HAPPY 18th Park yourself in the Garage for some birthday fun It's time to go Dutch with Chuckie and chums at the Arches Code cracker

Younger clubbers might not believe it, but there was a time when The Garage didn't exist.

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It seems as if it's always just, you know, been there – a hulking yellow monolith sacred among student circles, converged upon nightly, revered for its cheesy tunes and value vodka.

Well, sadly that wasn't always the case. Yes, there has always been a club here, but it was only in 1994 that it became The Garage.

Back then, Glasgow's indie kids would routinely flit between Sleazy's and here, but along the way some kind of monumental shift resulted in the young upstart becoming the antithesis of its cooler counterpart across the road. It embraced everyone, won the hearts and minds of the students, and became an icon of Glasgow's nightlife.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 28 there is a high chance that your first clubbing experience took place within its smoky, red-lit walls. For that, it deserves a special place in our nightlife folklore.

Tomorrow night's birthday bash sees a host of regulars spinning the usual mix of cheese, indie and R&B until 4am, with give-aways, birthday cake, face painting and the unveiling of the refurbished cocktail bar.

l The Garage 18th Birthday Party, tomorrow, The Garage, 11pm-4am, £5 (£3)

YOU might remember Hope Street's Silver as a place where you were threatened outside, beaten up in, or just experienced some light harassment in its vicinity.

It's been gone for some time now but on Saturday a new club takes up its imposing mantle.

It's called Code (no connection to the La Cheetah techno night), and thankfully it bears no resemblance to its former incarnation.

It features a familiar three-room format, with Ray Woods spinning hip hop and R&B in one, Craig McHugh on house and dance in another, and an area of private booths and tables.

It's one of the few city venues I've never personally dipped my toes in, so look out for our impressions in Night moves in the coming weeks.

l Code Launch Night, Saturday, 11pm – 3am, £6

JUST as Scotland excels at producing wistful, literate indie pop, the Netherlands is the land of enormous, dumb, club-destroying house.

Tiesto, Hardwell, Afrojack, Bart B More and the insane Neophyte and Angerfist are just some of the current Dutch dukes of dance who have packed clubs across Scotland, and on Saturday another contingent are set to create chaos at The Arches when Dirty Dutch Records brings its banging, globe-trotting party to Glasgow.

At the forefront is label boss Chuckie, left, who brings his protégés Gregori Klosman and duo Glowinthedark. The former has had worldwide hits with Let The Bass Kick and Aftershock, while Glowinthedark are in the ascendancy thanks to their live, extremely groovy electronic pop.

Trance fans are catered for with W&W, Menno de Jong and Ashley Wallbridge.

There's also a free pre-party in The Courtyard Bar, kicking off at 6pm with The House Bandits and St Electro.

l Dirty Dutch Records, Saturday, Arches, 10.30pm- 3am, £22.50

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