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The Happy Gnome

Gastropub · Summit - University
498 Selby Ave (at Mackubin St), Saint Paul, MN 55102, United States
Open until 1:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–1:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–1:00 AM
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 501 votes

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    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)
    Tami D.
    "The duck burger is bomb dot com."(4 Tips)
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  • beer
  • burgers
  • firkin fest
  • lively
  • good for dates
  • outdoor seating
  • trendy
  • poutine
  • whiskey
  • authentic
  • good for a late night
  • muddy pig
  • cozy
  • chicken wings
  • sandwiches
  • casual
  • cheeseburgers
  • pretzels
  • great value
  • vegetarian food
  • Tim V.

    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.

    Tim Vernaillen · March 24, 2014
  • Nate F.

    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.

    Nate Folkert · December 21, 2015
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

    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

    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine · December 11, 2012
  • Jeremy D.

    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.

    Jeremy Dowd · May 5, 2011
  • Eric M.

    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!

    Eric Meininger · September 18, 2010
  • Gemma

    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!

    Gemma · April 22, 2013
  • eryn o.

    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?").

    eryn o · February 2, 2013
  • Lindsey L.

    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!

    Lindsey Lynch · October 2, 2013
  • Craig D.

    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!

    Craig Durgy · January 30, 2013
  • Claire G.

    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.

    Claire Graupmann · September 13, 2009
  • Jason S.

    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!

    Jason Shapiro · August 2, 2009
  • Jerry S.

    Popular neighborhood beer pub ("gastropub"). Great selection of draught beers, pub grub. The game burger and Angus cheeseburger are standard favorites.

    Jerry S · February 23, 2015
  • Mike K.

    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.

    Mike Kronenberg · October 8, 2010
  • Andrew W.

    Try the "Angus Cheeseburger" -- featured on the Pioneer Press list of Best Burgers in the Twin Cities in the "Burgers for Beer Hounds" category.

    Andrew Wagner · September 25, 2013
  • City Pages

    St. Paul beer connoisseurs flock to this Cathedral Hill stalwart, known for updating its tap beer menu daily. Read more

    City Pages · August 5, 2014
  • Nate F.

    bacon wrapped turkey meatloaf sandwich with white american cheese and spicy aioli, served with french fries

    Nate Folkert · December 21, 2015
  • Nate F.

    blackened salmon sandwith with horseradish havarti, cabbage slaw, and spicy dill sauce. salmon was very salty.

    Nate Folkert · December 21, 2015
  • Erik L.

    Well thought out menu and a beer and whiskey menu that is unrivaled. Make a reservation if you can because weekends are exceptionally busy.

    Erik Laing · November 11, 2014
  • Blake T.

    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!

    Blake Thelen · June 24, 2013
  • Mike S.

    Bartender Steve treats us like royalty. What a guy! Also the great divide yeti imperial stout is particularly good if you like dark beer!

    Mike Schultz · October 16, 2011
  • Rachel S.

    Amazing whiskey selection with a "rare and weird" section of the menu for limited releases like Highland Park 17.

    Rachel Sheppard · January 26
  • Christina T.

    Bloodies are delish. This is the regular but they also have a Sunday bloody bar that is BOMB

    Christina Thompson · November 2, 2013
  • Wyn D.

    Nice and spicy, but lacking in the tomato/smoke/salty flavor. Stone IPA chaser and midget dills are the distinguishing elements.

    Wyn Douglas · October 24, 2011
  • Lucy B.

    Designer imposter to the Muddy Pig down the street, this place still has some nice character. Delicious and interesting bar menu.

    Lucy Bauer · August 19, 2009
  • Dan H.

    Love that they provide individual descriptions for each of their beers.

    Dan Hatfield · July 28, 2015
  • Sean V.

    First game burger was overlooked. Second try void of salt. Cherry aioli was basically yogurt. Ketchup had odd grit. Disappointing.

    Sean Voysey · December 14, 2015
  • Chris F.

    Get the Fried Vegetable Juicy Lucy. It's amazing. Can't go wrong with a Sweetgrass APA. Delicious pairing.

    Chris Furbacher · May 13, 2013
  • Stephen K.

    Their pumpkin ale is the best I've ever had. In fact, their selection is pretty impressive overall.

    Stephen Koontz · August 26, 2014
  • Chris R.

    The bison and wild game burger are the bomb. A pretty fantastic beer and scotch list as well.

    Chris R · August 25, 2014
  • Jamie B.

    Great craft brew selection. Classy menu choices. Perfect venue for the hipster'esque beer snob.

    Jamie Baxter · December 19, 2014
  • Melissa C.

    Just had the sausage stuffed quail! Outstanding and I recommend it for people who love flavor.

    Melissa Coombs · November 26, 2013
  • Lauren G.

    Even though this place is known for its beers, you must try the cheesecake. It is to die for!

    Lauren Gantner · June 21, 2011
  • J D.

    The elk loin was petite, with no side. I would pick something else, it felt like an appetizer.......

    J D · November 20, 2013
  • Joanna F.

    Awesome beer selection divided up into easy-to-understand categories. Food is delish too!

    Joanna Flamm · September 3, 2013
  • Anne B.

    Kind of loud! Not a lot of veg options, but the beer list more than makes up for it.

    Anne B. · November 23, 2014
  • Steve L.

    76 beers on tap. They're pretty much all at least good, and most of them are amazing.

    Steve Lafleur · September 8, 2012
  • Nancy C.

    Great friendly atmosphere with a wide selection of brews. Bartenders are helpful and patient.

    Nancy Cerkvenik · August 22, 2014
  • Rebecca H.

    Interesting, delicious cuisine and an excellent beer selection for us beer snobs.

    Rebecca H · September 3, 2011
  • Paul S.

    Amazing beer selection. Good food. Nice patio. Wish prices were lower.

    Paul Schroeder · August 29, 2014
  • Lane P.

    I really enjoyed the Poutine and Chicken Sandwich. Amazing beer selections!

    Lane Pelovsky · September 2, 2014
  • Curt C.

    Smoked Seafood Croquettes = an hour or longer on the toilet. Boo!!! Nice beer selection but I won't ever eat here again!

    Curt Carter · November 13, 2010
  • Dennis L.

    Have never had a bad meal here and by far the best beer selection in St. paul

    Dennis Lindgren · October 27, 2010
  • Paul G.

    Good food, good beer. If the regular menu is too fancy, ask for the bar menu.

    Paul Godfread · November 4, 2009
  • David T.

    Was there Saturday. Great atmosphere and awesome selection of beer, wine and whiskey!

    David Trafford · May 8, 2012
  • Robin E.

    Not the place to eat if you are in a hurry. Great place to drink a variety of beers

    Robin Edman · May 13, 2015
  • Lucas M.

    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.

    Lucas Munson · October 12, 2013
  • Cole K.

    Clown Shoes Space Cake: a delicious double IPA from Massachusetts that'll make you happy.

    Cole Kennedy · January 24, 2015
  • Steve B.

    The baked curry wings are really good!

    Steve Bivans · January 31
  • Molly B.

    Order the French fries. They're not on the menu, but they're a delicious appetizer.

    Molly Beran · December 23, 2010
  • Dagny H.

    The brunch menu is fabulous. I love the croque madame

    Dagny Heimisdottir · October 25, 2015

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