London’s Dandelyan To Close

By Neat Pour Staff |

London Cocktail Week is well underway, but for one of the foggy city’s most celebrated, this week will be a farewell party. Craft destination Dandelyan will close after just four years  according to an announcement by owner Ryan Chetiyawardana aka Mr. Lyan.

Chetiyawardana wrote, :There’s so much I think we can do, and so much we want to challenge, discuss and create in this industry that, like with White 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.”

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BIG OL’ ANNOUNCEMENT 1/3 Happy Birthday Dandelyan – AND GOODBYE! It feels fitting on our 4th birthday to kill off our now-eldest venue. The idea for Dandelyan is way older than 4 – it has its roots in White Lyan (itself an old idea I had waaaay back. The echos are apt!) and my old biology days. We were so glad it was relevant when it was around. But to me, what makes this bar great is these people (and there’s more of them). And fuck am I proud of what we’ve achieved together – World’s Best Menu (twice yo!), World’s Best Bar Team (duh) and WORLD’S BEST MO FUCKING BAR +++ – but that actually misses what I think we’re great at. It would be a disservice to these amazing people, and to what we have created together to continue when we think the landscape, and the conversation, has shifted. There’s so much I think we can do, and so much we want to challenge, discuss and create in this industry that, like with White 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. Happy Birthday you big green beast, it’ll be great to see you different again. And goddamn I wasn’t joking when I said we have a lot on! I really think we’re just hitting our stride, and now it’s time to pull out the real weird stuff. Here’s to keeping it weird. Don’t ask what’s next (although we are keeping the space), please sit tight, and help us usher out the bar we know so many of you love as much as us. BIG LYAN LOVE! 🙀🦁🍸✨😿🙌🤘

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The ballyhooed bar Spirited Awards for Best International Bar Team, Best International Hotel Bar, and World’s Best Cocktail Bar. In addition, Dandelyan currently sits in the two spot of the much-hyped World’s 50 Best Bars list.

Chetiyawardana was cryptic about the future, but said that the prime location in the Mondrian would stay in his team’s hands. “I really think we’re just hitting our stride, and now it’s time to pull out the real weird stuff. Here’s to keeping it weird,” he explained. “Don’t ask what’s next (although we are keeping the space), please sit tight, and help us usher out the bar we know so many of you love as much as us.”

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