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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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Photo of olympuszymurgus
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
Photo of madtappers
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Mebuzzard, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

jtosch, Mar 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

okatetsu, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Hobbit, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of BeerZack
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
Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

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).

John_M, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of frankm
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

frankm, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of deeplennon
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Stigs, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

seanchai, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

tylerstravis, Feb 24, 2014
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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 GJ40
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
Photo of KDawg
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 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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4.07/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

spoony, Jan 10, 2014
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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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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

unklesyd, Mar 09, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

grumpy, Nov 05, 2007
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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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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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The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub in Portland, OR
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