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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The week in pictures

American whiskey brand Bulleit Bourbon headed to this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica this week. The awards, now in its 35th year, recognised the best from across 2019’s independent film releases, and this year’s winners included Korean film Parasite, Uncut Gems star Adam Sandler and The Lighthouse actor Willem Dafoe. During the awards ceremony, Bulleit Bourbon hosted its 3D Printed Frontier Experience, which served up 3D-printed cocktails and showcased Bulleit Neon in…

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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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