About Mr Lyan

Best Bar in the World 2018

Best bar team 2017

World’s Best Bar Menu 2016

Cocktail bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana goes by Mr Lyan, which is arguably easier to say. He opened his first bar, White Lyan, in London in 2013 as the first cocktail bar in the world to use no perishables; no fruit and even no ice. It was an exploration in sustainability, with much lower waste and a use of pre-made cocktails and innovative ingredients. This focus on a ground-breaking approach remains in the evolution of White Lyan in Super Lyan, Dandelyan and now the cocktail restaurant, Cub.

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. As a chef he found himself yearning to get out of the kitchen to have a chat as he loved the personal interaction he had with his friends whilst entertaining at home. When doing a BA and MA at Edinburgh University, he quickly got tempted to step behind the bar instead.

Studying Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins as well as Biology and Philosophy at Edinburgh University, he found that the bar was perfect for creativity, entertaining and conversation. He also developed his acute palate, experimenting with ingredients, and tailoring his drinks to each person he met, what they were like, their mood and their interests.

Awards

  • Sustainable Spirit Award

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2016

  • 500 Most Influential Britons

    500 Most Influential Britons

    2017

  • Personality of the Decade

    Imbibe

    2017

  • Best Restaurant Bar


    London Restaurant Festival Awards
    Evening Standard

    2017

  • Member of the Guild of Food Writers, the Gin Guild and a Keeper of the Quaich

    2016

  • International Bartender of the Year

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2015

  • Innovator of the Year


    Imbibe Awards

    2014, 2016

  • Top 1000 Most Influential Londoners

    Evening Standard

    2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 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

  • World's Best Bar
    (Dandelyan)

    World's 50 Best Bars
    2018

You can follow new developments at Cub, Super Lyan, Dandelyan or on Facebook and Instagram.

Books

Good Together – Drink & Feast with Mr Lyan and Friends

In a busy world, it’s harder and harder to spend quality time with your favourite people. Calling on his friends from the world’s best restaurants, Ryan and the chefs show how you can create exciting and inventive offerings that work better to get your close ones together.

Covering food and drink that suits occasions when people naturally gather, it brings insights from the world of food & drink to provide plenty of useful and delicious tips + tricks to use at home.

Published by Frances Lincoln available for order now on Amazon.

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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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Time Capsules

Bespoke
without the bling

Ryan – Mr Lyan – has been marking occasions with handmade bottled cocktails for friends and family since 2006 – reflecting a personality, marking an occasion, or encapsulating time and celebrating what makes wonderful moments so hard to capture. Scouring the globe, forging relationships with the world’s leading craftspeople and sifting through ancient cellars, he’s been able to accrue some of history’s finest and most enviable bottles.

Find out more

Mr Lyan Bottled Cocktails

Spotless Martini

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Rainy Day Spritz

Buy

Candlelit Manhattan

Buy

Diamond Rickey

Buy

Bonfire Old Fashioned

Buy

Classic cocktails with a little Mr Lyan magic, removing the faff and hassle of enjoying a world-class cocktail at home.

  • Best in Show

    International Pre-Mixed Cocktail Awards

    2015

  • Nominated for

    Best New Product in the World

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2015

Also available on Ocado and Amazon. Or pick them up alongside Mr Lyan Lager, and non-alcoholic ‘Superfly’ from Selfridges and other lovely retailers.

Venues

Super Lyan

Super is the playful sibling of the Mr Lyan camp, using the Mr Lyan toolbox in a simple and informal setting in East London. The bar features a range of curated spirits, beers, wines and cocktails that change on rotation offering a chance to experience something both familiar and unexpected.

Open late into the night, it provides a soundtrack of rock, disco and hip hop, and is perfect for a drink before or after Cub.

Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm until Late

Cub

Exploring all the things we love, and reinventing the original White Lyan space, Cub embraces food and drink’s ability to bring people together. A cocktail restaurant, Cub explores how sustainability can be luxurious, inventive and comforting.

Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only, the bar collaborates with zero waste pioneer chef Doug McMaster of Silo, flavour wizard Arielle Johnson from MIT and Krug Champagne.

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 6pm til late.

Read more on lyancub.com or book a table.

Dandelyan

Within the glamorous setting of the Sea Containers, there’s a stunning view of St Paul’s on the South Bank of the Thames and a pioneering yet playful menu based on ‘Modern Botany’.

Open 7 days 4pm until late, and from 12 at the weekends.

  • World's Best Bar

    World's 50 Best Bars
    2018

  • Best bar team

    Timeout Bar Awards

    2017, 2016

  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2016

  • Best Menu Best International Bar Team


    Best Bar Class Awards

    2017

  • Best International Hotel Bar
    Best International Bar Team

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2017

  • World’s Best Bar

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2017

  • Best place to drink in Britain

    Observer Food Awards

    2015

  • Best New Bar in the World

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2015

White Lyan R.I.P.

“The Most Important Bar to open in the last decade”
— New York Times 2017

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

This means that White Lyan drinks were ones that you could get nowhere else in the world. Meticulous detail also met the fun and creativity of the East End, whilst serving a fine cocktail damn quick.

  • Sustainable Spirit Award

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2016

  • Best Bar in London

    Timeout

    2015

  • Most Creative Bar

    Timeout Bar Awards

    2016

  • Best New Bar in the World

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2014

  • Top 4 Shortlist

    Best Bar in the World

    Tales of the Cocktail

    2015


Mr Lyan Studio

With a focus on innovation and pioneering drinks, Mr Lyan Studio offers drinks and menu creation, bar space design, experiences, consumer events and trend forecasting.

Using a process of insight, ideation, strategy, innovation 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:

If you would like to talk to us about our work or working with us please email: [email protected].

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