Dandelyan

Playful & experimental drinks exploring Modern Botany. World’s Best Cocktail Bar - Tales 2017. #2 World’s Best Bars 2017. 🦁✌🏼🍸

http://www.dandelyanbar.com/

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Our elusive leader! All hail Chris Stock! A total pro, he (follow him at @chris_j_stock) and I worked together years back in Team Lyan alma mater @bramblebar and we brought him over from native New Zealand/adopted Australia to head up Dandelyan and take it to the next level – something he has done with aplomb over the last few years. Often shying away from the camera, please say hello to him if he passes by – a wealth of knowledge and humour that is a true one of a kind 😍😻πŸ’ͺ🀴🦁πŸ₯ƒπŸŒΏπŸŒΈ

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Bill (@billi_vanilli13) on the pass as he makes the final checks, adjustments and garnishes to the drinks before they go out. A careful mix of precise timing, cool head and attention to detail needed! πŸŒΈπŸΉπŸΈπŸ€€πŸ¦πŸŒΏπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

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The side of the bar is reserved for clearing, pot wash and water re-fills – and a service area is a busy space so you'll find it roped off and without seats – but it's also a good spot for the team to be able to sneak in a howdy and best wishes. Besnick to the left has been part of the hotel since inception, whilst @cameron_attfield is one of our newest recruits! πŸ¦πŸ› οΈπŸ€ŸπŸš°

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We try and rotate the team throughout the bar and floor where they can utilise different skills, and you might recognise @stephen_muttley from being the consummate host he is on the floor. So charming you might not have expected him to be such a badass behind the bar too! Keep an eye out – it's as fun to get served by him in both settings πŸ¦πŸΉπŸ€€πŸΈπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

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The Classics are timeless for good reason! We have a great selection of whiskies that are shown off in style in an Old Fashioned – a simple iteration of the definition of a cocktail; spirit, sugar, water and bitters – which is ideal in these colder months. But ask the team for an alternative if you want to discover a new side to your favourite spirits – it works great for rums, cognacs and aged spirits but also tequila, gins and lighter ones too πŸ₯ƒπŸŠπŸŒΏπŸ€€πŸ¦

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Garnishes are very functional in our eyes. We're the ones for simplicity (visually - not in preparation!), but love the final flourish a good garnish can bring. This beauty is a case in point. The toasted truffle marshmallow has become a classic mainstay of the bar with the Koji Hardshake (you can smell it wafting across the bar regularly) 🌿πŸ₯ƒπŸΉπŸŒΈπŸ¦

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Until recent years, Tiki (and real cocktails on a whole) had been regarded as kitsch and pastiche since its fall from grace. Actually it was all about glamour and escapism and managing to marry big flavours, sophistication & fun in a balanced and considered way. We have always loved this idea, so since the beginning we have had a Dandelyan take on a Tiki serve. In fact, given the way we operate with pre-batching and own formulas, a friend called us "the modern version of a Tiki bar", you can step behind the bar and produce the cocktails, but it is still hard to know what you are actually making β“βš±οΈπŸΊπŸ—ΏπŸš€πŸΉπŸΈπŸπŸ¦πŸ€Ÿ

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Keeping it 100 with our 'All Tomorrow's Parties'! Our wide coups are perfect for larger sours – they hit the palate in just the right way for sweet/sharp drinks, and show off the colour perfectly. They also provide the perfect canvas for garnishes that sit across the surface, (think the fern on the Dandelyan sour 🌿) and to be the bed for an aroma that doesn't interfere with the drink πŸ¦πŸ€€πŸ’―πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸΈπŸΉπŸ₯ƒ

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Happy Christmas from Team Lyan! πŸŽ„β„οΈπŸ¦πŸŽ…

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Pinnacle Point! A balance of brightness and nuttiness, it opens out like a great highball will do – with an amazing aroma of roasted corn and bright green coriander to lead the way! πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯œπŸŒ°πŸŒΏπŸŒ½

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Christmas Eve Afternoon Tea at Dandelyan. Our 70s inspired Wyld Tea is available from 12-5pm. Make sure you book ahead πŸ¦πŸ’šπŸ•ΊπŸ΅πŸΉπŸŒΏπŸŽ„β›„οΈ πŸŽ…

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Our super special Blue Grass Fizz! The plains of Kentucky are famous for the blue poa grasses that inspired the eponymous music genre 🎢, and give rise to the famous exports of horses 🐴 and whiskey πŸ₯ƒ(the whiskey travels further than the horses, but their reputations are both high!). We’ve nodded to this in our Woodford Reserve Rye fizz using a distillate of grass for a bright and fresh soda which plays off the spice of the whiskey πŸ₯ƒπŸ¦πŸŒΏπŸŒΈ

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Our β€˜Chablis’ cocktail is an exploration in mineralogy and texture. A simple gin sour, it has an amazing drying note from our house made chalk bitters, but is also offset by the salinity of the caperberry garnish πŸΈπŸ‹πŸ¦πŸŒΏπŸŒΈ

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We try and apply the appropriate technique to bring the best out of our drinks. One we learnt from White Lyan was the extra froth that an old milkshake maker brings. β€˜Over shaking’ the drink, but controlling the dilution gives a lightness that is perfect for some serves and helps build an extra layer into the cocktail πŸ¦πŸ™ŒπŸŒΈπŸŒΏπŸ₯€πŸΉπŸΈ

