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The Happy Gnome

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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
www.thehappygnome.com

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PLACE STATS
Place 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 WYVYRN527:
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This was my first visit to the Gnome. I've heard great things about this establishment for some time and decided to check it out. The backround music is at the perfect volume. It doesn't drown out conversations and it's not too quiet where it can't be heard. It's a busy place, and I can understand if it takes a few moments for the server to arrive. The upstairs dining room is very nice. It's like i never left my own dinner table. When I saw the beer, wine, and sprits menu I was amazed. The Happy Gnome has a great selection of draft and bottled choices. Domestic crafts and Belgian ales are the highlight of the menu, along with a great selection of single malt Scotch whiskies.

Met a few friends and sat upstairs at a table. The servers were there within minutes to take our orders. I had a few glasses of Surly Darkness, and it was poured for me in the proper glass and at a reasonable volume. I didn't have a chance to try the food, but the two people I was with were both very enthusiastic about it. For the beers available, the prices were very reasonable, depending on the size of the serving and the availability. This place for me was a great experience, and I plan on going back many times in the future.

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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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