The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
Taps: 62 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
4.07/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
A-The Green Dragon is located east of downtown Portland in a mixed-use area near the Cascade Barrel House. It feels as if its located in old green house or something because of the arched tin roof and concrete floors. Not very many windows, however. The place is pretty big and open and it was relatively busy when I stopped in at around 9 on a random, rainy Tuesday night.
Q-The beers on the large tap list were above-average quality, but not mind-blowing or super rare. The better-known Northwest breweries were well-represented, along with a mattering of pretty good stuff from other, more remote destinations, like Colorado and California.
Ser-The servers were hustling when I visited, which was a bit of a contrast to the quieter atmospheres at Cascade and Hair of the Dog earlier in the evening. That meant that I sat for a minute before I could place my beer order, but once I ordered I quickly received my beer and I never felt like I was ignored. The beer was also poured with care in the appropriate glass.
Sel-The tap list consists of fifty beers, which isn't huge by today's standards, but still provides plenty to select from. As noted above, there is a great variety of smaller local and sort-of local breweries, as well as some more unique offerings from bigger names in craft like New Belgium. Didn't notice any bottles, but there may have been some on offer.
V-My beer was reasonably priced...not too cheap, not too spendy.
O-This makes a good stop if you are in the neighborhood. It may not be a place to hunt for, but when you visit Cascade, it is definitely worth walking across the street to try out some of the up and coming brews they have on tap here.
01-10-2014 05:41:28 | More by spoony
3.99/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Third stop on our SE walking tour. A mystery stop for us since an updated tap list is not to be found online. The place is broken up into a front and back bar in a big warehouse type room. The boards for each bar are separate making it a little tough to take it all in, so get a list from the bar to study. It was early afternoon, and the place was fairly empty.
We ended up sitting at the front bar to study our list. The a/c was cranking on an unusually hot Portland day. If felt good after our long walk, otherwise we probably would have moved out to the patio which was through an unmarked door, just so you know.
I ordered a Colalition. Oops forgot to say IPA, but the guy didn't ask either. So he heads to the back bar where the cream ale is, and I jumped up to tell him I wanted the IPA (which was up front). I got a look, but he left it and got me the Two Dogs IPA which was good. Was wondering if the cream ale was for "girls" ha ha. My husband had the Sasquatch Moby Dick Imp IPA. Also good.
There were so many beers on tap here, a good thing. At this point Dan took over the bar for the rest of our visit, and that was a good thing too. He was very friendly and was great about filling us in on his opinions about the tap list and the rest of the beer scene in the SE.
I had the Heathen Son of Malice IPA next and it was really good. Dan gave a taste of some of the other IPAs on the list, but the Heathen was good enough for a second round. We were both drinking half pours here, which is excellent on a long day with so many great beers to try.
Overall, after an odd start, we really enjoyed our visit here and would return on a future trip. Can't decide if it was first or second favorite of our four stops.
06-09-2013 16:43:25 | More by rikatine
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Seems we were here for a beer, was it yesterday? Yes, yesterday, yes. One and out with the elusive Ryan, brother of Jon, as the former was tight on time, and the latter proclaimed, “I don’t want to hang in a Quonset hut”. So, revisited, as long as we’re in the ‘hood. Catty from the center of the sour universe...
Oh, false doors. How the fuck do you get in? Wait, no, not here either. Wandered far enough down the block to find the way in through the vestibule entrance. Industrial space with concrete floorings, a garage door on a forward cinder block wall, and elsewhere, yellow crème walls over black lowers, and pillars & trims. Vaulted ceilings with rafters & planks, a rear skylight, ductwork, drop candy corn lamps, & spinnys. An Anchor OSA banner hanging (reminder of past pain), a large Paulaner flagging from ceiling to near floor, a few logo pieces, some brewery signage riddled about, and a dangling wood swing with a mannequin.
To one side, something of a backwards ‘J’ shaped concrete topped bar with a slat wood base and seating for 18 on hightop stools. Barback is a rounded corner piece with a wrapping row of 20 taps below a row of tap handles that may or may not correlate with each other (No, they do not). Groups of 5, mostly, wait, that’s 18, oh, 2 hand pumps further along the bar makes 20, okay. On the end of the bar, there’s a near full size cow piece extended in through a window from the next room. I think he’s wearing a ‘Silence of the Lambs’ mask, it’s kind of scary. Board behind the bar lists the tap selections on a pulley slide down board for updating ease, and shelved booze down below.