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Our Westwood cocktail - appropriately in the Rock n Roll section 🀟 - is capped with a pineapple crisp made from the 4th run pulp of the fruit. Or as one guest described it - a super posh Dorito! 🍍

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Toasted truffle marshmallow! Iconic to our Koji Hardshake, but perfect with the right chewy bittersweet funk to offset – and compliment – the flavours in the drink πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸΉπŸŒΏ

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Team Work yo! The 'pass' at the bar sees the ability to have many hands (and eyes, and tastebuds...) check your drink to ensure it's just right. Of course there's not many hands and tastebuds going into your drink, but it means we can get drinks out speedy fast, and make sure consistency is high regardless of who's making your drink πŸ™ŒπŸ‘¬πŸ‘«πŸ¦πŸ₯ƒπŸΉ

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Terror Twilight! The lighting in the bar has been nailed by @tomdixonstudio – it sets the perfect feel for the bar at any time. But there's a perfect moment where the bright colours are wonderfully bleached out by the light from the windows stretching the length of the bar. The perfect witching hour for a cocktail! πŸ“Έ: @nuitblanchestudio βœ¨πŸ’šπŸ§™πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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There's been more than one Simpsons reference over the menus, but our Tomacco Mule seems to have resonated the best. A wonderful story of rock n roll, and a killer fresh take on a mule, it manages to traverse light and dark in a wonderful way πŸ¦πŸΉπŸ˜‹πŸŒΈπŸŒΏπŸ€˜πŸŽΈ

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For many years Jack Daniel's has been famous across industries for its eponymous 'No 7' whiskey. It was therefore with much excitement we received the news of the rye variant. It went straight onto our Cellar Menu, and for a whiskey born of fire, we needed a drink to match it. Our Jack & Mikey Old Fashioned does so with aplomb. Served in a fired cup, it uses 'burnt' bitters and a ash-blackened potato syrup to sweeten it up πŸ₯ƒ

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We always aim for a clarity of flavour – but that doesn't mean we can't have big and boozy drinks🍸! Our 'Rocks off Manhattan' is a wonderful case in point. All the richness you'd want in a late-evening sipper, but with a focus on the fruitiness of the whisky, and just that right balance of bitter-sweet spice to trail out 🦁❀️πŸ₯ƒπŸΈ

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A satisfying edible emoji ready to land on a bed of clouds atop our "All Tomorrow's Parties" πŸ’―πŸŽ‰πŸ˜»

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Mmm Hop Mondays! It has all the brightness you need (akin to a G&T in many ways) for a Monday sundowner. Perfect to while away the start of the week over a catch up with friends πŸ¦πŸŒΈπŸŒΊπŸŒΏπŸ˜‹

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We always wanted the bar to have a neighbourhood vibe, and to keep it in line with what we love. Hence Sunday Lyan! 😻 A more relaxed evening, it has the pang of mischief and laziness that drinking on a Sunday is so wonderful for, and is soundtracked by our friends spinning hip hop and disco. πŸŽΆπŸŽ§πŸ¦πŸ™Œ

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Afternoon drinking is a wonderful chance to catch up with friends and family (and in daylight!). With the weekend coming up, we provide our unique botanical – and 70s inspired! – take on afternoon tea. It's obviously spiked with cocktails, but carefully so to reflect the setting of mid-afternoon. Delicious sweets, savouries, tea and cocktails πŸ¦πŸ•ΊπŸ°πŸΉ

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We double strain everything! There's loads of debate across every facet of bartending, and we love to keep ourselves open as a company to challenge the foundations, and our own baggage and prejudices. Except double straining – everything shaken is double strained. Including our famous Koji Hardshake that leaves a silky texture with no interference from shards of ice for a great journey from start to finish πŸΈπŸΉπŸ¦πŸ™Œ

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You may recognise our Oak Island Old Fashioned πŸ₯ƒ – it's distinctive by the rope adorning the glass. Not only does it have a super cool story (and taste awesome, obvs), the rope adds a tactile nature, and carries the aroma of labdanum – a resin often used in perfume and ship building which has a distinct 'old' aroma πŸ¦πŸŒΊπŸŒΏβš“οΈπŸ₯ƒ

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@jamesdwheeler 😻 not only helps back of house with all the logistics of running a bar as big as Dandelyan, but what makes his attention to this so special is that he's still a bartender at heart. Just look at him (in super slow-mo) making our 'Arsenic Waltz' πŸ¦πŸ’šπŸΈπŸ™Œ

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Mmm hop. A beer really hits the spot for a cooling wind down, but try this long zest number instead. Herbal brightness from hops and juniper along with the citrussy tang of hibiscus 🌺 🍺🍸πŸ₯ƒπŸ¦πŸ€™

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Been on our menu since day one - our famous koji hardhake πŸ™ŒπŸΌ! Although a little weird when you have your first sip, its super tasty and very moreish. You can tell we sell hunners of them as you'll get a waft of these toasted truffle mashmallows across the bar πŸ˜‹πŸ€˜πŸŒΏπŸ¦πŸ˜»

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