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The Happy Gnome
Taps: 76 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
498 Selby Ave
phone: (651) 287-2018
(Place added by: tavernjef on 12-10-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by sacrelicio:
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
A great beer bar and a staple of craft beer in Minnesota. The atmosphere is OK, kind of a cross between a suburban living room and a regular bar/restaurant. Not the most cool or fun atmosphere, but it does the job just fine. Has more of a restaurant feel rather than a bar feel.
The selection and quality of beer in this place is just stellar. A wide variety of taps from local and international breweries with great selections. I find things that I never expect to see on tap (Great Divide Titan IPA and two year old Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine) to interesting themes like having six different SouthernTier imperial stouts on at once. Didn't pay too much attention to the bottle list but from I remember it was pretty extensive.
The food is pretty good, I have only eaten their once and it was some sort of burger and I remember liking it.
Service is fine, nothing unusual, but I have never really sat and chatted so they might really know their stuff.
My only complaint is that the prices are a bit steep.
Overall, a great place.
01-30-2012 08:17:08 |
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12-06-2013 04:14:33 |
More by MNBeer1017
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
Don’t you love it when a place has the highest rating in the area, and you go there and it actually lives up to it? We went here for brunch. It was great. There were two guys playing live music. The beer list was really amazing. The service was nice and knowledgeable but not overbearing. If you like beer and are in the Minneapolis/St Paul area, this is a MUST visit.
11-24-2013 23:56:38 |
More by Fluffheady
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$$
plenty of parking in a nice street setting building is cool looking from the outside and kind of cool on the inside hugh selection of brews both on tap and in the bottle lots of limited bottles and taps , the service was just average as the waiter was a bit off putting like it was our pleasure just to be here , food was good and served well but way to pricey so Happy Gnome has great brews but lousy uncaring service with inflated prices on beer and food
11-16-2013 21:19:46 |
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11-03-2013 02:43:07 |
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10-30-2013 00:19:39 |
More by TheRealPour
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
I went here for dinner one Wednesday night this summer. Food was okay, but the beer selection was drool worthy, just phenomenal, I loved how they organized the beer list. I could have stayed there all night if I didn't have to work the next morning...Atmosphere was very nice and cozy.
One qualm though: I HAD A GIANTASS MILLIPEDE CRAWL ON THE TABLE WHILE WE WERE EATING. That pretty much ended my dinner - but did not end my drinking. I would still go back, but the memory remains.
10-22-2013 03:04:37 |
More by jackie_vortex
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited on a Wednesday for a late lunch. No one in the restaurant. The bar booths were about half full.
Great food, better beer with some rarities and vintages on the bottle menu. I will definitely be back.
V – Feels like a beer place. Could be too dark at night. Friendly. Loud at times in the bar.
Q – Correct glasses for both my stout and flanders red.
S – Bartender was very attentive but not overbearing. Knowledgeable about beer.
S – 40+ taps and another 40+ bottles. Great selection. I had the Fulton War & Peace and the Rodenbach Grand Cru – Yum!
F – I had the meatloaf sandwich. Fantastic! Fries were excellent as well.
10-03-2013 22:30:47 |
More by Sludgeman
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Ah, the Happy Gnome is my second favorite beer bar in North America (see Bar Volo in Toronto), and what a terrific selection of beer -- and awesome food, stay for dinner if you can get a table -- and a gem in St Paul's Cathedral Hill. When in town, you must go.
09-04-2013 02:18:59 |
More by beersnoop
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Overall, I do enjoy the Happy Gnome. The whole bar area is quite nice, if a bit lacking in service. However, when sitting at the bar, the bartenders are usually very attentive and friendly. The only thing I was disappointed to see this visit (the first in awhile) is that it seems their prices have risen while almost all taps are 10oz pours (no 12s that I saw, an very few actual pints).
Regardless, world class selection of domestic and import taps for the Twin Cities.
08-02-2013 13:55:14 |
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