The Happy Gnome

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BA SCORE
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
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 slyke:
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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My first trip to the Happy Gnome was a good one on 8/27/2009. We sat in the bar and made an evening of it with friends. Lively atmosphere, but not loud or echoey. Service was attentive, but a little slow. Our waiter was quick to get you what you needed, once he came by the table. My glass sat empty for a few minutes between each round.

Beer selection was superb with 70 or so tap lines and a long list of bottles. All beers were fresh - no off flavors or evidence of neglected tap lines.

Food on the bar menu was good, but more expensive than you might pay elsewhere. We started with the antipasti plate followed by a chicken sandwich, pear and gorganzola pizza, and a couple of game burgers. All were well executed.

The prices will keep this place from being a regular stop, but it is a fine place and a good time was had by all in my group. Definitely worth a try, especially if you're a foodie.

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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
4.36 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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