This legendary, 2,500-square-foot dive bar — which boasts the city’s oldest liquor license, circa 1952 — is scheduled to reopen in December after a nearly two-year closure. Interior renovations are currently under way, and an outdoor beer garden is planned. The inside will comprise three main areas: an art gallery illuminated only by old neon signs, a lounge area, and a viewing area where patrons can watch the activity outside. By next summer, the owners hope to convert an adjacent 3,500-square-foot garage into a music venue. Located just a few blocks east of the bar action on Fremont, Atomic Liquors is a welcome extension of downtown’s entertainment district. The lot behind the building will offer secure free parking and even be used as a drive-in movie theater on certain nights. A screen on the back side of the building will display footage of atomic blasts, which were historically viewed at this establishment, and old advertisements and videos.
917 E. Fremont St.
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