10 Bars for 2020: North Loop Bars


A walk around the North Loop on July 16 demonstrates the discordant relationship between a public that thirsts for socialization, bars and restaurants attempting to balance business needs and public safety, and a pandemic that simply doesn’t care about our best intentions.

The patio at The Freehouse on July 16, 2020, was brimming with patrons. 

Many outdoor dining areas at restaurants and bars in the North Loop were open and busy on July 16, 2020, but others such as North Loop Galley were shut down due to positive COVID-19 cases. 

The Basement Bar’s outdoor dining area under a tent on July 16, 2020. 

Graze Libations + Provisions was a ghost town on July 16 after shutting down due to confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of July 30, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey responded to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the city by restricting bars and restaurants to table-service only, no bar- or counter-service, in order to limit the chance of viral spread. 

Correction: The online version of this story inaccurately stated that Thr3 Jack was closed due to positive COVID-19 cases. Thr3 Jack was open on July 16 and has not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the restaurant.