Karen said cheap house wine and cider were poured by tap and served in carafes, with bottles of Mateus, Ben Ean and Houghton’s White Burgundy also available, and Galway Pipe port for “more mature gentlemen”.
“Everyone smoked in those days, and everyone drank a lot more, too,” she said, “it was not unusual for people to go out on a Monday or Tuesday night in those days.”
The Bevy’s menu featured Hungarian dishes including a paprika and garlic loaded “Gypsy Steak”.
Musicians like Ian Francis, Claire Roberts, Daniel Sharkey and Luke Coleman belted out requests “all night”, Karen said, with popular tracks like Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” and Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” filling Bevy’s small dance floor.
“There was also a rule that if someone was asked to play “American Pie”, you’d have to buy a bottle of Veuve Cliquot,” she said.
“In the 1980’s, people had plenty of money – so the Veuve was always flowing.”
Karen purchased Bevy’s in 1988 and owned the infamous wine bar until 1991.
After four years behind the Bevy’s bar, Karen sold the business and it eventually closed permanently in the mid-1990s.
“The wine bar era was lots of fun and a memorable chapter of my life,” Karen said.
“Bevy’s rightfully deserves its place in Mosman history and should be remembered as a carefree bar, where every night was party night.”