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The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub

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The Green Dragon Bistro & PubThe Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
BA SCORE
89
very good

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Taps: 62
Bottles: 40
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

928 SE 9th Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97214-2305
United States
phone: (503) 517-0660

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @pdxgreendragon

Notes:
Owned by Rogue Brewery as of November 2008.

Sunday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am

(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 11-02-2007)
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

seanchai, Dec 31, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +2%

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.

rikatine, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of slander
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

slander, Nov 28, 2012
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4.14/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

KDawg, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of sqquuee
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

sqquuee, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of bassoonoflunacy
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

bassoonoflunacy, Jun 20, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

barleywinefiend, May 17, 2011
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

timtim, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of clonebrewer
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

clonebrewer, Feb 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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?
Relative: 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.

MagyarPuska, Nov 08, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +16.4%

Finally made it to this PDX legend today. Got to say the tap list was amazing, beers from all over the US and rare stuff for even Portland.

Even though it is now owned by Rogue, it didn't have a "rogue feel" to it.

Bartender new his beer and was more than happy to pour samples and suggest beers to try. As I am a fresh hop beers fan, this was a cool place to be, they had 4 or 5 ob tap the day I was there.

Wasn't to busy when I was there, but it was 1130 am on a Wednesday.

Got to go there once even if your an anti-Rogue person.

madtappers, Oct 21, 2010
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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%

Went there on the reccomendation of a friend. Coicidentally it was a few blocks away from a friend's house where I was staying. The space was HUGE. It reminded me a bigger version of SF's Ziegiest, as far as space goes. I must gave come on a slow night, the place was reletively empty and there seemed to be a lot of staff for such a slow night, nonetheless, they were friendly, and one guy even commented on my YOB shirt. The beer selection was overwhelming. 39 beers split between to sets of bars. Both bars had the selections written on a white board and numbered. It was a little tacky, but the beer is gonna be doing all the talking. I was glad to see a lot of oregon beers represented along with a few other selections. First choice of Hopworks IPA, spectacular. This place definitely did a good job repesenting the state's beer talent. It's for sure a little daunting to walk in a see so many selections and limit yourself to just a few. They also provided a few board games and such. Didn't try the food. I like the set up, just wish it wasn't so dead.

100floods, Jun 20, 2010
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2.78/5  rDev -28.9%

First time there tonight... went to meet a friend for his birthday... so I brought my GF and her daughter... the place we could sit had a "no minors" sign. The larger bar half had a "minors allowed" sing... but quite the opposite.

- Overall it's just a box with an old scrudgy kitchen... some neo hippies, white zombie rockers, and a dude working... a bar, and a back bar w/ a killer taplist. Kind of dark... and out of the way.

- Service plain sucked... but when it came time to pay... all of a sudden the service took a turn. Pretty lame. I know the guy was cool an all... and maybe he was just used to some pretty lame customers who dine and dash, steal beer... or just are plain hippy teva wearing slobs... but that's no excuse.. I was there to drop $60.

- Decent food... some different... but one hell of a tap selection. The beer selection is great... and you can even get some basic cocktails too.. but overall plain.

- Food was actually great. Loved my buffalo burger and fries... the meat was good, and nice and pink... the GF had the cod fish 'n chips... was good... and the daughter the basic kobe burger which she really liked.

- Overall a bit expensive, and the service sucked. All must have been on opiates.. or just dreading another night of lunatic SE PDX hippies tearing the place apart and stealing beer. The attitudes of the servers must be a direct result of the customers/consumers. However the group sitting next to us discussing books and politics was interesting enough... restored my faith in Portlanders... they are all not serious basket case liberal left wing dingbats. One was though... lol.

Docer, May 12, 2010
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2.78/5  rDev -28.9%

When this place first opened I went a bunch and loved it. The servers were great, the atmosphere was first class, and the beer was exceptional. Since Rogue took over this place has really taken a shit. What the heck is going on with the management of this place? There are never enough servers, the taplist is always inaccurate, and despite having 40 taps, I'd say 38 of them are always just mediocre beers. The other two are special but things you can get anywhere else in town.

