The Happy Gnome | Saint Paul, Minnesota
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The Happy Gnome
World Class based on 89 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: deyholla (17) | Taps: 76 | Bottles: 300+


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Beer Available At The Happy Gnome (arranged by most recent)
Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday 99, Crazy Mountain Blue Ox , Pryes Miraculum 67, Big Sky Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA 46, Boulevard Smokestack Series - The Calling IPA 99, Ommegang Joemmegang 92, Elgoods Coolship Lambic #2 , Ballast Point Indra Kunindra 95, Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Idaho 7 95, Square Mile Spur & Vine Hopped Apple Cider 80, Clown Shoes Itasca Loonidragon 85, Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Chai Spiced 94, 3 Sheeps Hello My Name is Joe 97, Door County Biere De Seigle Rye Farmhouse Ale 73, Indeed Wooden Soul #2 - Sour Blond 91, Badger Hill Traitor IPA 52, Fulton The Expat Saison 54, Deschutes Black Butte Porter - Cherry Bark & Vanilla Bean , Bad Weather Belgian Abbey Ominous , Bad Weather Ominous - Coffee
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89 reviews for The Happy Gnome
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  81%
 Selection  89%
 Food  83%
 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  (1490) 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  (747) Lewisburg, 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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jackl  (520) Charlottesville, Virginia | November 16, 2014
A pretty cozy restaurant/bar in a very nice part of St Paul. The weirdly shaped bar goes around a corner, so itís impossible to see all the taps available from one seat. Luckily, the bar staff was pretty patient and happy to fill me in on what was available. The beer list is large and features a lot of Belgian stuff on tap. I was primarily interested in local beers, and found the tap list a bit lacking in that area. Still, what was available was of good quality. I had some awesome beers from Indeed and Steel Toe. The food I tried was definitely a cut above average. Definitely consider eating here. Prices werenít exactly cheap. Overall, worth a detour for a meal and a few beers.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 19/20
BVery  (507) Plymouth, 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  (422) 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.
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
deyholla  (363) Minneapolis, Minnesota | January 11, 2015
This place is one of my absolute favorites! A very cool bar with a "roof" above it and lots of booths around the edges. Service is always great and they are very knowledgeable about the beers and willing to take time to explain things. One of the best selections in the city, if not the best in terms of quantity and quality. Samplers available. Food is delicious! Prices a touch high, but worth it for the quality! Love this place!
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
PRBeer  (322) 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.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
JK  (308) 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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jcnielsen  (255) 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.
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...

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