What was meant to be a birthday party at a Brisbane leagues club descended into a deadly fight between two regulars, a court has been told.
The altercation left Adam John Woodward dead and Levi John Stephen Elliott facing trial for the man's alleged murder.
Elliott, 31, was supposed to be celebrating his birthday at Brothers St Brendan's Leagues Club in Brisbane on August 24, 2018.
But amid the festivities he allegedly began arguing with Mr Woodward, who was another regular at the club, the Brisbane Magistrates Court was told in Thursday.
"They had problems with each other," barman Nicholas Owen said from witness box.
As the two men faced off, Mr Owen said he told Mr Woodward to "walk away" from the brewing fight, which by then had moved onto the street outside the bar.
But Mr Woodward said, "I'm not the bigger man".
"(Adam) was kind of spaced-out, he wasn't focusing on me," Mr Owen said.
"I was trying to talk to him."
Mr Owen agreed with defence lawyer Martin Longhurst that Elliott had been brandishing a Canadian Club bottle as the altercation heated up.
But he said he'd thrown it away before the two men began physically fighting.
Mr Owen then detailed how Mr Woodward held Elliott to the ground with one hand and punched him in the face with the other.
"They were very hard hits from what I could see," he said.
Mr Owen agreed Elliott then launched his left arm around "in a roundhouse kind of way, striking (Mr Woodward) to the neck".
"That was while he was on the ground getting king hit," he said.
"(But) I did not see a knife."
The court heard Mr Woodward then stood up whereupon Mr Owen noticed he was bleeding.
He died at the scene from a stab wound to the neck.
Elliott will stand trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court on one count of murder at a date to be determined.