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

NameABVEntered
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
Northgate Stronghold Robust Porter - Bourbon Barrel Aged9%9/18/2016


96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Smudge  (13) St. Paul, Minnesota | February 4, 2011
I love this place. They always have Great Divide on tap which I LOVE. It’s also awesome that they do beer dinners upstairs. When I have friends come to town I always take them to The Happy Gnome and they are always in aww of the amazing selection of beer there.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
deyholla  (648) 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!
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
bytemesis  (1065) 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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ManvsCity  (25) Austin, Texas | September 1, 2013
My new benchmark for gastro pub type restaurants. Sat at the bar on a busy August Saturday night. Bartender was prompt and knowledgable about the food menu for the night, and about the many styles of beer on tap. I focused on Belgian and sour beers to accompany a salad and the chef’s charcuterie platter (delicious!), and had many options to choose from: Rodenbock Grand Cru, a Bell’s sour mash, and Duvel all on tap. Big windows onto a quiet street of shops. Lots of wood on the interior. Bustling kitchen. The place has the ambiance of a very popular neighborhood treasure - all tables were full and noisy, inside and outside - and there was a wedding party going on upstairs.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Strebs  (221) St. Louis, Missouri | July 10, 2014
Food was great, beer was great, and the service was great. That it was all made available in an exceedingly comfortable and casual setting made visiting The Happy Gnome a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Drake  (830) 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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Keil  (1) Denver, Colorado | November 24, 2010
Incredible food. Incredible taps. They had three years of Three Philo on tap. I went on Sunday and they had $3 10oz pours of Great Divide Hercules. Not to mention the others. They clean their lines EVERY Monday so on Sunday they discount beers to move it while it’s fresh and maintain their actual lines. These are the people you want owning a bar.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
ryanfolty  (239) Bourbon County, Minnesota | July 8, 2011| Updated July 19, 2012
Great selection, got the pizza which was good but not great, knowledgeable staff. They always have hard to find beers, though sometimes it can get a bit pricey.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
conciergeman  (2) Minnesota | July 11, 2010
Great place. A go-to for a good night out to try something new. Check out the patio on a nice summer day, gorgeous
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
BVery  (668) 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.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
porlopp  (13) Minneapolis, Minnesota | December 9, 2011
The first "splurge" I made after coming here was to take a trip here. Their beer and whiskey list is (for a restaurant) pretty outstanding. The food is QUITE delish, and it has a great patio area. I have had nothing but nice, earnest servers, and on the one occasion that I had the chance to visit the upstairs area I was pretty impressed by the swankiness. This place has got swag, Sir.

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