Prohibition took effect 100 years ago today, and we're making a cocktail to celebrate. Have some prohibition facts to help you celebrate with us. Prohibition FACT: New York City had over 100,000 speakeasies. Prohibition FACT: You could go to a blind pig or a blind tiger (sound familiar?) and purchase a ticket to see an animal at a local establishment. The ticket came with a free drink. Prohibition FACT: During prohibition it wasn't actually illegal to drink alcohol. It was illegal to sell or manufacture it.