Atomic Liquors located at 917 Fremont St. is the oldest freestanding bar in town, and was the first bar in town to have an off sale and package liquor license.
The bar actually opened first as a cafe in 1945 called VIRGINIA'S. Which was rumored to be named after Bugsy Siegel's girlfriend. Siegel ran the EL CORTEZ down the street. He also ran the Flamingo and Bugsy's nick name for Virginia was Flamingo. It was believed Virginia Hill had something to do with financing the cafe.
The cafe changed its name to ATOMIC LIQUOR in 1952 when it was the place to go to watch Atomic testing blasts from their roof.
The original owners (Joe and Stella Stobchik) ran it until Joe died October of 2010. They closed in Jan. of 2011 and two weeks later Stella passed away.
A lot of movie scenes have been filmed in or around the Atomic. My favorite scene from Casino (pen stabbing scene) was filmed there as well as scenes in "The Gauntlet" in 1977, "The Hangover" in 2009 and Rod Serling shot there for an episode of Twilight Zone called "The Fever" back in 1960. Clebrities such as Barbra Streisand frequented the establishment along with The Rat Pack, Burt Reynolds, and even The Smothers Brothers.
The first time I spent an afternoon in the Atomic would have got the original owners in trouble (being only 18). The last time I stepped foot in The Atomic it was a bonafide "DIVE BAR" back in 2006 or 2007.
I am one who loves history and the background of all thing Vegas. There is so much history to this joint I cant imagine visiting the area without stopping in for a tall Busch Light can.
Check out our page dedicated to The Atomic HERE for more.