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Look for an unremarkable door next to a caff , head down a lurid corridor that screams ‘Chinese laundry', and enter a captivating, kooky den seemingly furnished by Steptoe & Son. Despite daft
names such as ‘bear with me honey’, the jokiness doesn’t affect house signature drinks at around £11. Ambitious pricing? Kentish Town isn’t Kensington, but fancies such as get me a bourbon, I’m
hungry (toasted pistachio-infused bourbon, Cherry Heering, vermouth and chocolate bitters) or friar’s luck (home-spiced rum, Benedictine, yellow Chartreuse, burnt orange and frankincense) all come
with snacks – a toffee apple and salted chocolate caramels, for example. Classic cocktails start at a more amenable £6.50, and there are kooky vaults if you fancy fooling around with your (close)
mates. With Shebeen located in the adjacent basement, this patch of Kentish Town is now somewhere rather special.
After a spot of fish and chips (see below) and before a trip to the loo (see above), we had a second go at getting in to Knowhere Special. This was following a failed attempt on a busy Saturday evening when a brusque DJ/doorman hybrid wouldn't grant us access. Weekends are the worst. It was much more pleasant on a Wednesday, and we had the bar to ourselves to start with. Blink and you'll miss Knowhere Special. That little doorway inbetween The Assembly House and the sadly now shut Kentish Canteen (soon to become Joe's Southern Kitchen) - that's what you are looking for. Walk through the colourful corridor...
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