The Happy Gnome | Saint Paul, Minnesota
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The Happy Gnome
World Class based on 88 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: gopherfan99 (16) | Taps: 76 | Bottles: 300+

The Happy Gnome

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Beer Available At The Happy Gnome (arranged by most recent)
Sonoma Cider The Pitchfork 42, Crazy Mountain Hitcherís Ginger , White Birch Raspberry Berliner Weisse , Backpocket Kazaam , Summit Frost Line Rye 81, Lagunitas ScareCity #2 Rye Cocoa Porter 96, Founders Backstage Series # 2: CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) 100, Third Street Cool Beans Imperial Coffee Porter , Green Flash 12th Anniversary American Sour Pale Ale 82, Odell Footprint RegionAle (2014) 88, Flat Earth Red Cape Ale 55, Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Hoppy Lager 96, Evil Twin Turkish Delight 86, Tyranena BGW Carnal Knowledge In The Wood 97, Widmer Brothers Reserve Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout 94, Off Color Dinoísmores 99, Sierra Nevada Harvest Wild Hop IPA - Neomexicanus 97, Indeed Wooden Soul #1 - Saison with Brett , Central Waters / Prearis Dubbel Dewilde , Finchís Nuclear Winter 65
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88 reviews for The Happy Gnome
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  81%
 Selection  89%
 Food  83%
 Value  70%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
joechristenson  (7) Minneapolis, Minnesota | June 16, 2010
This is one of my favorite places to go get beer nearby the apartment. The selection is absolutely fantastic and changes daily so there is never a shortage of new beers to investigate. The spirits menu is great, too, with lots of good old-school mixed drinks, whiskeys, and Scotches on hand. Food is really decent, too. Iíve had a number of good meals here. There arenít any great deals here, but considering their buying practices, it makes sense (they canít do $3 beer because they donít buy giant orders of Bud and Miller -- if you focus on the small guys itís going to cost you). Most of the servers are very pleasant and the bartenders know their beer if you can get them at a slow moment (I suggest going later on a weeknight). The patio outside is great and the inside is just fine.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 20/20
mickeyoreilly  (1) | March 12, 2010
My favorite place to drink beer. Especially out on the patio in the summer. Great selection 70 taps + 200 plus bottles= Good times! The food is great, and you have to try the cheese. They also have many events throughout the year like Firkin Fest!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
crowderm  (16) Columbus, Ohio | January 21, 2010| Updated May 1, 2013
The Happy Gnome is an awesome bar, and one of the best places to get a beer in the Twin Cities. The selection of beers on tap is probably the best in the cities. The food is excellent, but more upscale than what I usually want when Iím out drinking a couple beers. It is a bit pricey, but I think you get what you pay for in this case. If you avoid the food, it is much more reasonable. The service is generally good, but I have run into a few strange servers. On the inside the place looks like many other upscale bars, but gets lots of points for the awesome deck area outside. They also hold some great events, tastings, beer dinners etc. Highly recommended.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Scotthops  (3) Minnesota | August 18, 2009| Updated August 28, 2009
My favorite place to get a beer in the cities! Excellent and varied taps - over 30. Great feel to it - slightly older crowd- probably due to their pricier dinner menu- but food is very good for a bar. Great patio in the summer, but service is slower out there.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
NickMN  (1) | June 30, 2009
What a great flipping meal. I was being a jerk and asked the server what beer would they pair with my meal. They paired my appetizer and entree. Shut my big fat mouth and dip into the wallet.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Syd  (26) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 4, 2009
I made my first appearance this afternoon, a Saturday at 3:00 PM. The place was quite busy for the rather off hour. I was able to find a string of 3 empty bar stools so that I could sit without having to establish territory. The bar tender was really harried with the situation, since she was getting hit with lots of orders. She was nice enough about it. I ordered a Surly 16 Grit and one of the small plates, a rather outstanding Braised Elk Tartlet. I then followed up with a Surly Furious. The service got better as the rush died down. The atmosphere is great, pub like, and the food I tried was awesome. I will return.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
TaydaTot  (3) Minnesota | March 30, 2009
Iíve only been here twice so far but I have to say both experiences have been great. The selection they have on tap is wonderful. They even had Surly Darkness in March. I hear sometimes they have problems with the taps and Iím canít say whether that is true or not but I did have a Surly Mild it it tasted gross, hopefully not how it was supposed too. It is more expensive but the fact that they have an amazing tap selection and an even more incredibly extensive bottle selection makes it worth it. I like the food too. Thereís lots of butter in everything but it goes well with beer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 18/20
akysylyczyn  (8) , Minnesota | March 26, 2009
I love all the beer on tap but sometimes they donít update the list so I donít always get what I want. The food is very good but pricey and so is the beer. Overall I good place to go and hang out and have a few beers.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 11/20
WisconsinBeer  (10) St. Paul, Minnesota | February 8, 2009
Nice comfortable cozy place to enjoy a beer. Food menu is solid, but itís more upscale so it can be pricey at times. Service is attentive and friendly. Amazing selection of craft beers but...... Iíve been here a number of times and had problems with the beers. Beers will be flat, skunked, and off in general. If they could resolve the tap issues it would be great, until then Iíll go down the street to Muddy Pig where Iíve NEVER had a problem with any of the tap beers.

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