And to the rear of the room, a smaller straight wood bar with a few stools, but I think it’s more serve & leave. 30 taps on a long row on the barback wall, with a 4 x 6 board above listing tap selections. Off to the right of there, 5 house taps (Buckman Brewing) on the wall, and another board listing those selections.
Out across the room, 4 picnics in a row running towards the rear, 2 more vertical to the wall, 4 shortys to the bar behind me, & 2 more picnics in the far corner along windows on the brew room. Shirt & growler shelving rack in the rear corner, and a cooler in the front corner with bottles; Rogueings & more.
Through to the side room and guess what? The back end of that cow on a bar spur seating a handful. The kitchenings at large, some 3 sided bar counter space to the rear, and 10 tables mostly down a bit of a dead end hallway. And out the other side to an outside space holding 2 dozen+ mix & match tables shoved together as is needed. Strung lighting, trees, some tables umbrella’d, and light bar space with a smattering of taps. A small tin shed with (video) gaming upfront includes ‘Golden Tee’ Live (paging Mr. Richman, Mr. Richman to the white courtesy phone).
So, 5 house Buckman Brewery beers (Black Saison, Parnold Almer Ale, Jasmine Green Tea Mead, Chamomellow, Ginger), and 50 guest taps (20 beers up front and 30 to the rear). 40 of the 50 guest taps are American craft, with a heavy slant towards the west coast; 22 from Oregon (Klamath Basin, HUB, Southern Oregon, Terminal Gravity, Beer Valley, Flat Tail, Rogue, Lucky Lab, Fort George, Upright, Silver Moon, Gilgamesh, The Commons, Vertigo, Goodlife, Phat Matt’s, Caldera, Laurelwood, Oakshire), 7 from WA (Mt Tabor, Walking Man, Hale’s, Elysian, Fish, Everybody’s), 6 from CA (Russian River, Bear Republic, Lagunitas, Schooner’s, Anchor), and 5 others from regional elsewhere out and about. The other 10 of them are mostly imports, with a single each cider & root beer.
Phil started with Pliny the Elder (‘cause he could), and I did a repeat of yesterday’s Fort George Midnight Ryeder Rye CDA (that’s a black IPA to the rest of the civilized world). Mine was excellent. And a second beer; Phil, the Schooners Black IPA (which garnered a ‘meh’ on tasting), while I opted for the Oakshire Watershed IPA. It was a nice IPA. “It’s no Flower Power”, noted Phil, but really little is.
And Phil’s phood phinally phuckin’ showed up. The baked Cajun mac & cheese (a lil’ bit of heat, very nice), and the Belgian style fries; authentic, clearly, as they were served in a cone. Sorry, Phil, but if you’re going to insist on smoking, I have no choice but to woof on your fries (I’m the victim here). Was toying with foodings of my own, something called a ½ lb bacon Kobe cheeseburger (I would have made her my own), but alas, it was not to be.
Seems a younger crowd, so not really my scene, but I always dig an excellent tap selection. Need more time with this one. Makes for a good catty one-two.
11-28-2012 02:18:51 | More by slander
4.14/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
I've been to green dragon a few times on my trips to portland. It's been rec'd by friends in town and I've yet to be disappointed.
It's definitely a hipster atmosphere, but that doesn't bother me too much. I've never actually sat on the inside part of the bar, I've normally gone to the patio in the back. It's very relaxed back there.
It's never been a problem getting beers from either the wait staff or the bartenders. On top of that, they have a mammoth selection of taps. The key is going to the back of the inside bar to get at their biggest variety of taps.
I still have yet to have food from here. It's normally a stop after drinking+eating somewhere else. Its proximity to Cascade will always bring me back, but even then I'd still come back here as its a real quality place to grab a brew.
07-10-2012 17:03:39 | More by KDawg
4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was in Portland on vacation and had to check it out. It was pretty busy for a tuesday night. Considering how bust it was the service wasnt bad based on the nmber of staff they had working. The bar tenderes and servers where running the whole time i was there.
Beer selection was great, lots of tap and lots of bottles.
