Dandelyan based in London’s Southbank has been announced as the ‘World’s Best Bar for 2018’ despite announcing its closure on 1 October.
Ryan Chetiyawardana, the bar’s co-founder said he was “flabbergasted” by the award, adding: “In a way it’s the most fitting thing. We’ve worked so hard and with so much passion and now we’re at the pinnacle of the industry.”
When Chetiyawardana announced the bar’s closure on Instagram he said that the bar’s numerous accolades “actually miss what I think we’re great at”, adding that what he felt made the bar great were the “amazing people”.
Chetiyawardana said he was “proud” of what the bar had achieved during its four years, however said he felt “it makes sense to burn it down, start afresh, and rise again”. During the announcement the co-founder said he felt “the conversation has shifted” adding that his Lyan Bars company had retained the premises.
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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! 🙀🦁🍸✨😿🙌🤘
Other London bars placed high on the World’s Best Bar for 2018 list, included The Connaught Bar in Mayfair at number five, Oriole based in Smithfield was at number 17 and Bethnal Green’s Coupette at 18.
The bar has not given an exact date for its closure, Catering Today has contacted Dandelyan for comment.