Spring has officially sprung, and we all know what happens when the weather starts to warm up: people get the insatiable desire to drink outside. While there are plenty of al fresco watering holes around the metro area, none can quite compare to the Old Capitol Inn’s rooftop bar. Gorgeous views of the city and a surprisingly cozy atmosphere for an outdoor sitting area make this spot one of the best and most unique hangouts in Jackson.
The rooftop’s recent reopening for the spring obviously called for a jaunt across the street from PORTICO’s downtown office to enjoy some after-work aperitifs. When 5 o’clock finally rolled around, some friends and I made our way over to the iconic downtown hotel. Our anticipation built as the elevator climbed to the top floor, and soon we were welcomed into the inviting bubble that is the rooftop bar.
The sounds of gentle guitar music and happy chatter greeted us as we reentered the fresh spring air. A few other downtowners had already made themselves comfortable at big round tables and on cushy outdoor sofas, sipping drinks and munching on appetizers. Reminded of why we came in the first place, we made our way to the bar and ordered drinks from two delightful (and helpful!) bartenders.
We settled into a corner couch, three of us with the rooftop’s “signature cocktail” – a refreshing watermelon concoction that fell somewhere between being a martini and a margarita – and the fourth playing it safe with a classic Moscow Mule. Stories about our work-day highs and lows made their way between bites as we devoured a crowd-pleasing sausage and cheese plate.
As the late-March sun began to set and the air took on a slight chill, people moved closer to the bar’s fire pit and draped themselves with blankets that had been laid out at the tables. The Jackson skyline was lit with the soft glow of the golden hour, and the rooftop’s string lights created a magical atmosphere. I couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures of the gorgeous view before heading home, accompanied by the lovely, rejuvenating feeling of Mississippi springtime.