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BA SCORE
96
world-class

91 Reviews
The Happy GnomeThe Happy Gnome
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

498 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55102-1727
United States

(651) 287-2018 | map
thehappygnome.com

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Added by tavernjef on 12-10-2005

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PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
142
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
6.65%
 
 
Taps:
76
Bottles/Cans:
300
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 142
Reviews by Buebie:
Photo of Buebie
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've attended many events and long nights at this establishment. Yesterday I stopped by for a pint and thought...why not review the place?

Located in a somewhat historic St. Paul neighborhood with much to look at. Also not far from I94, downtown St. Paul and the cathedral.
Parking is cinch here with a large lot in back. Somtimes it does fill up though in the evening, as they share the lot with the St. Paul Curling club. So a street spot will have to do. In this area there are no parking meters, so leave your quarters at home.

Walking in there is a split level, staircase going up, to the banquet room and the door straight ahead leading to the bar and dinning area.
The bar itself is gorgeous with great detailed wood work, brass rail to rest your feet on and lavish seating arrangements. Big tall windows line the place, although they are tinted and vines hanging outside mask the sunlight. The windows also point to the north so no sunset blinding light penetrates the place.
The taps are endless wrapping around the 90 degree angle wall, the bar also wraps with the wall, if that makes sense. Wood panels also line the ceiling.
If you dont sit at the bar, there are more booths surrounding the bar area, as well as a back formal dining booth area, with square wood tables and comfy booth seats on one side, with wood chairs on the other.

The bathrooms have all been tiled and are quite clean and fancy. Only one stall and 2 urinals, there is usually a line on busy nights.

Reasons to go;
Many great beers ontap, bottle form, cask beers and a decent happy hour.
There are many food options, cooked to culinary perfection. The food is mostly of smaller portions. There are actual chef's on hand, this is no typical bar food establishment.
The beer list itself is pretty large, hand written on a giant chalk board in all sorts of different colored chalk.

My only complaint is the prices. Its a bit more spendy. The food is pretty pricey and the beer is also a bit expensive. You can go to several other places in the area buy the same beer and pay $3 or more less for the same beer.
However those places dont serve the beer in the correct glassware.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Taybeh
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of TooGood
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of poypoyking
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the best beer venues I have been to. The draft selection is amazing and the bottled beer list is overwhelming. If you are into Scotch they have a very good selection of single malts and blended. The food is top notch as well. A little pricier but worth the expense.

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Photo of Patrick_Redbeard
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Josholson666
4.58/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of MattMorin
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of thorkelson
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of 952melvin
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great vibe, good quality, great service and unbeatable selection in the area. This place has it all, the only problem is it gets expensive trying the foreign beer, but, its so much fun! This is a must visit place!

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Lukaduke612
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Chucker17
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BigAl18
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of djhowell
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of chrisjws
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dj1931
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BigBry
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of eawolff99
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of will1256
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

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Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Vonerichs
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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Photo of CCutch
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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The Happy Gnome in Saint Paul, MN
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