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“The neighborhood gathering place serves up breakfast and lunch fare daily, including its signature Brent Burgers, melt sandwiches, and Texas-style chili. Classic shakes, floats, sundaes, and fountain beverages are also served…”


A fondren Staple

“A Fondren staple, Brent’s Drugs has been serving up burgers and other classic diner food since 1946. The burgers at Brent’s are one of their most popular items, and if you’ve ever had one, you know why.”


Get a taste of comfort, fun and movie history, more

“Like many iconic Mississippi locations, Brent’s Drugs is one of those places tourists around the U.S. and other countries visit in order to “sit where Skeeter and her friends sat” and to sample an egg and olive sandwich accompanied by a cherry limeade. However, surprisingly, many Mississippians and even some Jacksonians have never stopped by to experience it firsthand.” 

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Where can you find a great burger in the metro area

“It fills your belly and soothes your soul. Throw in some of the fries or onion rings — the sweet onions — and a shake and suddenly you’re 10 years old again."

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“Brent’s Soda Fountain has been dishing up ice cream and milkshakes since 1946. You may recognize its charming turquoise mid-century decor from the movie, The Help.

It’s also one of the friendliest places for families in Jackson and still has the old style communal gathering place vibe."

Y Travel Blog


Breakfast Returns to Brent's Drugs

“We want to be a gathering place for anyone and everyone and there’s truly nothing like starting your day among friends,” says Amanda Wells, one of the owners of Brent’s.”

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Brent's Drugs 70th Birthday

“Brent’s Drugs, a Jackson, MS staple, celebrated 70 years of serving Fondren as its neighborhood diner on September 29”

Social South Magazine


not a lot of places have that kind of history in a town

"Everybody thinks that they're the only one that's been coming here for 70 years. It's hilarious. ... Everybody has a story about coming here since they were a schoolkid or when they used to work around the corner, when their grandmother used to bring them here — and now they're bringing their children here."



celebrating 70 years

“70 years after the Jackson staple’s opening, the owners of Brent’s Drugs are out to honor the establishment’s history while looking ahead to a bright future.”

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one of the coolest classic diners in the country

"Recently featured in Vogue as one of the coolest classic diners in the country, walking into Brent’s Drugs is like stepping back in time. Originally opened as a pharmacy, this diner has been a Jackson landmark since 1946. Brent’s Drugs is vintage done right and with history this rich, the only way to truly appreciate this diner is with a chocolate malt shake, complete with whipped cream and of course, a cherry on top. If you’re not in a sugar coma already, be sure to try the best (non-milkshake) dessert in Mississippi."

spoon University


Nostalgia, Party of Three

“In a moment, I was 30 years younger and staring at myself sitting next to my father. I’m thanking him for taking the time to notice me and for sharing something priceless with me. Sure, it’s a simple hamburger and milkshake, but the life that floats around that meal is what creates the importance of how that meal is remembered.”

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worth a road trip

“Definitely recommend the chicken salad sandwich and crinkle fries and their homemade lemonade”



an iconic Jackson landmark

“A local favorite since 1946, Brent’s Drugs is Fondren’s original soda fountain and an iconic Jackson landmark. While Brent’s is true to its roots and offers up a healthy serving of nostalgia, it maintains its standing as a happening spot that’s anything but old school…”

the scout guide


America's Most Fabulous Retro Soda Fountains

“If Brent's Drugs looks familiar, it's because it made an appearance in the award-winning movie The Help. Not that it needed any help itself to become a local landmark. Along with 50 years of experience, it's won a following for using creative mix-ins like Nutella and ginger syrup.Here's what to eat at your next book club get-together.

MSN Taste of Home


"Brent’s Soda Fountain has been operating since 1946, and happily maintains its old-school soda fountain style..”

Y Travel Blog


Passing on a Blessing: Dorothy Agee

Fondren’s yellow brick road leads to Brent’s Drugs and Dorothy Agee, a spirited and hilarious server who quips, “I came with the building.”

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The south's best frozen treats

"Chill out with snowballs and pudding pops, Bushwackers and milk shakes—or a scoop of ice cream flavored with everything from pecan pie to bacon"

Southern living


Jackson’s renaissance is in full swing

“Fed by an abundance of local farms and spiced by its Cajun neighbors to the West, the foodie capital of the Hospitality State has plenty to fill your plate. Join me for a jaunt around Jackson as I hit up a few of my favorite places to eat"

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History, hipsters, and scenes from The Help

“This landmark 1946 soda fountain was on the verge of closing in 2009 when local investors intervened. Brent’s now gleams with vintage, turquoise elan, serving handspun shakes and egg and olive sandwiches at the counter—and custom cocktails at the speakeasy in the back.”

atlanta magazine


deserves a spot on your bucket list

“What began as a pharmacy/soda fountain in October 1946 has seen a lot of change throughout the decades. Brent's Drugs is now pharmacy-free, and the current owners renovated it to replicate the classic diner feel, complete with a teal-and-white color palette. What hasn't changed are the bar stools and the soda fountain: they've remained in the same spot since the eatery's doors opened. Brent's Drugs recently made its Hollywood debut in The Help.”



