The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
2.78/5 rDev -28.7%
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.
03-14-2010 05:50:12 | More by squaremile
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-13-2010 21:00:17 | More by fairdinkum2
2.35/5 rDev -39.7%
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.
03-12-2010 05:47:03 | More by djbreezy
4.7/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
01-30-2010 01:28:56 | More by olympuszymurgus
3.3/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
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.
11-21-2009 03:42:20 | More by portlandjeff
3.65/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
03-28-2009 01:55:47 | More by GreenCard
3.05/5 rDev -21.8%
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
01-05-2009 01:33:07 | More by geographie
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
11-29-2008 05:58:22 | More by deeplennon
4.06/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
08-24-2008 14:22:00 | More by jdense
2.78/5 rDev -28.7%
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.
08-12-2008 20:42:37 | More by amsupafly
The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub in Portland, OR
88 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.