Knowhere Special

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Kentish Town

This tiny Kentish Town basement bar (seating for 30-odd) features low lighting, a delightfully mashed-up decor, great music, and a resident jack russell named Otto. Take your seat, take your paper bag of popcorn, tuck in while you peruse the short, inventive drinks list.

There’s a lot of hard work involved in making these drinks, own-made infusions and the like, but the effect is always one of classic simplicity. The house drinks all come with a bespoke food accompaniment, a classy touch, and their prices reflect that. Other cocktails are cheaper than they should be, given the quality.

Because the place is so tiny, and offers table service only (including low tables in cosy vaults), you’d do well to book via email if you’re planning a visit. Knowhere Special is very special indeed.

Venue name: Knowhere Special
Address: Basement
296 Kentish Town Rd
Opening hours: Open 5pm-late Tues-Sun
Transport: Kentish Town Tube

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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Joey G

A real nice coset cocktail bar with original concept throughout. A great couple who own the business who have come up with amazing experiential recipes for cocktails. Almost a living room vibe in there.

Staff Writer

Managed to get a seat here without booking late on a Saturday evening. It's a really lovely unpretentious space, great drinks list.

Matt O

Run by a lovely couple and their fantastic dog Otto, this unique and uniquely relaxing neighbourhood cocktail bar is a must. Precision made cocktails, each accompanied by a small amuse bouche are like nothing else in London. Great music and wonderful details throughout, especially in the three cubby hole rooms.

Bonny S

Awesome inventive cocktail menu and really friendly staff make this hidden basement bar a real gem to North-West London.

Super-kitch, super cosy and very chill. All the more special if you catch Otto on a "shift".

Jennifer H

Love this bar, the staff are ridiculously friendly and I love that the food comes with perfectly matched little nibbles at no extra cost.

Plus Otto the dog is very cute!


The bar is brilliant, so chilled out and the drinks are on point. Great vibe, great staff, great venue (literally across the road from kentish town station) , ace drinks. Pretty much perfect, but do call to book as I don't think this will be easy to walk into for long.