Once a 4 star hotel and restaurant, the Detroit Leland Hotel opened in 1927. There is much history in this historic building. Hangout to the notorious mob the Purple Gang and getaway for Jimmy Hoffa, when Jimmy Hoffa disapeared all those years ago, The Leland was the first place they went to look for him.
The hotel itself is rumored to be haunted with the victims of many murders and disappearances that have happened over the years. Four people died building "The Leland". And, there have been rumors of 15 suicides on top of the building. Famous haunts in the building are often spotted on the 4th floor, the part of the hotel that was Jimmy Hoffa's own personal getaway. Other notable spirits include the white lady of the basement, sometimes spotted in the bathrooms peering at the dancing people in the hotel's other night club, the Labyrinth.
Back in the day, what is now City Club was the lush ballroom of the hotel. Many upscale and famous parties took place there. Mobsters and the uppercut of Detroit partied the night away in the hard wood floored ballroom. Full banquets, lounge singers and casino nights were all part of this rich and lavish history.
Leland City Club was opened by Mike Higgins in 1983. Back then the name of the club was "Lidernacht" which means "Night Song" in German. Since then the club has seen many transitions... from hard core to goth, to punk, to industrial... and now to the new style of rivet.
This club has seen many famous DJ's walk in and out, including one Derrick May, the head starter of the festival known as DEMF. And let's not forget all of the famous rockstars that have come to the legendary City Club. Some that have been spotted where Skinny Puppy, Depeche Mode, the Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Public Enemy, Rob Zombie, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson.
The City Club walls also have seen many different types of artwork and artists. One of the most popular employees and artists of City Club was Jeremy Harvey, partner of the "The Dirty Show".
After 20 plus years of being open, Leland City Club is not only still doing well, it's thriving!