The name of this basement bar itself is intriguing in its apparent
self-deprecation. There is a real ‘back street alley’ vibe as you enter the speakeasy-inspired venue, past the graffiti walls and down the bare wooden steps towards a red velvet curtain serving as the entry point.
The hidden element borderlines the exclusive; with only 30 or so seats, booking is a necessity.
Here is a place where every detail is thoughtfully considered - from the eclectic mix of furniture and décor to the imaginative menu.
Effort has been made to create an atmosphere reminiscent of a living room with dim lighting, cosy enclaves and the chatter of friends enjoying their evening...
Glassware will trigger familiar feelings, taking you right back to your Grannie’s house, as will the crochet table cloth. The soundtrack too takes you back in time from the 80s legendary tunes to the carefully selected disco and soul classics; you won’t be able to resist bopping along.
Reading through the detailed menu and munching on the popcorn waiting for you on arrival, you have the option to choose a classic yet familiar cocktail, or something altogether different. Uniquely and amusingly named concoctions like ‘The Park Bench’ come with a snack to complement your alchemy of choice. What’s more, you can expect to see nibbles like ‘Curly Whirly’ on the menu.
If you want to Know Where’s Special, the answer is here.
Knowhere Special, Basement, 296 Kentish Town Rd, London, NW5 2TG
UPDATE: Due to a quadruple rent increase Knowhere Special has become victim to London's extortionate property market and was forced to close its doors late 2015 after an ongoing battle with the landlord to regain their belongings from the site. Let's hope they rebuild 'Somewhere' Special elsewhere.