WHY HERE: Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr. Lyan) changed the cocktail game when he opened White Lyan in 2013, focusing strictly on bottled cocktails with no perishables (ice, citrus, eggs, nada) in sight. Four years later, his influence can be seen worldwide, as interest in pre-batched cocktails continues to rise and an increased mindfulness about waste behind the bar is slowly becoming more mainstream. WHY NOW: Time is of the essence! White Lyan will be closing its doors forever at the end of the year and converting into a playground—er, “laboratory”—of sorts for Mr. Lyan and company to experiment with “multisensory flavor experiences.” You literally must (ahem) drink here now.
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