The Japanese pub is fantastic. Some are standing only. The quality of food is to die for and the choice of sake is heaven.
An izakaya is a drinking establishment that serves not only various beverages (alcoholic or not) but also serves food to accompany the drinks. The term “izakaya” is a compound word consisting of “i” (to stay) and “sakaya” (sake shop) which indicates that izakaya originated from sake shops that allowed customers to sit on the premises to drink. They are also sometimes called akachochin (red lantern) in daily conversation because of the paper lanterns that light up the front area of the establishment.