Definition of izakaya in US English:

izakaya

noun

  • A type of Japanese bar in which a variety of small, typically inexpensive, dishes and snacks are served to accompany the alcoholic drinks.

    ‘late-night shopping and drinks at a local izakaya are musts as evening rolls over Tokyo’
    • ‘He took me to a small local Izakaya run by a guy who used to be closely affiliated with the Yakuza.’
    • ‘After meeting under the big TV screen next to Shinjuku station we set off to find an Izakaya.’
    • ‘To celebrate the occasion an evening full of Izakayas and Karaoke is on order.’
    • ‘Although you probably won't find the dish in a tiny izakaya back in Tokyo, it is served here with a rustic wooden teaspoon.’
    • ‘On Friday night I went to the izakaya with the Mori girls.’
    • ‘Not 4 minutes later we happened upon a small izakaya.’
    • ‘They all meet up and head off to an izakaya for some food, beer, and good conversation.’
    • ‘Ah yes, nothing more comfortable and relaxing than a small Izakaya especially when you know the owner.’
    • ‘Can't wait to get back into an izakaya this summer!’
    • ‘There used to be only 1 authentic izakaya around here, but in the last 2 years or so, quite a few have opened up.’

Origin

Japanese, from iru ‘to be in a place’ + sakaya ‘liquor shop’.

Pronunciation

izakaya

/ēzəˈkīə/