The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
Taps: 62 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-28-2012 02:18:51 | More by slander
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
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).
11-02-2007 15:46:51 | More by John_M
3.9/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
A: I did not realize this place was nearly across the street from Cascade. Glad I saw it. Pretty quit inside. About 5 people at bar, not much socializing or beer talk at all.
Q: The quality of beer is good. Nothing uber rare but no crap either.
S: Service was ok. No rush for sure but she was also working by herself, running to the front and back to pur beer so I cant knock it.
S: Very well thought out selection. Everything from Terminal gravity Barleywine to Fort George Coffee Girl. Anyone would be happy with the selection.
F: We had some artichoke dip if I recall. It was mediocre.
05-17-2011 00:10:58 | More by barleywinefiend
4.16/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
04-10-2008 02:42:13 | More by GJ40
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
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...
02-17-2008 04:23:54 | More by msubulldog25
4.06/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
08-24-2008 14:22:00 | More by jdense
The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub in Portland, OR
88 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.