PhD is located on the 15th and 16th floor of the Dream Hotel. It is open year round but truly shines in the summer months when they open the rooftop. When you first arrive, you take an elevator to the 15th floor where you have an option to go up a flight of stairs to the 16th floor with the breathtaking views or stay.
If you choose to go up to the 16th-floor rooftop, it is more of a lounge vibe to chat with your friends, catch up on the gossip, and relax after a hard week. However, the lower floor has a completely different vibe. It has more of a club vibe with upbeat music and freedom from hassles — like a constant line of men ready to hit on anything.
This place is definitely more upscale and you should expect higher prices. After all, this is an ambient place right in the heart of the bustling capital of the world. PhD also has an upscale cover charge on weekend, men, you can expect a $75 bar tab or something similar. To avoid such prices, we strongly suggest getting on the guest list or getting there before 12. Ladies, just dress to impress and you’ll be fine.
The age range is roughly 21-mid 30’s, and the fashion is also adequate. Men usually dress in button up or a shirt with a blazer. Seeing men dressed in suits are regular because they head over to have a good time after work. Women dress classy casual for the night time and the high prices ensure that the ratio is 60:40 in favor of women. If you’re looking for a place for a girls night, this place is it!
Bartenders and bouncers are friendly, they constantly make sure you have a stamp — which could get annoying but that’s okay, just order their 10-pound Moscow Mule and you’ll forget all about them. If you and your friends are looking for bottles, they’re available upstairs and downstairs and is a decent place to get it depending on what type of person you are — bottles do enhance the fun here, though.
Best days to go are Friday to Saturday, but their Tuesday party is just as good. From grad students to lawyers, to tourists, this place is definitely somewhere worth going. The rumor wheel says PhD downtown is a better party, but PhD midtown is more women-friendly.
PhD Midtown is overall one of our favorites. The only question that remains is, when are you booking that guest list and getting down to party!
Verdict, a Mr. Nokturnal favorite