In Japan, a bar which serves alcoholic drinks and food is called an Izakaya. The appearance and atmosphere are often of a Japanese-style, and zashikis (Japanese-style rooms) are also often available. Some hang red lanterns and/or a noren (shop curtain) at their entrance.
Drinks Served in an Izakaya
In Izakaya, you can enjoy alcoholic drinks popular in Japan, such as beer, Japanese sake, and chu-hai (shochu diluted with another beverage like juice or soda). Another name for "chu-hai" is "sawa". If you are not in the mood for alcohol, there are always non-alcoholic drinks like oolong tea and cola available, so no worries.
Food Served in an Izakaya
There are a huge variety of dishes sold in izakayas, as compared to bars and pubs in other countries, and you can eat to your heart's content. Typical dishes compose of items like sashimi, fried dishes like tenpura, barbecued dishes like yakitori chicken, salad, and rice.
"Otooshi", the Dish Served Before you Order
"Otooshi", also known as "tsukidashi", is a small appetiser served with the first drink before the shop serves the dishes you ordered. What it consists of depends on the shop. Otooshi sometimes surprises first-comers because it is served even before you order anything. It is charged onto your total bill and whether you can refuse it or not depends on the shop.
Happy Hour and All-you-can-drink
Some izakayas offer happy hours where the prices are discounted, usually 50%, during a certain time period, and drink/eat-all-you-want plans where you can enjoy all the food and drinks within a certain time limit for a fixed price. However, be mindful about ordering more than you can eat/drink to prevent wasting food.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
Share this article.
Robo-Flush & More: 16 Weird Things That Shocked Foreigners About Japanese Bathrooms
Japan Cherry Blossom 2021 Forecast: When & Where To See Sakura in Japan
Enjoy a Day Trip to Sukayu Onsen Hot Springs in the Winter Wonderland of Aomori!
Tokyo, Whoa! Travelers Share 20 Shocking And Surprising Things About Visiting Japan
Sakura tacos? The Tokyo treat we didn’t know we needed until right now
Tokyo Gourmet Dishes at Bargain Prices: Shinjuku's Top 5 Standing Bars
'Japanese People Are Loud!' 10 Things You Didn't Know About Drinking In Japan
Having A Drink In Ikebukuro - All-You-Can-Drink Or Classic Bar?
Osaka's Finest: 3 Best 24-hour Dotonbori and Namba Restaurants
Visiting Fukushima Sake Breweries: 5 Recommended Shops in Aizu
- #best sushi japan
- #what to do in odaiba
- #what to bring to japan
- #new years in tokyo
- #best ramen japan
- #what to buy in ameyoko
- #japanese nail trends
- #things to do japan
- #onsen tattoo friendly tokyo
- #best coffee japan
- #best japanese soft drinks
- #best yakiniku japan
- #japanese fashion culture
- #japanese convenience store snacks