The Happy Gnome | Saint Paul, Minnesota
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The Happy Gnome
World Class based on 85 ratings
Type: Bar

498 Selby Ave.
Saint Paul, Minnesota United States 55102 [ print map ]
651 287 2018

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Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 10am-12am


Mayor: gopherfan99 (13) | Taps: 76 | Bottles: 300+


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Beer Available At The Happy Gnome (arranged by most recent)
Four Daughters Loon Juice Hard Cider , Clown Shoes Ride The Lion 95, Odell Dr. Acula 90, Surly Cultivate Dandelion Saison , Indeed Double Day Tripper 88, Castle Danger American Strong Ale , Milk & Honey Ciders American Heirloom Cider 2013 , Castle Danger Red Hop Rising IPA , Summit Unchained 16 Herkulean Woods Lager , Bemidji Dry-Hopped Saison , Kinney Creek Abyss Oatmeal Stout , De Proefbrouwerij Sour Barrel #1 , 2 Towns Made Marion Marionberry Cider , Goose Island Devon Ave. Ale 55, Deschutes Black Butte XXVI 98, Evil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc 98, Left Hand Safety Round 3 , Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Unapologetic IPA 98, Local Option Sweet Leif 79, Local Option Dampf Loc - Neue Welt Hefe Gerste 75
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85 reviews for The Happy Gnome
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  80%
 Selection  89%
 Food  82%
 Value  69%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
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74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 14/20
t0rin0  (1346) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 21, 2013
Visited August 17, 2013.

Walked in while killing time before the grand tasting, so it was the middle of the day and not overly busy. Most of the tables were open and we went looking for some of the other Ratebeer people but the server followed us and told us there were no tables available (despite only half of them being used). We sat at the bar instead and ordered some flights. Since we were the only ones at the bar the service was prompt. 5 samples for $15. These were four oz samples too. It was unfortunate but it is what it is. Seems to be the best selection in St Paul by a decent margin (from what Iím told) but Iím not sure Iíd return unless it was for some ticks.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK  (735) Pennsylvania | July 29, 2013
This place is located in an old building in what seems like a hip little neighborhood. Luckily the restaurant has a parking lot connected. High ceilings in the bar area area, the dining area to the left is more intimate. They had over 70 taps of cheryl solid craft with a some locals a clip,e of rarities peeking through. It was Sunday night so the vibe was pretty chill. I can imagine this place gets loud when full. The bartender seemed to know a lot about beer and made a couple of good suggestions. I think most people would be lucky to have a place of the quality in their neighborhood.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 19/20
BVery  (430) Burnsville, Minnesota | January 12, 2009| Updated February 11, 2013
My favorite place to go for beers. Terrific selection of great beers, very knowledgable and helpful staff, great patio in the summer. A little pricey, but worth it. And flights are now available, but Fíing outrageously priced.
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
adnielsen  (413) Fort Collins, Colorado | April 8, 2011
Very cool atmosphere and an incredible beer list including many cellared beers. I tried Avery 14 which was over three years old as well as a couple of local beers. Easily one of the top five best beer bars Iíve ever visited.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
JK  (283) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | February 18, 2006| Updated March 27, 2011
I liked OíHaras and this place has the same cool ambiance. I went there specifically to try Surly but it was not tapped yes. Good selection like the nearby Muddy Pig. Bartender was friendly. They have cut back on their selection. The choices are still far better than an average bar, but not even close to the Muddy Pig only a few blocks away. Beer and food are quite expensive. 5/8/-/-/12 ----Rarate March 27, 2011. My last rating is far too dated. The Happy Gnome has the best selection of any bar/restaurant in the Twin Cities. Rare beers are available here. Prices are high. Service is usually friendly, if busy. The food is always good. A great ambiance here, I would not hesitate to take a date. Try to sit in the bar area, or on the patio in the summer. Highly recommended.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
rickhall28  (257) Parsippany, New Jersey | April 12, 2014
I was fortunate to visit this place a few weeks ago as a guest of some business associates who knew I liked craftbeer. Well the couldnít have picked a better place to introduce me to the MSP craft beer scene. With 76 taps this place is amazing...especially given all the local craft beer featured that I cannot access back in NJ/NY. The place is large on two floors with a dark wood theme. There are bars and taps on both floors (depending on what you order the server has to go to a different floor to get your beer). I found the staff extremely friendly (after 4 days in the MSP area I realize friendliness is a given in these parts!)...as well as helpful and informative. As others have said...the food here is great...I would say gastropub quality. Overall The Gnome is a must visit on any travels through the MSP area...and also a very enjoyable place for those who arenít necessarily into craft beers.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch  (255) Burlington, Vermont | November 28, 2006
Visited in early October and had dinner as well as a couple of nice pints (Rogue Imperial Porter, Summit 20th Anniv). Ambiance different in the front barroom and back seating area...the back is somewhat bland cheap light wood, a bit 60s-ish I thought, but the more we sat it grew on me, very midwestern-supper club; the front bar is a bit more eclectic and interesting. Food was a surprise, really outstanding with lots of local ingredients and quite eclectic. Not many cities where youíd have a better time than to hit this place and itís sister The Muddy Pig just a couple of blocks away...
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jcnielsen  (232) Charlotte, North Carolina | September 20, 2012
Visited the Happy Gnome while in town for the weekend. Happy Gnome has a very nice selection of tap beers. Around 40 taps, with a mixture of Minnesota breweries and national breweries.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho  (224) Minnetonka, Minnesota | January 14, 2013
Re-rate: Two of my original gripes have been rectified; I wonít take credit this time, no more smoking and an awesome outdoor patio. The tap selection is also expanded and dirty tap line issues that plagued them early on are a distant memory. Food menu is fit for foodies, and is unique. Bar seating is limited so during the Winter when the patio is shut down good luck finding a place to sit unless you plan to eat in the dining room. One of the top 5 tap lists in the Twin Cities, and perhaps even top 1-2. Original: This place is brand new, having opened in early December. It is owned by the same folks that own the Muddy Pig, just down the street. The decision to start another beer bar so close to another one you own is a little strange, but it makes for a very convenient 1-2 punch for good beer lovers and of course expands the variety that can be served between the two places. The one big negative is that smoking is allowed. Hopefully they have an outdoor patio planned so that those of us that want to live past our 60ís can enjoy beer safely. The draft and bottle selections are staggering and appear to be fluid. They were out of the Hair of the Dog Doggy Claws (which I later that evening had at Barley Johnís) but they did have Hair of the Dog Fred on tap, which was exquisite. Nice interior other than the smoke haze. A few of the offerings that were available, Tap: Bellís Two Hearted, Rogue Brutal Bitter, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Val Dieu Winter, Delirium Tremens, Rush River Winter Warmer, etc.; Bottle: Bellís Wheat series, Victory Hop Wallop & Prima Pils, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Orval, Duvel, Chimay trio, Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Yeti Imperial Stout & Fresh Hop Pale Ale, Rockies Mojo, Avery Hog Heaven, etc. 4,8,14,8,n/a,17
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao  (222) Iowa City, Iowa | June 19, 2009| Updated August 5, 2010
Taken to this place by friends in Minneapolis during a 5 hour layover at the airport. Thanks guys! Lots of great beers on tap. I had Tyranena Pumpkin Spice and Summit Oatmeal Stout from the cask becasue I hadnít had them before.. We had dinner and the food was very good. Very cool restaurant/pub.

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