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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

34 Reviews
Reviews: 34
Visits: 66
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: n/a
Taps: 62
Bottles: 40
Cask: N
[ 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:
Place added by: msubulldog25 on 11-02-2007

Owned by Rogue Brewery as of November 2008.

Sunday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
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Photo of slander
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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. (4,681 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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). (2,857 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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. (592 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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... (4,620 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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. (1,684 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
2.35/5  rDev -39%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.89/5  rDev +27%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

So it's the Green Dragon pub with the Buckman Brewery inside of it and it's apparently all owned by Rogue? Well whatever it is, it was great. Great environment, selection, knowledgable bartenders. I dig it (205 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

About 55 brews on tap with six or so of them brewed in-house. Great and varied selection. Good service and nice place with beer memorabilia all over the place. Well worth stopping in and grabbing a few. (202 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of squaremile
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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. (989 characters)

Photo of KDawg
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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. (803 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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. (736 characters)

Photo of madtappers
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of bassoonoflunacy
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of rikatine
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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. (1,730 characters)

Photo of Docer
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
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. (1,626 characters)

Photo of portlandjeff
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (3,871 characters)

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4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,060 characters)

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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,929 characters)

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4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

The Green Dragon is one of my favorite beer bars in Portland. Despite consistently having 55+ beers on tap and dozens more available in bottles/cans, they don't attract quite the crowds that places like Horse Brass or Belmont Station do. If you want to spread out or even play a board game at your table, that will fly here.
They have a small production brewery that is used by both Buckman Botanical Brewery and Green Dragon Brew Crew use (expect 5+ of their beers to be on tap at all times). They are also owned by Rogue, so expect to see some Rogue presence (products for sale, beers on tap, etc.). (601 characters)

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The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub in Portland, OR
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