Ryan Chetiyawardana announces Cub closure

Cub founders Ryan Chetiyawardana and Doug McMaster have confirmed they will not reopen the celebrated London venue following lockdown measures in the UK. Based in Hoxton, London, Cub opened in September 2017 at the site of Chetiyawardana’s first bar, White Lyan. Cub was designed to be a ‘luxury sustainable drinks-led dining experience’. The site was focused on sustainability and endeavoured to minimise waste, and show that luxury experiences need not be wasteful. Chetiyawardana, aka Mr…

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Alex Lawrence on leading Mr Lyan bars globally

Alex Lawrence was beset by a feeling of failure when he first joined the Mr Lyan group. But now, as global head of bar operations, he is taking on new challenges and opportunities across the world. *This feature was originally published in the February 2020 issue of The Spirits Business I remember walking across Blackfriars Bridge at 4am when I first started at Dandelyan in complete tears because I knew I wasn’t good enough to…

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Ryan Chetiyawardana opens Lyaness bar in London

Award-winning bar owner Ryan Chetiyawardana has opened his new Lyaness venue in London, which features a drinks menu that “democratises the way that cocktails are consumed”. The new bar on London’s Southbank replaced Chetiyawardana’s award-winning cocktail den Dandelyan in the Sea Containers hotel. In October last year, Chetiyawardana – aka Mr Lyan – said he planned for the site to “rise again as something brighter, shinier and more fitting”. Lyaness, which opens its doors today…

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Mr Lyan to open Amsterdam bar in April

Revered bar owner Ryan Chetiyawardana has revealed further details of his new Super Lyan bar, which will open in Amsterdam this April. Chetiyawardana – aka Mr Lyan – first unveiled plans to move Super Lyan from London to Amsterdam and open a new venue in Washington DC earlier this year. Super Lyan will open in the Kimpton De Witt hotel in Amsterdam in mid-April. The “all-day neighbourhood bar” will have a “Mr Lyan sense of…

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Mr Lyan to open first international bars

Revered bar owner Ryan Chetiyawardana has revealed plans to open new bars in Amsterdam and Washington DC, marking his first international ventures outside of London. Chetiyawardana – aka Mr Lyan – announced the news across his social media profiles yesterday (15 January). Taking to social media, Chetiyawardana said: “It gives me huge pride to announce our latest endeavours, and first explorations outside our beloved London: Lyaness (London), Super Lyan (Amsterdam) and Silver Lyan (Washington DC)…

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