An izakaya is a type of Japanese drinking place which also serves finger food to accompany the drinks. These are popular for after work drinking social events.
Some izakayas offer traditional Japanese style seating in tatami mats, while other have Western style seating in tables and chairs. Note: Some of the pictures in this blog post were taken from my crappy mobile phone camera.
Most common type of izakaya is all you can drink for a specified time (usually 2 hours) serving beer, sake, shōchū, wine, whiskey, mixed drink (usually sour mix such as lemon sour, grapefruit sour) and non-alcoholic drinks (cola, juice, etc.).
Typical food served include yakitori (grilled chicken skewers), sashimi, tofu, nabe etc. or western type food like pizza, chicken wings, salad, etc.
Prices vary and are typically between 3,000 yen to 6,000 yen or more ($30-$60+) per person. Have you been in an izakaya before? If yes, did you enjoy it?