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The Happy Gnome

Summit - University, Saint Paul
  • Colin B.
    "Great beer selection -- had some delicious seasonal fresh hop beers"(37 Tips)
    Sophie B.
    "So many beers on tap :D Game Burger tasted really good."(5 Tips)
    Eric B.
    "If you are a beer lover attend their annual Firkin Fest."(3 Tips)
    Tami D.
    "The duck burger is bomb dot com."(4 Tips)
155 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • burgers
  • firkin fest
  • lively
  • good for dates
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  • Tim V.
    Tim VernaillenMarch 24, 2014
    The amazing amount of beers on tap is wonderful. This in combination with quality food makes it even greater. Try the pretzel, any of the steaks and have the gingerbread as dessert. Will be back soon.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 21, 2015
    duck burger made with ground duck, wild rice, mushrooms, and breadcrumbs, topped with goat cheese and crumbled bacon, served with cherry aioli. served here with chicken wild rice soup.
  • Gemma
    GemmaApril 22, 2013
    Great beer selection. Grab a table near the bar, get a charcuterie plate and a cheese, and be incredibly happy. Look at the description of the last porter on the beer menu!
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineDecember 11, 2012
    Best Beer Selection 2012 - With 76 rotating taps and a kazillion bottles from all over the world, this gnome is a beer giant. Monthly beer dinners and brewer chats for the truly geeked. Read more
  • eryn o.
    eryn oFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Gluten free bread and buns! Staff is knowledgeable about GF and is often really nice about substitutions ("That comes with barley risotto. Want some mashed potatoes instead?").
  • Craig D.
    Craig DurgyJanuary 30, 2013
    A happening beer bar with a neighborhood feel and a touch of class! Right down the block from the Muddy Pig,,,,don't pass up the "two birds with one stone" visit!
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 21, 2015
    bacon wrapped turkey meatloaf sandwich with white american cheese and spicy aioli, served with french fries
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WagnerSeptember 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the "Angus Cheeseburger" -- featured on the Pioneer Press list of Best Burgers in the Twin Cities in the "Burgers for Beer Hounds" category.
  • City Pages
    City PagesAugust 5, 2014
    St. Paul beer connoisseurs flock to this Cathedral Hill stalwart, known for updating its tap beer menu daily. Read more
  • Blake T.
    Blake ThelenJune 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best place to get a Bloody Mary during brunch on the weekends. The do-it-yourself bar is top notch. Get the bacon infused bloody mix!
  • Jerry S.
    Jerry SFebruary 23, 2015
    Popular neighborhood beer pub ("gastropub"). Great selection of draught beers, pub grub. The game burger and Angus cheeseburger are standard favorites.
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DowdMay 5, 2011
    Bar seating is very limited but worth the struggle for a great draught beer selection. Lunch specials are affordable but the dinner menu will set you back $25+ per person plus drinks.
  • Christina T.
    Christina ThompsonNovember 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bloodies are delish. This is the regular but they also have a Sunday bloody bar that is BOMB
  • Eric M.
    Eric MeiningerSeptember 18, 2010
    If you like the style of Dark Horse's Scotty Karate beer which they carry in season, try the New Holland (MI) brewery's Dragon's Milk beer which is more consistently on tap. Awesome!
  • Erik L.
    Erik LaingNovember 11, 2014
    Well thought out menu and a beer and whiskey menu that is unrivaled. Make a reservation if you can because weekends are exceptionally busy.
  • Lindsey L.
    Lindsey LynchOctober 2, 2013
    HG is the 1st and [currently] only venue in the TC to host the hoppy genius of the Green Flash Hop Head Red out if San Francisco; a must try!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SheppardJanuary 26, 2016
    Amazing whiskey selection with a "rare and weird" section of the menu for limited releases like Highland Park 17.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 21, 2015
    blackened salmon sandwith with horseradish havarti, cabbage slaw, and spicy dill sauce. salmon was very salty.
  • Jake F.
