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Lance Johns

Atomic Liquors
Owner
Lance Johns got his first taste of the bar business working for his dad’s bar and kitchen while growing up in Orange County. At age 19, Johns moved to Las Vegas and graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He held various jobs after graduating, before attending California Western School of Law in San Diego. In 2000, he moved back to Las Vegas and became a practicing attorney focusing in property transactions, business acquisitions and mergers and acquisitions.  He started his own law firm in 2009 with an office located on 4th and Bridger Ave, where Johns became immersed in the downtown culture.

In June 2012, Las Vegas’ oldest freestanding bar, Atomic Liquors, was on the verge of losing its tavern license. Seeing the potential in the neighborhood and its proximity to Fremont Street, Johns bought the bar and renovated the inside. Wanting to pay homage to its rich history, he kept several of the items from the original owners that are currently on display. Johns knew they had to prove themselves being at 10th and Fremont which meant they had to do everything better than the competition, from the beer, to cocktails, to service, to get people down that far East on Fremont Street. In June 2013, Atomic Liquors reopened and has since become one of Las Vegas’ top craft beer and cocktail destinations. Atomic has been featured in movies and TV shows including “The Hangover,” “Pawn Stars” and Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown,” “Brew Dogs,” and “Drunk History” among many others.

Growing tired of seeing people leave to go down Fremont to eat, he opened The Kitchen at Atomic in April 2017, bringing fine dining and bar food together winning countless awards and acclaim. His team also created Atomic City Brews, a festival program with a dual mission to expose locals to a variety of great beer not readily available in the city, and to expose brewers around the country to the Las Vegas craft beer scene.

Johns is invested in the burgeoning downtown Las Vegas district, emotionally and literally, as an owner of several other nearby buildings, including an apartment complex, a retail building on Fremont, a retail building in the Arts District and a medical office complex.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, March 26
 

3:00pm