I do wish they had a cask set up but this is a new thing for many bar/ u.s. pubs.
I will tell you it get very loud as it gets busy.
All and all the food was good and the prices where not too high.
I would come back again.
10-09-2011 19:18:35 | More by sqquuee
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Probably the reason that Green Dragon tends to get polarizing reviews is that it has such great potential but somehow the service seems to get in the way. It's probably the best bar in town when it's not crowded. Once it starts filling, up, however, the service gets worse and worse. The selection is fantastic, however. Lots of interesting taps and they have a chalkboard listing the next beers that will up. Even though it is owned by Rogue, they don't tend to have more than one Rogue beer on tap (not that I'd mind). In my experience, the food tries too hard and shows that while the kitchen could be capable of producing better than average pub grub, we'll never know since they insist on overreaching on more ambitious fare. Still, their food is still no worse than your average bar. They've finally brewed their own beer as well which was pretty good. Overall, if you'd like a great selection of interesting beers and don't mind a bit of a wait then I'd heartily recommend Rogue particularly with its proximity to Cascade and Hair of the Dog.
06-19-2011 23:42:16 | More by bassoonoflunacy
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
A: I did not realize this place was nearly across the street from Cascade. Glad I saw it. Pretty quit inside. About 5 people at bar, not much socializing or beer talk at all.
Q: The quality of beer is good. Nothing uber rare but no crap either.
S: Service was ok. No rush for sure but she was also working by herself, running to the front and back to pur beer so I cant knock it.
S: Very well thought out selection. Everything from Terminal gravity Barleywine to Fort George Coffee Girl. Anyone would be happy with the selection.
F: We had some artichoke dip if I recall. It was mediocre.
05-17-2011 00:10:58 | More by barleywinefiend
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
across from the barrel house, behind the WWII style shed, sits Green Dragon. kind of cool that even though this is funded by rogue, there isn't rogue branding all over the place. fairly crowded on a wednesday night, there are a lot of picnic-like tables with people playing board games and two bars (one main, one totally empty back bar). tap list wasn't stellar, but was way better than average, and unlike other reviewers, our server/bartender was outstanding. actually the main reason i came on here to review. attentive and knowledgeable (like everywhere else i went in Portland) with honest opinion thrown in when i asked about a few things. food was good, but the $17 burger wasn't quite a $17 burger. overall, a cool, mellow and unchallenging spot with good service. may be that there are more "happening" places around, but i still had a good time, and was happy about how easy this place was. a good choice if you want to try a lot of different beers (50 taps?) while in Portland.
04-03-2011 13:26:10 | More by timtim
3.23/5 rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Was kind of excited to check this place out but walking in at 9 pm put a damper on my spirits.
The place was packed for good reason- the taplist was pretty bad ass. As I checked out the list 2 brews jumped out at me- blue dot and ten fiddy on nitro. Both kegs were drained. Got a Gordon which was great.
Service was way understaffed and frankly sucked goat cock. Selection was rad and the place was cool. Worth stopping by for one or two. Cascade barrel house is literally across the street. Kill two birds with one stone.
02-13-2011 07:57:06 | More by clonebrewer
4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went to the Green Dragon to meet up with a family member and have a few beers on a casual Wednesday. I believe Wednesday was a pint night, because my bill was surprisingly low. The place seems a little run-down at first glance, but it is a working brewpub and has the feel of one. Kegs are everywhere and you feel like you are in the middle of the action. The food we got with our first beers was simple bar food but satisfying nonetheless. The beer selection on tap was amazing, with a big dry-erase board showing what they had available. I had Pliny the Elder, along with about 3-4 other delicious beers, leaving me in a state of euphoria. The atmosphere lends itself to getting carried away in conversation with those you are with, along with the beer, and we had a blast just sitting and watching the waitresses update the dry-erase board as kegs emptied and were cycled. The waitress was a little dry, but wanted to make sure you knew what beers you were getting, to maximize your enjoyment.
Relative: I guess I will have a pint of "RandomBeer".
Waitress: Are you really set on that one or are you just settling?
Waitress: Well let's talk this out and find one you think you will actually enjoy.
And that's what this place is all about. Good beer, no frills, at a reasonable price. I will be making a return visit.
11-08-2010 04:04:51 | More by MagyarPuska
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