A man's suffered a severe cut to his right ear following a glassing attack in Nelson Bay.
The 30 year old became involved in an argument with another who he knew at a pub in Stockton Street just before 9pm on Saturday.
During the fight, he was hit in the face with a schooner glass.
He was treated by paramedics before being flown to John Hunter Hospital where he will require surgery.
The second man suffered a hand injury and was kicked out of the hotel.
He left before police arrived, however officers are trying to track him down.