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Joe Downtown: Atomic fusion melds partnership between bar, museum


Bill Hughes

A view of Atomic Liquors, the oldest standing bar in Las Vegas, on Fremont Street, June 27, 2012.

Updated Thursday, April 25, 2013 | 3:41 p.m.

Map of The Atomic

The Atomic

917 Fremont St., Las Vegas

Atomic Liquors, which has pushed its bar opening back to sometime in May, has formed a partnership with the National Atomic Testing Museum.

Kent and Lance Johns, who own the Atomic, 917 Fremont St., will devote space on one wall of the bar to memorabilia – Geiger counters, the well-known “Miss Atomic” photo and the like.

The museum, 755 E. Flamingo Road, in turn, has scheduled a “Pub Lecture” for Saturday, April 27, at the bar. The lecture will feature David “Bio” Baranek, who was an adviser on the 1986 movie, “Top Gun.” Baranek, a former topgun flight instructor, wrote the 2010 book, “Topgun Days: Dogfighting, Cheating Death, and Hollywood Glory as One of America's Best Fighter Jocks.”

The charge to see the lecture is $20. Baranak will meet attendees at 6 p.m., with the lecture beginning at 6:30. For more information call 702-794-5151.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

CORRECTION: This version corrects the day of the pub lecture to Saturday, April 27. | (April 25, 2013)

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