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The Happy Gnome
Taps: 76 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
498 Selby Ave
phone: (651) 287-2018
(Place added by: tavernjef on 12-10-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 84 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Disclaimer: I am biased about this place because I used to work there, love the people, love the restaurant, and pretty much think it might be the best place in the world.
You cannot argue with the selection here. Over 70 taps and 200-400 bottles (depending on who you ask) with NO MACROS! This isn't like Old Chicago with all the BMC junk. The list here is well sourced and well presented. If it is in the Midwest, it is at the Gnome.
The staff here are like a family and it shows. There are people who have been there 5+ years and may never leave. They are truly happy to be a part of a place like this. Smiles and good beer knowledge.
The food is always great. When Matt Hinman left to head up the Hanger Room, Scott Brink stepped in as Exec. Chef and has filled the role brilliantly. I very fondly recall a whole John Dory served as a family style appetizer to our party of 4. We left nothing but bones. Great burgers, apps, and really interesting dishes including game and American takes on global favorites. All scratch kitchen!
Like I said, I think this is my favorite restaurant in the world (and named one of the top 96 places in the WORLD to have a beer). A true craft beer lover's destination!
08-08-2011 21:27:04 |
More by ForWhatAlesYou
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
A: Classy, clean, very nice overall. Pay attention to what you're wearing. Lots of room, great patio, nice and new interior.
Q: The beers on tap are not uniformly great, but there are enough greats for this to be an awesome beer list. Excellent variety.
S: Service is slow, servers obviously are trained on food and the menu, not so much the beers. Still, a little water every hour or so would be nice.
S: Excellent variety of beers on tap and in bottles. Long list with a focus on quality beers.
F: Classy, a bit pricey, and not very vegetarian friendly. Your mileage may vary.
07-12-2011 02:07:51 |
More by BretSikkink
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
Stopped in while visiting the Minneapolis area this past weekend, next to the town hall this was a must visit for me.
Was extremely impressed with the tap list. Well organized, and many different options to choose from.
Food menu looked fantastic, but on the pricier end. Higher-end foodie options like elk, venison, etc. The food was more like a fine dinning than a typical beer bar, however the $14 burger was of the best, so at least you get great quality for the price which is always a good thing.
I am starting to think it may have something to do with the Minneapolis area but once again the service wasn't the best, had to wait quite some time to even talk to someone and once we did they were very short, tried to ask the server about anything specail they had on tap and all I got was "their all on the list"
06-01-2011 20:56:07 |
More by colt45n
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Happy Gnome is an awesome bar in St. Paul just around the corner from another fav bar of mine called The Muddy Pig, and one of the best places to get a beer in the Twin Cities. The selection of beers on tap is probably the best in the cities. I didn't eat there, but more upscale than what I usually want when I’m out drinking a couple beers. It is a bit pricey, but I think you get what you pay for in this case. If you avoid the food, it is much more reasonable. The service seems to be generally good. On the inside the place looks like many other upscale bars, but gets lots of points for the awesome deck area outside. They also hold some great events, tastings, beer dinners etc. Highly recommended. I had a KBS on tap and a bunch of good Odell beers! Score!
04-25-2011 15:49:31 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I visited the Happy Gnome on a Sunday night during a short business trip to the Twin Cities. This is a very good beer bar. The focus is definitely on local beer and the staff knows local beer very well. They did one thing I really like - match the size of the pour to the strength of the beer. This bothers some BA's but to me it is just good sense. I was able to try more beers without getting loaded. The atmosphere is very comfortable. the beer list is exceptional, diverse and well rounded. Interesting note - the neighborhood is really cool too - lots of old, classic architecture. It's a "gastropub" so the food menu is strange but nice - still kind of expensive. If you have time to only try one good beer bar in the area this is a good place to go. Easy to get to, good neighborhood, great local selection of beer.
