Tokyo has its share of western-style watering holes, but to get the real Japanese experience, head to an izakaya instead. These cozy pubs serve traditional libations to soothe the soul, along with delicious small plates of food to fill your belly (think: Japanese tapas). The izakaya is one of Japan's great equalizers: big brass might rub elbows with local shop-keeps around a communal table. Try out your Japanese and you'll be surprised where the night leads.
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