The Atomic has produced a veritable gallery of handwritten signs over the years.

Atomic Liquors’ Secret Safe

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Name: Kristen DeSilva

In Vegas since: 1997

Occupation: Marketing manager at Lev Restaurant Group and freelance writer

Downtown connection: Works, plays and lives downtown

Twitter: @kristendesilva

Secret: The safe at Atomic Liquors

Regulars and in-the-know tourists are familiar with it, but those who aren’t up to date should know about the safe in Atomic Liquors on Fremont Street.

Las Vegas’ oldest freestanding bar held a surprise during the 2013 remodel: a decades-old safe in the floor toward the east end of the bar. What was in it? Gold? Las Vegas memorabilia? Autographs from Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra? Well, no.

Turns out it was mostly just old purchasing receipts for liquor and soda from nearly six decades before, and not very exciting ones. Owner Lance Johns made lemonade out of lemons and guests can look into the now red-lit hole in the floor and see some small items on display from the atomic era. The items rotate occasionally, from an old gun to bitters bottles and coins.

If nothing else, it’s worth mentioning to your date if you want to impress him or her with some Downtown knowledge.

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