Pub Church Takes the ‘Sin’ Out of Sin City


Atomic Liquors, the oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas, invites you to “Pub Church,” a 10-minute nondenominational, no-pressure sermon, followed by bloody Marys while you watch Sunday football.

Open to all walks of life regardless of beliefs, sexual orientation or race, this weekly event hosted by Derek Stonebarger and Priest Buck Belmore happens every Sunday, from 9 to 10 a.m. Get free tickets via

According to Priest Buck, this pub church service is meant as a fellowship that reinforces how Jesus met people where they were. Enjoy a “religious drinking session” with a make-your-own Bloody Mary, where you can cram anything into your glass that fits, including bacon and beef jerky. Three 40-inch television sets also make this bar church an ideal spot to pray for your football team.

Atomic Liquors is a historical and cultural landmark that is just a three-minute walk from the El Cortez Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas. Although originally built as Virginia’s Café in 1945, it was renamed Atomic Liquors in 1952 — after the nuclear explosions from the nearby Atomic Test Site attracted customers to watch the blasts from the roof and drink the bar’s famous “atomic” cocktails. Through the decades, its glowing neon sign has become a magnet for locals, tourists and celebrities.

“Pub Church” at Atomic Liquors
917 Fremont St.

—Rianne Hill Soriano, Brand Publishing Writer