What is an izakaya?

An izakaya is a casual Japanese bar that serves food to accompany drinks. It’s a lively, social setting where people gather to enjoy alcohol, such as beer, sake, and Japanese whisky, along with a variety of small, shareable dishes.The atmosphere in an izakaya is typically relaxed, with traditional Japanese decor and seating options that include bar seats, tables, and private rooms. The focus is on drinking and socializing, making it a popular spot for friends, colleagues, or even strangers to bond over food and drinks.The food menu at an izakaya features a wide range of small plates and appetizers, like grilled skewers, fried snacks, and fresh salads, that are designed to complement the alcoholic beverages.In essence, an izakaya provides a quintessential Japanese experience that combines casual dining, drinking, and social interaction in a comfortable, lively setting. It’s a great way for visitors to immerse themselves in the local culture and enjoy good food and company.

Izakaya around Beppu Station

Yakitori Bon Bon Mother’s House (焼とり 凡 母家)

Address: 1-1-1 Kitahama, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Access: 4 min. walk from Beppu Station https://maps.app.goo.gl/Q1gNzL2YZLdmcwnT8
Business hours: Monday – Sunday 18:00 – 00:00 (L.O. food 23:15, drink 23:30)
Closed: No regular holidays
Private rooms: Yes (for 4, 6, or 8 persons) Private parties: Available (for 50 or more persons)
Smoking: No smoking in the restaurant, smoking room on the 2nd floor

Seafood Izakaya Ren (海鮮居酒屋 れん)

Address:7-16 Ekimae-cho, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Phone number: 0977-22-1722
Business hours:Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 17:30 – 22:00
Closed: Sunday
Smoking and non-smoking: Smoking is permitted in all seats.

Choromatsu (チョロ松)

Address: 1-4 Kitahama, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Phone number: 0977-21-1090
Access:381m from Beppu Station https://maps.app.goo.gl/BG92oNcHgxdtqGpk7
Business hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 18:00 – 22:00
Closed: Wednesday
All seats are non-smoking.

Bungoya Takekanmuri (豊後屋 竹かんむり)

Phone number: 0977-85-7574
Address:2F Ikezaki Building, 13-16 Ekimae-cho, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture
Access:3 min. walk from Beppu Station https://maps.app.goo.gl/VAQ8sszaJLoPR8hU8
Business hours:18:00 – 00:00
Closed: No regular holidays
All seats are non-smoking.