The Happy Gnome | Saint Paul, Minnesota
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The Happy Gnome
World Class based on 87 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: gopherfan99 (16) | Taps: 76 | Bottles: 300+


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Beer Available At The Happy Gnome (arranged by most recent)
Keweenaw Reefd Main Pale Ale , Triporteur Wild & Funky 39, Boulder Beer Fryed Dry Hopped Rye Pale Ale 60, Founders Backstage Series #11: Big Lushious 99, Deschutes Hop Trip 97, Left Hand Fade To Black Vol. 1: Foreign Stout 97, Third Street Rise To The Top Cream Ale 49, Grand Teton Snarling Badger Berliner Weisse 50, Goose Island The Muddy Imperial Stout 92, Steel Toe Douglas CDA 96, Indeed Day Tripper Pale Ale 98, Steel Toe Dissent Dark Ale 96, Southern Tier Blackwater Series: Choklat 100, Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout 98, Milwaukee Brewing Sasquash 72, Moa St Josephs Tripel 88, Stillwater Existent 94, B. Nektar Zombie Killer 98, Four Daughters Loon Juice Hard Cider , Clown Shoes Ride The Lion 96
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87 reviews for The Happy Gnome
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  81%
 Selection  89%
 Food  83%
 Value  70%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
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88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Stine  (172) 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.
80
  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.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
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.
76
  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.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
JK  (296) 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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm  (70) 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???
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
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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