The attack happened in the Ballyduff housing estate.
Detective Sergeant Coulter said: “We received a report around 10:15 pm that two men aged 33 and 59 had been assaulted during an incident involving three males possibly with iron bars in the area of Ballyfore Walk, Newtownabbey.
“Initial enquires established a number of cars left the area with their wheels spinning.
“The two men were subsequently taken to hospital for treatment at this stage injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed what occurred, or who has any information which could assist our investigation, to get in touch by calling 101, quoting reference number 2212 of 24/07/19.
Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.