yakitori and oden, as well as an abundance alcoholic beverages,.
There are several different types of izakaya, such as small izakaya shops, or chain izakaya. In a traditional smaller izakaya shop, alcohol, typically sake is ordered along with food, while carrying out small talk with the store's owner, allowing you to separate yourself from the tiresome work burdens and family issues. The rest of the world fades into the background while you simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
Typically, customers sit on tatami mats and dine from low tables in the traditional Japanese style. Customers can also sit on chairs from tables. However, most izakaya nowadays offer both choices. As one sits down, an oshibori will be provided to clean your hands with, along with a tiny snack or an appetizer, known as either otoushi or tsukidashi. However, this depends entirely on the local customs the region in which which the izakaya is located.
Customers can order from menus located on the table, or displayed on walls, with picture menus being commonplace in larger izakaya establishments. It's expected that food is ordered throughout the dining session, allowing one to control the amount one orders to avoid wasting food for one, and given that the dishes are mostly small-sized, it's rather appropriate this way. Food is also expected to be shared by all at your table, or whoever you're dining with, with pricing set per person in either nomihodai (all you can drink) or tabehodai (all you can eat) format, along with a two or three hour dining time limit.
With chain izakaya constantly expanding, it's not uncommon to find seating arrangements fit for organizations and large events. Versatility is a key aspect of modern izakaya, a place for those to kick back and relax. For those who are less keen to visit an izakaya during the evening, many izakaya offer inexpensive lunch-set menus during the day.