The Happy Gnome

The Happy GnomeThe Happy Gnome
BA SCORE
95.8%
Liked This Place
4.43 w/ 144 ratings
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

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
144
Liked:
138
Avg:
4.43/5
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 94
Reviews by kbaker91:
Photo of kbaker91
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I have been to The Gnome a few times in the last few months, and each visit has been fairly consistant. I generally arrive in the early evening, which means that the front bar is busy. The general vibe of the place each of my visits is that it is more of a restaurant than a bar. I usually am able to find a space upstairs at a second bar. The beer selection is very good, not quite as extensive as the Muddy Pig down the street, but good nonetheless. The service has been good, actually better than expected given how busy this place is every time I have been there. I have never eaten here, but from glancing at the menu it looks to have both standard pub fare with exotic extras such as elk. A bonus is a good scotch selection upstairs.

Overall, pretty good beer selection, always busy. Seems more of a restaurant that happens to have a bar, as opposed to the Muddy Pig which is a bar that happens to serve food.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of socon67
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Little pub in St. Paul right off the highway. Incredible selection of taps and a killer food list. I had the jerk chicken tacos, and on another visit the grilled cheese (smoked mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes). You will find local options and mainstays (Toppling Goliath). A must visit.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

What a great place! So many beers on tap, so much to choose from. Food is good, service is top notch. I went there for lunch, and I definitely will be back.

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Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Taybeh
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of TooGood
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of poypoyking
5/5  rDev +12.9%
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 -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Josholson666
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of MattMorin
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of thorkelson
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of 952melvin
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
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 -9%
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 +5.2%
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 +9%
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 +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BigAl18
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of djhowell
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of chrisjws
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dj1931
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BigBry
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of eawolff99
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of will1256
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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The Happy Gnome in Saint Paul, MN
Place rating: 95.8% out of 100 with 144 ratings
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