About Mr Lyan

That most studious of bartending gentlemen, Mr Lyan (Ryan Chetiyawardana) opened White Lyan at the end of 2013, where he’s created arguably one of the most inventive cocktail menus in the world. It’s the first cocktail bar globally to use no perishables whatsoever, no fruit and even no ice, meaning the amount of waste is significantly lower than any other bar.

His very good name preceded him long before his physical arrival in London thanks to his many outstanding achievements at the world-renowned Bramble in Edinburgh. Ryan is a deeply committed bar professional who has bartended as long as he has been legally permitted, an admirable thirteen years and counting.

Ryan grew up in a place where food and drink were the heart of the household. Looking to develop this passion, he began his career training as a chef. Loving the personal interaction he had with his guests when entertaining at home, as a chef he found himself yearning to get out of the kitchen to have a chat. And on the way, he quickly got tempted to step behind the bar…

This was just during the time when he was doing a BA and MA at Edinburgh University. Calling on his experience studying Fine Arts (at Central Saint Martins) as well as Biology and Philosophy, the bar was perfect for both entertaining and creativity. Developing his acute palate, he found he nurture his creativity by experimenting with ingredients, tailoring his recipes to individual tastes.

Awards

Ryan has won several high profile global awards including:

  • International Bartender of the Year

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2015

  • Innovator of the Year

    Imbibe Awards

    2014

  • Top 1000 Most Influential Londoners

    Evening Standard

    2014

  • Top 10
    International Bartender of the Year

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2014

  • ‘Hot Stuff’


    Imbibe Awards

    2012

  • 2nd, Global Bartender of the Year

    Havana Club Grand Prix

    2012

  • UK Bartender of the Year


    Havana Club Grand Prix

    2012

  • UK Bartender of the Year


    Diageo Reserve World Class

    2009

  • Top 3
    Global Bartender of the Year

    Diageo reserve World Class

    2009

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Book

Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends

Cocktails aren't just for fancy nights out and snobby home mixologists. In Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends, Mr Lyan shows you how 60 innovative and exciting cocktails can be part of your everyday life.

Easy to make and beautifully photographed, the cocktails cover every mood and occasion, from sunny day drinks and winter warmers to Friday night cocktails and morning revivers. Mr Lyan perfects classics such as the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan, and experiments with new intriguing combinations and ingredients.

Published by Frances Lincoln available for order now on Amazon.

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Mr Lyan Bottled Cocktails

Spotless Martini

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Rainy Day Spritz

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Candlelit Manhattan

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Diamond Rickey

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Bonfire Old Fashioned

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In June 2014, Mr Lyan launched a range of bottled cocktails in the windows of the prestigious Selfridges Store on Oxford Street, London.

The range includes 5 bottled cocktails, with a little touch of Lyan Magic to a familiar classic. Some simply needed chilling and pouring or serving over ice, others can be mixed and served long, but each removes all the faff and boundaries to enjoying a world-class cocktail at home.

In 2015, each of the cocktails were awarded a medal at the International Pre-Mixed Cocktail awards, with Mr Lyan’s Candelit Manhattan taking Best in Show.

  • Best in Show

    International Pre-Mixed Cocktail Awards

    2015

  • Nominated for

    Best New Product in the World

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2015

You can buy our bottled cocktails online through our website or pick them up from Selfridges and other specially selected retailers nationwide.

Bars

White Lyan

White Lyan is the first bar in the world that has no perishables at all; that means no ice, no citrus or other fresh fruit. There are also no brands in the bar. Instead, every single drink is handcrafted in-house, using only Mr Lyan’s own spirits and tinctures, cordials and distillates.

This means that you get a drink at White Lyan that you can get nowhere else in the world. Meticulous detail also meets the fun and creativity of the East End, White Lyan is the best of a cocktail bar, whilst serving a fine cocktail damn quick. Soundtracked with hip hop, disco and funk, it’s open 7 days 5pm till late.

  • Best New Bar in the World

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2014

  • Top 4 Shortlist

    Best Bar in the World

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2015

Book online on the White Lyan website or call us.

Dandelyan

Opening in Autumn 2014, Dandelyan brings the warmth of a neighbourhood bar to a five star setting, whilst retaining the Mr Lyan charm and innovation.

Serving classic cocktails alongside a pioneering cocktail menu based on modern botany, within a glamourous setting and a stunning view of St Paul’s on the banks of the Thames. Playing late 70s rock, blues and funk. Open 7 days 4pm until late, and from 12 at the weekends.

  • Nominated for

    World's Best Cocktail Menu

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2015

  • Top 4 Shortlist

    Best New Bar in the World

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2015

  • Nominated for

    Best Bar Team

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2015

Mr Lyan Studio

Drawing from the wide range of talents within the Mr Lyan team, and with a focus on innovation and pioneering drinks practice, Mr Lyan Studio offers many solutions to drinks and menu creation, practical bar spaces, experiences and consumer events.

Using a process of insight, ideation and execution, the team undertakes research to understand the landscape, question and investigate, using a tailored approach to each project. Creating a practical yet aspirational vision, the team develops innovative brands, services and products as part of their consultancy.

We have undertaken these tasks for such lovely folk as:

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