The type of (monochrome negative) film is unlikely to be much of a factor. Commit to you the film you have and aim for normal development. You will almost certainly get good contrast at night, with artificial light, especially if you meter as I previously indicated, making certain you have at least 6 or 7 zones down into the shadows from the highlights. A major reason night photography is so impactful is because of all but unavoidable contrast, particularly from the difference between bright point sources and inky shadows.
Here is an 80% crop of an 11X14 print with shotgunned exposure, with only in–ground accent garden floodlighting (135 Ilford PanF+, XTOL):
Very nice, this is roughly the effect I am looking for.