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Enjoy the Rugby World Cup! 3 Sports Bars in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Enjoy the Rugby World Cup! 3 Sports Bars in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Date published: 17 September 2019

The Rugby World Cup will get under way on September 20, 2019. One of the venues will be in the Sapporo Dome so there will be lots of people coming to Hokkaido to watch the games. Unfortunately not everyone will be able to get tickets to the games and certainly there will be interest in games played at other venues, in which case watching them in a sports bar is a great option. In this article we will introduce three popular sports bars in Sapporo where you can do that. Each may be called a sports bar but each is uniquely different. Nevertheless, you can get a taste of Japanese sports culture in all of them.

1. JERSEY CAFE: A lively time enjoyed with beer from around the world!

A recommended sports bar in the Sapporo Station area is a 1-minute walk from the JR Sapporo Station North Exit. Stepping inside you will find an atmosphere reminiscent of old-time America. It is a fun space, decorated with flags, uniforms, record jackets, toys and other retro goods throughout the store.

Five large screens show domestic soccer and baseball games every day making this a popular place for sports fans in Sapporo to gather. Projectors are also used to broadcast international games like the World Cup. During the Rugby World Cup, all games being played during the bar's open hours will be broadcast.

The large selection of beers is certain to catch your eye when you open the menu which is also in English. It offers a selection of over 30 types of beer from around the world including Japan, USA, Mexico, Belgium, and England.

The popular item on the menu is fish & chips (photograph, 900 yen including tax). The white fish is filleted, boned, and fried with careful attention. You have a choice of tartar sauce, ketchup, or malt vinegar made from barley and corn to go with it.

Also on the menu are buffalo wings, deep-fat-fried chicken wings in a spicy sauce (photo, 700 yen including tax) and crispy vegetable sticks (photo, 500 yen including tax), which all definitely go really well with alcoholic beverages.

Address: Chojuan Bldg. 3F, Kita 5-jonishi 5-chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Telephone: 011-738-8550
Open: Tue. ~ Thu., Sun., Holidays 6:00 p.m. ~ 1:00 a.m. (L.O. Food midnight, drinks 12:30 a.m.); Fri., Sat., day before holidays 6:00 p.m. ~ 2:00 a.m. (L.O. Food 1:00 a.m.; drinks 1:30 a.m.)
Closed: Monday
Access: 1-minute walk from JR Sapporo Station

  • JERSEY CAFE
    JERSEY CAFE
    • Address choujuan-bldg 3th Floor 6-2,5 Chome Kita 7 Jonishi, Kita-Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido  〒060-0807 / 〒060-0807  北海道札幌市北区北7条西5丁目6-2 長寿庵ビル3F

2. Junkies: Satisfying authentic Spanish food

JUNKIES, in Susukino, is a stylish Spanish bar with glittering chandeliers and leather sofas. It also broadcasts sports games mainly of domestic soccer and baseball, and it is very popular with sports fans in the Odori and Susukino areas. During the Rugby World Cup, all games being played during the bar's open hours will be broadcast.

One reason for the bar’s popularity is being able to enjoy authentic Spanish cooking while watching sporting events. The most popular is the seafood paella (photograph, 2,000 yen including tax) loaded with lots of delicious seafood. Typical dishes from Spain are plentiful, such as the Gambas al Ajillo (800 yen with tax), the shrimp plump and juicy.

The bar offers a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, including over 20 types of wines from Spain, more than 60 kinds of cocktails, beer, whiskey, shochu, and fruit liquor.

Including the counter, all the seats are sofas where you can leisurely relax and enjoy a meal while watching a game.

Address: Central S4 Bldg., 8F, Minami 4-jonishi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Telephone: 011-211-5058
Open: Mon. ~ Sat., days before holidays 6:00 p.m. ~ 1:00 a.m. (L.O. Food midnight, drinks 12:30 a.m.); Sun. and holidays 6:00 p.m. ~ 12:00 a.m. (L.O. Food 11:00 p.m.; drinks 11:30 a.m.)
Closed: unscheduled
Access: 1-minute walk from the subway Susukino Station on the Namboku Line

  • Junkies
    ジャンキーズ
    • Address sentoraruS4-bldg 8th Floor 2 Chome Minami 4 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido  〒064-0804 / 〒064-0804 北海道札幌市央区南4条西2丁目 セントラルS4ビル8階

3. Brian Brew: This is the place to watch rugby!

This last bar is especially recommended for rugby fans. It opened in 1995 and is the first Irish pub in Hokkaido. The owner is a former ruby player and the events shown are mainly rugby matches. Most of the staff also played rugby at one time or another. There are two of these kinds of bars in Sapporo and the Minami 3-jo bar is only a minute’s walk from Susukino Station.

It goes without saying that it plans to show all of the Rugby World Cup games. A large projector has been set up and all rugby fans are welcome. Some of the staff speak English.

* Photo is of the bar interior

In addition to casual snacks, other items on the menu also include meals for those with a hearty appetite.

Rich Black Hayashi Rice (photograph, regular 780 yen including tax, half size 480 yen including tax) has been a popular item on the menu since the store opened. Made with lots of onions and beef from Hokkaido, it has a deep rich flavor that is loved by all age groups. Two of the bar's signature dishes we recommend are the beef that has been stewed in Guinness (photo, 900 yen including tax) and the fish and chips made with Hokkaido cod (780 yen including tax).

Drinks include Guinness in the keg, Kilkenny and Sapporo Classic draft beer. There is also Irish whisky, cocktails, and wine. During the happy hour between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday beer (pint size) is 200 yen less.

Address: FA-S3 Bldg., 1F, Minami 3-jonishi 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Telephone: 011-219-3556
Hours: Mon. ~ Fri. 5:00 p.m. ~ 1:00 a.m.; Fri., Sat., days before holidays 4:00 p.m. ~ 1:00 a.m.; Sundays and holidays 4:00 p.m. ~ 11:00 p.m.
* There will be times when the bar will open earlier so as to be able to show a rugby match
Closed: always open
Access: 1-minute walk from the subway Susukino Station on the Namboku Line

  • BRIAN BREW
    BRIAN BREW
    • Address FA-S3-bldg 1th Floor 3 Chome Minami 3 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido  〒060-0063 / 〒060-0063 北海道札幌市央区南3条西3丁目 FA-S3ビル1F

Text : minna no kotoba sha

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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