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Mondrian London’s Dandelyan is named World’s Best Bar for 2017

The botanic-themed bar was the biggest winner of the night, walking away with the Best International Hotel Bar and Best International Bar Team awards as well.

Aug 03, 2017 | By Pameyla Cambe

The bustling banks of Thames River has long been home to many of London’s gems: the magnificent London Eye, the ancient Gothic monuments of Southwark Cathedral and the internationally renowned art museum, Tate Modern. Now, tourists can add one more stop on their trip down to the heart of London: Mondrian London’s Dandelyan bar, AKA the World’s Best Bar of 2017.

Bestowed with its latest title at this year’s Spirited Awards, Dandelyan is a botany-themed paradise. You’d hardly be able to keep your eyes off the bar’s sleek, stylish interior — think modern fixtures of marble, leather and wood that come in the surprising shades of pink and green  — envisioned by award-winning designer, Tom Dixon. Oh, and let’s not forget the spectacular front-row views of Old Father Thames, in all its olive-coloured glory.

Of course, Dandelyan isn’t just gloss and shine. The London watering hole offers an inventive drinks menu designed by Ryan Chetiyawardana, who also happens to be the World’s Best Bartender of 2015. “Vices of Botany” presents a plant-themed selection of cocktails that takes a “nose to tail” approach to flora. With Ryan’s touch, ingredients of the garden variety (literally) such as nettles, pine and blue corn are combined with alcohol to concoct magically refreshing tipples. Whether you are in need of an all-day refresher or an early evening pick-me-up, Dandelyan has got you covered.

The panelists of the 2017 Spirited Awards certainly took note of Dandelyan’s winning combination of a stunning venue and stellar cocktails. In fact, they were so impressed that the London bar also bagged two other titles at the event: the Best International Hotel Bar and Best International Bar Team 2017.

The list of winners of the night was peppered with bars from London and New York, but Singapore’s very own Tippling Club did manage to clinch the title of Best International Restaurant Bar, making it the only Asian bar on the list. Other notable winners are Shanghai’s Shingo Gokan, who won International Bartender of the Year, and Melbourne’s Black Pearl, which took the title of Best International Cocktail Bar.

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