Grand Rapids Tiki Bar

Welcome to Max’s South Seas Hideaway!

Exotic Cocktails & Fine Food: Your New Hidden Paradise!

Grand Rapids’ first ever tiki bar is coming this fall. Experience complete escapism at Max’s South Seas Hideaway. A unique, world-class immersive experience for friends, co-workers, or a romantic escape to a far-off land.

Our three-story urban oasis will feature an immersive two-story dining and drinking experience designed to transport guests to a distant tropical paradise bathed in perpetual twilight. Our third floor, opening in late 2019, will include seven rooms of boutique lodging that carries on our escapist theme.

Max’s will feature an original interior design from Bamboo Ben and Notch Gonzalez, three of the best-known tiki artisans in the world, along with a giant collection of vintage and modern tiki art and decor.

A small sample of the artwork on display at Max’s.

A small sample of the artwork on display at Max’s.

Press Release

Some of the best-known owners and artists in the world of tiki will come together in downtown Grand Rapids to create a monumental new dining and drinking experience this summer.

Meet The Creators

Mark Sellers

A native of Grand Rapids who created the award-winning HopCat, which called one of the Best Beer Bars on the Planet. GQ Magazine once called the burgers at Sellers’ Stella’s Lounge in Grand Rapids the best in the nation. His passion for tiki first went public in 2017 with the opening of TikiCat, a “hidden” tiki bar in the basement of HopCat in Kansas City. That year TikiCat went on to be named “Best Tiki Bar in the World” by the readers of Sellers owns one of the largest and most valuable collections of vintage tiki art and memorabilia (some of which we’ll have on display at Max’s).

Grand Rapids Tiki Bar
Grand Rapids Tiki Bar

Martin Cate

Our cocktail menu was overseen by James Beard award-winning mixologist Martin Cate who also supervised the training of our team and equipment design.  The Times of London called Smuggler’s Cove one of the “Greatest Bars on Earth” – one of several international accolades the bar has received over the years. Cate is also the co-owner of Whitechapel in San Francisco, Hale Pele in Portland, False Idol in San Diego, and a partner in Lost Lake in Chicago.


The founder of South Sea Arts on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, this master craftsman has now expanded his repertoire to include collectible tiki mugs, authentic Polynesian art, artifact replicas, and custom work for individual and corporate clients. Born on the islands, Gecko carved pieces for musicians, restaurants, and homes all over the globe.

Grand Rapids Tiki Bar

Our Oasis

We craft our cocktails to order, one by one, with fresh juices, good booze and our own aloha spirit. Doing things this way sometimes takes longer than your typical bar drink, so hang loose, kick back, relax, and enjoy this secret “oasis” in the city.