The beautiful and new Lyaness, formerly the Dandelyan, at the Sea Containers hotel, formerly the Mondrian, cocktail bar is sure rocket up the list with award-winning Mr Lyan (Ryan Chetiyawardana) and team in charge of the venue.
Those familiar with the history of the site will know it was once the place of the World’s Best Cocktail Bar Dandelyan, but a shock announcement that the site would close meant the venue needed a bar.
The bar’s cocktails are driven by the team’s desire to source and use unusual ingredients, merging the alien and weird into something the delicious.
Physically, the layout of the bar has changed little since its previous tenants, but it has been given a fresh new makeover, featuring gold, blue and silver fixtures, fittings and soft furnishings.
The cocktail menu is clean and simply designed, with one drink per page featuring a line drawing that shows the style of glass a drink will be served in.
Because each drink is given a whole page to itself, the menu is chunky. But that doesn’t mean the drinks on there are just taking up space.
It is a well thought out menu that features some standout drinks including the Whisky Smash, made with Compass Box; Queenie Harvard, made using Martell VSOP; and the Snap Crackle Bellini, made with Tapatio Blanco.
For those wondering about the time of day they should be drinking which cocktails on the menu, there’s also a handy graph showing said information.