Level-Up Barcade Brings The Fun to San Pedro Town

Level-Up Barcade has moved to a fantastic, more accessible, new location – right in the heart of San Pedro town. A fun spot for kids and adults, with a fantastic theme straight out of my 80s/early 90s childhood – one of record albums, MatchBox cars, Atari, light sabers and Miss Pacman.

Inside bar at Level Up Barcade
The inside bar at the new location of Level-Up Barcade

Almost two years ago, I wrote about the new business on Ambergris Caye: A Totally Radical New Spot: Level Up Barcade For Kids and Adults at Mahogany Bay

Now Level-Up has moved to a totally tubular location (groan…I know). I stopped by last weekend for their soft opening to get the scoop.

They are now located on the lagoon side of San Pedro town. At the SW corner of Saca Chispas (aka The “Old” Football Field”) The small street is the home of the Hungry Grouper Restaurant and Juvinie’s Ceviche Bar.

The space has hosted a few different restaurants but now re-opens as the new home LEVEL-UP Barcade! It’s the perfect location for visitor, locals and kids.

With a killer sunset view AND an amazing perch over the football field, THIS is the VIP seating for the concerts, fireworks and events that take place at this field.

View from the 2nd floor over the football field
View from the bar and lounge on the second level

Events like San Pedro’s Lobster Festival – September celebrations (fireworks and live music!) – and all the concerts that take place here.

If you are interested in a bit of history of the location, you can stick with this post until the end.

But for now, put the official new opening party on your calendars. It’s tomorrow!

Invitation to re-opening of Level Up Barcade

Here are some more pictures of the new location.

Arcade games
An old hockey machine

Skeeball! Such a blast from my summers-at-the-Jersey shore past. (Seaside Heights!)

SKeeball and basketball game

Classic games!

Ms Pacman and Galaga
Look inside at Level Up Barcade and Lounge
Pool table for all ages

And then upstairs to the Level Up Lounge…a few quick pics.

The bar at LEvel Up Lounge
Sunset view at Level Up lounge
Perfect angle for San Pedro sunset over the lagoon

They will be serving lunch and dinner and snacks…they have a kids menu. Here’s a peak at just a small portion of the menu. I will take one of everything on the kids menu.

Menu Level Up barcade

Everyone is welcome. There are board games, there is a pool table, there’s a small ball pit…they have a ton to keep you busy and entertained.

For more information like hours and costs, you can check out their Facebook page and message them directly.

A fun thing to do on a cloudy day or just about any day with or without the whole family. Something different on Ambergris Caye!

Now a bit about the location…

Level-Up’s new location is the former home of Sunset Grill. The restaurant was one of the top restaurants in San Pedro when I moved here in 2007. Fine dining over the water and at certain times, they would feed the large jumping tarpon to the delight of the patrons.

Picture of Sunset Grill - Closed in 2015
The old Sunset Grill/Sunset Restaurant closed. Photo from 2015

At that time, the back lagoon and the football field did not have the large seawall that is in place now. And during the rainy season, it was just kinda a muddy ooze with small fishermen’s docks lining the back side of town.

In 2014, a huge project, at a total cost of $6 million from the IDB, was completed. They filled and buttressed much of this area – and “cleaned up” the west side/the lagoon side of town. (You can see some before and after pics here – in this 2014 post)

The original plans for the lagoon side of town - picture from 2013
The original plans for the lagoon side of town – picture from 2013

In about 2017/2018, someone spent lots of money to fill the entire area, build a hefty seawall, and build a cement structure. Here is a photo from Storm Restaurant – who was located in the building earlier this year and has since moved to a new location.

Old Sunset Restaurant building
After Storm Restaurant moved out last month

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  1. Greg Urban on November 2nd, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks alot for the local update and history; your the best!

    • San Pedro Scoop on November 2nd, 2023 at 12:28 pm

      Gracias amigo.

  2. erictomlin on November 2nd, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Wasn’t that location also called “Laguna Restaurant” not too long ago? Or am I thinking of someplace else?

    Also, do they have a poker table at Level Up?

    Thanks for always keeping us up-to-date on the goings on in San Pedro!

  3. Sally Johnson on November 3rd, 2023 at 12:22 am

    I’m so very proud of Reiben & all the work he’s put into
    LevelUp! Best wishes for continued success.

  4. Nick on November 3rd, 2023 at 7:24 am

    I hope level up is successful. I’m sure they spent a pretty penny acquiring, refurbishing, & maintaining those games, not to mention the duties paid to bring them into the Country!

  5. Jo-Jo on November 4th, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    Can’t wait to play Galaga! Thank you for the latest.

    • San Pedro Scoop on November 5th, 2023 at 11:34 am

      Ha. I’m not sure I ever played it…but I need to change that for sure.