There are many excellent bars, sushi places, ramen shops, izakaya, etc. in Sapporo, mostly conveniently located in or close to Susukino... how long will you be there? any style in particular you're interested in?
Thanks so much, Orik. We will be in Sapporo the 7th through the 13th of February. We have a night in Otaru at Kuramure Ryokan before arriving in Sapporo.
This will be out third time in Japan but our first time this far north. When it comes to bars I love them all (a very long evening at Mr. Kanso in Osaka was one of the best impromptu birthdays I've ever had) but I'm sure my lady friend would lean towards a cocktail bar and (when available) places with no or minimal cigarette smoke.
We are up for trying any food options at all price points and settings. We realize there are many places in Tokyo that won't accept a reservation if you don't speak some Japanese but it doesn't feel like that would be as much an issue here as most places seem informal enough to not require advanced booking but I could be misreading that.