Knowhere Special

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

I’d like to introduce you to Knowhere Special.


No, I haven’t lost the plot, cheeky!

I’m actually being super trendy and introducing you to the newest addition to Kentish Town, hidden away in a basement bar.

I worked in Kentish Town for almost 3 years and it was gradually getting trendier and trendier as the months flew past. Then when I headed to Hackney for pastures new, the trendiness obviously went down a few notches but now it seems to be recovering from my departure.

Well, I can’t have a new bar opening without me trying it out so I jumped on the Overground, grabbed my buddies and headed down the steep steep steps.

Knowhere special

Knowhere special

Knowhere special

You are greeted by a dark, slightly pongy living room and, randomly, a friendly Jack Russell called Otto. This little chap is clearly the boss and he led us straight to our table which was hidden away in a prison cell (the buildind dates back to 1844!). The friendly four legged owner greeted us all individually and even jumped up onto Robert’s knee which was a bit forward! He’s an energetic little one and wouldn’t sit still for a photo so this is all I got!

Knowhere special

Knowhere special

The furnishing is a jumble of random pieces with crooked pictures on the wall which drove my OCD wild! It has a similar eccentric feel to the slightly brighter, Zetter Townhouse.

Knowhere special

We were treated to a brown paper bag of popcorn which we munched quickly like starved scavengers whilst browsing the menu. There’s a choice of 8 inventive cocktails but the exciting part is that they all come with a bespoke foody snack.

After lots of discussion over who was having what, which mostly revolved around which snacks were best, we choose this inventive bunch:

The Park bench. Strongbow reduction, apple brandy, poire William eau de vie, house syrup and fizz. Served in a Strongbow can, in a brown bag (perhaps an ode to the park bench loving locals!) with a sausage roll!

Knowhere special

Friars Luck. House spiced rum, Benedictine, yellow chartreuse, burnt orange peel and a hint of frankincense. Served with a toffee apple and some salt chocolate.

Knowhere special

Bear with me honey. Smoked vodka, lemon juice, fresh dill, honey, house syrup and an egg white. Served in a little plastic bear, with a tiny stack of “bear” caught salmon pancakes with cucumber syrup.

Knowhere special


Grown your own martini. Pink peppercorn infused vodka, fresh cucumber, vermouth and house syrup. This was supposed to come with a salad but even the bar man agreed a salad isn’t worth the hassle. A man after my own heart.

Knowhere special

This a retro joint with 90’s music playing and a great selection of old skool snacks, I was ordering Tangy Toms and Curly Wurly’s like they were going out of fashion, which they have!

Knowhere special

We had a good old catch up; tasting each others cocktails, munching crisps and gossiping.

Knowhere special
(We forced Robert to have this picture taken, he's not a Strongbow kind of guy!)

Knowhere special
Catherine, doing her best park bench impression but failing miserably! 

Knowhere special

We had fun at Knowhere Special, the cocktails were original, inventive and tasty. For me, the area we were sat was a bit dull as we couldn’t be nosy, also I found it a bit stinky! I'd definitely recommend sitting in the main bar for a bit more atmosphere. The cocktail prices at Knowhere Special feel too steep for Kentish Town, but there are cheaper drinks available. If this bar was on the Strand then yes, £12 could be grudgingly justified, but this is Kentish Town so I'm afraid its not quite hitting the mark for me.

If you fancy popping in to try for yourself then look out for the door to the right of Mamma Mia, it can be a tricky one to find. 

Knowhere special

Next stop was One Aldwych but I’ll save that story for another day!

What's your favourite cocktail bar in London?
Little London Girl x

7 comments:

  1. Wow - £12 for cocktails in a smelly bar!! Not sure I'll be going there, but maybe... just to meet the dog!!

    Rosie xx
    www.alittlelusciousness.com

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    1. I know, not ideal! The dog was a good distraction though! x

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  2. This place looks amazing! I love how warm and homey it looks...

    -- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

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  3. It would be nice and cosy in the winter :-)

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  4. How cute is this?! I'll be flying into London next month, I may have to check this out ;)

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    1. You should really check out One Aldwych, its one of my all time favourites: http://www.littlelondongirl.co.uk/2014/06/the-lobby-bar-at-one-aldwych.html

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  5. Were those clothes hanging to dry after entering the door?! Haha! That is one peculiar place. Interesting though :)

    Jen
    http://thecasualwanderer.blogspot.com/

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