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)
Destihl Amra Mango IPA 89, Ballast Point Victory at Sea 100, Oskar Blues Different Stiles , Rush River Scenic Pale Ale , Stone Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity 88, Alpine Beer Company Captain Stout 92, Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday 99, Crazy Mountain Blue Ox , Pryes Miraculum 69, Big Sky Pygmy Owl Itty Bitty IPA 45, Boulevard Smokestack Series - The Calling IPA 98, Ommegang Joemmegang 86, 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 86, Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Chai Spiced 95, 3 Sheeps Hello My Name is Joe 97, Door County Biere De Seigle Rye Farmhouse Ale 73
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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 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 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm  (144) Minnesota | August 7, 2011
Stopped by on a Saturday afternoon. Good selection, great food, decent service, but prices are very, very high. As stated, selection is good, but lacked any real hard to find gems. Good feel to the place, but if you go on a Friday or Saturday night, expect the place to be packed, and parking to be a nightmare (particularly in the winter). Overall, Iím a little split on the place. Maybe my sights were set too high, but selection didnít amaze, particularly when prices are factored in. The food was really good though, and if you go at an off time, the ambiance is very nice. Regardless, worth a stop.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7  (12) Eden Prairie, Minnesota | December 2, 2006
Just a really nice place to go and hang out. The bar is big and there is a little area right in front of the taps that is a nice place to sit. Will certainly go there again.
1FastSTi  (104) Glendale, Wisconsin | June 26, 2007
The eyecandy was nice here. Lots of taps and bottles. Thereís a bar and patio out back. Very quaint and hopping at the same time. I would go there often if the place existed in Milwaukee. The crowd is young! Yay! Barkeeps were a little slow at times.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm  (74) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | January 25, 2006
I have been there twice now as I was very impressed the first time I felt driven to come back agagin just to make sure the great food wasnít a fluke. Lenghty selection of brews and the owner was more than happy to talk beer for almost 20 minutes.They have a keg of Batch 7000 waiting to be tapped.Did I mention Oak Aged Yeti in a bomber?? Or Kasteel Brune on tap???
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
wilnatp  (24) Minnesota | May 17, 2012
Sometimes a bit pricey and the food is okay, but they have good events a great selection.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
mistersinalin  (24) St. Paul, Minnesota | May 1, 2007
This place has a nice bar and a great patio. If you want to enjoy the great outdoors, you will give up some service and beer knowledge as the servers are not as attentive or as knowledgeable as the bartenders. The beer list is great for taps (rotated often) and bottles. The prices are a bit high but somehow worth it as the beers are fresh and uncommon. A $13 venison burger seemed steep but was quite good and far from ordinary. Homemade fries and homemade catsup (I think) really made a difference. The great neighborhood feel keeps me coming back as well. Not far from downtown St. Paul it is worth a stop.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis  (30) Mayer, Minnesota | October 1, 2006
I quite enjoyed this place. great atomosphere on the outside patio, especially for an October night. The service I can only rate as average as they were super nice, but seemed incapabale of being quick. It was pretty quite overall and the selection of beers was stellar. The food as also great, but the menu was sparse. This is one more reason for me to like St. paul a bit more.
tennisjoel  (32) Rochester, Minnesota | August 7, 2006
Good place. I went here with JK. Great beer selection compared to most places. I didnít order food but the menu looked appetizing. A little pricey, but, what do you expect to pay when ordering Rochefort, Storm King, Hog Heaven, many other quality brews. My only complaint was that they didnít have Surly Furious which I have been waiting to try. Sounds like they had it before but not now. I did get to try the Surly Cynicale, a solid saison however.
RagallachMC  (30) Cleveland, Ohio | April 11, 2007
Cool looking bar upfront with a more ífamily styleí section in the back for dining. I was with family, so to the back we went. Service was friendly, but didnít seem to know a whole lot about their beer list. Selection was pretty good with a nice selection of locals on tap with some good national/global choices thrown in too. Their bottle list was nice, as well. Didnít eat, but their menu looked good and the food I saw looked nice. Overall, if I lived nearby, I would be here all the time. Great bar.

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