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Knowhere Special

© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig
© Rob Greig
Kentish Town

This wonderful new Kentish Town bar is housed in a tiny basement with seating for 30-something people. It features low lighting, a delightful hotchpotch of decoration and seating, eclectic but well-chosen music, and a resident Jack Russell who will be happy to come and give your ankle a friendly sniff.

The human welcome radiates warmth and enthusiasm, from the moment you walk in and get a paper bag of popcorn to munch while you peruse the drinks list. And what a list: short but inventive, in the Purl/Nightjar mode, though the jokey names won’t be to everyone’s taste.

The rum-based Friar’s Luck, whose ingredients include frankincense, was a masterpiece of contrasting flavours in superb balance. A Martini was made exactly as requested. The house drinks all come with a bespoke food accompaniment; classy touch.

Prices for house cocktails are high at £11-12, but that includes the nibbles. And other cocktails are cheap.

The big catch is that because the place is so tiny, and offers table service only, it’s best to book ahead via email if you don’t want to risk waiting to ensure getting a table. Despite this, Knowhere Special is very special.

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

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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It would help if the physical/web addresses were provided , no ?

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.