Police were the only visitors to Wollongong's Sobering Up Centre when it opened its doors on Friday night - but staff were not disappointed with the turnout.
Watershed chief executive officer Will Temple, the man in charge of running the facility, said raising awareness of the centre was a priority.
"We didn't get anyone in on Friday night, but that was not a bad thing - it gave the team the chance to work through the night and set everything up," he said.
"We got a few visits from police, which was great as it's important we build relationships with the police on the street who will be the ones responsible for referring the majority of people here.
"Once police, other emergency services personnel, and the general public know we are here, then our patronage will gradually start to increase."
The Watershed Sobering Up Centre, located at Lowden Square, is part of a 12-month trial program funded by the NSW government aimed at reducing the incidence of alcohol-related violence.
Qualified nurses will attend to the intoxicated patrons, giving them a tracksuit and a bed to sleep off their hangover.
Mr Temple said the facility had opened at a good time, with the festive season not far away.
"The summer months see more revellers out and so we would expect an increase in attendance," he said. "We'll be ready for them."
The Mercury was unable to find out how many people used the service on Saturday night.