In Japan, many people end their workday with a stop at an izakaya, a bar where the happy-hour crowd can grab a stool and order some sake and perhaps even a steaming bowl of ramen. In that spirit, Izakaya has developed strong cocktail and food menus, each of which is rooted in Japanese preparations but integrates international flavors as well. For instance, the cocktail list has 10 kinds of sake and cocktails such as lychee mojitos, but also includes sangria and several varietals of wine. The food menu is mostly small plates, with hot servings of miso soup and tempura prawns or cold plates of oysters and sashimi. And despite its inspirations, Izakaya invites guests to linger beyond just an after-work drink?they often host special events such as sushi-making lessons, sake pairings, and sommelier-led wine tastings.