How’s this for going out with a bang? Just as Dandelyan – the show-stopping cocktail bar along London’s South Bank – took the number one spot on The World’s 50 Best Bars list back in October, it also announced its imminent closure.
Although the team is still being a little bit coy about the bar’s official closing date after four years in the biz, they’ve been throwing all their efforts into the final-ever Dandelyan drinks menu. And boy, is it full of the twists and turns we’ve come to associate with a bar under cocktail legend Mr Lyan’s steer.
Ingredients on the new menu include ‘nutrient-enriched cardboard’, lanolin, lacto carrots, tatties, ‘turbo milk’ and digestive biscuit. But don’t worry, every single sip is delicious.
The Stranger Things Old Fashioned (top) is described as a ‘complex boozy beast’ and adds haberno to a classic cocktail recipe for a genuine tongue tingle. Meanwhile, the Re-Supply Sour with that aforementioned cardboard is described as a ‘funky sour’ and shows how the team continue to think outside the box when it comes to sustainable boozing.
The Dandelyan website still appears to be taking bookings through to the start of March 2019, so there’s time to test drive these brand-new inventions and soak up some of the final vibes of the bar as we know it.
With the announcement of its closure back in October, founder Ryan Chetiyawardana said they’d be keeping the space at the Mondrian Hotel, as well as continuing with ‘real weird stuff’ – you know, in case nutrient-enriched cardboard in your cocktail weren’t enough. Read his full Instagram post below and then get yourself down for tatties in your tipple before it’s too late.
Dandelyan is at the Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD and is due to close in the New Year.
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