Address: 917 Fremont St.
Status: Certified open
The oldest freestanding bar where guests used to watch atomic blasts from the rooftop in Vegas reopened yesterday. Atomic Liquors, after a series of one-off events over the past few months, opened its doors after a three-year hiatus when the original owners died.
The bar, originally called Virginia's Cafe when it opened in 1945, was originally founded as Atomic Liquors by Joe and Stella Sobchik in 1952 after they found guests preferred the atomic cocktails they served. Over the years it became a hangout for the Rat Pack and the Smothers Brothers as well as Barbra Streisand, who had her own seat that was been restored and is on display.
The bar plans to start up a nondenominational Atomic church on Sundays with a short sermon and bloody Marys.
The bar will be from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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Atomic Liquors [Photo: Chelsea McManus]