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The Happy Gnome

Not Rated.
The Happy GnomeThe Happy Gnome
BA SCORE
97
world-class

113 Ratings
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
Taps: 76
Bottles: 300
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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

Notes:
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(Place added by: tavernjef on 12-10-2005)
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Jimandhisbeerd, Jun 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

I stopped in in he early afternoon and posted on the bar for a few hours reading a book and surfing the web. Good brews, wide range of styles, friendly staff too.

The best part was the steak tartare. Truffle oil and a barely cooked quail egg in a hefty pile of raw beef. I paired it with a Sofie, which may have been the best decision of my life.

If I didn't live halfway across the city I would be spending a lot of money here on raw beef and good beer.

My only, and this is a tiny critique- I would like to see more Belgian and Belgian style brews. It may have been just my stop in, and the season, but a few more would have been cool.

olympuszymurgus, Oct 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

GREAT beer selection (bottles and draughts), great food, great liquor list, great atmosphere. It's a Sunday morning staple for me. Amazing brunch menu, bloody mary bar, live music, friendly staff. Always a good selection of beer varieties, they try to have something for everyone, and a number of choices for everyone. A good mix of commercial and local, light and heavy, pale and dark. Really, what more could you ask for?! Too good for words, just make a point to stop there if you ever find yourself in the greater Twin Cities area. It's a little pricey, but definitely good value.

Draughtsman, Oct 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

AmandaSchaefer, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Had been in MN on business trip/beer safari, and had been told to check out the Happy Gnome by a local. It was a great place. People and food were just as excellent as beer choice. Beers were first choice and matched well with glassware and serving temp. Surly Smoke and Surly 3 on tap. Nice! GI Nightstalker, Leinie's Big Eddie ("Awesome" surprise), Tyranena Rocky's Revenge, Fulton Sweet Child, RR Double Bubble...all matched up with very creative and tasty appetizers and main dishes. Sat at bar and had extra personal attention, a few extra tastes, decent conversation despite very busy Friday night crowd. Great neighborhood, but parking can be typically "in town" tight. Place is busy. But don't let anything put you off. This place is great with a great passion for beer and beer people. A+.

BillRoth, Mar 09, 2010
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

mattmarka1, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Soilworker
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%

Visited this place for the first time over Thanksgiving break. First of all I was very impressed with their selection of beer. Be sure to check what they have on-tap behind the bar by looking at the tap handles. A lot of beer wasn't even listed on the draft menu as an option; I would have missed Unibroue Maudite on tap if I hadn't checked. Overall I had an amazing time. The food was great but a bit pricey. The bar menu is a bit more reasonable than their regular dinner menu but you will still pay around $10 for a burger (I had the MN Game Burger which was pretty good).

I had a total of 2 beers while I was there. I had Goose Island Matilda which was served in the Matilda glass and was amazing. I also had Unibroue Maudite which was rightly served in the proper style glass.

Overall this establishment has an amazing selection of beers on tap that you are unlikely to find on tap anywhere else in the metro area and the food and service is very good. The bartender I had would personally walk out from behind the bar and talk with us...I was very impressed. It was a bit pricey (then again I'm a college student) but not unreasonable for the beers you are getting on tap. More classy than a regular restaurant/pub-you could definitely go here for an nicer date.

Soilworker, Dec 01, 2009
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4.88/5  rDev +10.9%

Oh wow, where to begin! This place is the place to go if you love food or beer...OR BOTH! There tap/bottle selection is almost unmatched in the Twin Cities (and I say almost because you will find the Muddy Pig not far down the road, but that's another review).

The food can be paired with a lot of their beer and the bartenders will give some great recommendations. The bartenders also know their stuff when it comes to beer. Even though they have a vast list of beers to try you can explain what kind of tastes you are in the mood for and they well give a very narrowed down list of options from their sometimes overwhelming menu.

If you are looking to have a few beers with dinner don't expect to drop anything less than $50. It's a very expensive place, but worth it.

JoRado, Feb 15, 2012
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The Happy Gnome in Saint Paul, MN
97 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.