Surviving Prohibition was basically the bar equivalent of beating the Battletoads speed-bike level. But lo and behold, these 10 bars did it (survived Prohibition, not beat the speed-bike level...).
Here's a pretty awesome look at the oldest bars in Manhattan, loaded with alcohol-soaked history so everyone will think you read things other than beer menus.
Surviving the Depression and two World Wars means Pete’s Tavern was established in 1864, and even stayed open during Prohibition, when it masked itself as a flower shop while still serving alcohol. Initially called Healy’s Cafe, the place didn’t get the name Pete’s Tavern until Pete Belle purchased the property in 1932. Sidle up to the intricately carved rosewood bar, and order one (or four) of the house special, the 1864 Original House Ale.
Fun fact: O. Henry, who lived close by, wrote The Gift of the Magi here in a booth.