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      24.12.2009 00:02
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      Decent.

      The Garage is one of Glasgow's largest nightclubs and mainly caters for the student crowd during the week and the larger population on Fridays and Saturdays. Thus drink prices vary greatly during the week and on weekends, needless to say it goes up to about five pound entry after 11 on a saturday night. The club is situated near the bottom end of the busy Sauchiehall Street and has plenty of other bars and clubs round about it and takeaways. There is also a taxi rank outside of the club which is useful.

      The club itself isn't particularly nice, they also only knock people back on very rare occasions which makes the club a good back up option. The drink isnt particularly nice and you get served it in horrible plastic glasses so I would recommend having something to drink before you go out. The bars also tend to be quite busy depending on the night of the week you go out.

      All in all you will no doubt have a decent night in the Garage, the music is decent and the club itself is fine.

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      10.12.2004 01:22

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      The Garage is a great club that has a variety of different types of music styles, ranging from R&B to my all time fav. cheesy pop. Well, i know on the nights i have been it has been great. The garage is situated in suchehall Street and you really cant miss the place, it has a huge yellow truck sticking out of the front of the building ( very appropriate considering its name)

      There is only one problem, that is the doormen on the front door are a bit over the top with their restrictions on people and can sometimes be extremely rude, i advise anyone who is going to go the garage, go around the corner and enter through G2, they are much nicer around there. G2 is situated down the alley beside the garage.

      Another thing make sure you dont wear trainer or desert boots, you wont get in and make sure you have some ID. You dont want to be left standing outside while your mates have been allowed in.

      I do think The Garage is a great night out and well worth going and seeing what you think yourself. I am sure you wont be disappointed

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      04.09.2004 20:08
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      As Glasgow is well known as having some of the best night life in the UK I thought it would be worth giving my opinion on what my personal favourite in the the city is! The Garage is situated on Sauchihall Street in the city centre just before you get to Charing Cross.The entrance is not very big but you can't miss it because it has a great big yellow truck above it. The norm when going out there would be to go to one of the many pubs around the area untill about 11.30 where a lot of the time it is possible to pick up free entry flyers for getting in. The club actually opens at about 10.30 however it is usually very quiet untill half past eleven as up to that point you can only stand about in one of the bars untill they open up the main dance floor. Without a flyer from one of the pubs, the cover charge is pretty decent. The price is usually £3 for students (must have id thats valid as they check them all) and £5 otherwise although if you have a snap fax (a student thing) you can get in for free before 12am. At the door the bouncers can be a bit picky but as long as your not trying to get in in a big group or are steaming drunk, there should be no problem getting in. You are likely to be searched (all girlie hand bags are) so there is no point on trying to smuggle any of your own drink in! Once they even made me take my belt off because it was studdied so they can be strict!!!! Once you get past that point, you need to walk up the stairs to the cash desk. When busy you do have to queue on the stairs but trust me its worth it! You could be forgiven for feeling like you will get lost the first time you go there, you are pretty much hearded in through the first bar to get to where you put your jackets in (£1 per item) and then you need to go up another set of stairs to the next bar. Once you get past this though, you start to appreciate the sheer size of the club. There are seven bars in total spread over three
      floors which all cater for different peoples tastes in terms of music and if you fancy dancing like a maniac or sitting to have a chat. There is the Attic which plays grunge, indie and rock music, the karaoki bar which speaks for itself, the main dance floor which plays chart and cheesey music, a balcony area above the main floor where you can see all the action, G2 in the basement which tends to play more R&B/Hip Hop stuff, a cocktail type lounge where you can sit and relax on comfy sofa's and a large bar area just off the main dance floor. So you see, there really is somthing for everyone there! One of the main good point of this club is the prices of the drinks in the club. At any point, the cost of a vodka and mix or a bottle of bear is never more than about £1.50 with midweek prices usually being less, sometimes down at a pound! If you want a shot, you are looking at about £2.50 although by the time I usually get to buying them I just hand over the cash as I'm well gone in terms of drunkenness!! While it can be busy, you usually don't have to wait much longer than about 5 mins to get served. Personally, I prefer to stay in the main floor area as thats where they play chart music and I prefer it. Plus, you are usually likely to find at least someone other than the people you came in with in this area to dance like a maniac with!! You can put in a request for a song here or to get a message displayed on the large projection screen. You should get your requests in early though as I have found that its usually booked up by about 1.30am. The only downside of the place (other than the stairs you have to try and navigate down after 10 vodka and cranberries and a good few sambruca shots!) is that for some reason the floor in the main hall is always filthy so I would advise against wearing any really nice (or white!) clothes in case you happen to fall over (happens to me quite a lot....) as they will end up filthy! The clu
      b stays open to three but it can be a good idea to head down to the cloakroom to get your jacket at about 2.45am to beat the queue but if you are going to get others jackets for them I would advise asking what they look like as the attendants won't release a coat without a description which is a really good security measure of you were to have dropped your ticket and someone else had picked it up. Once outside, you have the chice of about 10 fast food places in the immediate area ranging from kebabs and chinese to (the almost mandatory in Glasgow) chips and cheese. The prices are higher than during the day and you should expect to pay about £3 for chips with some chedder on them. The taxi queue is right outside the Garage and ranges from being able to get one straight away to having quite a wait which can be another reason for leaving the club that little bit earlier. Otherwise, you can walk about 15 mins down to Renfield street where you can get night busses to most places in the city for £2.50. All in all, I adore this place and have spent many a happy night (at least I think I have a lot of the time.....!) in there. It has been described as just a student club however untill recently I wasn't a student and neither was any of my mates and we went there all the time. The people who go there usually range from about 18 up to 28/30 so there is a good mix of people. I also don't find it too be as much of a meat market as some other clubs in the area as most people are really just out to have a good time! I would recommend anyone visiting Glasgow to give this, one if its best known clubs, a go and if you see someone passed out at the door at the end of the night, please just step over me!

