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 (8) | Taps: 89 | Bottles: 300+
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Beers At The Happy Gnome

NameABVEntered
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 LACTOBAC: 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
New Holland Michigan Awesome Hatter5.7%7/10/2016
New Belgium / Avery Fat Wild Ale6.2%7/10/2016


74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
sliffy  (86) Columbus, Ohio | June 26, 2007
I’ll second 1FastSTi on the...err, scenery. Great tap list there, didn’t get a chance to look at the bottle list however, though the vintage beers in the parking lot were far superior.
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi  (104) Glendale, Wisconsin | June 26, 2007
The eyecandy was nice here. Lots of taps and bottles. There’s 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.
80
  • 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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC  (30) Cleveland, Ohio | April 11, 2007
Cool looking bar upfront with a more ’family style’ section in the back for dining. I was with family, so to the back we went. Service was friendly, but didn’t 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. Didn’t 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.
58
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
BDR  (61) Roseville, Minnesota | March 22, 2007| Updated March 26, 2012
Nice ambiance and good food. Nice selection of taps as well as well as some good bottled selections.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
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!
82
  • 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.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch  (327) Beloit, Wisconsin | 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 you’d have a better time than to hit this place and it’s sister The Muddy Pig just a couple of blocks away...
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Stine  (242) Minneapolis, Minnesota | November 10, 2006
This is in my neighborhood, and conveniently it’s my favorite place to hang out to do anything. I’ve 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, Bell’s, 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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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.

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