They did indeed meet in a bar, The Sebel Townhouse in Sydney.
I recall that a stay at the Sebel Town House was often a prize for tv quiz show contestants. I understand the STH in Elizabeth Bay, just near the notorious area of Kings Cross, has been rebuilt as smart apartments. It is suggested that the old STH carpets were worth a fortune for the amount embedded cocaine they contained. From rock stars to movie celebs, everyone of note stayed there.
A guest, one Bette Davis, was trying out the product from a new fangled coffee machine, a Cafe Bar, behind the hotel reception desk and another hotel guest, Liberace, appeared at reception.
'Oh my god, the bitch from hell', he exclaimed.
Hear a lot more of the goss and social history of the Sebel Town House at this most excellent podcast from the Hindsight programme at our ABC's Radio National.