Central Wellington at midnight looks different to the postcard cafe scene and stiff political suits.

It's still alive and bustling, but the hordes of people braving the drizzly, windy weather on a Friday night in town are fuelled by alcohol rather than caffeine.

There are also a lot more police on the streets. And as it turns out, drunk people love the police.

Inspector Wade Jennings says there's often a feeling police pick up on early in the night – they can usually tell if things are going to turn sour. But this isn't one of those nights.

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