Ryan Chetiyawardana’s bars challenge industry norms. Chethiyawardhana told Imbibe Magazine that his motivation may come from his studies.
White Lyan is an innovator, acknowledging Club Oenologique and sustainable hospitality becoming more popular. At White Ryan, ingredients are carefully used, and spirits, beer, wine and water are distilled in-house, reports Grazia Magazine. Punch recognizes that the concept is notable not only for its approach, but also for the creativity found throughout the facility. And while many whispered “gimmicks,” Chetiyawardhana admitted to Departures, he remained focused. I’m here. Today, White Ryan-infused drinks can be found in bars around the world, like Beeswax Old Fashioned. Brands such as zero-waste restaurant Silo approached Chetiyawardana for custom cocktails to accompany their dishes. An Italian fashion brand requested a drink to celebrate the launch of its recyclable clothing. Chetiyawardhana used plants that are commonly discarded to garnish their drinks (via Lyan).
With titles such as British Bartender of the Year and International Bartender of the Year, according to Grazia Magazine, Chethiyawardhana’s efforts are well known.In 2014, White Ryan Voted the best new bar in the world, Dandelian won the same title at the 2015 Spirited Awards. His hotel bar, Lyaness, has won the World’s Best Bar for 2022 (according to Forbes). It’s safe to say that Chetiyawardene shows no signs of slowing down.