Atomic Liquors celebrates 70 years in Las Vegas

Customers used to watch the atomic bomb tests from the rooftop. Barbra Streisand stopped by for a nightcap. Antoine Bourdain, The hangover and Casino filmed here. Yet Atomic Liquors, the downtown bar and kitchen founded by Stella and Joe Sobchik that turns 70 this week, still has the ability to surprise the people who love it.

“The other day I pulled over and we had marshals and deputies everywhere. I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And they said, ‘Well, they’re having a party in the kitchen, and half the Nevada Supreme Court is in there, so we need to have security,’ laughs Atomic owner Lance Johns. since 2011, adding: “Look how far we’ve come.

Atomic is celebrating its 70th anniversary June 17-19, with drink specials throughout the weekend, culminating with a spaghetti dinner on Sunday evening (for more details, visit atomic.vegas). But the real attraction is, as always, the bar itself, as friendly as the day the Sobchiks opened the doors.

“You can change a little over time,” says Johns, “but you have to stay true to who you are.”

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