The Happy Gnome

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96
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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
www.thehappygnome.com

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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 GilGarp:
Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went to the Happy Gnome about a year ago and had never heard of it prior. The place was suggested by some friends and my girlfriend was all about it. Not because she likes beer but because she loves gnomes!

It was a rainy Friday evening and the place was packed. It's located in a beautiful historic building that I believe was once a firehouse. The front bar has a very high ceiling with nice big windows. There's lots of dark wood and a warm cozy atmosphere. The back area is a little more intimate with tables and chairs set up like a restaurant. Overall pretty dark but lots to look at.

The beer selection was impressive and I went for a Surly Furious. Again, at the time I had never heard of the bar or the Surly brewery - I only picked it because it was local. I was very pleased to have "stumbled" upon it.

We had some appetizers to share and the food was very good if not a little expensive.

A great place for a beer and I hope to go back soon.

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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
96 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.
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