Bartenders’ Bartender 2017: Iain Griffiths
Iain Griffiths has come a long way in a short time. A bartender two days after his 18th birthday, by 30 Griffiths has a CV to match almost anyone in the industry. In 2011 he tended bar at the 2017 Legend of the List, Black Pearl in Melbourne, and within a year was behind the stick at four-time member Eau de Vie in Sydney. In 2012 he travelled to Europe, but not content with being “another Aussie bartender in London” he pitched up in Scotland, the country of his ancestors. Griffiths got a job at the best bar in Edinburgh – Bramble, a veteran of seven 50 Best lists.
His talent for drinks-making is complemented by a natural warmth evident in his signature chatty service, which led to a burgeoning reputation. He arrived in London to team up with now long-time partner (and fellow Bramble alumnus) Ryan Chetiyawardana. If Griffiths’ status was not already established, the pair created the pioneering White Lyan in Hoxton and the hugely successful Dandelyan at the Mondrian London.
Alongside world-class drinks and perfectly choreographed service, Griffiths’ interest in sustainable practices has been his recent focus. His latest spin-off tour, Trash Tiki with partner Kelsey Ramage, is proof that bartending shouldn’t have a cost to the environment. Passionate and engaging, Griffith’s strides have not gone unnoticed: voted by the bartenders from The World’s 50 Best Bars, he is the first winner of the Bartenders’ Bartender award for 2017.
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