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A Map to Steve’s North Loop Recommendations

(click map layers and select Steve @Number 12)

Recommendations by Steve Hance, founder of Number 12 Cidery, Review and photos by Sam Stewart

The Minneapolis North Loop area is all about local food and drink culture. Based on Steve’s recommendations we took in some of the North Loop’s best! Keep these in mind when you’re coming into the area to visit Number 12 Cidery

(if you want to read more about Steve and his Number 12 cider check out his “miniview”)

graze provisions mnneapolis north loop cafeteria and food hall Fabled Rooster food
photo by Samanta Stewart – A Craft Notes fan on an adventure:)
graze provisions cafeteria in north loop minneapolis
Graze Provisions: photo by Samanta Stewart – A Craft Notes fan on an adventure:)

Eat North Loop’s Graze Food Hall

Graze Cafeteria

📍 520 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
📞 (612) 259-8965
🌐 grazenorthloop.menu

If you’re coming in with a group of people, deciding on food can be hard. Enter the Graze food hall. The north loop has a ton of food and restaurant options (and Number 12 Cider also has a permanent pizza truck), but Steve recommended Graze. With six food vendors and two bars there is something for everyone and the service is quick and easy. These are becoming popular all over the city for a reason! We chose to eat at Fabled Rooster and the food did not disappoint! 

Also fond at Graze?

photo by Samanta Stewart – A Craft Notes fan on an adventure:)

North Loop’s Hidden Gem: Cocktails!

Cobble Social House

📍 520 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
📞 (612) 259-8965
🌐 grazenorthloop.menu

This one was a hidden gem recommendation from Steve. Cobble Social House sits in an alleyway and is really only distinguished by a symbol above the door. We didn’t have a reservation, so we just stopped in for drinks and dessert, but both were fabulous. You can get food here as well, but it is a limited menu. A small venue with a speakeasy type vibe this is for sure a don’t miss… if you can find it. 

Other Recommendations

The Hewing Hotel is the best place to stay in the area. A quintessential north loop hotel recommendation that will make you feel oh so cool. A historic building renovated with modern touches it’s truly a luxury experience and the city views from the rooftop heated pool can’t be beat. The hotel is dog friendly (if your gang is really just your pooch) and the restaurant in the hotel is almost as highly rated as their rooftop cocktail bar (and if you’re staying, hot tub).

The Fillmore theater minneapolis north loop
photo by Samantha Stewart

There is so much to do in the north loop! Number 12 is right down the road from Target Field (We could practically smell them installing the new grass as we sipped on our ciders…) and the Filmore which had a huge show and a line down the block that night. Steve also highly recommends taking in a show at Acme Comedy Co which hosts huge national acts as the norm. With so many options, maybe this needs to be a weeklong trip? 

Get the Passport

Number 12 Cider is featured in our Passport-collaboration with the Minnesota Cider Guild. Support local cider and go on this adventure! Pick up the passport: