At The Garage there's space to dance, jump and shout. And if there's a live act you'll have a great time.
The Garage is easy to spot because there's a giant American-style yellow truck sticking out of the front it. No, really. The entrance is also rather impressive; to get in, you have to pass through a dark corridor where luminous writing slides across the ceiling. But when you get inside the Garage you'll be disappointed.
There's a couple of very large halls and these don't have much decoration or an abundance of places to sit, but they do have high ceilings. There's an indoor balcony which improves the situation a little, but basically, unless it's packed for a live gig, The Garage lacks personality.
The Garage attracts many excited university students who want to party. Most dress rather casually, some might say scruffy. But this is understandable in light of the fact that The Garage often hosts live-music nights, where you don’t have to dress up. However, a few party outfits can be seen. If the place is empty it looks awful. The dancefloors sit sad and empty and people don't tend to stay for very long. However, once an event has got going, The Garage is lively, and it fills up with people who are prepared to pull a few mad dance moves. Entry is always £3 to £5, but you get in for free before 11.30pm if you have a current Matric (student) card.
The Garage is one of the most popular stop-offs for fairly well-known bands who are touring. And it's a good place to see them before they graduate to larger venues. Bands like The Automatic, Alkaline Trio and many others have passed through.
It specialises in hip-hop, rock, punk and metal. Live gigs are held more than once a week and during the other nights they play a variety of genres including current chart hits, hits from the sixties through to the eighties plus pop and student anthems.
The Garage doesn't serve anything special, but the prices are fair. Many bars that showcase live music hike-up the price of drinks, but here you can order a draught for less than £3, and bottles are between £2.50 and £3.30. Many spirits are also less than £3, with rum starting from £2.40, and whisky from £2.60, and all liqueurs cost between £2 and £2.60. Aftershocks are £2.60, Red Bull £2 and soft drinks are £1.20. They even stock three bottles of fairly affordable Champagne (£40 to £50).
The Last Word
The Garage is not a remarkable venue, but it is a good place to see your favourite band.