    Jake FergusonMay 13, 2016
    Lobster Mac N Cheese was amazing, got it as an appetizer along with the poutine, which is also great.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SchultzOctober 16, 2011
    Bartender Steve treats us like royalty. What a guy! Also the great divide yeti imperial stout is particularly good if you like dark beer!
  • Chris R.
    Chris RAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The bison and wild game burger are the bomb. A pretty fantastic beer and scotch list as well.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HatfieldJuly 28, 2015
    Love that they provide individual descriptions for each of their beers.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CoombsNovember 26, 2013
    Just had the sausage stuffed quail! Outstanding and I recommend it for people who love flavor.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammSeptember 3, 2013
    Awesome beer selection divided up into easy-to-understand categories. Food is delish too!
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzAugust 26, 2014
    Their pumpkin ale is the best I've ever had. In fact, their selection is pretty impressive overall.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FurbacherMay 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Fried Vegetable Juicy Lucy. It's amazing. Can't go wrong with a Sweetgrass APA. Delicious pairing.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MayDecember 12, 2016
    Lives up to the gastropub name. Delicious and creative fare, but for a high price!
  • Wyn D.
    Wyn DouglasOctober 24, 2011
    Nice and spicy, but lacking in the tomato/smoke/salty flavor. Stone IPA chaser and midget dills are the distinguishing elements.
  • Steve L.
    Steve LafleurSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    76 beers on tap. They're pretty much all at least good, and most of them are amazing.
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GantnerJune 21, 2011
    Even though this place is known for its beers, you must try the cheesecake. It is to die for!
  • Lane P.
    Lane PelovskySeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I really enjoyed the Poutine and Chicken Sandwich. Amazing beer selections!
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy CerkvenikAugust 22, 2014
    Great friendly atmosphere with a wide selection of brews. Bartenders are helpful and patient.
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BaxterDecember 19, 2014
    Great craft brew selection. Classy menu choices. Perfect venue for the hipster'esque beer snob.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SchroederAugust 29, 2014
    Amazing beer selection. Good food. Nice patio. Wish prices were lower.
  • Amanda
    AmandaDecember 27, 2012
    On Mpls St Paul's list of Insider Eats for a Sunday morning breakfast of Summit Oatmeal Stout and whipped vodka
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyJanuary 24, 2015
    Clown Shoes Space Cake: a delicious double IPA from Massachusetts that'll make you happy.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithFebruary 21, 2015
    Extensive beer list, good food, lovely patio in warm months
  • Brent M.
    Brent MillerMay 4, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The "Hopswich" dessert with Hop ice cream is worth it! Amazing hop ice cream!
  • Colin B.
    Colin BarrettNovember 25, 2014
    Great beer selection -- had some delicious seasonal fresh hop beers
  • Chhorn P.
    Chhorn PhoMay 10, 2016
    A little bit of meat goes a long way. Great burgers. The putine is a little too much.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchlesenerJanuary 12, 2013
    The beer selection is amazing. So many craft brewed options!
  • Mullica Z.
    Mullica ZudsiriApril 27, 2015
    Loved the lobster roll and poutin! Also nice ciders.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BivansJanuary 31, 2016
    The baked curry wings are really good!
  • Rebecca H.
    Rebecca HSeptember 3, 2011
    Interesting, delicious cuisine and an excellent beer selection for us beer snobs.
  • Dagny H.
    Dagny HeimisdottirOctober 25, 2015
    The brunch menu is fabulous. I love the croque madame
  • Sarlita
    SarlitaMarch 30, 2013
    Wonderful food, beer selection and atmosphere. Nice service too
  • Claire G.
    Claire GraupmannSeptember 13, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Happy Gnome and Busters on 28th have the same owners. Fabulous beer selection and both have outstanding food! sit on the patio at the Gnome for Sunday afternoon jazz.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WheelerApril 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegetarian? Get the Vegetable Juicy Lucy. Seriously. Do it.
  • Timmy R.
    Timmy RandklevOctober 6, 2013
    Fantastic beer selection and some of the best food I've had. 5out of5stars
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JohnsonApril 19, 2012
    Try the MN Game Burger. Might be one of the best burgers I've ever had!
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