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

Mayor: deyholla (19) | Taps: 76 | Bottles: 300+

The Happy Gnome

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Beer Available At The Happy Gnome (arranged by most recent)
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine 100, Surly Simpsonís Scottish 49, Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday 99, Destihl Amra Mango IPA 87, Ballast Point Victory at Sea 100, Oskar Blues Different Stiles 81, Rush River Scenic Pale Ale , Stone Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity 87, Alpine Beer Company Captain Stout 92, Crazy Mountain Blue Ox , Pryes Miraculum 58, Big Sky Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA 46, Boulevard Smokestack Series - The Calling IPA 98, Ommegang Joemmegang 87, Elgoods Coolship Lambic #2 , Ballast Point Indra Kunindra 94, Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Idaho 7 95, Square Mile Spur & Vine Hopped Apple Cider 77, Clown Shoes Itasca Loonidragon 87, Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Chai Spiced 95
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89 reviews for The Happy Gnome
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  81%
 Selection  89%
 Food  83%
 Value  69%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
camborne  (15) Hopkins, Minnesota | January 30, 2013
Most Craft taps in Mn. Good food always helps
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 14/20
Atom  (167) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 23, 2015
Its a pretty cool place but I donít make it here often. Theyíve got lots of interesting taps and hold lots of events. But really the price keeps me away. Lots of other options out there.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
deyholla  (385) 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!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jackl  (543) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
macdeffe  (31) Ňrhus, Denmark | October 24, 2014
Great place. Nice selection and the food is fantastic. Great staff in the bar as well
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
JFParnell  (27) Washington | September 6, 2014
Stopped here on a tour of University of Minnesota with my daughter. Had to wait for a table, but it was worth it. Killer beer selection on tap, and the food is good. I really like the ambiance, and sitting outside on a warm summer evening was great.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Strebs  (211) St. Louis, Missouri | July 10, 2014
Food was great, beer was great, and the service was great. That it was all made available in an exceedingly comfortable and casual setting made visiting The Happy Gnome a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
dresden  (78) Saskatchewan | June 11, 2014
Nice little restaurant, family friendly with a pub side as well. Lots of stuff on tap, not a lot of crazy crazy stuff, but who cares this is a well thought out list. Food was good.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
PRBeer  (332) 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!) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 2/10   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu  (109) Hirakata, Japan | March 11, 2014| Updated March 12, 2014
Visited on a Monday evening. First of all, the tap list here is really quite astounding. It features some rather rare or limited brews. All served in excellent condition. However, I was disappointed that four of the five beers I really wanted to sample (from their web site beer menu) were not available -- the online tap list menu hadnít been updated for about one week. Even the printed beer list was from the previous day. The server was a bit snotty when I asked about that -- "Hey, we change about ten taps a day." In addition, the beer prices are way out of line ($12 for a 10oz. Founderís??? or $20 for a sampler flight of five 4oz. glasses???) Second, the food is pretty good here. But, like the beer, it is not very reasonably priced. The cheese plate and charcuterie prices are absurd. Even bread, which should be free with the high-priced items here, costs $2. A friend mentioned that she thought that this place is undergoing an identity crisis -- whether to be the premier beer bar in the Twin Cities or to be an upscale gastropub. The atmosphere is fine. The clientele seems predominantly middle-aged yuppie. Lotsa suits and ties. Service was okay, and they must have topped up our water glasses at least ten times.They do have many special beer events. So, overall, Iíd say go here to find some brews you havenít had before. But be prepared for sticker shock. This is the priciest beer bar Iíve visited in this region.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
CheersMate  (178) Fremont (Seattle), Washington | October 14, 2013
This place has an awesome selection of brews. The surprise at this establishment is that the food doesnít suck. Not only does it not suck, but itís very good, too. With that I was extremely elated due to the aforementioned. The service is great and the vibe is nice. There are some yuppies that go here, and bring their kids, which I absolutely hate, but the kids werenít too terrible. However, I still donít like kids at establishments like this where a premise is lots of beer to drink. Anyways, I canít say anything that hasnít been said before -- great place, great service, and a must stop while in St. Paul.

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