The Happy Gnome | Saint Paul, Minnesota
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The Happy Gnome
World Class based on 90 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)
Summit Unchained 19 Make It So ESB 90, Verzet Oud Bruin 94, Rodenbach Grand Cru 99, De Proefbrouwerij / Left Hand Wekken Sour 96, Alpine Beer Company Nelson IPA 100, Indeed Derailed #12 - Blueberry Mosaic Pale Ale , Fulton Garage Series 5: Batch 300 89, Lift Bridge Farm Girl Belgian Saison 70, Grand Teton Sour Grand Saison 92, Boulevard Smokestack Series - The Calling IPA 98, Bent Paddle Bent Hop Golden IPA 96, Bent Paddle Lollygagger Pale Ale 80, Steel Toe Size 7 IPA 96, Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine 100, Surly Simpsonís Scottish 50, Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday 99, Destihl Amra Mango IPA 90, Ballast Point Victory at Sea 100, Oskar Blues Different Stiles 78, Rush River Scenic Pale Ale
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90 reviews for The Happy Gnome
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  81%
 Selection  89%
 Food  83%
 Value  69%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

incutrav  (3) Woodbury, Minnesota | March 16, 2007
The happy G nome is the palce to be for the finest selection of brews! All the surly, some rougues, tons of taps, prices are probably a little steep but most beers you cant get anywhere else. The best beer bar in the midwest!
  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.
  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...
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Stine  (187) Minneapolis, Minnesota | November 10, 2006
This is in my neighborhood, and conveniently itís my favorite place to hang out to do anything. Iíve had many study-beers here, and many social beers here. Great rotating tap selection of American micros and some belgians and a long selection of the same in bottles, with typical taps consisting of Arcadia, Bellís, Summit, Victory, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, and Surly seasonals and standards. The food is delicious and creative, and the wine list is unique. It is a bit spendy, but what the hell. The quiet, classy ambience of Cathedral Hill is all tucked into this one bar, a single place that sums up why i love St. Paul so much more.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
beertime  (2) Minnesota | February 25, 2006
I took the day off and went on a beer bar tour and started at The Happy Gnome. I also wanted to find out where the new beer tastings where. There was a decent selection of tap handles (18 I believe) and a nice selection of bottles. Surly,Rogue, Victory, Bells, Avery, and a Delirium Tremens are a few on draft. Service was great and bartender knew alot about beer. There is not alot to the menu as far as options but my appetizer was very good. A little on the spendy side $5-8 for drafts but you get what you pay for. I would go back. Looking forward to the Victory tasting.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
JK  (323) 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.
  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???
BitterPoet  (5) Minneapolis, Minnesota | January 4, 2006
Finally got around to checking this place out. I went on a Monday afternoon, having the day off. As I was one of only a few people there, the service was great. I would have to re-rate on a busier night. The selection is everythng a beer geek, I mean enthusiast, would want. For me, on a day like this, the ability to enjoy a fine cigar is a big plus. They seem to have installed some nice ionizers, so even with other smokers, it wasnít a problem. I will go there again, at an off time, to enjoy another fine beer (in proper glassware) and another fine cigar.

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