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.