This place has so much potential especially since they started brewing their own stuff, but I almost never go in there anymore due to the rest of the package.

squaremile, Mar 14, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Can't say my first impression of The Green Dragon was very favorable. Let me just say that it's pretty rustic - concrete floor, no real effort at turning industrial in to industrial chic. OK, so I'm here for the beer. I don't care what it looks like, so long as there's plenty of interesting beers. That's something The Green Dragon has. A front 19 and a back 30. Trouble is, it takes some time to get from one to the other and when I arrived their was just one bartender working both. A lot of muttering under the breath by patrons waiting to get served. Things started to pick up as other bar staff arrived on the scene.

Anyway, let's get to the beers. Great variety - tap, cask and nitro. All the basic food groups, right? Tried the Deschutes Jubel 2010 on tap. Rich, dark, sweet.

Lots of locals bellying up to the bar and happy to talk about the beers on tap as well as the other good beer pubs in the area.

I'd go again, but it would be on a pub crawl, not to settle in for a session.

fairdinkum2, Mar 13, 2010
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2.35/5  rDev -39.9%

This is hands down the worst place to grab a beer in Portland. The staff are awful. Their attitudes suck and their service is even worse.

The customers who frequent this place are unknowledgeable wannabe beer geek snobs. I've run into more arrogant pricks here than any other beer bar in Portland.

The food is mediocre. I've had everything from undercooked chicken to the wrong order.

I don't like Rogue beers. I don't like the Green Dragon. I've come back here over a dozen times in hopes that I'll have a good experience. It is a constant letdown.

I like the atmosphere but once people start entering it, it goes to shit.

And to mention the beer...I don't think 60 taps of average crap is the way to run a bar. It's the Rogue approach to business to a T.

djbreezy, Mar 12, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +20.2%

we arrived at this destination after leaving the upright brewery, which had started promising but ended annoyingly. desperate for redemption, we sauntered in expecting love. but love takes time. eventually, we started talking to the bartender katie who was excellent to us and much cooler than the cats from upright.
50 beers on tap, etc, etc. the food was pretty solid, the baked mac and cheese was excellent then and later. we played shuffleboard, engaged black mario, and drank excellent pac-nw beverages like fools would. we left with a growler of la folie, which no one should do, a few bottles of fred from the wood, which everyone should do, and a hug each from katie. thanks, green dragon. you're my friend.

olympuszymurgus, Jan 30, 2010
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3.3/5  rDev -15.6%

When the green dragon first opened, I was REALLY excited about checking it out. Despite the initial heater problems and everything else, I loved popping in and trying the beers on the list. As this place grew, changed ownership, and grew some more, some things have gotten better, and some worse.

I love the atmosphere here. It's in a real industrial part of town, and it doesn't look out of place. The decor is simple, but comfortable and relaxed. The outside space is huge too - and bike and dog friendly.

The quality of the beer is generally better than the quality of the food these days. Typically of any rogue place in my opinion.

Service depends on the server. Sometimes it's inexcusably slow and indifferent, and sometimes is fast, friendly, and accommodating. If they could work on things to move more in the direction of the latter, it would go a long way.

Selection has been pretty good. They have a lot more beer now than they used to, but the quality has slipped a bit I think.

The food is hit and miss here. I really like the buffalo chicken sandwich. The burgers have ranged from plain and dry to juicy and delicious. I'm not a picky eater, but there are better options for better prices in town.

The value is where the green dragon starts to lose me. When rogue took over, everything jumped a dollar or more in price. I also think the quality of the beers on the taplist has been less consistent, so a dollar or two more for beers that aren't as valuable as the old offerings can offend.

Still a really good place to drink beer in town, but there's room for improvement.

Like I said, I think rogue has done a lot of good for this place, and I know they're still working on it - but if they want to keep me coming (and charging me the way they are), they still have work to do.

****EDIT****

I've giving this place plenty of chances since my last review, but last night I think they finally lost me. They had a beer on their board called "new belgium wild sour". Sour beers are one of my favorite styles, and I thought I was pretty familiar with every sour beer that New Belgium has put out, so I asked the bartender if that was the actual name of the beer they were serving. He said "yes" and then started trying to give me a newbies run down of sour beer. I interrupted him to let him know that I was really familiar with sour beer styles, and I was only really curious about the specific name of the beer that they were serving, and he kept going:

"they actually add BACTERIA to the beer.... you'd be surprised, new belgium does more than just fat tire!"

