Dandelyan | South Bank Cocktail Bar
Despite how the interaction traditionally works, this is a Dandelyan that will blow you away.
It’s the second bar from cocktail oracle Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr. Lyan, after his trailblazing flagship White Lyan in Hoxton, where drinks are pre-mixed and served without ice or perishables. And as difficult second albums go, this place is nailing it, with the 2016 award for World’s Best Cocktail Menu at The Spirited Awards under its belt, and a cool third place in the World’s Best 50 Bars.
The aesthetic is 1970s through a Wes Anderson lens – a sprawling forest green marble bar, flamingo-pink leather banquettes and antique brass details are accompanied by a late 70s soundtrack and soft lighting, all courtesy of Tom Dixon. Oh, and there’s a banging view of the Thames through the floor to ceiling windows.
As you might well expect from the name, Dandelyan’s muse is the humble botanical; its current menu paying homage to the naughtier side of plants, herbs and weeds. By day, this takes the form of the Wyld Afternoon Tea – feat. retro nibbles, botanical bites (like elderflower, compressed cucumber and burnt herb cream sandwiches) and a paired cocktail with every course – as well as loose leaf tea, hand-blended from Camelia’s Tea House.
Come the evening however (or, in fact, earlier), there’s a vast selection of impeccably crafted cocktails to choose from. Famously scientific with his mixology, Chetiyawardana takes these botanicals and amps them up a notch with experimental preparations and unusual apparatus, creating house syrups and infusions like pink garum (a fermented fish sauce), parsley root wine, and pollen vermouth. Then there’s the really adventurous ingredients, like plant haemoglobin, mummified citrus, and the Concrete Sazerac, which features Martell VSOP cognac filtered through concrete.
It’s good for when you need a stiff drink.
NOTE: You can book online HERE or by calling 020 3747 1063. Wyld Afternoon Tea takes place Thurs-Sun, 12-5pm and costs £55, or £35 without booze.
Dandelyan | Mondrian Hotel, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
Like the sound of this guy? Well that’s good, because he has two other bars HERE and HERE…