Tachinomi, also known as standing bars, are staples in Japan. They are ideal places for the fast-paced, convenience-driven lifestyles of Japanese people and while previously reserved for businessmen, are increasing in popularity with women and young professionals. These bars are colorful places for a quick, inexpensive drink and bite to eat.
While standing bars first came about due to the scarcity of real estate, they were also established from the need of having a convenient gathering place for a drink before commuting home or a serious night out. Tachinomi can be found everywhere from train stations to working class neighborhoods to the alleyways of business districts. Classic Japanese favorites such as beer, sake, and shochu are served along with simple cocktails like whisky highballs and shochu highballs.
The food offered at tachinomi is similar to the dishes found at izakayas. From simple skewers to kushikatsu to edamame, the offerings are often diverse, small, and meant to be shared. These days, tachinomi are getting creative with some serving specialty wines, others with French themes, and there are even boutique sake standing bars that play reggae. But while the types of tachinomi have evolved over time, their purpose remains the same – to provide a convenient place for people to gather and mingle combined with a satisfying and fast food and drink experience.