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The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub

Not Rated.
The Green Dragon Bistro & PubThe Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
BA SCORE
88
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 djbreezy
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
Photo of amsupafly
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
Photo of squaremile
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
Photo of Docer
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
Photo of geographie
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
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
Photo of portlandjeff
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
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

This is practically across the street from Cascade Barrel House so we decided to stop in and check it out. The place is absolutely huge. Multiple rooms, lots of bar space with community sitting and tables mixed throughout the main room.

The tap list is impressive if you are not a local. Even though is owned by Rouge, you will only find a handful of their beers on tap. It is mostly local offering, however, the quality of those local offerings is average. The service was spotty, as I think we caught them at a weird time (3pm) and the one waitress seemed to be running around and then occasionally having to tend to the bar.

Overall, enjoyed my time there, but I wouldn't make it a point to stop in again if back in Portland.

nmann08, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

kamikazeokami, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

atpca, Jul 16, 2014
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
Photo of GreenCard
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

artoolemomo, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

SickBrew, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of fairdinkum2
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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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 msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

***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...

msubulldog25, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of rikatine
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
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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

anteater, Oct 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

JScoot, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bumchilly25, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

dshansen1184, Sep 22, 2014
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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
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Erik-P, Apr 05, 2014
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The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub in Portland, OR
88 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.