Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas

Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas

Published On July 9, 2013 | By Vegas Nights | And Guys Too, Downtown Project, Happy Hour, Las Vegas Visitors Guide, Women

Atomic Liquors is where Las Vegas went to drink when the Rat Pack owned the city and smoking cigarettes wasn’t taboo.

Atomic Liquors Downtown Las VegasWhen you see the neon end, you know you’re there. Atomic Liquors isn’t your typical hipster bar. It isn’t flashy and it isn’t plush and you definitely won’t see and ironic mustache on any of their patrons. It’s just the bar locals have been haunting for years.

Atomic Liquors is where Las Vegas went to drink when the Rat Pack owned the city and smoking cigarettes wasn’t taboo.

Named for its original view of the Atomic testing sight, the bar began serving up cocktails in 1945. It was the first establishment to receive a package liquor license and off-sales permit of Vegas.

Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas  Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas  Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas

The bar is still a stand-alone establishment today. Flanked by old motels with signage as old as the idea of a cheap stay, Atomic Liquors was just recently re-imagined. It was dusted off and reopened just last month, restored neon sign and all. But, once you open the 50’s inspired glass doors to go inside, the place still smells like stale cigarettes and old beer. Signs on the wall remind you of a time since past. Tin phrases and images of the familiar mushroom cloud that put this area on the map. A popcorn ceiling with a hidden strip of red neon help you envision bombs bursting in air, and what’s more American than a beer menu a mile long?

Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas  Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas

Booth, bar or bench, there is plenty of seating. But patrons beware, smoking is allowed and these locals are used to lighting up their favorite cigars. Through the haze, a modern bar serves up just about anything you could want, but everyone should try the cocktails. A 112 degree day is no match for their refreshing selection. Try out the Raspberry Raid, and try to sip its delicious blend of chocolate raspberry vodka, egg white and fresh raspberries. It’s nearly impossible not to gobble it down like a decadent dessert. If you aren’t into a creamy selection, don’t worry. The Hunter S. Smash will start your buzz. A blend of old crow, asperol, citrus, gingerale and fresh mint takes off the edge and lets you sip and relax.

Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas  Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas

But you can’t get their New Atomic Cocktail. It’s not being mixed up until August second.

When you are sipping your beverage, take a minute to do a lap. (A minute is all it will take) Local art lines the walls. The Pink art show at Atomic features group art from photographers that snapped photos of the place before it was restored in 2012. If you have the cash, the images can be yours.

Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas Atomic Liquors Downtown Las Vegas

If you have to stop by the bathroom, the theme stays consistent. A TV mounted on the wall like a portrait runs loops of the Atom Bomb footage. You can wash your hands and watch history detonate in the mirror.

Atomic Liquors is really a one or two drink place. It’s an older scene with a crowd that’s more about having a beer or five after work than working the social scene. If you don’t mind the sights and smells of your local bowling alley, then this place won’t bother your youthful sentiments.

The bar is still a stand-alone establishment today. Flanked by old motels with signage as old as the idea of a cheap stay, Atomic Liquors was just recently re-imagined. It was dusted off and reopened just last month, restored neon sign and all. But, once you open the 50’s inspired glass doors to go inside, the place still smells like stale cigarettes and old beer. Signs on the wall remind you of a time since past. Tin phrases and images of the familiar mushroom cloud that put this area on the map. A popcorn ceiling with a hidden strip of red neon help you envision bombs bursting in air, and what’s more American than a beer menu a mile long?  Booth, bar or bench, there is plenty of seating. But patrons beware, smoking is allowed and these locals are used to lighting up their favorite cigars. Through the haze, a modern bar serves up just about anything you could want, but everyone should try the cocktails. A 112 degree day is no match for their refreshing selection. Try out the Raspberry Raid, and try to sip its delicious blend of chocolate raspberry vodka, egg white and fresh raspberries. It’s nearly impossible not to gobble it down like a decadent dessert. If you aren’t into a creamy selection, don’t worry. The Hunter S. Smash will start your buzz. A blend of old crow, asperol, citrus, gingerale and fresh mint takes off the edge and lets you sip and relax.  But you can’t get their New Atomic Cocktail. It’s not being mixed up until August second.  When you are sipping your beverage, take a minute to do a lap. (A minute is all it will take) Local art lines the walls. The Pink art show at Atomic features group art from photographers that snapped photos of the place before it was restored in 2012. If you have the cash, the images can be yours.  If you have to stop by the bathroom, the theme stays consistent. A TV mounted on the wall like a portrait runs loops of the Atom Bomb footage. You can wash your hands and watch history detonate in the mirror.  Atomic Liquors is really a one or two drink place. It’s an older scene with a crowd that’s more about having a beer or five after work than working the social scene. If you don’t mind the sights and smells of your local bowling alley, then this place won’t bother your youthful sentiments.  The history alone is worth the journey to the end of Fremont Street. Drink in the ambiance and remember that Atomic Liquors started the scene nearly 70 years ago.

The history alone is worth the journey to the end of Fremont Street. Drink in the ambiance and remember that Atomic Liquors started the scene nearly 70 years ago.

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Atomic Liquors is located at 917 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101.

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