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Coordinates: 55°52′23″N 4°16′55″W / 55.873°N 4.282°W / 55.873; -4.282

Outside area (now closed) and former entrance to Tchai-Ovna, which now has a new entrance

Tchai-Ovna is a speciality tea-house and music venue situated in the West End of Glasgow. They are known to serve "alternative" teas.[1][2] They also serve vegetarian and vegan food and allow the rental of Hookah pipes. Tchai-Ovna also provides a place for music, poetry readings and dramatic performances and an arts exhibition space for talented local artists.[3] It also hosts musical events on most week days, with performances from songwriters, jazz musicians and local and world music artists.[4]

Tchai-Ovna's name is inspired by the teahouses (Čajovny) in the Czech Republic. The Glasgow venues are popular,[5] particularly with students, the elderly and members from local bands[6] Belle and Sebastian's 2003 album art for Dear Catastrophe Waitress was shot in Tchai-Ovna's West End venue.

Tchai-Ovna may be forced to close by a proposed new development of luxury flats on Otago Lane. A community campaign to save Otago Lane is attempting to defend it.[7]

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  1. ^ "Cat's Eyes on Glasgow: getting saucy with Levi Roots and going a little Brazil nutty". The Evening Times. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. ^ Moore, Peter (3 November 2015). "The new tea revolution: is the humble cuppa losing its appeal?". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  3. ^ Save Octago Lane: Tchai-Ovna
  4. ^ Glasgow City of Music: Tchai Ovna
  5. ^ "Glasgow tea room Tchai Ovna vows to live on near Glasgow School of Art as west end looks set to close". Daily Record. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  6. ^ The Skinny: Tchai-Ovna House of Tea - Upcoming events, mainly musical acts
  7. ^ "Plans for Glasgow's Otago Lane opposed". BBC. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2016.

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