Q: Are there any members-only social clubs I can afford to join? I don’t have the bucks for the Jonathan Club.
A: Psst! Keep this to yourself: The city is brimming with affordable clubs, some of which border on the clandestine. Of course we have herds of fraternal elks and eagles, and Freemasons still roam the earth, but how about dinner and tall tales at the Adventurers’ Club in Lincoln Heights? The XYZ Club, at the Velaslavasay Panorama in South L.A., is a salon for academics of the obscure. If you desire a “thoughtful multicourse degustation,” try the BRK, or Broke Rich Kids, dining club in West Hollywood. Just don’t say Chris sent you.