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'Carpe Diem Jelsa'? Candela Opening Party Tomorrow Night

'Carpe Diem Jelsa'? Candela Opening Party Tomorrow Night

Written by Paul Bradbury Friday, 06.06.2014. 08:45:08 Posted in: Jelsa, What's On This Month?, Island News

It is fifty years since the first disco club opened in former Yugoslavia, in a pretty island coastal resort called Jelsa. 

The town's nightlife fortunes rose for many years, and many people tell me that Jelsa was the place to party on Hvar Town in the 1980s, where there were no less than four nightclubs in the town. Today there are none.

But things ARE improving, and cocktail bar Mojito has done great work in attracting people into Jelsa in the evenings. 

Now there is a new night-time attraction. Meet Candela, which opens officially tomorrow night.

Located in front of the main waterfront in the old town, Candela has taken over from Libido, and the new owners are seasoned campaigners on the Hvar nightlife scene, having worked for Carpe Diem in Hvar Town for several years. 

Candela promises to be a chilled, upscale but very affordable cocktail bar, with great views out to sea. Among the guests at tomorrow's opening will be two of the owners of Carpe Diem in Hvar. 

It looks like a great addition to the Jelsa scene, and I am sure I will try a cocktail or two in due course, but it will have to wait, as I am on official duty in Knin this weekend. 

More photos, contact deatils etc as I get them, but the fun starts tomorrow from 21:00, and the bar will be open all day.

Paul Bradbury

Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes, 25 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Croatia and the island's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island and am co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj. 

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Comments (1)

  • Marija Vujosevic Caric

    Marija Vujosevic Caric

    06 June 2014 at 18:15 |
    Btw, Jelsa had the best nightlife, not only on the island, but on the eastern Adriatic coast far back in the late 1960s, ater the first disco, Amfora, had been opened in 1964. As for the former employees of Carpe Diem in Hvar I have many doubts. If they persist with what they did there, there's little hope Jelsa will regain its good reputation. Quite the opposite, alas.

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