A friend of mine who lives nearby was familiar with the bar from back when it was known as the Beaver Dam, under different ownership. We stopped in for drinks on a Sunday afternoon, and the place was comfortably quiet, with just a few clusters of older folks around each side of the square bar. My friend, who also introduced me to Devon's Pub & Cigar Bar, recognized a couple she knew from Devon's, which makes sense, since the cigar bar is only three and a half miles away (and sometimes you have to mix it up to keep your neighborhood-bar game from going stale).
We split an order of chile-cheese fries smothered in flavorful green chile that stayed crispy because cheese was melted on top rather than queso being poured over. The portion was big enough that we both ate our fill and had extra to take home. Our bartender also told us that the wings were particularly good as well, and my friend enjoyed a soft pretzel along with the fries.
After stuffing our faces, we exchanged light banter with a few of the regulars: an older guy who inexplicably had a whole pineapple in a bag at the bar, a forty-something Latino couple looking at a tablet together and talking about buying new shoes, and a couple in their twenties who seemed as intent on their lunch as we had been. A few families with young kids came in and sat at the booths on the lower level by the two pool tables, and some other middle-aged guys joined the folks seated at the bar and at the high-top tables on the upper level next to it.
In most other respects, Skippy's is not unique. Customers entertain themselves with billiards, Golden Tee and a bowling video game, or they come in for trivia on Wednesdays (courtesy of Triviality) and karaoke on Thursdays from Rosefly Productions, the same company that holds beer pong tournaments every Saturday night. Mondays, though, offer $8 all-you-can eat spaghetti, something not found at just any old neighborhood bar.
Skippy's is open from noon to 2 a.m. on Monday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the bar's Facebook page for more details.