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London's Best Bartenders & Bar Owners

They may not be as famous as celebrity chefs but these London bartenders and bar owners are carving the future of drinks in your city.

Ryan Chetiyawardana 

Who? - AKA Mr Lyan - Ryan has an impresive CV as he worked his way up through both the Edinburgh and London bar scene. Now he's the face of the incredibly creative Mr Lyan, which he owns and runs alongside his business partners  - of which the most notable is Iain Griffiths. Ryan is partly responsible for the some of the incredibly tasty drinks you'll find in his bars but most impressive about him is the drinking experience he has created, one which challenges your every perception on liquid, a cocktail which starts a conversation. 
Works: White Lyan and Dandelyan. Multiple freelance projects and is part of Pour.  

Marcis Dzelzainis

Who? Marcis is a well-known and respected bartender in the London scene who’s CV ticks off a lot of the city’s best cocktail bars. 69 Colebrooke Row, Satan’s Whiskers and Dandelyan to name his most recent posts. His employment at Sager signalled a big change for the bar who launched with a focus on wines only. Since he started he's managed to put together a small team and several menus which are pure genius thanks to their simplicity, the easy to understand drink descriptions and subtle use of unusual ingredients. He is constantly playing with new concepts and thinking up exciting ways to use local and fresh produce. 
Works: Sager+Wilde Paradise Row

Alastair Burgess 

Who? Ali Burgess is the genius behind three very successful venues across east London. After stints in NYC at Pegu Club and London's Milk & Honey he decided to open his own basement bar off Hoxton Square. It almost instantly became the spot to grab a well crafted drink in town and is still today a loved industry hang out as well as a local's favourite and destination bar. It's a wonder there's ever any room to perch on a bar stool. Ali isn't just a pretty face though - and he proved he could do it again when he launched his Stoke Newington bar Original Sin. Just over a year later he traversed the bar scene and opened Petit Pois, a stunning French-style bistro above his first bar. Watch this space for more.  
Works: Happiness Forgets, Original Sin and Petit Pois

Alex Kratena

Who? Alex used to head up the team at Artesian, and under his guideance it remained as the world's best bar for four years, raking in the awards for its menus, team and service. Having left late last year he went on to launch Pour - an educational and innovative collaboration with other key memebers of the industry - which has held its inaugral presentation and is about to do a second. However Alex is hardly one to rest on his laurels and whether its in London or elsewhere in the world, there's little doubt we'll be hearing from him soon. 

Tristan Stephenson

Who? Tristan is now based outside of London but he's still is a part-owner in two of the city's best bars - Black Rock and Worship Street Whistling Shop. He is constantly travelling the globe to educate bartenders and sourcing information for his series of books The Curious Bartender becoming an expert on spirits as he goes. 
Works: Black Rock and Worship Street Whistling Shop.

JJ Goodman

Who? You may recognise JJ as the man behind London Cocktail Club, now with several sites across the city, including Islington, Bethnal Green, Oxford Circus, Goodge Street, Shoreditch and Shaftsbury Avenue. No doubt we'll be seeing more opening their doors across the city and perhaps globally! LCC are famous for being good time bars and JJ certainly reminded London that good cocktails don't always have be sipped in super serious environments. He's also always on TV telling everyone how to mix up delicious drinks. 
Works: LCC

Edmund Weil & Rosie Stimpson 

Who? We thought Edmund and Rosie had their hands full with two award-wining bars, Nightjar and Oriole, not to mention their children, however news has only recently broken that they've aquired another site in Soho in collaboration with some well-loved bartenders. Their bars have always been famous for their ornate style and fantastic cocktails so we're excited to see what happens next. 
Works: Nightjar and Oriole

Richard Woods

Who? Rich is the man behind the wonderful drinks at Duck & Waffle and Sushi Samba. He's phenominally creative and works hard to piece together some of the best menus London has seen. Rather than leave that 40-storey high view to be the main attraction in his bars Rich ensures people are there to try his tasty cocktails. 
Works: Duck & Waffle