When you're hungry for a good time, head to Woy Woy. Yes, there's the award-winning Woy Woy Fishermen's Wharf with its flocks of pelicans outside, but the real MVP is a neon-lit pizza bar with a heavy rotation of natural wines and craft tinnies.
Located in the Colonial Plaza, Tropicana Pizza Pizza is open four nights a week slinging thick, Scilian-style pizzas in its colourful bar space and courtyard. The 13-inch pizzas are made with house-made dough, fermented overnight, and topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, triple cheese and veggies for $20 a pie.
The Trop Shop, as it calls itself, plays with its menu to keep locals coming back for more. There's been a Sunday roast pizza, a US-inspired white clam pizza, and the namesake pizza is a fresh take on the divisive ham and pineapple — with double smoked ham, shaved pinas and pickled jalapenos. When you want to taste the ocean, order the Fishermen's Wharf, topped with the freshest seafood, spanish onion, olives, lemon and dill.
It's the kind of place where the sides are as tempting as the slices. From $5 a dish, you can add in meatballs, buffalo wings, pesto pizza fingers, salads and sodas. And the wines and tinnies are as cheap and cheerful as you like (and if you don't like, there's silky tannin vinos from Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley and Murray Darling for around $35 a bottle, too).
Tins come from local breweries like Six String Brewing, The Grifter Brewing and Captains of Trade, which make for smashable options if you're here for a courtyard session — as the bar hosts DJ sets and cult movie screening in the courtyard from time to time.
Images: Kitti Gould