03-28-2011 02:14:34 |
More by ritter57
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stopped in while visiting the Twin Cities--was looking for a place to try a few regional drafts that I can't find back home (Pittsburgh). We showed up around 4pm on a Friday and grabbed a booth by the bar--within 15 minutes all of the spots were filled.
Was extremely impressed with the tap list. Well organized, pertinent information, and plentiful. Found out that the drafts were $1 off for happy hour, which is always pleasing.
Food menu looked fantastic, but on the pricier end. Higher-end foodie options like elk, venison, etc. The food was more fine dining than bar snacks.
Even with happy hour, drafts were $6/each, and the server didn't have any beer knowlege/advice/reccos to share. So I will continue to swing by for 1-2 beers when I'm visiting to try out some interesting upper midwest brews, but it's certainly not a place where I would want to (or be able to afford!) settling in for a whole evening.
03-19-2011 17:51:42 |
More by emquilxy
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
I'll start off by saying that if I had one bar to pick to go based on beer selection for the rest of my life, this is it. Seventy five taps of craft beer. They get the rarest of things too. Literally mind blowing at times. Even better is that it is constantly rotating. The staff is very knowledgeable. They host beer themed dinners and have a great event call Firkin Fest. A must stop if you ever come to the Twin Cities.
With all the great things I can say about the beer, it is not going to be your every day hangout. Your getting the rarest of the rare but expect to pay for it.
The menu is brisk but the quality and taste are very good. I mainly concentrate on drinking my supper there.
A true can't miss.
03-11-2011 20:07:17 |
More by TheDudeRules
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Great place, and like the bar it shares the neighborhood with - The Muddy Pig, The Happy Gnome has arguably the best beer selection in the Twin Cities. However, for my money, the Gnome wins everytime, and it doesn't really have anything to do with the beer.
I really like the feel of this place...it's very upscale looking but it feels comfortable, and it's roomy enough that you don't feel like you're in a subway.
the patio is awesome if you can get a spot there, and the service is always good. i don't get there often because i end up spending too much money and it's not in my hood, but when I'm there I'm always happy I made the trip.
02-17-2011 23:43:21 |
More by corcoranjc
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Probably my favorite restaurant of all time- the food is delicious, the beer selection is amazing and the place is cozy and relaxing.
My first trip there my fiance and I had exceptional service. Our waitress was one of the best. She even gave us each a free beer because a couple of our first selections weren't available anymore. I've had a couple visits where the service was so-so, but the experience of the Happy Gnome as a whole is always worth it.
They also host several beer dinners each month featuring different breweries and menus, as well as the occasional event. I attended Firkin Fest this past year, and it was very well run.
For an overall, well-rounded awesome place to spend an afternoon to eat and drink- the Happy Gnome is definitely the place.
10-17-2010 01:26:35 |
More by LittleBug31
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The Happy Gnome is a really cool place with great atmosphere. The front of the building looks great, and is nearly covered in Virginia Creeper vine. The inside is large, clean, and attractive. Lots of wood, leather, a slat wood floor, various beer signage, a marble/wood bar, and great natural lighting. Current specials and beer events posted on a chalkboard. The beer garden out back looked pretty dope, but we didn't check it out. Apparently frequented by both brewers and those about to embark on the pedal pub that was parked out front.
Huge draft list with a very heavy emphasis on locals and Midwest regionals, maybe about half the selection, arranged roughly along broad style lines. Very diverse and seasonal, no filler here. Also a few nice Belgian and extra-regional choices. Taps lined up on both sides of the L shaped bar. The Brau Brothers Rubus was intense and served appropriately.
After an initial bump most likely due to a short busy surge, service was great. The waitress was really nice and just did a good job all around. No problem obtaining samples.
The menu was full of appealing items - but we were scheduled for an early dinner so it was best to take it easy. I went with a simple bowl of the wild rice soup, which was quite good. The small sliver of Mr. Lou's duck burger sampled was pretty tasty as well, and the accompanying fries didn't last long. Nice presentation, too.
08-29-2010 02:31:23 |
More by blackie
The Happy Gnome in Saint Paul, MN
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