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Enjoy Booze & Views on this Horse-Drawn Bar!

| Food & Drink , Hokkaido

This unusual bar has found a home on the streets of Obihiro, Hokkaido. This horse-drawn carriage two stories tall, and operates at a might one "horsepower!" The first floor seats 12 passengers, and the second floor is a bar that serves local craft beer, wine, fresh milk and local cheese!

The bar is pulled by a six-year-old horse named Musashikoma, who is a retired banei racehorse. Banei is a Hokkaido-based variant of horse racing where the large draft horses local to the area pull large sleds. As one individual behind the initiative explains the sentiment underpinning it in the video:

"The history of banei horse racing is intertwined with the development of the Tokachi area. We want people to take pride in our horses and to have a little fun."