Beer, Wine & Spirits in Downtown

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In the early 1950s, at the start of the Cold War, crowds would gather on the roof of Atomic Liquors, cocktails in hand, waiting for the show to begin. However, this particular brand of Vegas entertainment didn't feature singing, dancing, or strongmen wrestling slot machines. In fact, the stage was nearly 50 miles away, where the massive blasts from nuclear-bomb tests sent mushroom clouds billowing into the desert sky. Atomic Liquors—née Virginia's Cafe—changed its name in 1952 to jibe with its free entertainment. That same year, the bar's original owners, Joe and Stella Sobchik, outfitted it with a new sign, which the Huffington Post recently lauded as a classic piece of Americana.

When it first went up, that now-iconic sign was a beacon for Las Vegas' stable of stars. The Rat Pack and the Smothers Brothers used to drink here after their shows, and Barbara Streisand even had her own seat, which has since been restored and put on display. Indeed, as Atomic Liquors' list of famous patrons grew, so did its acting resume—movies such as Casino and The Hangover and TV shows such as The Twilight Zone have all filmed scenes at the bar. Yet despite the history of glitz and glamor, Sin City's oldest freestanding bar doesn't rest on its pedigree; its updated list of libations includes 60 different kinds of beer, including 20 on tap, as well as a plethora of whiskeys and other spirits.

Free parking is located on Fremont Street.

917 Fremont St
Las Vegas,
NV
US

The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set

601 Fremont Street
Las Vegas,
NV
US

Adding an element of whimsy to downtown pub crawls, Cycle Pub Vegas takes parties to the city's top bars on a group-peddled bike. Facing each other across two bars, groups power their movement through the peddles at their feet as a trained driver captains them to a custom itinerary of bars, each offering their own drink and food specials. An onboard sound system allows riders to pump their own tunes or create eerie zones of silence with the opposite waveform of a noisy crowd. Peddlers are welcome to tote along snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to keep bodies fueled while powered their nightly transport.

201 North 3rd Street
Las Vegas,
NV
US

911 Remembrance Las Vegas is a weekend-long fundraiser that, in unity with similar events in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC, seeks to honor and support 9/11 victims and survivors as well as first responders and war veterans. VIP ticket holders for the concert will enjoy special seating and a chance to chat with featured bands, such as The American Band, 333 The Band, and The Sledge Grits Band, before singing along to tunes with fellow show-goers.

1 South Main Street
Las Vegas,
NV
US

For more than 30 years, Lee's Discount Liquor has stocked its shelves with myriad spirits, beers, and wine, earning a readers' pick as the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Best Liquor or Wine Store of 2012. Prospective imbibers get lost in a fluorescent catwalk of domestic and international tequilas, rums, cabernets, and microbrews, which deck out beverage collections with enough flavors to match any type of cuisine or postage stamp desired. Lee's Discount Liquor also hosts in-store tastings and an annual spirit-sampling event, which merges its myriad sips with entertainment from live bands.

3000 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas,
NV
US

As its name implies, Midtown Bar & Pizza Kitchen embraces the spirit and the ambiance of a sports bar as well as the cooking of a creative pizzeria. Flat-screen televisions line the entire wall behind the bar, allowing guests to keep one eye on the game as they relax with friends and enjoy a refreshing beer or a potent cocktail. Warehouse lamps hang above the banquette-lined row of tables that sits just opposite the bar, which ensures that visitors can easily find a place to sit before perusing the menu. The selection of appetizers features a variety of salads as well as orders of wings glazed with one of the 15 available savory, spicy, or imaginary sauces. Alternatively, diners can skip straight to building their own pizza by choosing either a hand-tossed or thin-crust pie, then adding as many as 25 toppings, including everything from homemade italian sausage and fresh garlic to carne asada and jalapeños. Midtown Bar & Pizza Kitchen also offers their signature pies, such as the lobster thermidor with rich lobster, thermidor sauce, and mozzarella, and the Shroomaroni, which is what happens when mushrooms and pepperoni fall in love.

953 E Desert Inn Rd
Las Vegas,
NV
US