The oldest free-standing bar in Las Vegas used to be a place where people would grab drinks, sit on the roof, and watch nuclear test explosions go off in the desert (since Nevada was into that kind of stuff in the '50s). Atomic Liquors eventually closed down but returned as a craft cocktail destination in 2012. It's been a huge hit ever since, and much of Nevada's radioactive history is documented with artifacts on the walls. In the wake of at-home bartending during the pandemic, Atomic Liquors noticed a renewed interest in well-crafted libations and responded with limited-edition specials that rotate throughout the season. Signature cocktails are updated twice a year, but don't worry—the bourbon-fueled Hunter S. Mash isn't going anywhere. Atomic Tavern is a sister menu-free dive bar in the Gateway District.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.
For those who want a historic dive bar with the oldest tavern license in the state of Nevada where people once watched nuclear tests from the roof and that has made appearances in Casino, The Hangover, and Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, and is also known for its extensive craft beer program, Atomic Liquor Bar is for you. And while you’re there, why not visit the Kitchen at Atomic, its relatively brand-new sister bar with a full kitchen and emphasis on cocktails, plenty of windows letting in daylight, and a spacious patio it shares with the windowless original right on East Fremont? Or maybe Atomic Tavern is more your speed: the classic divey gaming and sports bar is a new concept in an old building that retains nearly all its nearly 50-year-old character. Located on the edges of the Arts District, Atomic Liquor Bar, Kitchen at Atomic, and Atomic Tavern collectively have you covered.