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The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub

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The Green Dragon Bistro & PubThe Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
BA SCORE
88
very good

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
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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Photo of MagyarPuska
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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?
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.

Photo of madtappers
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

Photo of 100floods
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of Docer
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

Photo of squaremile
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of fairdinkum2
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of djbreezy
2.35/5  rDev -39.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3

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.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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.

Photo of portlandjeff
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

Photo of GreenCard
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of geographie
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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

Photo of deeplennon
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

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.

Photo of jdense
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of amsupafly
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

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.

Photo of GJ40
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 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.

Photo of BeerZack
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 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.

Photo of unklesyd
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Pretty easy to sum up:

Amazing selection of beers on tap at a reasonable price. I had La Folie and Avery's Maharaja. Plenty of other worthy choices at good rates.

Everything else was just, eh. Service was pretty non-existent. I waited at the bar and got eye contact with a few different people. Not rude, but not attentive either. The one waitress was quite indifferent to us being at a table with empty glasses and made no attempt to ask us if we'd like anything else.

Atmosphere was a hodge-podge. It felt like being in someone's garage who had amassed a bunch of beer related stuff. Big open warehouse with Cost-Plus World Market pub tables/chairs. Obnoxious overhead space heaters that made us uncomfortable after about 30 minutes. Good music selection playing.

Didn't try the food, but a look into the kitchen area would have steered us away even if we had planned to eat there. Seeing the food that was brought out was pretty unimpressive.

Too bad. For such a great beer selection, the rest of this establishment is supremely mediocre.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

***Update: Sept 2008***
New owners, friendlier and more attentive staff. Revised (but as good or better) food menu. In late summer 08, an adjacent outdoor space was leased to create a pseudo-biergarten, which will be great for the 4 months out of the year when the weather is nice enough to sit outdoors! These positive changes have led me to upgrade my Atmosphere score by .5 point and the service score a whole point (bringing it to 'average').

Love the ongoing 'Meet the Brewer' nights, held almost every Tuesday...and occasionally on other nights, too. Have tried some terrific (and sometimes quite obscure) brews from all over the NW at these events.

Rumor has it, the brewery will be up and running shortly (best wishes, Corey...)

***Original Review: Feb 2008***
This new beer bar opened it's doors in early Fall 2007 in the remodeled location of the short-lived Yamhill Brewing Company; future plans for Green Dragon include a full-fledged brewing operation to start sometime in 2008. This inner eastside location, blocks from the Morrison Bridge, is on the fringe of an industrial area, but also near many SE Portland neighborhoods, bus lines, etc. More importantly, it's 'stumbling distance' proximity to SE pubs like Lucky Labrador and Roots leads to the area's unofficial designation as 'Beer-muda Triangle'. Clever...

The building is a non-descript concrete structure (painted a Northwest shade of moss green), marked only with the 'Green Dragon' logo above the garage door entrance and a small signboard on the sidewalk. Inside is fairly minimalist and rather eclectic: bare concrete floors, a mix of painted walls, wood panels, stone tiles and glass blocks. It's actually two spaces: a modest dining room and, in a voluminous adjacent space, a lengthy wooden bar. The dining space holds a scattering of tables, a small bar (including morning pastries and coffee), a narrow side room and a partially open kitchen. Several windows offer views into the distillery next door and into the cavernous warehouse beyond, where the future brewery is well underway. The larger bar is really an extension of an that warehouse, with large beer signs and a backdrop of hundreds of stacked kegs. More bare concrete means the huge space is c-o-l-d in the winter, and that chill spills over to the dining room - bring a jacket. But I bet it'll be nice in the summer...especially when that tall garage door opens up...

The beers: quality is high and selection is superb. Never the same twice, the list of 20 taps is constantly rotating. Recent visits included tastes of Ninkasi, Deschutes, New Old Lompoc, Heater-Allen, among others. There are several menu boards, hand-written and including prices and sizes, both of which vary according to strength and availability. The beauty here is in that ever-changing list of quality brews. Prices vary from the reasonable $4 pint on up to $6-8 (or more) for the rarest imports or limited releases. Selections are balanced between Belgians and local NW breweries.

Food is a little better than 'average' pub food on all levels. heaping bowls full of Belgian mussels, cones full of frites (with delicious curry sauce for dipping), spicy Cajun meatloaf sandwiches and (my favorite) the gruyere-crusted, smoked salmon and caper laden Croque Madame. Salads and soups are good. Prices are reasonable at lunch (generally $10 or less for a hearty meal) but jump a few bucks at dinnertime.

Service has been average at best..and this HAS been consistent EVERY visit. On busy nights this could be forgiven, but on slow Saturday afternoons, we've sat for minutes for any service at all, watched staff chatting idly while food/drink sat waiting, and generally felt unwelcome on more than one occasion. I've had to get our silverware and napkins, grab coasters, request tables be wiped down a second time (with a mildew-smelling rag - gross!). And though indirectly service-related, the bathrooms have a sickeningly sweet cleaning product smell that wafts into the dining room and my wife tells me the soap dispenser and toilet paper supplies are severely lacking in the ladies room. Having these kinds of problems still occurring after 5 months in business shouldn't be accepted. I hope to be able to revise this review at some point, but for now service needs some serious improvement; it's actually bad enough that we've walked out once for dinner and have gone to Green Dragon less frequently than should be warranted by their excellent beer and food offerings.

Certainly worth a visit for the beer alone, just don't expect a charming 'pub' atmosphere...or an overly warm reception...

