Max’s South Seas Hideaway (part one)

Everything they say is true. Max’s South Seas Hideaway is by far the grandest tiki bar currently in operation in North America.

Saturday night in Grand Rapids was a perfect time for a visit. We arrived right on time for our reservation and were seated immediately in a cozy booth. The artwork here is incredible. There were 24 pieces just in our one booth! There is a series of large Shag prints in the staircase and hallway leading to the restrooms. And a wall of tikis carved by Gecko. Simply breathtaking.

I also want to highlight the music, which was a mix of classic exotica paired with upbeat songs such a “Pineapple Princess” but still were thematic and period appropriate. Best music mix in any tiki bar I’ve been to. But please drop The Monkees song.

As I understand it the downstairs design was led by Bamboo Ben and upstairs by Notch. Each is unique but both are amazing.

Such an immersive destination!

2 Replies to “Max’s South Seas Hideaway (part one)”

  1. Absolutely! Definitely one of the best anywhere. Max’s should be a local treasure, the way the Mai Kai is in Ft Lauderdale or the Tonga Room is in San Francisco.

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