dmittedly, this page is a little out of date. I haven't been in Sapporo for a good two years now, and without a doubt some of the places mentioned here don't exist anymore, or are running under a different name. So, it's up to you
guys to fill me in on the details okay? That's not much to ask in return for reading this site now is it? Come on guys. Anyway, here you are:
- Rad Brothers - The ultimate gaijin hang-out! Ask any gaijin in
Sapporo about the weirdest place to go and he/she'll direct you to Rad. It's
the kind of place where all the night owl weirdos go to party until 6am at
weekends. I had kind of a love-hate relationship with Rad, because some weekends
it was just too strange, with guys dancing naked on the tables and shit and there's nothing to put you off your Asahi then some guys 3 incher in your face. But at Rads you can meet some of the very coolest people in Sapporo. I came across hostesses, strippers, hookers, famous musicians, millionaires, queers, steers, you name it. I remember meeting some Japanese who'd studied abroad - believe me, you haven't laughed until you see a
Japanese trying to do an impression of Taxi Driver "You lookin'
at me? You must be looking at me cos theres nobody else here!? Shitheel.." Bloody hilarious!!. I picked up a lot of
girls here, I mean, don't forget it is obviously a gaijin bar, and so you've got to question the motives of any Japanese chicks or guys going there, as I'd say most of them are looking for love of the Caucasian persuasion, the only problem being you tend to find a lot of the nutcase women here, you know the type, artistic
types that get out of bed at midnight and believe that every conversation has to be radical, and question they're whole meaning of life every second of the day. These chicks can be a pain in the ass, but they're okay for a lay. Anyway, Rad is the kind of place you go to chill
and have a tequila as the sun comes up and nothing really kicks off until late,
but once it does you'll know it, as there is no crazier place to be in Sapporo than Friday night in Rads after 11. It's located around South 5, or, just along the main road that leads
into Susikino, quite close to Nakajima Koen. With any luck the gay black guy who constantly hovers around the bar has died by now.
- 350 Yen Bar - Not so much of a foreign bar but still you can find a
plethora of Joe Yankee's in there due to the amount of party-going, hostess chicks there every night. My and my buddies used to go there at around 9 on a Friday night
and it would always be packed full of ko-gyaru (see Types of Chick), so there
isn't many brain-cells floating around, but plenty of visuals.
It's also got a good Nomi-hodai (all you can drink) for 1500
Yen, which has about 50 cocktails to choose from. They always give gaijin
the English menu, which only has about 10 cheap-ass drinks on it and personally I reckon this is a ploy to stop the heavy-drinking foreigners from sucking away the clubs profits. Don't be
fooled, look at the Japanese menu, which is written in katakana, an easier
to read version of Japanese. You see,
Japanese choose a Nomi-hodai instead of just buying drinks a round at a time,
but usually they can only stomach 4-5 drinks before they get shit-faced, whereas foreign blokes will just keep clocking them back until they die from cyrhossis.
Knowing this our crafty little yellow brothers decide to put the cheap drinks on the English menu, and the better ones are saved for the Japanese version which most foreigners can't read. Notice the slow service on nomi-hodai as well. But with the kind of females you find in the place, who's complaining?
There are two 350's, one on the main street in
Susikino (same as Rad), around South 2, ah I don't know..you'll find it.
- Bazoku - I don't think it's called this anymore, but a lot of
gaijin know it by this name, because that's what it's famous for. It's pretty
difficult to find actually, so here you go - From the main road where Rad and
350 are find Tanuki Koji (the overhead arcade) and walk down and you will see
eventually see a side street to the right with a SUNKUS convenience store.
Sunkus = "Thanks" in Japanese pronounciation (SA-N-KUS) geddit? Took me months
before I worked that clicked..
Bazoku is in the building on that street with the steps leading down like a jazz bar. It isn't a bad little joint, and a lions share of the clientele are older
married foreigners, so it's always interesting to chat to an expat about life in Japan as a native. The food is cheap which is one thing, but to be honest you don't get too many honeys that frequent the place, but there are a lot of live bands and friendly people. Personally, give me dance music and associated
women over that anyday, but whatever tilts your kilt, right?
- Beifutei - I really don't know why this place is popular with some
gaijin, as I checked it out after quite a few people recommended it, and it turned out to be just some dive with expensive drinks (that are taxed) and food that really doesn't justify the price tag put on it. I can honestly say the only good think about Beifutei is that the owner looks cool, like a Japanese version of a Hells Angel. Apparently, a lot of
English and Scottish guys go there at around 7:30 and 12 on Friday nights, but
they're the kind of unfortunate foreigners who believe they own Japan and so I wouldn't expect any friendly smiles if you try to approach them. If I haven't written it already, you'll read it more than once on this site, Japan is full of plenty of foreign losers. See the Far Away Freds section in Weird Foreigners in Japan. Beifutei is on South 2, West 3. Not
- Sassenach Cafe - I'd be amazed if this is still around two years after I've left Sapporo. The place is run by a salt-of-the-earth Kent bloke called David who is as friendly as they come, and who after calling me a twat for not knowing that Sassenach was 'Englishman' in Gaelic kept me chuckling for hours about his travels around the States and Japan and how he'd managed to get illegal visas for both countries by asking female friends he knew to marry him. He told me he'd be coming back to England in 2 or 3 years, so if Sassenach's non-existent now you'll know why. It is/was a traditional English cafe where you can buy fish & chips, tea, scones, bacon & eggs, you know the drill. I didn't have the heart to tell Dave I thought selling English food abroad was a recipe for failure, but anyhow he seemed to get the rent paid on time, and besides what made him money was not the day-intake but the theme nights there every so often that were usually huge successes. I've got some really good memories of this place, as every other Friday there was an International Party there, and by God was it easy to get laid if you went and you were foreign. I dyed my hair blonde to look more foreign. Anyway, the international
parties are a good place to meet the more intelligent types of girls (is that
a good thing?), who are in the late 20's bracket range more often than not, and are ripe for the plucking (I said plucking). This really was my kind of scene. You sit around, introduce yourself to a lady, and just chat away while slowly drinking yourself into oblivion. It's only 1500 Yen for 3 strong
drinks, and you do get a big babe turn-out, so this place comes highly recommended by yours truly. Odori - East 7, that is.
- Loco Tonte - What a dive, what-a-dive. If you want to see a bunch of
shambolic, sad foreigners with 'Desperately need to get laid' written on their
forehead, then head off to the shithole that is Loco Tonte. This place has one good point, it has a very nice balcony with a
view over King Xhmu's, so at least you can watch all the decent flange go into that
place, and dream of the day when you'll be able to afford the entrance fee to
go there..No, it has to be said the place is dorky, and despite the fact that it's mainly a gaijin
hangout it's small, and it's shit. I met my first Japanese homo in there too.talk to the hand..get away....you're not getting the address.