Can Free Markets Alleviate Poverty? Join us in Denver to discuss… over beer!

Why is it that some countries are poor while others are wealthy? If we could answer that question, wouldn’t millions of people around the world be better off? Well we can answer that question, yet people still suffer in many parts of the globe. If you are interested in learning more about how free trade promotes prosperity, you won’t want to miss happy hour this Wednesday night!

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 6-9 pm
Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver
What: A Happy Hour Discussion on Free Trade

Grab a glass of your favorite beverage, pull up a chair and get to know other liberty enthusiasts in the Denver area while talking politics and philosophy to your hearts content!

That’s what Liberty on the Rocks Denver is all about.

So join us this Wednesday night as we host special guest Rich Mitchell, Executive Director of the PIER Institute, to discuss the topic of Free Trade, and how he is literally helping to promote it through his work.


$5 Burger & Fries
$1 off Dry Dock pints & $3 off pitchers

About Rich Mitchell:

Rich Mitchell designed the PIER Institute’s development model, created the Institute, and leads their policy and research initiatives. He has significant experience in international relief work, participating in relief and development projects in countries as diverse as Colombia and post-tsunami Sri Lanka. As a business attorney, he has more than 13 years experience in corporate, securities and nonprofit law representing start-up enterprises as well as international companies. In 2003, he spent six months in Costa Rica studying Spanish and interned at a Costa Rican law office. He has also taught more than 25 college courses including the subjects of International Business and U.S. Business Law. Mr. Mitchell received his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law.

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Celebrate Milton Friedman’s Legacy with Liberty on the Rocks this Friday night!

Join Liberty on the Rocks this Friday night, July 29 to toast to Milton Friedman on what would have been his 99th birthday (well, the 31st will be, but it’s close!).

Mr. Friedman was a free market economist, statistician, author and Nobel Prize winner for his work with economics. He spent much of his life spreading the message of not only free markets, but liberty and freedom, across the globe.

To celebrate the life and work of this phenomenal man, Liberty on the Rocks will host a night of remembrance, complete with a short video of Mr. Friedman discussing many different aspects of liberty and free markets, which will include a message from Mr. Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute. So join us as we raise our glass to Milton Friedman and his legacy!

Don’t know much about Mr. Friedman? All the more reason for you to attend! Check out this great Youtube video of him on Phil Donahue’s show in 1979. Poor Phil didn’t stand a chance against him ; )

We will have DOOR PRIZES, FREE APPETIZERS (while they last), and FREE DRINK tickets to the FIRST TEN ATTENDEES! (limit $7.00 value) You don’t want to miss this event!

After we conclude the festivities, we will head a few blocks down to Marlowes, where the Centennial Institute is hosting an after-hour get together with Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. The first round of drinks is on them, so be sure to stick around for that!

What: Happy Hour to celebrate free market economist Milton Friedman
When: Friday, July 29th from 7-9 PM
Where: Jackson’s Sports Grill (back room) | 1520 20th Street in Denver

Why?! To raise a glass to Mr. Friedman and to learn more about his contribution to free market ideas – plus, great networking opportunities, as always!

Celebrate Freedom @ Your Local Tavern with Liberty On The Rocks!

Attention Liberty Enthusiasts and Lovers of Freedom:

Join Liberty on the Rocks tomorrow evening for a fun and informative night at Choppers Sports Grill in Cherry Creek. We’ve got lots of fun activities planned in addition to having plenty of social networking opportunities!

What: Mock Debate, Social Networking & Intro to Liberty Toastmasters
Where: Choppers Sports Grill (back room) | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver
When: Wednesday, June 1 from 6-9 PM

Mock Debate

Join us from 6-7 PM as we host our traditional mock debate. Our topic tomorrow will be “Should Grocery Stores be Allowed to Sell Full Strength Alcohol?”

This activity encourages us to act like progressives in order to test our abilities to communicate our ideals. It’s always hilarious to watch, in addition to being fun and educational. We always break down the arguments afterward, allowing the audience to provide their input as they sip on cold beverages and munch on great food!

LOTR Presents Liberty Toastmasters (LTM)!

Are you interested in becoming a better communicator when it comes to expressing your love for freedom? Do you believe that one-on-one conversations can be powerful, yet you need more practice discussing the issues in a well thought out manner? Then Liberty Toastmasters is for you!

This Wednesday, we will be joined by a few members of the Denver Tech Center Liberty Toastmasters group, who will be demonstrating one of the activities we participate in every other week: Table Topics.

Attendees will watch as current LTM members demonstrate the art of speaking off the cuff, in addition to having the chance to participate themselves. At this LOTR happy hour, you will learn more about what goes on at the LTM meetings, and will have a better sense for what it’s all about. That way, you can decide for yourself if you’d like to attend an actual meeting to learn more! Check out their website for more information on the club.


$5 Burger and Fries
$2.50 Bud and Bud Light

I hope to see you tomorrow night for our bi-monthly happy hour in Denver. Feel free to bring your friends!

