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The Happy Gnome

Summit - University, Saint Paul
  • David T.
    "Great atmosphere and awesome selection of beer, wine and whiskey!"(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)
    Lane P.
    "I really enjoyed the Poutine and Chicken Sandwich."(7 Tips)
152 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • burgers
  • firkin fest
  • good for dates
  • lively
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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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • eryn o.
    eryn oFebruary 2, 2013
    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!
  • 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!
  • Claire G.
    Claire GraupmannSeptember 13, 2009
    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.
  • Jason S.
    Jason ShapiroAugust 2, 2009
    Inquire about their upcoming Beer Dinners (brilliant multi-course prix fixe dinner paired with beers from a featured brewery); reserve early, they sell out quickly!
  • 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.
  • Mike K.
    Mike KronenbergOctober 8, 2010
    This place has the worst service EVER! I wouldn't waste my time with this joint! Seriously! The staff is rude and condescending and the establishment thinks it is above everyone! Hated my time there.
  • 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
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WagnerSeptember 25, 2013
    Try the "Angus Cheeseburger" -- featured on the Pioneer Press list of Best Burgers in the Twin Cities in the "Burgers for Beer Hounds" category.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 21, 2015
    bacon wrapped turkey meatloaf sandwich with white american cheese and spicy aioli, served with french fries
  • Blake T.
    Blake ThelenJune 24, 2013
    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!
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 21, 2015
    blackened salmon sandwith with horseradish havarti, cabbage slaw, and spicy dill sauce. salmon was very salty.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SheppardJanuary 26
    Amazing whiskey selection with a "rare and weird" section of the menu for limited releases like Highland Park 17.
  • Christina T.
    Christina ThompsonNovember 2, 2013
    Bloodies are delish. This is the regular but they also have a Sunday bloody bar that is BOMB
  • 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.
  • Lucy B.
    Lucy BauerAugust 19, 2009
    Designer imposter to the Muddy Pig down the street, this place still has some nice character. Delicious and interesting bar menu.
  • Jake F.
    Lobster Mac N Cheese was amazing, got it as an appetizer along with the poutine, which is also great.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HatfieldJuly 28, 2015
    Love that they provide individual descriptions for each of their beers.
  • Sean V.
    Sean VoyseyDecember 14, 2015
    First game burger was overlooked. Second try void of salt. Cherry aioli was basically yogurt. Ketchup had odd grit. Disappointing.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FurbacherMay 13, 2013
    Get the Fried Vegetable Juicy Lucy. It's amazing. Can't go wrong with a Sweetgrass APA. Delicious pairing.
  • 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 R.
    Chris RAugust 25, 2014
    The bison and wild game burger are the bomb. A pretty fantastic beer and scotch list as well.
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BaxterDecember 19, 2014
    Great craft brew selection. Classy menu choices. Perfect venue for the hipster'esque beer snob.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CoombsNovember 26, 2013
    Just had the sausage stuffed quail! Outstanding and I recommend it for people who love flavor.
  • 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!
  • J D.
    J DNovember 20, 2013
    The elk loin was petite, with no side. I would pick something else, it felt like an appetizer.......
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammSeptember 3, 2013
    Awesome beer selection divided up into easy-to-understand categories. Food is delish too!
  • Anne B.
    Anne B.November 23, 2014
    Kind of loud! Not a lot of veg options, but the beer list more than makes up for it.
  • Steve L.
    Steve LafleurSeptember 8, 2012
    76 beers on tap. They're pretty much all at least good, and most of them are amazing.
  • Chhorn P.
    A little bit of meat goes a long way. Great burgers. The putine is a little too much.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SchroederAugust 29, 2014
    Amazing beer selection. Good food. Nice patio. Wish prices were lower.
  • Lane P.
    Lane PelovskySeptember 2, 2014
    I really enjoyed the Poutine and Chicken Sandwich. Amazing beer selections!
  • Dennis L.
    Dennis LindgrenOctober 27, 2010
    Have never had a bad meal here and by far the best beer selection in St. paul
  • Curt C.
    Curt CarterNovember 13, 2010
    Smoked Seafood Croquettes = an hour or longer on the toilet. Boo!!! Nice beer selection but I won't ever eat here again!
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy CerkvenikAugust 22, 2014
    Great friendly atmosphere with a wide selection of brews. Bartenders are helpful and patient.
  • Rebecca H.
    Rebecca HSeptember 3, 2011
    Interesting, delicious cuisine and an excellent beer selection for us beer snobs.
  • Paul G.
    Paul GodfreadNovember 4, 2009
    Good food, good beer. If the regular menu is too fancy, ask for the bar menu.
  • David T.
    David TraffordMay 8, 2012
    Was there Saturday. Great atmosphere and awesome selection of beer, wine and whiskey!
  • Robin E.
    Robin EdmanMay 13, 2015
    Not the place to eat if you are in a hurry. Great place to drink a variety of beers
  • Lucas M.
    Lucas MunsonOctober 12, 2013
    No parties bigger than 10?! They actually suggested I sit alone at another table and wait for more people in our party to show up. Boourns.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BivansJanuary 31
    The baked curry wings are really good!
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyJanuary 24, 2015
    Clown Shoes Space Cake: a delicious double IPA from Massachusetts that'll make you happy.
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