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Hobart bar shooter wore red 'warpaint'

A man who used a semi-automatic rifle to shoot-up a Hobart cocktail bar had painted his face with red 'warpaint', a court has heard.

Wayne William Howlett, 38, fired at Pablo's Cocktails and Dreams just after midnight on June 24.

About 20 people were inside the venue at the time but no one was hurt.

Howlett on Friday pleaded guilty in Hobart Supreme Court to recklessly discharging a firearm and unlawfully damaging property.

His lawyer Greg Richardson said there was wasn't much doubt the use of illicit drugs contributed to the crime.

"Someone who orders a taxi to their own home from their own phone and gets in with red warpaint painted across his face ... is clearly not functioning in a normal way," he said,

Mr Richardson asked the court for a drug treatment assessment order for Howlett but Justice David Porter refused.

Justice Porter described Howlett's behaviour as "bizarre".

The matter was adjourned until February 4.

© AAP 2018