Amanda J. Teresi
Liberty On The Rocks

Happy Hour @ Choppers Sports Grill!

Join fellow freedom lovers this Wednesday for Liberty on the Rocks Happy Hour in Denver! We will be joined by special guest David K. Williams, who will take a moment to discuss the Gadsden Society, of which he is Executive Director and Founder, and how YOU can get involved with him in the fight for freedom!

Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver

Change of Plans – In Lieu of a Mock Debate we will host a Discussion Activity from 6-7 PM TONIGHT!

There are so many issues to consider when it comes to liberty and free markets…. How do we know what to think about every topic out there?

You CAN feel comfortable discussing just about every liberty-oriented topic there is, but it takes practice. So grab a beer, come on out to happy hour, and join us as we organize our first discussion activity. The purpose is to get us talking to each other about our viewpoints on different topics, so we may become better aware of what we believe and why, and what we have no opinion on (yet!). There is no doubt about it – this will be the most fun you’ve ever had while learning at the same time!

What is LOTR?

Liberty on the Rocks is THE place to meet others interested in free market and/or liberty-oriented principles. It is also the happy hour for you if you’re interested in getting better informed or involved in the liberty movement.

LOTR Denver is proud to promote free market and/or liberty-based institutions and groups, both local and across the country. When attending a Liberty on the Rocks happy hour, be sure to grab information near the door to learn about think tanks and groups in your area – and stick around for our 30-second soapbox as we allow anyone to promote their group, event or idea to the crowd.

Specials of the night include:

$5 Burgers and Fries & $2.50 Bud and Bud Light! Get there early for .50 cent tacos or $4 cheese pizzas (deal ends at 6 pm)!

Atlas Shrugged Mania @ LOTR Happy Hour in Denver!

Join us this Wednesday for Liberty on the Rocks Happy Hour! In anticipation of the upcoming opening night for Atlas Shrugged Part 1, we plan to celebrate Ayn Rand, her timeless classic Atlas Shrugged and the Objectivist philosophy she founded.

Mock Debate: 6-7PM
Happy Hour: 7-8PM
Featured Guest: 8-8:30PM

Special Guest Diana Hsieh!

Diana Hsieh is a young philosopher who specializes in practical ethics. She received her Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2009. She is a prolific writer and dedicated educator. She hosts a blog called NoodleFood and also conducts podcasts, including one solely dedicated to exploring Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. If you want to know more about Objectivism, Atlas Shrugged, or Ayn Rand in general, Diana is the one to ask!

Mock Debate: Is Capitalism Moral or Immoral?

We hope you will join us early for our mock debate (6-7PM). Anyone is welcome to participate and engage in the discussion following the “debate”. To learn more, visit

Win a Pair of Tickets to see Atlas Shrugged!

Test your knowledge of Atlas Shrugged! Liberty on the Rocks Denver will be giving away a pair of tickets to the opening night of Atlas Shrugged in Westminster to the person who answers our trivia question correctly. So come with your thinking caps on for your chance to win!

Liberty on the Rocks is THE place to meet others in the liberty movement – or those simply interested in the values of freedom. We welcome and encourage all to attend! So grab a beer, whiskey or glass of wine and get to know the other liberty enthusiasts in the area, all while having a great time. Hope to see you Wednesday!

Update: Jon Caldara to Join LOTR Denver this Wednesday Night!

Liberty on the Rocks is proud to host featured guest Jon Caldara, President of the Independence Institute, this Wednesday night for happy hour at Choppers Sports Grill (80 S. Madison Street ) in Denver. So come on out and have a drink with the number one political pundit in Colorado!

When: Wednesday, March 16 from 6-9PM
Click this Link for More Information or to RSVP


We are also celebrating Ladies Night so women get their FIRST DRINK FREE! Don’t miss out on this great deal!


Of course there is more… we’ve also got a mock debate to kick things off at 6 and Open Mic is from 8-8:30. Lastly, we will be hosting a contest this Wednesday night where the lucky winner will go home with a $100 Visa Gift Card!

Hope to see you there!

Ladies Night, Open Mic & The Chance to Win $100 This Wednesday!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a night early – and join fellow freedom lovers for happy hour with Liberty on the Rocks! We meet at Choppers Sports Grill (in the back room) located at 80 S. Madison Street in Denver.

Mock Debate from 6-7 PM (anyone is welcome to attend and participate!)
Happy Hour from 7-8 PM
Open Mic from 8-8:30

Ladies Drink FREE*!

You won’t want to miss happy hour this Wednesday, especially if you’re a lady! In an effort to get more women involved in the liberty movement, we’d like to do what we do best – bribe them with drinks (after all, isn’t that what we do each month by hosting happy hour?)!

All ladies attending our March 16th happy hour will receive one free drink ticket, so bring your friends and come on out! It may be a double standard, but it’s our right to do it – and we’d like to celebrate that right!

