For decades, Rijeka used to be an industrial city by the sea that did not live by the sea. The shore was occupied by shipyards and other industrial facilities, the main breakwater was closed for civilians, Korzo, the main urban walking trail, a street that all gravitate to, is surrounded by buildings on both sides… everything is so different from a usual Croatian coastal city.
At that point, there were not so many bars near the sea, and those that existed, could not be called beach bars… until Pajol bar came to the scene, much after Rijeka suffered the loss of the main parts of its industry and started to be more open to the sea. Being managed by Haris, a great guy who just yesterday was selling sunglasses, Pajol bar first became a hidden secret spot for us who love the sea and good company while drinking our coffee and spirits, and then became quite a popular place to be — during the summer, of course, when beach bars are usually open.
The always-smiling owner, who often does some work on the premises, the young and energetic staff, every now and then a little surprise concert or a poetry evening, and, of course, a nice beach near the sea in which you can swim and then get yourself a cold beer, work for me just fine.