Atomic Liquors – Finding Hunter’s Haunt
Visiting Vegas with Varusteleka
There are people visiting Vegas who have never heard of Atomic Liquors, which is a shame. It’s the oldest freestanding bar in Sin City, one where the such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and other celebrities — including Hunter S. Thompson — used to hang out.
You’ve probably seen the place, already, at least if you’ve seen Casino. Remember the scene where Joe Pesci’s character (Nicky Santoro) killed a guy with his ink pen? That was filmed in Atomic Liquors. So don’t be borrowing any pens while you’re there.
Named for the nuclear tests conducted in the Nevada desert, the establishment originally opened in 1945 by Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Stella Sobchik as Virginia’s Cafe. Patrons watched the blasts from the establishment’s rooftop; that activity led to a name change. The Sobchik’s ran the place until 2010, then in 2012 a group of investors began remodeling the place. In 2017 they added a kitchen, building it inside the garage in which back room scenes from Casino was filmed.
Here, Varusteleka (@Varusteleka) wants you to take a look.
[Note: at some point you should read this cautionary tale here, wherein Nico the Sicilian gives some advice on what to expect. Later set aside time to read through the Tactical Hippie’s SHOT Show AAR here.]
You can visit their website here: http://atomic.vegas.
If you decide to visit ’em, here’s some of what you’ll see.
“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.” Hunter S. Thompson
You can read more at the links below.
Now this lady wants you to read everything in this series. Do not disappoint her. Click the image — anywhere you’d like — and check things out.
It sounds like gynecological instrument, but it’s not. It’s actually a pretty badass place to buy gear.
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