Izakayas are a traditional Japanese bar concept that has become more and more popular around the world.

The excitement of eating and drinking at an izakayas only heightened by the fact that there are always delicious dishes to try and you can sit and eat and drink for hours if you’d like.These type of bars offer a change of pace from the traditional bar which often does not serve a wide range of foods. You typically go there to have drinks and that’s it. But in an izakaya, you can eat, drink and be merry Japanese style!The izakaya concept originally started as a place for men to get together to drink sake but these days izakayas are enjoyed by all people and even families with some of the larger chains. Many izakayas especially in Japan or places with a large Japanese population may specialize in certain dishes such as yakatori or seafood dishes.

If you are looking to check out some really good spots, ask the locals where they like to go in major cities like Tokyo and Osaka. If you are in the states, cities like San Franciso and New York have great izakayas that are sure to satisfy your craving for Japanese drinks and food! An expert tip would be to look at the ratings on popular restaurant sites to see which izakayas have the best eats in your neighborhood. You might even be able to find a deal or two!