Soon before being named the World’s Best Bar on October 3, the owners of Dandelyan announced its plans to shut down the innovative bar.
The bar first opened its gates in 2014 and is owned by the award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana. It is located on the ground floor of the Mondrian Hotel in London and is home to some of the world’s best cocktails. Adding to its great dine and drink experience is the stunning view of St Paul’s on the South Bank of the Thames. All of the drinks available in the bar are exclusive to the owner and is not available anywhere else in the world.
However, within just four years of its inception, the owner announced the plans to close the doors of the world’s #1 bar. Mr Chetiyawardana, or fondly called Mr Lyan, announced the decision on October 1 with an Instagram post:
According to Mr Lyan, "It makes sense to burn it down, start afresh, and rise again as something brighter, shinier and more fitting of where we’re (all) now at...It'll be great to see you different again."
Mr Lyan opened his first bar, White Lyan, in London 2013. It was one-of-its-kind bars in the world to use no perishables - no fruits and no ice! In a bid to explore sustainability, Mr Lyan aimed at creating the best cocktails with innovative ingredients and minimum wastage. This saw the evolution of White Lyan into Super Lyan. He subsequently opened Dandelyan and cocktail restaurant, Cub.
Mr Lyan is considered among 500 Most Influential Britons (2017) and has various awards to his names including International Bartender of the Year (2015), Innovator of the year (2014, 2016) and Sustainable Spirit Award (2016). His brain-children, Dandelyan was awarded the World’s Best Cocktail Menu (2016).