Are you interested in Tachinomi, standing bars? It is very common for Japanese people to stop by Tachinomi bars before they go home or before drinking parties. Because customers do not stay for a long time, Tachinomi bars can be seen anywhere in the city areas. One of the standard areas is under railways of Shinbashi station, near Ginza.
Many Tachinomi bars adopt cash on delivery payment, where you pay at the same time when you get your ordered food and drink. Those bars emphasize on efficiency more than communication to get lots of different customers in a short period. Therefore, it might be hard to order since most of them do not try to communicate with customers intimately, but you get to enjoy delicious and cheap Izakaya menus.
Below are the “standard” dishes offered in most of Tachinomi bars.
1. Draft Beer
Draft beer is a friend of Japanese salary man, especially, during hot and humid summer!
Salted Edamame best goes with beer!
3. Potato Salad (short term: Potesala)
Some people say that the quality of Izakaya is determined by the quality of Potato Salad.
Most of Tachinomi bars offer standard sashimi such as tuna and Saba (mackerel). Japanese like to eat sashimi and alcohol together.
Motsu-Ni is pig and beef organs stewed until they get soft. Motsu-Ni is the food which divides people who like and who don’t, but it is true that this is the standard and popular dish at Izakaya in Japan.
Of course, the price depends on bars, but even if you order everything listed here, it would be 1,500 yen or so.
If you feel uncomfortable with speaking Japanese, bring your Japanese friend together if you have one. If you are a sole traveler, it might be a good idea to use services that send people to come to Izakaya with you to help you with language.
Try experiencing Tachinomi Izakaya Bars, one significant style of drinking in Japan!