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Man to appear in court after gay bar bashing

A man will appear in court tomorrow after an attack at a wellington gay bar.

The battered and bruised bar manager has received support from around the world. Source: 1 NEWS

The bashing left bar manager, Steven Mawhinney battered and bruised, and he says that while he can laugh about it now the attack at the Ivy Bar left him in shock.

"First fight I've ever been in. I've always wondered if i could take a hit, and it turns out I can take a few," says Mr Mawhinney.

The Ivy Bar's a popular venue in the capital but last Friday three visitors didn't realise its cliental was mainly gay.

Mr Mawhinney says the trio seemed to "take a bit of offence to it" and left hurling abuse and homophobic slurs as they went.

Upon their departure they threw cans of alcohol at two patrons at the door - that's when Mr Mawhinney stepped in and that's when the violence escalated.

"They got me in the eyes and the jaw, back of the head. I'm not too sure who was hitting me, but there were a few fists flying and I was getting hitting left right."

He says the attack shows that sadly the gay community can still be a target for hate.

ONE News understands the group weren't locals and a 23-year-old man will appear in court tomorrow charged with two counts of assault.