The Happy Gnome

498 Selby Ave
St. Paul, Minnesota United States 55102
bar  4.85/5.0 94 reviews
Mon - Sat 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM; Sun 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Mayor: gopherfan99 (9) | Taps: 89 | Bottles: 300+
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Beers At The Happy Gnome

Rum Barrel Aged Brown Shugga12.5%10/19/2017
Founders Mosaic Promise5.5%10/19/2017
Ballast Point / Coedo East to West IPA7%9/19/2017
Summit Keller Pils 5.1%9/19/2017
Bent Paddle Mosaic Kanū4.8%9/19/2017
Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler10.6%8/27/2017
Indeed Wooden Soul: Heliotropic7.3%8/27/2017
Brooklyn Kiwis Playhouse0%8/27/2017
Boulevard Smokestack Series: Jam Band7%8/27/2017
HammerHeart Blåtand7.8%8/27/2017
Lakefront Clutch Cargo8.8%8/26/2017
Destihl Amra Mango IPA7%8/26/2017
Perennial Owen4.7%8/26/2017
Clown Shoes La Pingüina En Fuego10%8/19/2017
Hof Ten Dormaal Zure van Tildonk 20156%8/19/2017
Elysian Hawaiian Sunburn5.3%8/19/2017
Goose Island Cooper Project No. 1: Scotch Ale8.7%8/19/2017
Cosmos Pillars of Creation #1: Tropical White IPA6.4%8/19/2017
Surly Frisson7%7/12/2017
Surly Eleven10%7/12/2017
Surly Yoyodyne5.2%7/12/2017
Lakefront My Turn #020: Latif (Double Chocolate Stout)10.4%7/2/2017
Viven Imperial IPA8%7/2/2017
De Kazematten Grotten Santé6.5%7/2/2017
Dark Horse Smells Like a Double Michigan Safety Meeting11.75%7/2/2017
Cosmos Pink Guava 3D6.5%7/2/2017
Indeed Wooden Soul #10 - Cherry Dust5.4%6/15/2017
Indeed Shenanigans Summer Ale4.6%6/15/2017
Indeed Peach Bum IPA6.2%6/14/2017
Indeed B-Side Pils5.1%6/14/2017
Indeed Derailed #16 - Lucy4.2%6/14/2017
Cascade Blueberry7.33%6/2/2017
Schell Noble Star - Tidal Disruption Berliner Weisse3.5%6/2/2017
Clown Shoes Crasher In The Rye11.5%6/2/2017
Prairie Birthday Bomb!13%6/1/2017
Odell Jolly Russian13.3%6/1/2017
Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale9.75%5/8/2017
Victory Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale9%5/8/2017
Prairie Pe-Kan11.5%5/8/2017
Bear Republic Kompromat9.4%5/8/2017
Ballast Point Manta Ray8.5%5/8/2017
Prairie Apricot Funk6.3%4/30/2017
Cosmos Deep Sky Double IPA8.5%4/30/2017
Door County Apricot Dude Ranch4.5%4/30/2017
Green Flash Lustrous Frumento13.5%4/30/2017
Green Flash Cellar 3 Series: Divine Belgique8.5%4/30/2017
3 Sheeps Noble Lips Noble Tongue Veneration13%4/30/2017
Boom Island Django Hop Bier - Mango6%4/30/2017
Lagunitas The Waldos' Special Ale11.9%4/30/2017
Upper Hand Shanty Shaker 4.6%2/11/2017
Fair State Keller Blanc5.5%1/4/2017
Steel Toe Douglas CDA7.5%1/3/2017
Third Street Sugar Shack Maple Stout6.5%1/3/2017
Surly Four9.4%1/3/2017
Surly Gose5.3%1/3/2017
Lupine Shrubbery9.8%12/11/2016
Founders Lizard of Koz10.5%12/8/2016
Bent Paddle Hopmosa6.2%11/8/2016
Bent Paddle 14° ESB5.6%11/8/2016
Bent Paddle Double Shot Double Black10%11/8/2016
Bent Paddle Roof Rack Lager5.7%11/8/2016
Bent Paddle Venture Pils5%11/8/2016
Surly Furious Black6%11/2/2016
Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher10%11/2/2016
Indeed Derailed: Zwickelbier5.1%10/25/2016
Bad Weather Green Sky8.4%10/16/2016
The Bruery Melange #1413.4%10/16/2016
Cascade Pumpkin Smash11.4%10/16/2016
HammerHeart Herbstklagen Rauchbier8%10/16/2016
Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale6.7%10/16/2016
Indeed Derailed: Blueberry Kettel Sour Ale5.5%10/7/2016
Fair State LÄCTOBÄC: Thirteen (Roselle)4.5%10/7/2016
Fair State / Modern Times The Shoulder of Orion5%10/7/2016

