The Green Dragon Bistro & Pub

The Green Dragon Bistro & PubThe Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
BA SCORE
75.7%
Liked This Place
3.94 w/ 70 Ratings
The Green Dragon Bistro & PubThe Green Dragon Bistro & Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

928 SE 9th Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97214-2305
United States

(503) 517-0660 | map
pdxgreendragon.com

Notes:
Owned by Rogue Brewery as of November 2008.

Sunday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am

Added by msubulldog25 on 11-02-2007

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
70
Liked:
53
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
11.93%
 
 
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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of stumac
4.89/5  rDev +24.1%
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

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of madtappers
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of cptbenjamin
4.53/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jtosch
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of okatetsu
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Hobbit
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of cd34
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BeerZack
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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).

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Photo of frankm
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been to the Green Dragon 3 times in the past two weeks, and can't wait to go again. They have 18 handles, and really rotate them. For instance I was in on a Thursday; went back on Sunday, and 12 of the 18 taps had changed. I was told that hey have had over 175 different beers there in just over 3 months.
One of the things that really impressed me was that they cater to some of the smaller breweries that have trouble in other establishments in getting a space for their product. No Widmer, Bridgeport, Deschuttes, or Full Sail. Each is a fine brewery, but you can go anywhere in town for those beers or to their pubs.
Last night I had...Mia and Pia's Barleywine Bourbon Barrel, Lagunitas Lumpy Gravy, Cascade's Tempter Triple, Hopworks Abdominable, and Terminal Gravity's Strong.
I enjoyed each and every one, but...if I go back next week those beers will be gone and others will be in their place, so don't fall in love with any of them. Just one night flings.
Every Tuesday they are having a " Meet the Brewer " night at 6:00 P.M. They have an area set aside for it with some tap handles as well so the brewer can speak and we can sample. Their schedule for January/08 calls for Salmon Creek, Lazyboy, Amnesia, and Ninkasi.
Most pints are $ 4, and some of the higher alcohol beers are served in 8 oz glasses. The food menu features mussels, bread salad, soup, pate, and frites. Don't bother looking for chicken wings or nachos.
It's a non smoking establishment, has a full bar, ( which features a gin that is distilled on premises ), and a decent wine list, ( I am taking my companion's word on this...I didn't look at the list...she did, passed, but said it looked good to her ).
3 pinball machines, an area for music, on street parking, and they shut down at 11 most nights.
The service can be a bit spotty because the servers have to write most things down by hand. Also the place is catching on, and can really fill up. I would advise asking for your check quite a while before you are prepared to leave, ( maybe as you order your last round ), or to be patient. I found the staff to be friendly, and most know their product thoroughly, and if they don't...they will get some other member to come over and answer your questions.

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Photo of aobrehm
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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.).

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Photo of deeplennon
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Quick note, though though the beer board cites 8oz pours, those beers were actually poured in 12oz belgian glassware for our party (though they were not belgian or belgian style). Based on other reviews it's possible your experience may vary.

Love the atmosphere here, it's the kind of place high rents prevent from ever happening in Seattle. Very very Portland laid back, if this was my local I'd be happy. Large space but not intimidating. I'd guess 150 could be in here comfortably. Looks like they have a very nice brewing system in the back, though they haven't used it in a year and a half? Odd; hopefully that changes.

19 taps on at my visit, mostly local with many seasonals. Had a strange dark wit from Ft. George that I'd rather forget, but I'm happy to have had the chance to learn that :). Good balance of hoppy and malty beers and of course "no crap on tap". Okay, they did have a Lindeman's fake lambic on. Food was pretty avg ( Pork sliders and a brat) but the setting doesn't suggest it should be more than that. Very cool place.

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Photo of Stigs
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tylerstravis
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of sqquuee
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was in Portland on vacation and had to check it out. It was pretty busy for a tuesday night. Considering how bust it was the service wasnt bad based on the nmber of staff they had working. The bar tenderes and servers where running the whole time i was there.

Beer selection was great, lots of tap and lots of bottles.

I do wish they had a cask set up but this is a new thing for many bar/ u.s. pubs.

I will tell you it get very loud as it gets busy.

All and all the food was good and the prices where not too high.

I would come back again.

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Photo of GJ40
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

They ran out of pint glasses so we got a random assortment of stemware. Bar itself didn't do much in terms of character, and my first beer was such a dud I was questioning the quality. Fortunately turned out to be a meh beer not a quality control issue.

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Photo of KDawg
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of slander
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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