Sparkling Cocktail List for New Year’s Eve

We are having a low key affair on New Year’s Eve, keeping our regular hours with a little extra love at the bar. We figure you all have soirees and galas to attend, but we want to get you properly primed to ring in the new year. To do that, we are offering a sparkling wine cocktail list with some special prices that will help get the last night of 2012 kicked off right.


We will be offering a special cocktail happy hour with $2 off all of these drinks until 7pm. That’s a pretty sweet deal, if you ask us.  Read up and get excited, these drinks are delicious.

From Russia With Love: Hammer and Sickle Vodka, Campari, Lemon, Mint, Sparkling Wine – $8

French 75:  Tanqueray Gin, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Sparkling Wine – $7

Swiss Mistress: Smirnoff Vodka, Lemon, St. Germaine, Sparkling Wine – $7

Merry Monk: Bluecoat Gin, Green Chartreuse, Lime, Dandelion Bitters, Sparkling Wine – $8

Old Jamaican: Appleton VX Rum, Lime, Velvet Falernum, Sparkling Wine – $7

Sparkling Mojito: Don Q Rum, Appleton VX Rum, Mint Syrup, Lime, Sparkling Wine – $7

The Lion’s Mane: Woodford Reserve, Allspice Dram, Zirbenz Stone Pine, Lime, Lazzaroni Amaretto, Sparkling Wine $9


Expanded Bar!


In case you missed it, we recently expanded our bar area adding more draft beer lines and giving ourselves a bit more space. It’s been a long time coming.  The demand for craft beers in the Annapolis area has been growing substantially over the last few years and we figured y’all needed someone to step up to fill the void.

The new bar area gives us lots of great new options. We now have twenty draft lines – 19 craft beers lines and 1 red sangria line – that will be rotating on a regular basis. We will continue to try to bring unique and interesting beers to Annapolis that you can’t find at very many other places. We will also make sure that the beers remain accessible and freaking delicious. We also have more room for liquor and wine now which means you’ll see an expanded cocktail list and an expanded wine list in the next few months. So keep an eye out for that.

At the end of the day, we think it’s a pretty solid change. Sheila is sad that the tree and the umbrella are gone, but we think she’ll get over it. Dave is sad that we couldn’t fit in 9000 more draft beer lines, but we think he’ll get over it. Isaias wanted Patron Silver on tap, but we vetoed that idea. And our bartenders wanted to make the entire restaurant one big bar, but we vetoed that too. We think you’ll be happy with the change, but there is only one way to find out. Cheers!

New Cocktails at Punk’s

We’ve got good news, Punk’s fans! Our cocktail list (version 1) has officially launched. That means that you can now get any of our ten specialty cocktails anytime! Want a margarita? We’ve got you covered. More interested in a Caipirinha? No problem, we’ve got cachaca too.

We’ll still be offering red sangria in the pitcher, but the rest of our drinks will now be made to order. Look below for the full list, after some pics.

Caipirinha   7
Cachaça, lime, sugar
Scotch Old Fashioned   8
Auchentoshan single malt scotch, Reagans orange bitters, Angostura bitters, simple syrup
Applejack Sour   7
Applejack apple brandy, Angostura bitters, lemon
Belleville   7
Sparkling wine, Domaine de Canton ginger liquor, brandy, Reagan’s orange bitters, lemon, lime
Albatross   7
Hop infused Bluecoat gin, Draft Punk IPA, honey syrup, lemon
Swiss Mistress   8
Vodka, St. Germain elderflower liquor, sparkling wine, lemon
Jasmine   8
Gin, Campari, triple sec, lemon
Margarita   7
Tequila, triple sec, lime
Soulless Greyhound   7
Vodka, Domaine de Canton ginger liquor, dry vermouth, grapefruit, lime

Mojito   7
Rum, mint, lime, sugar, club soda

Bar Opening! November 5th!

As you may have noticed, we have a new bar! And although it’s been quasi open for a few weeks now, we’re officially kicking it off on Saturday, November 5th with food and drink specials and a new cocktail list.

For our grand kickoff, we will be offering $3 pints of New Belgium beers, souvenir glassware, $5 specialty cocktails and 10% off of all food from 4:00pm – 10:00pm.  We will have four New Belgium beers available on draft for $3 each, including Fat Tire, Hoptober, Ranger IPA, and 1554 Black Ale.  Two additional beers, Snow Day Winter Ale and Belgo IPA, will be available in bottles for the same price.

November 5th also will also mark the debut of the new and improved Punk’s Backyard Grill cocktail offerings, and all ten cocktails will be offered for $5 each (regularly $7-$8).  The new cocktail list features a variety of drinks including a Caipirinha, an Auchentoshan Scotch Old Fashioned, two sparkling wine cocktails, one original beer cocktail featuring Draft Punk IPA, and more.  To view all of the cocktails, check out the Punk’s Beverage List.

For those of you who have been to our big events in the past, you know the deal.  But things might be a bit different this time around.  You’ll be able to sit at the bar and order the full menu, along with any drinks, but you don’t need to be at the bar for the specials.  It’s gonna get busy, so be prepared.  In addition, we’ll have some New Belgium schwag to give away including t-shirts and more. It’ll be a blast, Dave and Sheila will be bartending, and all of your favorite friends will be there.