Photo of frankm
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been to the Green Dragon 3 times in the past two weeks, and can't wait to go again. They have 18 handles, and really rotate them. For instance I was in on a Thursday; went back on Sunday, and 12 of the 18 taps had changed. I was told that hey have had over 175 different beers there in just over 3 months.
One of the things that really impressed me was that they cater to some of the smaller breweries that have trouble in other establishments in getting a space for their product. No Widmer, Bridgeport, Deschuttes, or Full Sail. Each is a fine brewery, but you can go anywhere in town for those beers or to their pubs.
Last night I had...Mia and Pia's Barleywine Bourbon Barrel, Lagunitas Lumpy Gravy, Cascade's Tempter Triple, Hopworks Abdominable, and Terminal Gravity's Strong.
I enjoyed each and every one, but...if I go back next week those beers will be gone and others will be in their place, so don't fall in love with any of them. Just one night flings.
Every Tuesday they are having a " Meet the Brewer " night at 6:00 P.M. They have an area set aside for it with some tap handles as well so the brewer can speak and we can sample. Their schedule for January/08 calls for Salmon Creek, Lazyboy, Amnesia, and Ninkasi.
Most pints are $ 4, and some of the higher alcohol beers are served in 8 oz glasses. The food menu features mussels, bread salad, soup, pate, and frites. Don't bother looking for chicken wings or nachos.
It's a non smoking establishment, has a full bar, ( which features a gin that is distilled on premises ), and a decent wine list, ( I am taking my companion's word on this...I didn't look at the list...she did, passed, but said it looked good to her ).
3 pinball machines, an area for music, on street parking, and they shut down at 11 most nights.
The service can be a bit spotty because the servers have to write most things down by hand. Also the place is catching on, and can really fill up. I would advise asking for your check quite a while before you are prepared to leave, ( maybe as you order your last round ), or to be patient. I found the staff to be friendly, and most know their product thoroughly, and if they don't...they will get some other member to come over and answer your questions.

Photo of grumpy
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The last thing I needed ….. another worthy beer destination on my visits to Portland. If two visits are any indication, this will become a must-stop. Housed in the old Yamhill Brewing building (and Portland beergeeks know that crazy saga), this place is an oasis in a less-than appealing warehouse district. Just a few blocks from Lucky Lab, if you are inclined.

The bistro is located in the smaller section of the building, while the bar is located in the old production area from Yamhill days. The brewing equipment is now housed at the end of the structure, adjacent to the bistro. Plans are to be online and brewing in the near future. I understand that their head brewer is one of four people chosen to brew this year’s Samiclaus in Austria. Without knowing how the brewers are chosen, that seems pretty impressive. There are currently about 20 guest taps, or so, and the intent is to continue to have several guest taps after their own beer goes live.

The atmosphere is rather massive and spartan in the bar area, while the bistro side is smaller and a bit cozier. Wait – did I say “cozier?” I meant “freezing ass cold” on these two late October visits. Apparently, they are still working on some HVAC issues. The service was friendly and efficient in the bar area on a rather crowded Friday night, ditto on a Sunday morning after they had just opened. Of course, we were the only ones there, so make of that what you will.

The food was pretty good. We had a wild rice/chicken crepe dish and the Tuscan bread salad. Certainly, they are aiming for a step or two above pub grub, and I know some people have to have pub grub with their beer.

Oh yeah, the most important thing – the beer. The highlights on tap included 2006 J.W. Lee’s, Laurelwood Deranger Red, Abbye de Rocs Tripel Imperiale, Clinton Street Captured by Porches IPA, and Ninkasi Tricerahops.

I hope this place is successful. I know I’ll be back.

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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is a welcome addition to the area, located not far at all from the old (now closed) Rose & Raindrop pub.

My understanding is that the Green Dragon is located in the old Yamhill brewery, and that the plan is for GD to brew their own beers on site soon and offer them along with the current, stellar guest beer line-up.

This place has only been open a few months I believe and undoubtedly there are still a few kinks that need to be worked out. The first evening I visited it was quite cold inside, as apparently the heat had not yet been hooked up. The place has the feel of a large old warehouse, with high ceilings and wood walls. While a bit stark at the present time, the atmosphere is pleasant enough and the staff friendly. This is a comfortable place to hang out and have a beer. Service has been a bit slow the two times I've visited, though they were pleasant enough and seemed pretty knowledgeable. At present the bottle selection is no better then fair, but the draft list is so outstanding I hardly cared. The first time I was there the selection included the 2006 JW Lee, Racer X, La Rulles Estival and Deranger Red. I think there were roughly 20 tap handles, and the selection was diverse, interesting and obviously quite well thought out. Food appears to be a work in progress. Last time I was there I ordered the frites, and was told it was the last order available that evening (this was early evening on a Sunday).

The Green Dragon looks to be a great place, one I'm sure to visit often whenever I'm back in Portland. The only real fly in the ointment is the price for the food and beer here. I think my frites were around $5 for an average at best portion, and my half pint of Deranger Red was the same. Generally, beer and food prices struck me as a bit on the high side, though given their outstanding selection, that won't keep me from coming back.

This is a very solid addition to the already outstanding Portland beer scene.

5/2/11 update. Had not been here in some time, and not at all since Rogue took this place over. Frankly, I didn't feel as if the place has changed very much, though there are considerably more tap handles than before (50 all told I believe - 20 in the front and 30 in the back). Selection was still very, very good, and service was pleasant enough. Got the frites again, and they were pretty much the same as before. I was here during happy hour, so the cost for them was only $3. Food doesn't really seem to be the srong suit here, but everything I've had so far has been more than tolerable. As for price, my pint of Upright wit was $4.75. Shrug. As before, I thought this a very solid place and excellent addition to Portland's beer scene. Not really sure I quite understand some of the more negative reviews... though granted I was here on a Sunday afternoon (still a decent size crowd though).

The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub in Portland, OR
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.