A man has been handed a $2500 fine for an unprovoked attack at a Ballarat night spot.
Leigh Ettridge, 32, was at Mojo Pool Lounge and Bar in Armstrong Street when he injured the victim, causing him to lose consciousness for a short time.
The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance where he was diagnosed with a fractured nose or bruising.
Ettridge's lawyer said her client was with his former partner at the lounge when another person offered her drugs, to which he reacted poorly.
"This is a once off incident. He has no prior (charges)," the lawyer said.
Ettridge pleaded guilty to recklessly causing injury at Ballarat Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Magistrate Gregory Robinson fined him $2500 with conviction.
He said he would have jailed him for six months if it wasn't for his guilty plea.