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        11.01.2004 07:17
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        I have no idea where the other reviewers have been before but I have to put a stop to any pro-garage nonsense circulating. First thing I noticed is that the DJ on the particular night was god-awful. I mean, I don't expect someone who can mix at a cheese-fest like the Garage but I expect him to be able to set sound levels! For the awful quality system the Garage has the volume was far too loud to hear any proper music... not that he would have played any anyway... For those who aren't into music, I can't even say that the average attendee is classy by any stretch of the imagination... if you're after an easy pull for the night then this might be the place you're looking for but anyone looking to find a partner with a clue may have better luck elsewhere. The staff appear to be heavily male based and even the female bar-staff seem to serve female club-goers first - something I've never experienced in other clubs where usually female bar staff serve males first and vice versa. As far as good points go it has a cheap entry price, there is no pressure to dance well (if you have the slightest rythm you'll shine on the 'dance' floor,) and drink prices are fairly reasonable for a nightery. If you're a fan of Red Bull be sure to be picky about which bar you get it from as one of the bars serve a horrible red liquid that seems to be an off-brand Red Bull... not very nice in my oppinion. If you look like the kind to have a good time, be prepared for a full touchy-feely search at the door - come on, as if taking E or any other drug could be that enjoyable when the dj doesn't even cater for decent musical taste never mind bothers about beat-matching. Call me a music snob or a social elitist, but if you have any class or taste then don't expect to go to the Garage for a good night, be it a last resort for anyone too steaming to get in any respectable club.

