5 of the best cocktail bars in the world

It’s Friday (aka Friyay!) and many of you will be heading to the pub after work. But if you’re in the mood for something a bit swankier – and on a work trip – we’ve got expert tips from the International Bartender of the Year.

Ryan Chetiyawardana, also known as Mr. Lyan, is a 31-year old London-based mixology master. He runs two of the best drinking holes in the world: White Lyan, his East End bar (don’t miss the bone-dry martini, made from Mr. Lyan’s own spirits) and Dandelyan at the Mondrian London, which not incidentally won this year’s title for Best New International Cocktail Bar.

Chetiyawardana told Travel + Leisure his five favorite spots around the globe and what we should order at each one.

1. Attaboy, New York City

What to Drink: A can of Coors Banquet and a “Pink Dark N Stormy”: one of owners Sam Ross and Michael McIlroy’s “signature twisted classics.”

2. Clumsies, Athens, Greece

What to Drink: “An ‘Ebony’—Zacapa Rum 23, roots, and fermented local herbs.”

3. Le Lion, Hamburg, Germany

What to Drink: A “Trident,” made by acclaimed bartender Mario Kappes with “local(!) Aquavit, vermouth, and Cynar.”

4. Lucky Liquor Co., Edinburgh, Scotland

What to Drink: A nip of Mike Aikman’s “world-class liqueurs (all of them)” and “a Piña Colahaar—a smoky twist on a colada using Ardbeg, with a smoky ‘haar’ over the top.”

5. Baxter Inn, Sydney, Australia

What to Drink: “A rye and freshly pressed apple.” Or ask the staff—preferably Lewis Jaffrey or Steve Crozier, notes Chetiyawardana—for a delicious whiskey.

Can’t make it to Scotland, Sydney, or London? Try Mr. Lyan’s bottled cocktails, like the Diamond Rickey or the Candlelit Manhattan, via Selfridges, the Whisky Exchange, or Master of Malt.

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