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An Izakaya Restaurant is a restaurant/bar that mainly serves alcoholic drinks and small appetizer dishes that compliment them.
Similar to western taverns or pubs, Izakaya are popular after-work venues or social meeting areas.
- "Izakaya" is a compound word consisting of "i" (to stay) and "sakaya" (sake shop), indicating that izakaya originated from sake shops that allowed customers to sit on the premises to drink
- Izakaya are sometimes called akachōchin (red lantern) in daily conversation, due to restaurants traditionally possessing red paper lanterns at their entrances.
- The legal drinking age in Japan is 20.