Dude, I know, I just told you that. I spewed off a list of sour beers that I've had from new belgium, and other places to get the point across, and then mentioned again, that I had never heard of "wild sour" so I was just trying to clear up the name. He continued:

"another one they do is "la folie".

Dude, I know, I just told you I've had la folie, and le terrior, and erics ale, and the bottleworks anniversary sour, etc... before. Yet he continued:

"There are some other breweries that make sour beers too, have you ever heard of cascade?"

YES DUDE. Are you def? stoned? or stupid?

Anyway, after looking around online to figure out what the hell it was that I actually did drink, it was New Belgium Fall Wild Ale.

So I got some snobby condescending beer 101 lecture from a guy who wasn't listening to a thing I was saying, who was sure I was ignorant about wild ales and the name of the beer I was drinking, and it turned out the one thing I wanted to know, he was wrong about.

Also, he was too slow to get our drink orders at the bar, so another bartender got them for us, when he finally came by and asked if we wanted anything else, and I told him that someone else had gotten it, he made us feel really uncomfortable about not placing the last order with him.

Bummer.

portlandjeff, Nov 21, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

This place has a fantastic beer list that is regularly rotating, so everything is really fresh. They've got amazing beers from amazing NW and West-coast breweries, plus selections from across the country and the world (particularly Belgium and Germany).

Good events and good atmosphere. We went on a Sunday, when they have Bluegrass music. Nice, low-key vibe.

Service was a bit "laid back" (i.e.- slow).

Food is quite pricey. Like $8 for chicken wings! Or $5 for a fairly small paper cone of Belgian-style fries, which weren't really Belgian-style. They were pretty damn good, but not "Belgian". The beer is also a bit pricey at $4.75 for a pint or a higher-octane 8 oz glass. Not extortionate, just a little more expensive than other places.

Definitely a good place to go if you love beer and want to try a bunch of different kinds. These guys know what they're doing when it comes to keeping the quality high and the beers fresh.

GreenCard, Mar 28, 2009
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3.05/5  rDev -22%

Several months even before Portland's newest beer bar had opened up, I saw ads in the local paper, stickers and leaflets pasted on streetpoles, and there was a general buzz in the beer cosmos about Green Dragon. Hype, hype, hype. I hated it but if curiosity hadn't gotten the best of me, I wouldn't have ventured in here. My first visit was perhaps a month or two after the inception, January 2008. Then I returned, begrudgingly, about eight months later.

First of all, the aura of the place seems to be that of the cool kid that can't talk to you unless you prove yourself worthy - which really bugs me. From the logo to the industrial space to everyone talking about it and feeling cool just being there...grrr! Okay, lets get into the meat of the place. Their beer list is impressive, although they've been talking about brewing on premise ever since they opened and I have yet to see a beer they've brewed on tap. Lots of imperial and 'rare' (but actually not so rare) beers on the menu but not much that is really quaffable - think lots of flavor. I can dig that, if that's their thing. The service, pardon my French, is downright shit. The first time I waited 45 minutes just to be served a water, another 15 for a beer, and the server couldn't have been more rude about it. The second time, it took almost as long to get our bill. Their food, ironically, might be their saving grace. I shared a house-smoked pulled pork sandwich and rice & beans and both were pretty good for bar food. Excellent spice on the rice, nice portions, crispy fries - only complaint was the super soft bun, rendering the pulled pork more like a sloppy joe. Basic stuff here, but understandably easy to make crappy. The decor is industrial / beer paraphenelia - imagine a college kid really into beer that grew up and came upon a lot of money and still wanted their place to look like that cinder block dorm room. Lots of stickers and flags and posters. The light level was good but the acoustics were terrible. The best experience I had was with the very patient bartender, who gave plenty of samples and liked to talk about the beer.

Unlike Hopworks, the Green Dragon simply does not live up to its hype.

