The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
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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
4.55/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
10-20-2010 23:24:39 | More by madtappers
4.4/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
04-01-2008 17:12:34 | More by BeerZack
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
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).
11-02-2007 15:46:51 | More by John_M
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
12-24-2007 22:43:03 | More by frankm
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
The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub in Portland, OR
88 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.