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          12.07.2003 21:22
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          The Garage is one of two fantastic student clubs in Glasgow. It's situated at the far end of Sauchiehall Street and has a big yellow truck sticking out the wall above the door, so is pretty hard to miss. Being on Sauchiehall Street The Garage is next, or nearby a vast array of pubs to go to before hitting a club for the night. My favourite three being, Ocho for a nice sit down, Firewater for nice cheap drinks although it is a total cattle market and Edwards if I'm feeling fancy! The queue for The Garage is usually all right, depending on what time you decide to go at. My usual time is about 11:15, so to get in free with a snapfax. At that time you have to queue for no longer than 5-10 minutes. In the queue every single person, unless quite obviously over the age of thirty will get id'd. More often than not one of the bouncers will shout down the line: "Have your ID ready!" So this is good for keeping under age folks to a severe minimum. Although, have an older brother/sister or mate that looks somewhat similar use theirs, the bouncers tend to pay little attention to the picture. Once inside there are six bouncers, 3 female and 3 male standing to the side of the wall. They will choose people at random to search for drugs and weapons. You then walk up a set of stairs to the cash desks. £3 with a student card, £5 without and you get free entry before 11:30 with a snapfax. The first thing you will come to after the cash desks, is the snapfax bar. Quite a limited bar, not having much choice but has 2 for 1 offers on selected shots and beers. Most people I find will go straight past this and onto the cloakroom, but if you want to, it's easier to wait 10-15 minutes and then the cloakroom downstairs at g2 opens. You avoid the queues at the end and the mass rush on the main dancefloor come 3am. There are 3 dancefloors, the main floor, which is enormous. Fits many many a student for a boogie. Can often become very
          very cramped and you dont get the most space for dancing. The main floor plays all the cheesy, fun and chart tunes. Sometimes you even get to dance away to The Ghostbusters theme tune. Downstairs is g2, mediumish sized dance floor where they play all the latest r'n'b and rap music. Cans sometimes become incredibly busy when the main floor upstairs starts to over flow and when that happens it gets warm. Too warm! Upstairs from the main floor is the attic, the attic plays your indie rock anthems for those wanting a slightly more laid back night than you'll get in either of the rooms downstairs. The facilities are often dirty and not very well kept, but then you try keeping them clean with that many students in the place. Drinks prices are quite cheap as you expect in a student club, with offers of a vodka mix at £1.50 and beers being £2.20ish. Quite often The Garage also has gigs, and the main dance floor can be nicely laid as a good gig venue. Overall, The Garage, is great for a nice cheap night out. The clientele is pretty much anyone under the age of 21. Anybody out on the pull shouldn't have too much of a problem, a wee chat and a few drinks bought are usually all The Garage girls require. Simple! Address: 490 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3LW Phone: +44 (0)141 332 1120

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            17.02.2001 04:11
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            If you like clubbing, then the Garage is for you. Basically the epitome of 'nightclub'. DO NOT however, if you can't last the pace - it can get mind-numbingly boring, as WYSIWYG. Also a very good place to land a catch if you're out on the pull - if you're not from Glasgow then you'll probably find us a very friendly bunch. The best thing is the big dance floor, with plently of room to pass out/pull round the sides. The staff have always seemed helpful and there's never too much vomit on the floor. Plently of bars too which means you never have to wait longer than 5 mins for a well-deserved drink. The Garage is on Sauchiehall St - with plenty of chippies and a couple of 24-hour cafes (24-7, Cafe Insomnia) waiting for you when you finally drag yourself out at 3am. Get out early though - or it could be a very long wait in the queue for taxis. Go on a Thursday night and you'll be guaranteed a night of pure cheese and at least one playing of 'It's Raining Men' - if you're nice to the DJ he might even play your requests. As I've got older I noticed a lot more teeny-boppers than there used to be...but I think that's just a sign of old age. At 19 I really can't face to go there any more, but that's just because I've been there too many times over the last 3 years...

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              28.06.2000 16:33

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              Plays a range of music - check out which night is most suited to you. If you're not into heavy dance music, try a thursday night. The atmosphere is friendly, although it's a bit of a cattle market. Big dance floor, which is good. There are two levels, each play different kinds of music - if you're more into indie, try the attic. Drinks are not too pricey, as a lot of students go to dance. Overview - it's a good place to go with a bunch of people, for a laugh. If you're looking for a snog, it's practically guaranteed.

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