The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
Taps: 62 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
2.35/5 rDev -39.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
This is hands down the worst place to grab a beer in Portland. The staff are awful. Their attitudes suck and their service is even worse.
The customers who frequent this place are unknowledgeable wannabe beer geek snobs. I've run into more arrogant pricks here than any other beer bar in Portland.
The food is mediocre. I've had everything from undercooked chicken to the wrong order.
I don't like Rogue beers. I don't like the Green Dragon. I've come back here over a dozen times in hopes that I'll have a good experience. It is a constant letdown.
I like the atmosphere but once people start entering it, it goes to shit.
And to mention the beer...I don't think 60 taps of average crap is the way to run a bar. It's the Rogue approach to business to a T.
03-12-2010 05:47:03 | More by djbreezy
2.78/5 rDev -28.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
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.
08-12-2008 20:42:37 | More by amsupafly
2.78/5 rDev -28.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
When this place first opened I went a bunch and loved it. The servers were great, the atmosphere was first class, and the beer was exceptional. Since Rogue took over this place has really taken a shit. What the heck is going on with the management of this place? There are never enough servers, the taplist is always inaccurate, and despite having 40 taps, I'd say 38 of them are always just mediocre beers. The other two are special but things you can get anywhere else in town.
This place has so much potential especially since they started brewing their own stuff, but I almost never go in there anymore due to the rest of the package.
03-14-2010 05:50:12 | More by squaremile
2.78/5 rDev -28.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
05-12-2010 04:11:12 | More by Docer
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
01-05-2009 01:33:07 | More by geographie
3.23/5 rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 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.
02-13-2011 07:57:06 | More by clonebrewer
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.
I've giving this place plenty of chances since my last review, but last night I think they finally lost me. They had a beer on their board called "new belgium wild sour". Sour beers are one of my favorite styles, and I thought I was pretty familiar with every sour beer that New Belgium has put out, so I asked the bartender if that was the actual name of the beer they were serving. He said "yes" and then started trying to give me a newbies run down of sour beer. I interrupted him to let him know that I was really familiar with sour beer styles, and I was only really curious about the specific name of the beer that they were serving, and he kept going:
"they actually add BACTERIA to the beer.... you'd be surprised, new belgium does more than just fat tire!"
Dude, I know, I just told you that. I spewed off a list of sour beers that I've had from new belgium, and other places to get the point across, and then mentioned again, that I had never heard of "wild sour" so I was just trying to clear up the name. He continued:
"another one they do is "la folie".
Dude, I know, I just told you I've had la folie, and le terrior, and erics ale, and the bottleworks anniversary sour, etc... before. Yet he continued:
"There are some other breweries that make sour beers too, have you ever heard of cascade?"
YES DUDE. Are you def? stoned? or stupid?
Anyway, after looking around online to figure out what the hell it was that I actually did drink, it was New Belgium Fall Wild Ale.
So I got some snobby condescending beer 101 lecture from a guy who wasn't listening to a thing I was saying, who was sure I was ignorant about wild ales and the name of the beer I was drinking, and it turned out the one thing I wanted to know, he was wrong about.
Also, he was too slow to get our drink orders at the bar, so another bartender got them for us, when he finally came by and asked if we wanted anything else, and I told him that someone else had gotten it, he made us feel really uncomfortable about not placing the last order with him.
11-21-2009 03:42:20 | More by portlandjeff
3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
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.
06-19-2011 23:42:16 | More by bassoonoflunacy
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