Chance to Win $100

Liberty on the Rocks is looking to expand – so we need your help! In exchange for a small donation, attendees at LOTR can enter to win a $100 Visa gift card! (This contest is optional to attendees)

Open Mic Night

In addition to our pre-happy hour mock debate (see below), we will also be hosting a 20-minute open mic night where we will give participants 2 minutes to get in front of the mic to talk about anything liberty related – whether it’s a joke, a short story, or an idea for promoting liberty – anyone is welcome to come up and share!

Mock Debate

This week’s mock debate will surround the important topic of free trade. Participants will be asked: Should Government Regulate Free Trade? We already have volunteers for the pro-liberty side, but could use one more on the “progressive” side. To learn more about the mock debates or to sign up for a role visit:

*Free drinks are limited to one per female attendee

Political Debate: Which Party is a Bigger Champion of Liberty – Republicans or Libertarians?

Republicans or Libertarians: Which Party is the Biggest Advancer of Liberty and Freedom?

Join fellow liberty-lovers for happy hour this Wednesday night, as we debate this topic and many more at Liberty on the Rocks Denver. Our featured speakers will be Kelly Maher of Who Said, You Said and David K. Williams of the Gadsden Society and State Chair of the Libertarian Party. They will be debating which party (Republican or Libertarian) advances liberty further. We hope you will join in this friendly debate!


Mock Debate:

We will also start the night out with a mock debate from 6-7 PM – for those of us who aren’t ready to debate in public (like our stars David and Kelly), this is the way to prepare! Debate amongst friends, over beers and with an audience to throw in tips and strategies. What better way to train as a Defender of Liberty than at the bar with friends?!

Anyone is welcome to join in the mock debate. We are looking for volunteers to be debaters, judges and members of the audience. If you’re interested, sign up here.  The topic for this week’s mock debate will be: Do Public Sector Employees have the right to unionize and institute collective bargaining?

What IS Liberty on the Rocks Denver?

Liberty on the Rocks is Denver’s gathering place where individuals interested in the principles of liberty can join together, share ideas and learn from one another. LOTR Denver is also the place to learn of other organizations in the area and nationally – as well as how to get involved with them in the fight for liberty.

Happy Hour, Special Guest & V-Day Cards for Capitalism!

Liberty on the Rocks is pleased to host special guest John Zuagg, author of Ethics 101: Why Not Be the Best We Can Be? on Wednesday, February 16th at Choppers Sports Grill! In addition, we will kick off the night with another informal mock debate from 6-7PM in the back room.

ALSO – in light of Valentine’s day on Monday, we will provide construction paper, markers, etc. for attendees to make homemade valentines day cards honoring capitalism, free markets and/or individual liberty. The winner will receive a $25 gift card to the Uptown Tavern, so bring your best game this Wednesday!

When: Wednesday February 16,  6-9PM
Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street, Denver CO

Special Guest John Zuagg

Mr. Zuagg will be discussing his new and extremely unique book, which answers the question modern commentators refuse to answer: What path are we headed down that has people so apprehensive and what is the alternative?

According to Ethics 101:

Politicians on either side are out of touch and are leading us down a dead end path.  Are oppressive taxes, deficit spending and massive bureaucracy the legacy we want to leave our children and grand children?

The nation whose respect for freedom was the ideal of the modern world is now seeing that freedom eroded day by day.  But this tragedy does not have to be.  We can change course and reclaim what our founding fathers left us.  History will indeed record the choice we make. So why not be the best we could be?

Political Mock Debate

Topic: Should Obamacare be Repealed?

Open to All – Anyone is Welcome to Join Us!!

Are you a defender of freedom wishing to enhance your communication skills when it comes to promoting America’s founding principles?  Well there is no better way than to practice! So why not do it with friends before you attempt to make your case to others?

Whether you’d like to participate as a debater, a judge or a member of the audience – we hope you will attend!

If you would like to participate, please sign up here.


Happy Hour @ Choppers Sports Grill!

Join fellow liberty lovers for happy hour  and political conversation Wednesday, February 2nd at Choppers Sports Grill!

This is the place to network, converse, learn and share and to meet new people in the liberty movement. What better way to stay connected than to share drinks in a warm bar over great conversation?! This is also the place to learn about local groups, causes and events in the Denver area.

Look for us in the dining room – we will have a sign posted and literature strewn about!

Also – if you are looking to polish up on your communication skills and love a good natured debate with friends, then join us from 6-7PM for our second Political Mock Debate!  This fun exercise is open to anyone and we are looking for volunteers. We need participants on the pro and anti-liberty side (we need you to *pretend* to be anti-liberty of course!), 1-3 judges and members of the audience. Our first debate was a great success! We had a ton of fun and discussed some new ideas for promoting our viewpoints. For our next debate the topic will be: What Role should the Government Play when it comes to Fixing the Economy?

To participate in next weeks mock debate (not a real debate, mind you), please sign up here.