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The Happy Gnome

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

89 Reviews
Reviews: 89
Visits: 133
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 76
Bottles: 300
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

498 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55102-1727
United States
phone: (651) 287-2018

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thehappygnomemn

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Place added by: tavernjef on 12-10-2005

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Reviews: 89 | Visits: 133
Reviews by slyke:
Photo of slyke
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My first trip to the Happy Gnome was a good one on 8/27/2009. We sat in the bar and made an evening of it with friends. Lively atmosphere, but not loud or echoey. Service was attentive, but a little slow. Our waiter was quick to get you what you needed, once he came by the table. My glass sat empty for a few minutes between each round.

Beer selection was superb with 70 or so tap lines and a long list of bottles. All beers were fresh - no off flavors or evidence of neglected tap lines.

Food on the bar menu was good, but more expensive than you might pay elsewhere. We started with the antipasti plate followed by a chicken sandwich, pear and gorganzola pizza, and a couple of game burgers. All were well executed.

The prices will keep this place from being a regular stop, but it is a fine place and a good time was had by all in my group. Definitely worth a try, especially if you're a foodie. (904 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Lots of good and mostly local taps. wifi not great. Good service and ambiance. (78 characters)

Photo of Lukaduke612
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This place is a must-stop! Great whiskey and beer lists. They always have a few (good) taps on nitro. Plus... their duck burger is by far the best burger I have ever had in my entire life! By far. Make sure to not skimp on the cherry aioli, either. (248 characters)

Photo of Chucker17
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Neat place. Good selection of beers of which most were local but that worked great for a visitor like me. Ate lunch and it was excellent. Definitely will go back next time in St. Paul. (187 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BigAl18
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of djhowell
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of chrisjws
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dj1931
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BigBry
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of eawolff99
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of will1256
4.86/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Some of the best food and beer available in St. Paul, but spendy! (65 characters)

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Vonerichs
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Hell yeah, this place is pretty awesome. Very clean and neighborhood local bar feel. The bar is very large and provides a friendly, warm seating atmosphere.
Food was fantastic and reasonably priced.
Extensive draught list with tons of local options. Beers also reasonably priced.
The bartender was very attentive and friendly despite a busy Wednesday night.
A definite must stop if you're in the area. (411 characters)

Photo of CCutch
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BDeibs
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Jlabs
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

They have 77 rotating craft beer taps and their turn over is fast enough that the taps remain fresh. They back the taps up with 30 or 40 bottled beers. I am in a rut and have been eating their angus cheese burger every month or so for the past three years - it is that good. The crowd can get loud but not oppressively so. Their charcuterie plate makes a nice after work snack to wash down with a few craft beers. If you stay long enough, try their dinner menu - its excellent. (478 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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The Happy Gnome in Saint Paul, MN
97 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.