After being crowned No.1 at the 10th annual edition of The World’s 50 Best Bars, Dandelyan at the Mondrian London hotel is set to evolve into a fresh concept. We spoke to founder Ryan Chetiyawardana before and after the awards about the life of Dandelyan and plans for the future.

Just two days before the announcement of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2018, the sister list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Ryan Chetiyawardana announced in an Instagram post that his four-year-old bar, Dandelyan, would make way for a new project in 2019. When it was then revealed that Dandelyan had been voted by Chetiyawardana’s peers World’s Best Bar in the annual ranking, he said it felt like the perfect time to move on.

“To go out on a high like this [feels great],” said Chetiyawardana in his acceptance speech after Dandelyan was announced as the No.1, trading places with last year’s top spot, American Bar at The Savoy. The details of what Dandelyan does next are still under wraps, but Chetiyawardana says he and co-founder Iain Griffiths have been working on the project for months and will reopen the bar inside London’s iconic Sea Containers building at some point next year. The space will close temporarily while it undergoes a “full transformation” that extends to the design and décor as well as the cocktail list, but the essence of Dandelyan will very much be a part of the new bar.

Read the full interview with Ryan Chetiyawardana on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants website.

Image: Dandelyan