What is an Izakaya?

An izakaya (居酒屋) (Japanese: [izakaja], ee-ZAH-ka-yah) is a type of informalJapanese gastropub. Traditionally an izakaya is a Japanese pub which also serves food to accompany the drinks. Izakaya's are casual and relatively cheap places for after-work eating and drinking. They tend to be warmly lit, filled with laughter, and are found in unassuming spots.