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El Club This unlikely spot is an underground pizza haven

El Club

4114 W Vernor Hwy Detroit, MI 48209
  • Neighborhood: Corktown & Southwest
  • Price Level:   
  • Has weekend brunch.
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Live Music
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Cards Accepted
  • Free Parking Available

Tags: live music, pizza, Concerts, el-club, pepe-z-pizza, all-ages

Pink neon letters glow above the dance floor. The room vibrates with bass as an energetic young band rocks a diverse crowd who pack the dance floor, swaying and bobbing with the music. But instead of the smell of sweaty bodies or remnant illicit substances, this dance floor is surrounded by the wonderful aroma of pizza. We have found our happy place.

El Club is an all-ages live music venue in Southwest Detroit. Their concerts draw an eclectic group of folks from all across the city as well as the metro area, all converging on a common love of music.

The musicians themselves are as eclectic as the patrons; a wide-ranging lineup of up-and-coming and veteran artists take the stage at El Club. This Sunday, for example, you can catch the psychedelic, progressive band Mondo Drag. They’re opening for heavy rock group The Well, whose unique sound is inspired by everything from punk-inflected 1970s British Rock to the sinister themes of cult horror films.

Acclaimed pop trio KING stops by on Wednesday to delight guests with their dreamy, idiosyncratic soul music. Then, next Friday, check out Dos Santos, the Mexican folk meets R&B quintet for an all-night dance fest.

All that music and dancing can make you hungry, but you don’t have to leave the club to refuel. Pepe Z Pizza serves seriously delish pies right inside El Club.

Cooked in a wood-burning oven, imported from Italy, the crust has a wonderfully chewy consistency with big bubbly pockets of char around the edges. The toppings, though, are really what make these pies magical. Pepe Z comes up with some head-scratchingly delicious combinations like pear, sausage and honey or kimchi and egg.

We would never have expected to find such tasty, well-prepared food at a nightlife spot, but El Club does Neapolitan grandmothers proud with their consistently yummy crust and commitment to imaginative toppings. And pizza is the perfect thing to serve in an all-ages environment. Everyone likes pizza.

El Club serves up creative cocktails like lavender margaritas to accompany the food and music. They often create special drinks themed around the artist performing that night. For those who don’t wish to imbibe, El Club offers some unique non-alcoholic bevs like the carbonated malt cola Club Mate which tastes a little like tea mixed with citrus, licorice and cinnamon.

Tickets to El Club’s live shows are available online or at the door, and there’s usually a discount for purchasing online. Generally, admission prices range from $10-15.


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