9 Reasons Everyone Cool and Creative is Heading to Jackson

9 Reasons Everyone Cool and Creative is Heading to Jackson, MS

There’s something different about Jackson, and it won’t take long for you to feel it when you’re here. While cities across the country battle the effects of “brain drain,” the people driving their creative culture departing for greener pastures, Mississippi’s capital and largest city is drawing movers and shakers into the state. From the rip-roaring restaurants and bars to the buzzing arts scene, here’s a look at some of the elements we can thank for that magnetism.

1. The amazing food and drink

Some of the country’s best culinary artists call Jackson home, including Alex Eaton of The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Derek Emerson of Walker’s Drive-In, and Tyrone Bully of Bully’s Restaurant. They’ve all received big awards and media coverage for their cooking, and for good reason.

Jackson also has a lot of locally owned restaurants. Point in practically any direction and you’ll find the cuisine you fancy, whether it’s fresh tapas from Babalu, gourmet burgers from Lou’s Full-Serv, or unbeatable barbecue from Pig & Pint.

A great meal is best capped off with a great drink. Luckily, here in Jackson we have plenty of options if you’re looking to imbibe. For fancier affairs, there’s CAET Wine Bar and modern speakeasy The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs for champagne and Cognac cocktails. For a more casual spot, check out local favorites like Fondren Public and Fenian’s Pub. The latter is known for its raucous open mics — and for being one of the best Irish pubs in the country.

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