Days after announcing its closure, this bar was named the best in the world

London’s Dandelyan owned by Ryan Chetiyawardana and Iain Griffiths has been named the No. 1 bar at the World’s 50 Best Bars awards.

Taking it to Instagram, Ryan wrote, “Broken thumb, and WORLD’S BEST FUCKIN BAR.”


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Broken thumb, and WORLD’S BEST FUCKIN BAR 🤯🦁😘🤘🍸

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But the award came just days after an announcement that it would close next year.

“It was one of 10 London venues to be named in the top 50 list. It feels fitting on our 4th birthday to kill off our now-eldest venue,” Ryan wrote earlier on Instagram.

“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.”

However, Ryan has assured everyone that he’s reopening a completely new concept within the same space, adding, “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.”

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The other nine London bars in the top 50 include the American Bar at the Savoy, the Connaught bar in Mayfair, Bar Termini in Soho, Oriole in Spitafields, Bethnal Green’s Coupette, Three sheets, Happiness Forgets and Swift.


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