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New downtown bar catering to international sports fans now open

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There’s a new sports bar in Downtown Boise, but don’t expect to grab a table and watch Boise State or the Seahawks play.

Liga Boise quietly opened last week in the old Mala Luna space at the corner of Capitol Blvd. and Idaho St. in Downtown Boise. Mala Luna, a late-night Latin-focused restaurant and bar closed this spring.

Liga, which means league in Spanish, is adorned with seven different TV screens, but instead of a focus on football – it will focus on football. No, that’s not a typo. Rather than American sports like gridiron football, Liga will showcase what we call soccer (but everyone else… calls football).

“We hope to make Liga Boise the premier international sports pub which focuses on sports like soccer, rugby, Formula 1, tennis, and much more,” Liga’s managers wrote on Instagram.

The bar space will serve up international beers and spirits as well.

A series of flags now adorn the front of the historic Adellman building, including for regional soccer teams the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders.

State of Idaho business entity filings show that Liga Boise, like Mala Luna, is owned by the same group behind Boise Fry Co., which operates several other businesses in the Adelmann Building. The space has seen significant turnover over the years, hosting everything from a Starbucks Coffee cafe to Caffe Capri to Dharma Sushi and Thai.

For now, Liga Boise is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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