Nightlife in Sapporo

By NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR for travel.navitime on Mar 14, 2018

Sapporo is known for its brewery and whisky, so it’s not surprising that it also has an electric nightlife, especially in the Susukino area. As one of the biggest cities in Japan, there’s a range of bars that range from quirky to sophisticated. It all depends on what you’re looking for.


A lot of people like beer, but if you love beer, then be sure to head to Beer Inn Mugishutei. Japan’s beer scene may seem abysmal to beer connoisseurs, since plain lager is the most popular beverage at most bars, but this bar is like an oasis in a desert of blandness. Originally founded by an American in 1980, Bar Inn Mugishutei has evolved to reflect America’s booming microbrewery scene. The menu at this bar is anything but normal, with IPAs, fruit beers, stouts, saisons, and more from some of the best breweries in the world. For example, they are one of the few locations in Japan that carries Lost Coast Brewery’s Indica IPA, an intensely hoppy IPA with a floral finish. It would be hard to name all the beers they have in stock and on their rotating taps, because they have over 300 beers available at any given time. They also pride themselves on their wide selection of Tequila.

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They food menu is also not disappointing for people wanting a taste of home, including burgers, fish and chips, and other bar staples starting at around 600 yen. This bar does have a cover charge of 900 yen, but their website says that they’ll wave the fee if you let them know it’s your first time visiting. Beer prices also start at around 600 yen, which is a steal considering the variety of beers available here are incredibly difficult to find in Japan.

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For a low-key drink, you may want to check out Jazz Cafe Bossa. The walls are lined with thousands of records, posters, and autographs from famous jazz artists, giving this place a cozy atmosphere. During the day, Bossa acts as a coffee shop and restaurant with affordable pasta set menus for 880 yen. People looking for a fast lunch or coffee in a cool shop should definitely stop by during the day. By night, Bossa becomes a bar with wine, cocktails, beer, and spirits. The records on the wall aren’t just there for decoration. Throughout the day, you can hear different selections and even make requests if you’re feeling brave.

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Another interesting spot is The Craft in central Sapporo. Its rustic interior and excellent menu will be sure to draw you in. The Craft always has 33 beers on tap to offer guests a great selection. Along with their beer, this gastropub also has tapas, salads, pastas, and other dishes guaranteed to please even the pickiest of eaters. This is a really great place if you’re looking to have an upscale dining experience with a good selection of beers. Considering the quality of the food, the prices are relatively affordable, with dishes ranging from 800 yen to 1,400 yen for full meals. Be sure to swing by The Craft for a hearty dinner before hitting up the town for a night out.

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