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Ryan Chetiyawardana

Mr Lyan
Mr Lyan!

Ryan (A.K.A Mr Lyan) has been involved in several of the UK’s best bars for over a decade. He helped take the last four of these including Bramble, 69 Colebrooke Row and The Whistling Shop onto national titles and all featured in the Top 40 World’s Best Bars for Drinks International. Personally he has twice been named UK Bartender of the Year and has title to several national competitions.

Ryan has been a contributing columnist to Imbibe, Class Magazine and Gin&It magazine and is a cocktail and drinks writer for The Huffington Post and Whisky Magazine. He has designed cocktail programs for Unfiltered, The Whisky Yearbook and also for Death by Burrito, The Whisky Show, Elliot’s, Selfridge's and Brewdog.

Ryan is also known as an innovator having given talks in the US, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka and Russia on pioneering drinks practice. He was also named ‘Hot Stuff’ at the Imbibe Awards 2012, and Innovator of the Year at the 2014 awards.

In 2013 he opened his first bar White Lyan which quickly garnered awards for its pioneering approach to drinks making including being named World's Best New Bar at the highly prestigious Spirited Awards in 2014. He opened his second bar Dandelyan in late 2014 and launched a unique range of bottled cocktails

His book "Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends" will be released on 1st October 2015 (Dandelyan's first birthday!)

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