I’ve never understood the need for men to have spaces like private clubs or sheds. Women don’t seem to require those same physical boundaries and RM has not been able to explain why men need it to my satisfaction.

The Kelvin Club opened is a private members club for men and women, but the decor is very much that of an old-money mens’ club – leather couches, billiard tables, a long wooden bar, maroon carpet and moose antlers on the wall. The club is currently open to MIFF members during MIFF (you get a free drink too), so I thought I’d take the opportunity to visit it as it’s not likely that I’ll ever be invited.

On the HOT side, the ambiance was cosy and the service was very personal and friendly – Sam the waiter had written on our bill ‘Enjoy your film and life’. On the NOT side, the food was poor. I tried a thin sour-tasting curry soup ($7.50) and four insipid spinach and ricotta pastries ($4), neither of which were very good. I guess though that if you’re going to a members club you’re probably not going there for the food, and for that the club gets a HOT.

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