Reviewed October 6th, 2008

geographie, Jan 05, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

Quick note, though though the beer board cites 8oz pours, those beers were actually poured in 12oz belgian glassware for our party (though they were not belgian or belgian style). Based on other reviews it's possible your experience may vary.

Love the atmosphere here, it's the kind of place high rents prevent from ever happening in Seattle. Very very Portland laid back, if this was my local I'd be happy. Large space but not intimidating. I'd guess 150 could be in here comfortably. Looks like they have a very nice brewing system in the back, though they haven't used it in a year and a half? Odd; hopefully that changes.

19 taps on at my visit, mostly local with many seasonals. Had a strange dark wit from Ft. George that I'd rather forget, but I'm happy to have had the chance to learn that :). Good balance of hoppy and malty beers and of course "no crap on tap". Okay, they did have a Lindeman's fake lambic on. Food was pretty avg ( Pork sliders and a brat) but the setting doesn't suggest it should be more than that. Very cool place.

deeplennon, Nov 29, 2008
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4.06/5  rDev +3.8%

While the specialty brews may be a bit on the expensive size ($3 for 8 oz. of Leffe Golden), there is considerable value in the microbrews-$4 compared to Henry's $5.50 price gouge.

There are some innovative offerings like the Laughing Dog Huckeberry Cream Ale, and the Green Dragon has what may be the best outdoor beer garden in town. A bunch of new picnic tables, a few outdoor only tap offerings, and a dog friendly atmosphere made this virtual urban oasis a cool place to hang out on a summer afternoon.

The service was attentive enough, though I didn't try any of the food.

I can say that a more constant upgrade of the tap list on the webpage would be nice, it hasn't been updated in two months.

I would definitely go back here again, especially to enjoy the beer garden. Worth a visit when in Beervana.

EDIT- the tap list is now available online, and this may be one of the most bike-friendly taverns you'll ever find. On a sunny late Saturday afternoon, at least half of the patrons arrived on bikes, with the wall-mounted bike rack in the garden a nice touch.

Rogue should be commended for not be heavy handed once they took over, only one Rogue product on tap, and still maintains the cool Green Dragon feel.

jdense, Aug 24, 2008
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2.78/5  rDev -28.9%

My main qualm with the Green Dragon is the overall value, which I found to be low. Although a decent selection, most specialty beer is served in an 8 ounce glass for approximately $5 a glass--I've been to other pubs in Portland where I can find the same beer in a 12 ounce snifter for $4.50 (e.g. Anderson Valley's Brother David's Double is $5 for 8 ounces at Green Dragon, but only $4.50 for 12 ounces or $6.50 for 20 ounces at Bailey's Taproom downtown).

Additionally, my $9 buffalo burger was incredibly small--virtually no meat and was on one of those cheap, generic, store-bought buns. All the veggies were soggy and limp.

Our server was nice and friendly, but the service was very slow.

Ultimately, the atmosphere is pretty cool and the beer selection is good, but you can find better priced beer and much better food elsewhere.

amsupafly, Aug 12, 2008
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4.16/5  rDev +6.4%

I stopped in on a business trip to Portland. I'd heard about it for a while and have been meaning to give it a try.

The buzz, slick logo and website made me think it might be a pretentious, high end place but it was far from that. It was in an old industrial building in a hidden away area. It seemed to be all about the beer which I really like.

They have a good rotating selection of beer on tap. I'd guess maybe 20. I asked what had lots of hops and they suggested an Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA. It was very good.

I like the casual atmosphere and beer drinker's vibe. It wasn't truly compelling but it was a good stop.

GJ40, Apr 10, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

Arrived here late one night, the restaurant was closed but the bar was still going. Sparsely lit warehouse type space that just feels right to me. Fairly hip crowd, nice mix of ages. From what the waitress told me they were already brewing their beers there, but they just weren't serving them yet, so they might be a full-blown brewpub at this point already. The taps they did have were nice. At least 20 taps, mostly local or at least West Coast, with a few Belgians. Was a superb selection for an out-of-state visitor who doesn't come to Portland for Import beers (except maybe from WA, CA and ID). Service was fine, bartendress was laid-back and cool, would definitely recommend Sunday nights.

BeerZack, Apr 01, 2008
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The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub in Portland, OR
89 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.