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Joe Downtown: Two weeks and counting to The Atomic’s opening


Bill Hughes

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

Map of The Atomic

The Atomic

917 Fremont St., Las Vegas

The long-awaited opening of The Atomic has been set for Thursday, June 20.

It has been about a year since brothers Kent and Lance Johns, along with Derek Stonebarger, became manager/owners of the 68-year-old building at 917 Fremont St., which they say is the oldest free-standing bar in Las Vegas.

Since the purchase of the former Atomic Liquors, remodeling has unearthed some finds, such as a floor safe under layers of linoleum and other old-style tavern accessories, some of which will be on display. Also displayed will be atomic-blast memorabilia, some of which is courtesy of the National Atomic Testing Museum and includes radioactivity-measuring Geiger counters, the iconic 1950s-era black-and-white photo of “Miss Atomic Bomb” and more.

The Atomic initially will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and available on other nights of the week for private parties, Stonebarger said. The hours are meant to "target locals who work in the industry," he explained.

The Atomic’s website also is advertising to hire bartenders.

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