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Lead Staff

Mario Grado

Jon Gillespie
Head Bartender

Our story

Vintage 53 is a wine-centric bar on First Street in downtown St. Charles, IL. The atmosphere is cozy and often described as rustic-industrial, making use of locally built reclaimed wood tables, brick, and industrial lighting. The impressive beverage list features over 50 wines all poured by the glass, as well as craft beers and premium cocktails. To pair with your beverage of choice, we offer an eclectic food menu including flatbreads, shareables, and cheese & charcuterie. Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday evening by some of the most talented musicians in the area. Ask about booking us for private events on Sundays and Mondays!

Mario, the owner of vintage 53, has been developing the idea for this wine bar for over 10 years.  His love for wine dates back to childhood.  Not for the actual drink of course, but for the memories he has of his family gathering around the dinner table, drinking wine, and enjoying each other’s company.  Over time, Mario developed a similar appreciation for wine.

A wine's "vintage" is the year in which the grapes were harvested.  The year in which that wine was "born."  Sadly, Mario lost his Dad unexpectedly in early 2016 in a car accident.  The name vintage 53 is in honor of his Dad, Ben, who was born in 1953.  It is Mario's hope that his guests will feel the same sense of togetherness and joy that he remembers his family experiencing over a glass (or two) of wine. 

We welcome you to come enjoy all of your special moments with us.