If, for whatever reason, you wish to reduce your consumption of alcohol, then frankly speaking, Sapporo is probably not the best place for you.  However if, like myself, you are one of the millions out there who love nothing more than relaxing with a nice cold beer in the company of good friends, then Sapporo is beyond perfection.  In Sapporo, beer is not just merely drunk, it is celebrated.


The number of bars importing beers from around the globe appears to be increasing and there seems to be a much wider choice than when I first moved here ten years ago.  You will find yourself well and truly spoilt for choice and I believe it would be impossible to ever experience all that this great city has to offer.


One of my regular haunts is ‘Hapisuke’, a cosy café and bar that can be found on Gyoukei Douri, a charming street in the Yamahana area of Chuo-ku.  One of the things that I find important to consider when looking for a place to enjoy your beers is atmosphere and this is something that ‘Hapisuke’ never fails to deliver.  They have a menu that changes throughout the year, ensuring that customers are never bored and the drink menu offers a variety of bottled beers and spirits along with the occasional guest beer.  ‘Hapisuke’ is a warm and friendly place, run by Daisuke and his wife, Mika, who both do an excellent job making everyone feel welcome.


Another place that offers an amazing atmosphere is Kalahana, a bar that can be found on the 7th block of Tanuki Koji and offers a fabulous selection of draft beers along with the unusual addition of draft cider.  This bar is run by another Daisuke, who also does a great job keeping his customers well and truly satisfied.  You’d be forgiven for pondering whether all the Daisukes in Sapporo are full of warmth and welcome, but it’s not just the Daisukes as it seems that most people running the establishments here are eager to please the people that pass through their doors.  This is something that helps make Sapporo a very comfortable place to live in.


After the snow of the long winter has finally melted, it isn’t long before the beer lovers of Sapporo start counting the days until the Odori Park Summer Beer Festival.  Anyone who considers the Japanese to be shy and quiet will be proven wrong at this exciting annual event.  Thousands gather at the blocks along Sapporo’s Odori Park to enjoy the beer and party with friends and strangers alike.  It’s not unusual to strike up new friendships and end up sharing beers and smiles with those you have just met.  This is one of the things that I love about Sapporo and the attitude that locals have towards drinking here is truly laudable.  Could this exemplary approach to drinking be connected in anyway to the beer tasting as good as it does?  Maybe I should get back to one of the many bars here and do a little more research…



もしなんらかの理由でお酒の飲む量を減らしたいなら、札幌はあなたには合わないかもしれません。でも、もしあなたが私のように大のビール好きだったら、札幌は最高の街です! 札幌では、ビールは単に飲むだけのものではなく、愉しむものです。




私がよく行くお店の一つは、中央区のチャーミングなエリア山鼻の行啓通にある、とても心地よいカフェ&バー ハピスケ舎です。私にとって、飲みに行く店を探す時に一番大切なのは、雰囲気です。そしてハピスケの雰囲気は最高! メニューは季節によって変わり続けるので、決して飽きることがありません。また、飲み物の種類も沢山あり、色々な瓶ビール、焼酎、ウィスキー、他にも時々登場するゲストビールもあり、私達を楽しませてくれます。ハピスケはフレンドリーで温かく、オーナーのダイスケさんと奥さんのミカさんは、お客さんを喜ばせるのが上手です。いつ行ってもとてもウェルカムな気分になります。


もう一つの素晴らしい雰囲気のお店を紹介しましょう。それは狸小路7丁目にあるカラハナです。ここでは色々なドラフトビールとシードルが楽しめます。このバーを経営している方もダイスケさん(笑) カラハナのダイスケさんもお客さんをとても大切にしています。札幌にいるダイスケという名前の人だけがフレンドリーで優しいとお考えでしょう。それは勘違い。ほとんどの札幌のお店の人はこんな感じでフレンドリーです。だから札幌はすごく住みやすい街なんです。