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Travlr  (2984) Charlotte , North Carolina | March 13, 2016
Visited after the Northern Lights fest with jackl and Chris, and we plan on having Sunday brunch here as well. The gnomes are everywhere. Large corner bar, restaurant tables around the corner. Bustling late on a Saturday night, efficient and friendly staff. Very solid beer list. Delicious food. Great stop.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 21, 2013
Visited August 17, 2013.

Walked in while killing time before the grand tasting, so it was the middle of the day and not overly busy. Most of the tables were open and we went looking for some of the other Ratebeer people but the server followed us and told us there were no tables available (despite only half of them being used). We sat at the bar instead and ordered some flights. Since we were the only ones at the bar the service was prompt. 5 samples for $15. These were four oz samples too. It was unfortunate but it is what it is. Seems to be the best selection in St Paul by a decent margin (from what I’m told) but I’m not sure I’d return unless it was for some ticks.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
bytemesis  (1087) Sunnyvale, California | January 4, 2017
Wow, this place is legit. Seemed to be plenty of street parking, as well as a dedicated lot. Nice corner building, large space but broken up into smaller rooms. Dining and a large bar area up front. Tap handles all over the damn place, which is not surprising given how many beers they have running. Lots of wood which is nice. A quick look at the taplist shows that Drake nailed it - a lot of thought went into this, loads of interesting locals, tons of rarities and great beers, broken up loosely by characteristic (light/dark, malty/hoppy/sour, "Belgiany" etc). Flights of 5 were available, with "some exceptions" that I did not encounter. Flight price was indeed steep, but for beers of this quality I was ok. Bartender was helpful and efficient, and left me to tick when it was obvious that was what I was there for. Seemed to be a locals hangout, and I could see why. I would basically kill to have a bar of this quality in Silicon Valley. After I left I realized that I never even asked to see the huge bottle list. I can only imagine what I may have missed. I guess the one possible knock was beer age - I had a Fair State Keller Blanc as one of my flight that didn’t have much pop, and found out later that evening that it is not a very recent release. Not sure why it was still on.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK  (929) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | July 29, 2013
This place is located in an old building in what seems like a hip little neighborhood. Luckily the restaurant has a parking lot connected. High ceilings in the bar area area, the dining area to the left is more intimate. They had over 70 taps of cheryl solid craft with a some locals a clip,e of rarities peeking through. It was Sunday night so the vibe was pretty chill. I can imagine this place gets loud when full. The bartender seemed to know a lot about beer and made a couple of good suggestions. I think most people would be lucky to have a place of the quality in their neighborhood.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Drake  (831) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | May 9, 2016
People have told me this is the best beer bar in the twin cities, and I believe them. Place was about halfway full on a rainy Monday afternoon. I had a bowl of beefy corn chowder that was excellent. They’re up to 89 taps with lots of rare selections. Any beer geek will find something new here unless they happen to live next door. Bartender was exceptionally helpful and was happy to give samples and advice. I asked him for a recommendation and the beer he recommended was excellent. 5 beer flight for $20 is a little steep. But, I got a flight of basically all sour ales so it didn’t seem too bad. Yeah, the prices are steep as others have mentioned but you get what you pay for. Comfortable inside. Lots of corners and beer swag on the walls. Music just to my taste, they played The Who, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd while I was there. If I were a local this would be my regular stop.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jackl  (740) Minneapolis, Minnesota | 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 it’s 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 weren’t exactly cheap. Overall, worth a detour for a meal and a few beers.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sammy  (722) Toronto, Ontario | August 4, 2015
Lots of good taps. wifi not great. Good service and ambiance.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
BVery  (689) Plymouth, Minnesota | January 12, 2009| Updated February 11, 2013
My favorite place to go for beers. Terrific selection of great beers, very knowledgable and helpful staff, great patio in the summer. A little pricey, but worth it. And flights are now available, but F’ing outrageously priced.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
PRBeer  (681) 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 couldn’t 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 aren’t necessarily into craft beers.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
deyholla  (649) 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!

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