Happiest Hour: Iza 

Friday is upon us once again, and as fall continues to settle in we're looking to flood our blood streams with a warming dose of the good stuff. What better than a little rice-based alcohol? Which this week takes us to...

Happiest Hour: Iza

Ambiance: The owners at Iza have gone to great lengths since opening in July 2009 to create a cozy, izakaya-style atmosphere at their plush Hip Strip digs. Izakayas, for those of you not up on your traditional Japanese lingo, are old school sake pubs in the vein of our venerated brew pubs. They serve a variety of tapas-sized meals perfect for your post work appetite as well as a healthy selection of Japanese sakes. Iza takes the idea a step further, adding a full menu along with wines and local brews. The bar is a nice choice for those looking to unwind in the depths of their own cerebellums before the weekend hits—each setting at the bar is already laid out with classy chopsticks. If you've got some friends or coworkers along, slip off your shoes and belly-up to one of the low-set Japanese tables. You can even enjoy some live jazz by local musicians every Wednesday night at 7:30.

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