The Best Bar In The World Has Closed Down


Dandelyan in London was crowned No. 1 bar in the world at the World’s 50 Best Bars this year, but you won’t be able to experience the high-end establishment that serves cocktails that make you think.

In an unexpected twist of events, the bar is actually shutting down. Two days prior to receiving the honour, owner-bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana announced the closure in a long-winded Instagram post.

“Happy Birthday Dandelyan – AND GOODBYE! It feels fitting on our 4th birthday to kill off our now-eldest venue,” he said, adding that due to a shift in “landscape” and “conversation,” there are plans to open a different business in the same space.

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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 World’s 50 Best Bars is curated by 510 drink writers, bartenders, and “cocktail aficionados” in 58 countries. Each voter may cast seven votes and a minimum of three must be for bars located outside the country they live in. Each participant also must have visited the bar at least once in the previous 18 months. This year’s results were announced at an awards ceremony in London on October 3.