Dandelyan | South Bank Cocktail Bar
Despite how the interaction traditionally works, this is a Dandelyan that will blow you away.
It comes to you from cocktail oracle Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr. Lyan, who won plaudits for his trailblazing Hoxton flagship White Lyan (now Super Lyan), where drinks are pre-mixed and served without ice or perishables. And as difficult second albums go, this place continues to nail it, having just been named the World’s Best Bar 2018 at the 50 Best Bar awards. And it’s just as well they say you should quit while you’re ahead – because they announced their 2019 closure just a few days earlier.
They’ll be back in the same space with a new bar next year, but for now there’s still time to soak up Dandelyan’s eccentric charms. 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 not exactly hideous 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 modern life and future of plants, herbs and weeds. By day, this takes the form of the Wyld Afternoon Tea – feat. retro nibbles, botanical bites (like elderflower, gimlet compressed cucumber and burnt herb cream sandwiches) and a paired cocktail with every course – as well as loose leaf tea, hand-blended from Camellia’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 parsley root wine, and pollen vermouth. Then there’s the really adventurous ingredients, like crème d’escargot, 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 | Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
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