Amid the exhaustive renovation of Nicollet Mall, anyone navigating the congested detours of downtown Minneapolis deserves a drink. Thankfully, one of the new additions to the neighborhood offers relief. Originating from Grand Rapids, Michigan, HopCat will be opening its 14th location at the base of the apartment complex known as the Nic on 5th. Featuring over 80 craft beers and ciders (including 30 selections from Minnesota brewers), HopCat is poised to serve as a refuge for thirsty downtowners. If cravings go beyond the liquid variety, there’s also a variety of elevated pub staples on the menu. Those with a taste for the salty snacks will want to be among the first 200 visitors at the grand opening celebration, as each will receive a card granting one free order of “Crack Fries”—beer-battered fries served with a shake of pepper and a side of cheese sauce—every week for the following year. Late arrivals, however, can still receive a complimentary order of the fries during festivities, which should be perfect for maintaining a digestive base while sampling through the impressive array of tasty beverages.