Izakaya

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.

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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.

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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.).

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Typical food served include yakitori (grilled chicken skewers), sashimi, tofu, nabe etc. or western type food like pizza, chicken wings, salad, etc.

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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?

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9 thoughts on “Izakaya

  1. I live in Japan, therefore I’ve been to them many times. 5 days ago, I was at one in Kawasaki. That one was quite reasonable, only 2,000 yen. I even ate some shark karaage. It was very good 🙂 I’ll be at one on July 3rd for a school party.

    My first weekend in Japan more than 5 years ago, I was introduced to izakayas.

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