You could get liquor from more places than a speakeasy
Like your doctor's office, or synagogue! Doctors could technically prescribe you "medicinal" booze, so shady docs started making extra money off their patients, and pharmacies became a front for many bootleggers. (True story: Walgreens went from 20 outlets to 525 in the 1920s thanks to its, ahem
, well-stocked pharmacy.) Rabbis were still allowed to obtain wine for ceremonial purposes for their congregation, too, which meant the number of fake rabbis skyrocketed. Seriously.
Light beer was actually legal before the 21st Amendment passed
To tide his constituents over until December 5th, FDR signed into law the Cullen-Harrison Act in March of '33. It made any beer or wine with an ABV up to 3.2% legal for sale again, and is probably the reason we have wine coolers.
Speakeasies continued to be a necessity for some states long after 1933
A few holdouts in the U.S. refused to repeal Prohibition when FDR gave the green light. The last state to repeal was Mississippi, which was dry until 1966. 1966! If you have a buddy from Jackson, go buy that man a drink.
Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and would like to thank those brave, trail-blazing women who made it possible for her to go to bars today. Follow her to champagne towers at @kristin_hunt.