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Cardboard and lacto carrots: the last-ever menu at the world’s best bar

Laura Richards

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.       

dandelyan menu

 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.  

dandelyan final menu

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. 

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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! 🙀🦁🍸✨😿🙌🤘

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Dandelyan is at the Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD and is due to close in the New Year. 

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