And in case you haven’t stopped in, the bar looks like this:

How to Build A Bar (Or, at least how we did it)

As you may or may not have noticed, we decided to add a little bar to the dining room at Punk’s.  It’s a natural extension of what we are already doing, as we’ve been selling you good people a lot of beers for a good amount of time now. Given that we tend to be DIY type people, we decided to build it. Now that it’s finished and still standing, it seemed reasonable to let you know how it went.

We started by sketching up the idea and then heading to Home Depot.  We built the structure with a whole bunch of 2x4s and lots of screws.  Nothing too fancy, just built a base, then framed it out like you would a wall.  This is what we started with. 

We decided to make square boxes at the three corner points for stability.  We built the base and laid it out to make sure our size was right before moving forward.

Typical bar height is 42″ although we went a little bit smaller at 39″ because we wanted it to blend into the dining room a little bit more.  The lower height gives customers better visibility to the grill. So we started framing.

Once the outside framing was done, we rough cut some 8′ x 4′ pieces of plywood and covered the front section.  This all eventually gets finished over, so we didn’t need too much finesse on the plywood cuts.

Next, we brought the structure inside and put it in place.  We then put the cherry paneling on the front.

Somewhere in this process we framed out another row of beams directly parallel to the others, approximately 6″ further in.  We did this for added support and stability.  After the structure was solid, we cut the plywood for the top. We bought higher grade cabinet plywood for the top because we need consistency and a level top for finishes.   This required a little more precision since it becomes the base for the bar top and I think we managed just fine.

We then flipped it around, so it was where we wanted it, and it looked like this.

Next, we threw some plywood on the back side to help seal off any open spaces, which would later get a coat of water resistant paint.

We needed to install some shelving and a sink, which we did without too much trouble.

The next step was the top.  We settled on stone tiles (we’ve never tiled before), so we set them up, and went to work.   We put the tile down, grouted it and left a 2″ rail on the back side for bar mats.  After the tile dried, we put silicone down between the tile and bar mats, and we stained and varnished the exposed wood to help waterproof it.

Finally, we trimmed up all the edges, moved some equipment back there, bought some bar stools and we have a finished product!

Champagne Cocktail Class

This class is not to be missed. We’ve taught a similarly themed class once before and it was a real winner.  Lots of happy people, some delicious sparkling cocktails, and some snazzy small bites.  There’s nothing better than a little bubbly and when you mix it with some gin or vodka or bourbon or rum, the evening improves substantially.

This class will most likely sell out, so contact us now to RSVP.  You can either call the restaurant at 410-571-7744 or email Dave at dmccabe (at) punksbackyardgrill (dot) com.  Below are your relevant details.

What: Champagne Cocktail Class

When: Sunday, August 14th, 5:00pm

Where: Punk’s Backyard Grill, 2188 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis, MD 21401

Who: You?

Why: Because you love the bubbly but have never thought about mixing other spirits with it. And now that we mention it, you’re kind of intrigued.

Private Beer and Cocktail Classes

Looking for something unique and interesting to do with your friends? Do you like beer or cocktails? Well we have just the thing for you, a private beer or cocktail class for you and all of your friends! We host private classes at Punk’s all the time on a variety of topics.  We eat, drink, and all join in on some general merriment.  It’s a pretty good time, if we do say so ourselves, and it provides a unique outlet to enjoy the company of your BFF.

Bittermans, Fee Brothers, Angostura

For the cocktail classes we learn about and taste three different cocktails that range in style depending on the interest of the group. Past cocktail classes have included tiki drinks, champagne cocktails, gin cocktails, fruity cocktails, Christmas cocktails and others. The sky is the limit when thinking about options. Want a pig roast theme? Done. Sex and the City? Done. Grandma’s 92nd birthday cocktails? Done.

For the beer classes we taste five beers within certain style guidelines. Again, the topic here can be whatever you want it to be, depending on the tastes of the group. We’ve taught hops classes, Belgian classes, lager classes, top rated beer classes and more. We even teach classes on how to brew beer. And we bring in new and interesting beers for each class.

Prices for the private classes vary, but start around $45 per person. They include food and drink and usually last 2-3 hours. A great option for office parties, going away parties, bachelor and bachelorette functions, birthday fiascos and Tuesday afternoons.  Because, seriously, how boring is your typical office party?

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Cocktail Class: Vodka

We’re bringing back the cocktail class! We’ve been slacking (and doing some other fun things, like hosting beer dinners and burger days) but the time has come for more cocktails in our lives. We’re going to start by talking about and tasting vodka.

Vodka is loved and vodka is hated. Bartenders around the world curse it one day and make delicious cocktails with it the next.  We’ll be discussing why that is, then we’ll be mixing up some cocktails, drinking and laughing the day away.  At least that’s how we envision it.  Three cocktails and snacks will be provided and everyone will get a set of recipes to take home.  Your neighborhood block party will never be the same.

Here are the details:

When: Sunday, February 20th at 5pm

Where: Punk’s Backyard Grill 2188 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis, MD 21401

Why: Why not?

How Much: $30 per person, includes snacks and drinks

RSVP: Call us at 410-571-7744

Who knows, we may even make the infamous breakfast cocktail pictured below!  And yes, that does say “bacon vodka”