One thing needs to be said right off the bat: this place looks absolutely nothing like its predecessor, which lived on this corner since 1969 (and there's been a bar here for as long as anyone can remember). The bar itself remains in place (albeit after a good sanding), and the curved wood back bar is thankfully still there, but other than that the place has been completely renovated. Love it or hate it, the bar looks completely different, and older Timboo's regulars will most definitely not feel particularly comfortable here.
With that said, owner Leah Allen, who also owns Abilene Bar on Court Street, has transformed this space into a very cool place to have a couple drinks. She opened up the room a little bit, removing the pool table and providing ample space to chill out on vintage furniture.
The bar looks a little like Grandma's house, but in a good way, if that's even possible. Mismatched 70s-era chairs, couches, tables and lighting fixtures dot the room, and the theme even continues into the little butterscotch candies on one table. Retro fixtures decorate the walls as well, a holdover from Timboo's but not without irony. There are also a couple old pinball games in the back: Star Trek and Harlem Globetrotters.
Fourteen beers are on tap, averaging 5-6 bucks; a nice selection with no major surprises. There are a few cans and bottles (Gennessee and High Life go for 3 bucks), and two wines by the glass. There are also seven sandwiches on offer: kielbasa with sauerkraut; chicken cordon bleu; "steak and potatoes": roast beef, cheddar, and mashed potatoes on white bread (talk about retro), turkey, brie, and apple; grilled veggies with goat cheese; brie and fig; and French onion soup.
Skylark will open at noon every day for those looking to get started early, and Happy Hour is from 4-7 ($4 well drinks and drafts, and a dollar off everything else).
Skylark Bar, 477 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 347-227-8196.