Temporary Closure ±35 minutes)


Klipper Road, Newlands

From Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue


Princess Anne Avenue, Newlands

From Newlands Avenue to Union Avenue

Newlands Avenue, Newlands

From Dean Street to Princess Anne Avenue

Dean Street, Newlands, westbound

From Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue

M3, Union Avenue, Rhodes Drive, Philip Kgosana Drive (De Waal Drive), Roeland Street, City-bound carriageway

From Newlands Avenue to city centre

Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch, westbound

Between Main Road (M4) and Rhodes Drive (M3)


Anzio Road, Observatory

From Main Road (M4) to Philip Kgosana Drive (De Waal Drive) (M3)

N2, Settlers Way City-bound carriageway

From Main Road (M4) to city centre

5pm – 8pm


Harrington Street

Between Darling and Roeland Streets

6am – 11:45pm

Church Square



Roeland Street

Between Plein and Buitenkant Streets

Closure of Company Gardens


Government Avenue from Orange Street to Wale Street

Plein Street from Longmarket Street to Roeland Street

St John’s Street from Roeland Street to Vrede Street

Gallery Lane

Bouquet Street

Hope Street

Between Roeland and Glynn Streets


Wesley Street

Between Buitenkant and Hope Streets

Glynn Street

Between Buitenkant and Hope Streets

Wale Street

Between Queen Victoria and Adderley Streets

Bureau Street

Between Adderley and Parliament Streets

Spin and Mostert Streets

Between Corporation and Parliament Streets

Parliament Street from the gates of Parliament to Longmarket Street


Commercial Street

Between Plein and Buitenkant Streets - becomes bi-directional


Wesley and Glynn Streets

Between Hope and Buitenkant Streets - becomes bidirectional


Parliament apologises for any inconvenience caused. 


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