There’s something special about eating in a diner

“Though it was renovated last year, walking into this space—originally a pharmacy when it opened in 1946—feels like a complete time warp. Sidle up to the soda fountain and order up some of the fresh, local fare.”



where the hipsters are

“And there definitely wasn’t a speakeasy in a place that used to be a drug store (now called The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs). In fact, it was an actual working pharmacy until 2009. Now it’s a “soda fountain” that serves breakfast all day called, not strangely, Brent’s Drugs.”



People Come From Miles Away For The Nostalgia And Good Eats

"Traveling back in time may be impossible, but you can get pretty close with a trip to Brent’s Drugs in Jackson. In business for decades, the diner features mouthwatering fare along with a whole bunch of nostalgia. Offering a dining experience like no other, it’s easy to see why Brent’s has remained a local favorite throughout the years."

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with Brent’s King Cake Milkshake

"The milkshake is a delightful mixture of vanilla ice cream, vanilla simple syrup, King Cake crumbles, all topped with house-made whipped cream, Mardi Gras sprinkles and a cherry on top! "



Apothecary Press


A Mimosa with a Twist

"Jonathan Shull, co-owner of the Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs, in Jackson, Mississippi, has created an inventive twist that mimics the mimosa’s easy-drinking nature. His Wingate Spritz—inspired by childhood summers spent at his grandparents (the Wingates) at their house in Columbus, Mississippi."

Garden and Gun


Reasons to Love Design Made in America

"Mississippi. The Apothecary at Brent's Drugs is a modern cocktail bar in Jackson, situated in the back of a historic drug store (now diner) from 1946. Old-school touches include a card cabinet system above the bar."



A Cure For What Ails You

"The back room of Brent’s was soon transformed into a dark and moody place to cure what ails you: The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs. Patrons file through Brent’s down a long, dark hallway to be met by an inconspicuous door leading to the new and improved space... Making up the bar are salvaged pharmacy cabinets, marble countertops, soda fountain stools and a spout spewing carbonated soda water (which was originally created to help dispense prescription drugs) — all a nod to the heritage of the place."

Deep south Magazine


featured bar

"Step into The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs and you will be taken back to a bygone era. The dim lighting and marble countertops set the mood in this fine establishment. You won’t find a lot of advertisement for this one unless it’s word of mouth. It’s a great place to get an incredible drink, like the Doc Noble Cocktail, named after a 1960’s Brent’s pharmacist. Stop in and enjoy the great atmosphere."

Bourbon & Oak



"The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs is one of the newest and certainly one of the most carefully thought out additions to the current Jackson social scene. This classic cocktail bar, which feels like a prohibition-era speakeasy by design, boasts a uniquely crafted menu of cocktails and an understated atmosphere of comfort and mystery all rolled into one."

Social South


Brent's Remodels; owners embrace history

"In 2013, The Apothecary at Brent's Drugs opened. The small speakeasy lounge serves cocktails that pull from the soda fountain tradition, using tonic water, homemade ingredients and fresh-squeezed juices."




"Don’t be surprised if you see people streaming in and out of Brent’s Drugs late on a weekend night, after the drugstore turned diner has officially closed. Past the soda fountain in the retro front room is the Apothecary, where dim lighting and a marble countertop evoke a bygone era."

Garden and Gun


5 Things You’re Missing in Jackson, Mississippi

"The new hub of arts and small businesses in Jackson, the walkable Fondren District has a mix of cafes, bakeries, boutiques, galleries, and performance spaces mixed with practical establishments..."

Southern Living


Apothecary at Brent's Drugs

"Set inside the historic store Brent's Drugs — which has been turned into a diner/southern restaurant — The Apothecary at Brent's Drugs boasts one of the more interesting bar names we've run across. While it's affiliation with Brent's is obvious — they share the same owner and address — the Apothecary is very much it's own place, tucked behind a door and curtain, and boasts drinks created with help from the team at Cure New Orleans. With soda draft pumps in the bar and fresh, hand-squeezed juices in the drinks, it's the perfect place to get a low-key drink in Fondren."

Visit Mississippi


The Best Cocktail Bars In Jackson, Mississippi

"Try out this trendy craft cocktail bar located at Brent’s Drugs for a unique twist on some of your favorite drinks. The Apothecary has a vintage, speakeasy vibe to it, and the backdrop to the bar is a wall of filing drawers. The bartenders ensure that each drink is full of character and quality by using the most premium ingredients. Try their version of a Mint Julep or their popular Mortar + Pestle, or, if you want something more traditional, go with their delicious Old Fashioned."

The Culture Trip


100 Best Bars in the South

"You’re Having: A Doc Noble cocktail, named after a 1960s Brent’s pharmacist"

Southern Living


Garden & Gun Gives Kudos to Apothecary

"Another national publication has raised a glass to The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs. Garden & Gun, in their February/March issue, calls the speakeasy lounge a ‘best new bar.’

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